Sun Cluster Concepts Guide for Solaris OS

Local Disks

Local disks are the disks that are only connected to a single Solaris host. Local disks are, therefore, not protected against host failure (they are not highly available). However, all disks, including local disks, are included in the global namespace and are configured as global devices. Therefore, the disks themselves are visible from all cluster hosts.

You can make the file systems on local disks available to other hosts by placing them under a global mount point. If the host that currently has one of these global file systems mounted fails, all hosts lose access to that file system. Using a volume manager lets you mirror these disks so that a failure cannot cause these file systems to become inaccessible, but volume managers do not protect against host failure.

See the section Global Devices for more information about global devices.