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Although there are many existing data migration tools, they have their limitations

Why It's Difficult to Migrate Data from Legacy to the Cloud

As virtualized and cloud systems are so prevalent and integral to data storage, the need to migrate data from a legacy storage system to a virtual or cloud-based one is inevitable. But, here's the rub: migrating data is a lot harder than you might think, despite all the marketing noise about smooth transitions, ease-of-use, and turnkey solutions.

While the term ‘cloud' means many things to many people, I believe it refers to a large-scale virtualized data center that has numerous clusters of VMware or other hypervisor host servers connected to a SAN storage farm with petabytes of data.

The environment may be part of a data center of an enterprise-class company (private cloud), or part of a shared data center managed by a Cloud provider (public cloud).

Popular Reasons to Migrate Data

  • Storage Refresh. An existing storage system has reached the end of its useful life, or its lease is about to expire. Tens or hundreds of terabytes need to be moved from the old to the new storage.
  • Physical-to-Virtual Conversion. The original transformation from a legacy to a virtual environment may have simply involved mapping existing storage Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs). However, keeping the original physical data in the original place negates the many benefits of virtual storage. A second phase of virtualization would involve migrating the raw/direct mapped storage into VMDK disk files stored in the datastore of the virtual environment (VMFS volumes).
  • Storage Consolidation. Moving data from one storage system to another to consolidate storage space.
  • Performance Tuning. This involves moving data from one storage system to another in order to balance the distribution of active data onto separate storage spindles or controllers.

Limitations of Native Data Migration Tools
Although there are many existing data migration tools, they have their limitations. Some of these don't  require any downtime. However, there can be a significant performance impact on virtual machines where a large amount of data is migrated. Problems can arise if the destination storage is on a different SAN or a remote data center - which makes it unsuitable for a data center move.

For a large-scale migration project under a tight deadline where essentially every datastore is moved from old storage to new, the product must invoke the maximum number of sessions to move as much data as possible in order to meet the deadline.

The massive copying process places such a load on the virtual environment that the performance of the VMs may be compromised, and therefore it is often necessary to allocate application downtime in order to avoid issues.

Due to these limitations, data migration is no longer an easy exercise of copying data from A to B, even for a simple Storage Refresh project. To work around such limitations demands a more complex, multi-phase project plan. Even then, only a small number of migrations can be performed at a time due to the limits of 8 or 4 accesses.

This means the project may stretch out for weeks or months!

For a more complex project, such as a migration from legacy, physical application server clusters to a cloud/virtual environment, native tools are unable to address the source disks (physical LUNs) presented to physical application servers on the SAN.

In this case, not only does the migration tool have to be able to read/access the source LUNs across different host server platforms (Linux, Windows, UNIX, and so on), but the tool must be able to write to the new virtual storage. Lacking such a tool, the migration process may need to be a two-phase approach. First, with a P-to-P copy, resulting in an RDM in the virtual environment, followed by a P-to-V process at the end, making the migration process even more complicated.

Is There a Better Way?
An ideal solution is a migration process that can directly intercept the source storage (preferably live and without any downtime), and then online copy the source data into the virtual environment as VMDK files (or RDM if so desired).

This will result in minimum downtime (needed only after migration is complete and cutting over production to the virtual environment), and in the lowest possible impact to the virtual environment (as all the copying is performed by the migration appliance at the source).

In Brief...
Migrating data storage from legacy systems to cloud-based ones is far more difficult than you might think. While there are many tools to help you achieve this goal, few come without serious negatives - notably protracted downtime, and a slew of technical difficulties, and a hefty price tag.

Shop around. There a few solutions that enable smooth migration with minimal downtime and minimal impact to the virtual environment - at a price that is highly affordable and can be rented. Bear in mind that the cost associated with downtime can range from $90K to millions of dollars per hour depending on the organization.

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Wayne Lam is CEO of Cirrus Data, a provider of software that migrates data to the cloud and manages storage area networks (SANs). With more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise storage industry, he co-founded FalconStor Software and founded several other tech companies.

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