“In customer meetings, I am often met with skepticism that there is no way to do an easy migration without a lot of disruption. After they see the power of DataCore storage virtualisation software in action, their jaws literally drop because they cannot believe that it can be that simple to migrate their storage and VMs,” said Barry Martin, partner and chief technical architect at The Mirazon Group, a DataCore solution and professional services provider.
The suite combines SANsymphony-V software licenses and access to DataCore’s call support centre for a trained solution and services provider to implement and complete a specific customer migration project. Additionally, rather than having to purchase the SANsymphony-V software outright, migration services providers can take advantage of the powerful migration features under a 30 day license model, enabling them to cost-effectively get difficult customer migration and data center relocation projects completed within more limited budgets.
The SANsymphony-V Disk Migration Suite significantly reduces the hours, effort and downtime required to migrate disk contents and VMs between storage devices and systems. It is most often used during a hardware refresh to help replace older storage arrays with newer devices. The Suite generally is configured to run on separate servers inserted between the hosts and the storage systems. After the simple set up, non-disruptive migrations are simple to perform.
“DataCore’s SANsymphony-V Disk Migration Suite turns what has been a very problematic and time consuming hardware refresh task into something quick, reliable and simple. The software passes-through access to the original disks, while copying their contents to the new storage equipment in the background,” explained Augie Gonzalez, director of product marketing, DataCore Software. “After the new device is fully synchronized it can be reconnected directly to the hosts, leaving the older device to be used in another capacity or decommissioned.”
Cost-Effective Storage Migration for Real-World Needs
Recently, the SANsymphony-V Disk Migration Suite facilitated the non-disruptive move of a complete data centre for DataCore customer, Homecare Homebase™. The Mirazon Group was responsible for the migration and Brent Earls, senior systems engineer at the IT solution provider and consultancy, lauded the role the technology played during this process, noting: “We were able to move Homecare Homebase from one data centre to another data centre using the DataCore SANsymphony-V Disk Migration Suite. There were 200+ virtual machines (VMs) that were moved with no downtime whatsoever.”
According to Earls, DataCore’s software provided a high availability stretch site mirroring capability and other features that kept the customer’s environment up and “hot” during the whole migration, even though all of the VMs that were migrated were customer-facing.
“These migration capabilities are a godsend to IT services and solution providers, as well as to IT administrators who are responsible for the uptime of their organizations and need help to complete such projects,” added Earls. “The SANsymphony-V Disk Migration Suite delivers the right tools to keeps users and applications running undisturbed while necessary refresh maintenance, migrations or relocations are occurring behind the scenes.”
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