Module infi.storagemodel

Getting Started

To get started, first you need to get an infi.storagemodel.base.StorageModel instance:

from infi.storagemodel import get_storage_model
model = get_storage_model()

The storagemodel object is a global instance, so every call to get_storage_model returns the same instance.

Working with SCSI devices

The storage model is layer-based. The first layer is the SCSI layer. Access to it is done by:

scsi = model.get_scsi()

The function is cached, so calling it again returns the same infi.storagemodel.base.scsi.SCSIModel instance.

Now let's see what objects this gives us:

block_devices = scsi.get_all_scsi_block_devices()
target_controllers = scsi.get_all_storage_controller_devices()

These two functions return all the disks and controllers that are visible to the operating system. You can also ask for a specific device:

device = scsi.find_scsi_block_device_by_block_access_path("/dev/sda")
device = scsi.find_scsi_block_device_by_scsi_access_path("/dev/sg0")

and on Windows:

device = scsi.find_scsi_block_device_by_scsi_access_path(r"\?\GLOBALROOT\Device0001a")

As with the rest of the API everything is cached within the model, so if "/dev/sda" and "/dev/sg0" are actually the same device, you'll get the same instance.

You can also get a device by its SCSI address:

from infi.dtypes.hctl import HCTL

These methods return either infi.storagemodel.base.scsi.SCSIStorageController or infi.storagemodel.base.scsi.SCSIBlockDevice, or lists of them. Check their documentation to see what information they hold.

Working with multipath devices

Now, let's get the multipath devices. In mose cases, we'd want to work with the native multipath driver, infi.storagemodel.base.multipath.NativeMultipathModel:

mpio = model.get_native_multipath()
devices = mpio.get_all_multipath_block_devices()

Typically you'd also want to differentiate between the multipath disks and the non-multipath ones:

block_devices = scsi.get_all_scsi_block_devices()
mp_disks = mpio.get_all_multipath_block_devices()
non_mp_disks = mpio.filter_non_multipath_scsi_block_devices(block_devices)

If you want disks of a specific product only:

from infi.storagemodel.vendor.infinidat.infinibox import vid_pid
infinidat_mp_disks = mpio.filter_vendor_specific_devices(mp_disks, vid_pid)
infinidat_non_mp_disks  = mpio.filter_vendor_specific_devices(block_devices, vid_pid)

The infi.storagemodel.base.multipath.MultipathDevice provides cross-platform abstraction of infi.storagemodel.base.multipath.Path and their infi.storagemodel.base.multipath.LoadBalancePolicy. The platform-specific implementation translates the configuration into the supported :ref:supported-policies.

Scanning for changes in Storage

Doing a rescan on the SCSI bus is an expensive operation.

Usually, issuing a rescan on an operating system does not report on comlpetion, and it takes some time for the upper layers to finish their work.

Since rescan is usually done when there's a change in connectivity or mapping, storagemodel provides an interfaces that blocks until an expected condition is met.

The method rescan_and_wait_for accepts a predicate and blocks until the predicate returns True, or timeout is raised.

Let's see some examples.

Waiting for a new device

The most common use case is that a volume has been mapped, and you want to wait for it to appear.

Waiting for a new disk is straightforward using the infi.storagemodel.predicates.DiskExists predicate:

from infi.storagemodel import get_storage_model
from infi.storagemodel.predicates import DiskExists

This predicate works for both multipath disks and non-multipath disks

Waiting for a device to be gone

If you want to rescan after unmapping a volume, use the infi.storagemodel.predicates.DiskNotExists predicate.

Fiber Channel mappings

If you performed a connectivity change, you can wait for it to happen.

from infi.storagemodel.predicates import FiberChannelMappingExists
predicate = FiberChannelMappingExists("01020304060708", "0a:0b:0c:0d:0e:0f:0g:0h", 0)

This predicate needs three arguments: the initiator WWN, the target WWN and the LUN.

WWNs can be formatted however you like - lowercase, uppercase, with separators or without them.

See infi.storagemodel.predicates.FiberChannelMappingExists and infi.storagemodel.predicates.FiberChannelMappingNotExists.

Waiting for several conditions

You can also wait for several conditions together:

from infi.storagemodel.predicates import DiskExists, DiskNotExists, PredicateList
predicates = PredicateList([DiskExists("123"), DiskNotExists("456")])



def get_storage_model(


returns a global instance of a infi.storagemodel.base.StorageModel.















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