I’ve had a few comments on my blog (as well as other forums both HPE & independent) where customers are looking for options & ideas to migrate their critical datasets from their HPE 3PAR systems to a new Nimble Storage platform.
If you’re a virtualised environment (and I would bet that almost 100% of all readers are virtualised to some degree) the easiest and most simplest way to migrate data is using VMware vMotion or Hyper-V LiveMigration. These tools are storage platform agnostic, and will move your VMs & data non-disruptively from one array to another.
However – this doesn’t help you for OTHER types of data that do not reside in a virtual machine format. You may have in-guest iSCSI for application-quiesed snaps & backups. You may have physical servers dedicated for certain high-performance applications. You may be using RDMs for certain design reasons.
All of these usecases do not allow you to easily migrate your data using vMotion/Live Migration – and thus you will need to use other tools in order to help you move your data.
HPE RMC is a tool that you may not be too familiar with – it’s quite possibly one of the best kept secrets in the HPE portfolio.
RMC is a suite of tools installed as a virtual machine (image available for VMware and Hyper-V) and allows users to consume cross-HPE orchestration of application/VM consistent snapshots, clones, replication and restores of datasets that are residing on 3PAR, Nimble/dHCI and Primera platforms.
Furthermore, RMC can move those copies of data to HPE’s StoreOnce on-premises – as well as backing data up to HPE Cloud Volumes Backup for cloud-based backup & recovery in the Public Cloud.
What’s more – RMC is FREE for all 3PAR and Nimble customers – and can be downloaded from Infosight Software Downloads for Nimble users.
A feature inside of RMC is PeerCopy; which is a clever piece of tech that allows you to copy data using array based snapshots and snap-diff from one HPE-based storage array to another – which can be the same or completely disparate from one another.
This therefore becomes a great tool for you to be able to harness for copying & moving data from your old 3PAR platform to your new Nimble Storage 🙂
So here you go – here is a video demo showcasing HPE RMC PeerCopy, and migrating data from old to new!
Whilst this video shows a standard Nimble system, you absolutely CAN do the same workflows and data mobility using Nimble dHCI platforms too!
Here’s another video demo, this time focusing on migrating SAP HANA datasets from 3PAR to Nimble:
If you would like more technical details on RMC PeerCopy, my colleague Pete Wightman has written a pretty detailed blog post here.
I hope this blog & video demos were useful to you. We’re working on other tools & cool tech to help you move and harness your data across the HPE storage portfolio – stay tuned for more news as I get it!
Cheers… and Stay Nimble 😉