Little Known CLARiiON Facts and Trivia

I’ve just returned from EMC training in MA, where we learned a wealth of information about how to use the array, but also some interesting background information about the device itself.

First, the name CLARiiON has some interesting history. Before EMC was EMC, it was Data General, who had a 16-bit minicomputer called the NOVA. DG later came up with new product which the engineers had named the NOVAII. The marketing group, not wanting to recycle the “NOVA” name, insisted that a new name be chosen. The engineers, always wanting to get their way in the end, came up with a anagram “AViiON” by reversing the letters, and cleverly placing the two “ii’s” in the middle. The CLARiiON is simply a derivative of this naming convention.

Secondly, most people know that the operating system of the CLARiiON is called “FLARE”, but it is not commonly known that this is actually an acronyms that stands for Fibre Logic Array Runtime Environment.

It is also fairly common knowledge that one can access “Engineering Mode” on a CLARiiON by pressing Ctl,shft, and f12 and entering the password “messner”. The story behind this password, however, is that the engineering group at the time were avid mountain climbers and chose the password in honor of Reinhold Messner, the first person to climb Everest without the use of oxygen. Apparently the password before that was “pink floyd”, but the marketing group didn’t approve and made them change it.

SUNWqlc Drivers Don’t Work With thw QLogic QLA2340 HBA

The Qlogic QLA2340 HBA is a 64-bit, 133MHz PCI-X to 2 Gb Fibre Channel adapter. It’s a cool card, but it doesn’t work with the standard SUNWqlc and SUNWqlcx drivers. You have to remove these driver packages and install the one directly from QLogic in order to get it working.

# pkgrm SUNWqlc
# pkgrm SUNWqlcx

Now, download the QLogic drivers (qla2300.sparc_pkg.Z) HERE. Or HERE if you are not using SPARC Solaris.

Then, it’s just a matter of unzipping them, and installing them using the instructions that come with the drivers. The only bummer is that you won’t be able to use the luxadm commands anymore.

Hopefully this has been helpful. Have fun with your speedy new HBA.