Device discovery

Device discovery is the term used to describe the process of discovering the disks that are attached to a host. This feature is important for DMP because it needs to support a growing number of disk arrays from a number of vendors. In conjunction with the ability to discover the devices attached to a host, the Device Discovery service enables you to add support for new disk arrays. The Device Discovery uses a facility called the Device Discovery Layer (DDL).

The DDL enables you to add support for new disk arrays without the need for a reboot.

This means that you can dynamically add a new disk array to a host, and run a command which scans the operating system's device tree for all the attached disk devices, and reconfigures DMP with the new device database.