SANpulse Migration Services
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SAN Storage Data Migrations
Data migration and consolidation projects are a painful experience for any IT team. Even with proper planning migrations are difficult, time consuming, and expensive. Not only do they require an army of consultants, but they are also a highly manual process that involves intense planning, teamwork, and communication. People armed with spreadsheets manually collect and analyze data—a situation that leads to errors and increased timelines.
Despite the unpleasantness of data management, consolidation and migration, they are a regular fact of life for most organizations. As data grows, IT managers must figure out how to best address their storage needs and enhance their storage infrastructure in ways that ensure business continuity and swift disaster recovery.
SANpulse Migration Services eases the pain of storage consolidation and migration. Driven by advanced automation technologies, SANpulse uses a unique software led solution to dramatically reduce project timeline, errors, and financial costs—all while significantly cutting back on the personnel needed to implement the project. Its patent-pending architecture provides a dynamic solution that replaces labor-intensive, error-prone manual delivery methods with automated, proactive, and efficient solutions. Because every storage optimization initiative is unique, SANpulse provides custom SAN optimization solutions that are tailored to each project.
Most companies have a low storage utilization rate but are unable to reclaim a portion of their unused allocated storage due to the largely archaic and cumbersome processes that exist in today's corporate storage landscape.
SANpulse brings automated intelligence to reclamation projects. SAN Blueprint is an extensive customized report service that identifies potential reclamation opportunities, thereby keeping data current and accurate. Accelerate the identification process by automatically generating the actual, executable commands required to reclaim the identified data, while calculating and communicating the possible impacts of any reclamation(s) on the performance and daily operations of your system. SANpulse is able to gather, analyze, correlate, and execute within a single framework, thereby alleviating the need for multiple resources and extended lifecycles.
Effective tiering involves allocating each application and its associated content to an appropriate tier in a storage hierarchy. For example, tier 1 data may include critical files or programs that will be retained in RAID-protected, high-I/O, expensive storage. Data that is less important and less frequently accessed may be placed on slower, inexpensive storage.
Skillfully managing tiered storage is crucial to optimizing your company's storage space as well as reducing costs. It also poses many challenges because storage needs are constantly evolving: the value of data changes; the amount of data grows; and companies continuously strive to comply with new legal and regulatory requirements for storage.
SANpulse software customizes internal work breakdown structures, allowing a re-tiering solution that accounts for all customer requirements and dependencies. By capturing the required data points and incorporating them into customer-tailored algorithms, generate an output that precisely identifies re-tiering opportunities and provides detailed schematics regarding execution.
A well-configured SAN fabric is the foundation of an enterprise-class storage infrastructure. It comprises fibre cables, switches, routers, and other fibre devices that work in concert to efficiently move data throughout the SAN in an organized fashion. Based on traditional methods of labor-intensive data collection and analysis, this rebuilding can be a complex, protracted, and error-prone process—one that can threaten the stability of your fabric. SANpulse provides a solution for optimizing and redesigning SAN fabrics. From the data collected during the discovery and analysis phases, SANpulse Professional Services will generate customized reports that offer insights into your current SAN fabric giving you the ability to thoroughly analyze the various aspects and components of the fabric, such as port utilization, switch configuration, switch utilization, switch ISL connectivity, host connectivity, host paths-to-arrays, array connectivity, and much more. This information can be used to automate fabric redesigns and migrations using accurate data to drive automated configuration and change.
One of the many stressful factors involved in a successful data migration or consolidation is ensuring that each server in your current SAN environment will be compatible with your new platform. To achieve successful connectivity in a new SAN environment, hardware vendors request that servers be operating under certified and tested standards; however, keeping track of every server in your SAN infrastructure is not an easy task. Every SAN-attached server is configured over time and usually only upgraded as required. Something as simple as a software inconsistency between old and new environments could cause a server to crash after a data center migration or consolidation.
During remediation discovery and analysis, a SANpulse architect uses SANlogics software to collect and correlate data that is then compiled into a comprehensive and transparent report of your current infrastructure. This report not only includes details on all switches, bus adaptors, drivers, and hosts, but it also validates this information against both the vendor's support matrix and your company's internal storage support matrix. Following the analysis of your infrastructure, SANpulse also delivers a compatibility report identifying all required upgrades—information that will enable a seamless transition to your new SAN platform.
Most IT professionals working in storage know that the data discovery phase is vital and necessary for SAN migration or consolidation. Before undergoing a migration or consolidation, you need an up-to-date picture of your complex data center environment. SANpulse's discovery solution simplifies and expedites the complex discovery process and compiles valuable information about your servers, host-to-storage fabrics, LUN and device mapping, allocations, RAID types, resource usage, and much more; however, gathering this information is just the starting point for your data transformation. The next critical step is analyzing the profusion of data that you amassed in the discovery phase. SANpulse's innovative SAN technology solutions provide detailed analysis and reporting of discovery results. SANatomy, and Blueprint, use our powerful proven technology analytics tool that automates intelligence gathering and determines what your pre-migration or consolidation environment looks like, what should be consolidated, and how the infrastructure can be optimized.
SANpulse orchestrate the entire process of data migration and consolidation. It offers an automated end-to-end solution that is completely customizable to any organization's SAN environment. Industry experts and SANpulse customers acknowledge the unique solutions that SANpulse provides. Using innovative software SANpulse solutions are:
- SANatomy & Blueprint reporting software
- Automate SAN environment assessment by collecting information on your SAN and servers infrastructure and quickly generate information for decision
- SANpulse experts
- Analyze discovery results and plan for the migration
- Establish the SANeaseTM methodology for process standardization and consistency
- Perform knowledge transfer throughout project
- SANlogics migration orchestration software
- Automate and orchestrate SAN migration
- Audit SAN environment to ensure that source and target layouts are in compliance with customer-based or industry-based SAN migration best practices
- Create work files (scripts) for each of the processes to execute on the migration;
- Trigger the activation of your company's selected data movers
- Generate cleanup files to optimize space in the source and target environments.