We have an ageing StorageTek L700e library that seems to be refusing to depart, and it is currently controlled via an equally or more ageing HP rp5450 (L2000-44) PA-RISC server that is running HP-UX 11.0 (now out of support) and is attached via SCSI. All the server does is sit in a secondary data centre and control the library's robotic arm (/dev/rac/c0t8d0), nothing else.
The LTO drives in the library are SAN-attached, and other HP-UX systems are configured as media servers.
We would like to replace the server with something currently supported and in tune with our operational Itanium servers (running HP-UX 11i v3), but the current standalone Itanium servers are a limited range and rather expensive. We need a standalone system due to location, and don't have a blade enclosure.
Given the expense and overkill of using a HP-UX server for this menial role, it has been suggested that we use a Linux system instead (eg. RHEL on a current DL360).
Has anybody any advice on setting up RHEL as a controller: what is the device the robotic arm comes out as?, any issues?, etc.
Thanks very much for your help!