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Solaris volume management


There are two logical volume management packages commonly deployed in Solaris implementations. DiskSuite (newly referred to as Solaris Volume Manager) is available for free with the Solaris operating system. It is well-suited to hosts with a small (<10) disks with fairly static configurations. Veritas volume manager (commonly sold as part of Veritas Foundation Suite with Veritas Filesystem) is a third-party product that is better suited to more complex installations with larger numbers of disks. However, as we'll see, there are many installations that combine both packages on a single host.

Several factors are relevant in deciding which volume management tool to deploy. Because it's free, DiskSuite is a very appealing option for many hosts. It is also easy to administer and to install. However, Veritas volume manager should be considered for installations with more complex requirements, including: