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Are there any industry standards for managing intelligent enclosures

December 30th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Yes – SES, which stands for SCSI ENCLOSURE SERVICES, is the ANSI standard by which Fibre Channel-attached subsystems adhere to.  SCSI enclosures “speak” SAF-TE, which stands for SCSI Accessed Fault Tolerant Enclosures.

The SES specification has a great deal of intelligence, which allows for not only reporting health, but changing fan speeds, manipulating the LEDs, and controlling audible alarms.   SAF-TE is a rather dumb interface that reports the most basic information in more of a pass/fail form.

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