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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 13, 2022

Add more libraries emulation support to "ISCSI attached VTL" feature

We have tried to attach QUADSTOR VTL and Starwind VTL to IBM i using ISCSI and with the listed PTFs in place with no luck. But we have found the IBM i could login to the Starwind virtual device, but never showed the IBM i device. Can you add the same "drivers" on IBM FC attachment to the ISCSI feature? This will allow an easier transition to the cloud, for example: PowerVS
Idea priority High
  • Admin
    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki
    Aug 9, 2022

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM not implement this request. The vendor should emulate the IBM hardware as other vendors have successfully done.


    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.


    For more information about CAAC, see www.common.org/caac


    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Aug 1, 2022

    Its probably the firewall on the VTL which is preventing the connection and not the distribution. Try with firewall disabled, or try telnet 3260 to see if you can make a connection to the VTL iscsi daemon port. Try with the latest version of the quadstor vtl.

  • Guest
    Jun 19, 2022

    Quadstor runs perfect on FC which (as general view) also allows Save21 in restricted mode and IPL.

  • Guest
    Jun 19, 2022
    PTFs are un placer. With Starwind VTL the connection was possible. With Quastir VTL wasn't, but maybe there's something wrong on my Linux security. Thanks for your post, will try with different distribución.
  • Guest
    Jun 17, 2022

    IBM i can connect to quadstor vtl devices over iSCSI. @Guest maybe you havent installed alll the correct PTFs or maybe you haven't configured the connection correctly.

  • Guest
    Jun 16, 2022
    .IBM i is not an open attach 3rd party storage platform. The tape device drivers are the same on both iSCSI and FC. The 3rd party vendor if they choose to attach has to support what is provided for both the protocol stack and device emulation. IBM will consider this request to add support and work with these vendors.