Sharing tape drives between clusters

Multiple Isilon clusters, or an Isilon cluster and a third-party NAS system, can be configured to share a single tape drive. This helps to maximize the use of the tape infrastructure in your data center.

In your data management application (DMA), you must configure NDMP to control the tape drive and ensure that it is shared properly. The following configurations are supported.

OneFS Versions
Supported DMAs
Tested configurations
  • 7.1.1
  • (and later)*
  • 8.0.0
  • 8.0.1
  • NetWorker 8.0 and later
  • Symantec NetBackup 7.5 and later
  • Isilon Backup Accelerator node with a second Backup Accelerator
  • Isilon Backup Accelerator node with a NetApp storage system

* The tape drive sharing function is not supported in the OneFS 7.0.1 release.

NetWorker refers to the tape drive sharing capability as DDS (dynamic drive sharing). Symantec NetBackup uses the term SSO (shared storage option). Consult your DMA vendor documentation for configuration instructions.