In SAN system Zoning and LUN masking plays an important role. In this article will see what is this.
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What is Zoning?
Zoning is configured to switched to control which host are allowed to communicate with each other. It creates a security layers so unauthorized access between initiator(Host) and Target(Storage) won’t happen. It create a logical path between initiator and target to communicate.
What is LUN Masking?
Using the zoning we control how a initiator can communicate with the target. But how we can give an access to the initiator to communicate with a particular LUN. That where LUN masking come into picture. LUN Masking is configured in a storage system to lock a LUN down to the Host or Hosts who are authorized to access it.
You can remember the Zoning and LUN Masking from the below points its always help
- Zoning ->Switch Level
- LUN Masking -> Storage System