DPE: Disk Processor Enclosure
The CX200, CX300, CX400 and CX500 have DPE’s installed in them that canhold 15 drives in the front with 2 Service Processors in the back.
SPE: Service Processor Enclosure
With CX3’s, CX4’s, CX600 and CX700, the SPE holds the Service Processorsin the backend with cooling fans in the front end.
CX200, CX300, CX3-10 has one bus/loopCX400, CX500, CX600 has two bus/loopsCX700, CX3-20, CX3-40, CX3-80 has 4 bus/loops.With more bus / loops you can expect more throughput. The ClariionCX700’s and the new CX3’s & CX4’s have more buses than the traditionalCX200, CX300, CX400 and CX500.All data from host goes to cache and is queued to be written on disk throughthis backend bus / loops. The speed of backend bus / loop on a CX series of machine is 2Gb, with CX3’s it jumps up to 4 Gb and with CX4’s to 8GB persecond.Also the bus/loop initiates at the SP level and goes up to the DAE’s whichhave LCC (Link Control Cards). Each LCC is where the bus / loop from theprevious DAE/SP comes in and further daisy chains to the one above it,creating a true chained environment and protecting from single points of failure. All LCC’s are connected (loop) using HSSDC (cables). These HSSDCcables and LCC cards are hot swappable which will not cause an outage onthe machine. There are Power Supplies on each SPE, DAE, DPE allowing hotreplacements on those while the machine is functional. Based on yourenvironment these replacements might possibly cause some performanceissues or I/O bottleneck during the replacement window.
Part of Architecture of Clariion is the Addressing scheme. To be able toproperly understand the Clariion functionality and its backend working, theaddressing scheme is very important.Based on the model number you will have X number of buses.For exampleCX200, CX300, CX3-10 has one bus/loop