Healthcare Case Study
|Customer Type||Healthcare Network (Hospitals & GPO)|
|Source Storage||HPE 3PAR 7400 and T800|
|Number of Hosts||17|
|Host Types||Windows, Linux, ESX|
|Host Applications||SharePoint, Lync, Exchange DAG, MSSQL cluster, Oracle RAC|
|Number of DMS and model||4x DMS4000|
|Insertion Method||Storage Side with DMS Switch|
Large environment (few dozen LUNs per host, cluster with 56 initiators, individual hosts/clusters using over a hundred terabyte each)
Large LUN sizes – many from 2TB to 16TB
Customer was experiencing intermittent errors on source array
Not all LUNs would be migrated
Customer wanted to perform migration configuration
CDS served as SME to partner, and reviewed all configuration parameters, provided technical procedures
DMS automated process for device discovery for current SAN, and auto-allocated destination LUNs, performed migration LUN matching
With DMS inserted, CDS engineers discovered source of the intermittent error – a hardware issue on two target ports
CDS proposed disabling the ports, and the issue was resolved after customer performed suggested action
Flexibility of DMS allowed individual LUNs to be included/excluded from the migration process
CDS engineers helped customer isolate and resolve the intermittent errors occurring on the source storage
Ease of use with DMS allowed customer to complete migration configuration with very little intervention
Even after hardware issues were diagnosed and resolved, the project completed on time
This healthcare network, consisting of multiple hospitals and a group purchasing organization (GPO), decided to refresh its storage from HPE 3PAR to Pure Storage. In planning the data migration, the most formidable challenge was its large environment with many LUNs ranging in size from 2TB up to 16TB. Further complicating the migration planning, the customer was experiencing an intermittent error on a source storage array. Finally, due to the sensitive information on the arrays, the client preferred to perform the migration configuration with its own team, relying very little on outside assistance.
Cirrus Data Solutions (CDS) has a reputation for providing quick, secure, and easy data migrations with its Data Migration Server (DMS) featuring the unique patented Transparent Datapath Intercept (TDI) technology. For this migration Cirrus Data acted as a trusted advisor, reviewing all configuration parameters for the data migration project and lending their expertise when planning technical procedures. DMS’s auto-discovery and auto-allocation features were used to discover the current SAN and locate the destination LUNs, reducing the complexity and duration of this data migration.
Cirrus Data’s technical staff worked closely with the client to identify the cause of the intermittent error on its source storage array. While using DMS in the data path, CDS engineers were able to pinpoint the area of the issue, shortening the time to resolution. The customer was fully involved in every step of the migration configuration process. Thanks to DMS’s ease of use, the complex migration completed on time, despite the hardware issue encountered on the source storage. Once the error was resolved, the entire migration was performed with little intervention from the CDS team.