Asymmetric Logical Unit Access (ALUA) support in device-mapper-multipath has been updated, adding explicit ALUA support for Clariion storage. Earlier versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 added support for implicit ALUA (i.e. the operating system is not aware of which storage device paths have optimized performance and which have non-optimized performance). If the operating system consistently sends I/O on a non-optimized path, then the storage device may transparently make that path optimized, improving performance and causing idle paths to become non-optimized.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 introduces explicit ALUA support for Clariion storage (i.e. the operating system exchanges information with the storage device and is able to select the paths that have optimized performance).