A medical equipment company located in the United States but with a contracted IT services team in India, inquired of Cirrus Data Solutions if they could keep costs down by using their own team to perform a local storage refresh using DMS. Managing a data migration from a remote location can be complicated, especially when the remote team does not have complete LUN requirement information for all hosts.
With the limited bandwidth from the US to the company’s facility overseas, manually configuring all LUNs for the 26 client hosts would have been incredibly time-consuming, and the chance for human error would have increased. Adding to the complexity of the project, the data center was also being relocated and hosts would need to be powered off and physically moved to a new location. Additionally, there was no downtime window available before this physical move occurred. This client needed a solution that would allow migration to happen without a downtime window, that was easy to use, and that also possessed the technology to automate some of these manual processes associated with data migration.
Since the data center was located in the US, and the IT services company in India, the client chose Cirrus Data’s Data Migration Server (DMS) to solve their data migration challenges. Cirrus Data technicians went onsite at the data center to install the DMS appliances, and then trained the IT services staff remotely for eight hours, which included four hours of hands-on labs. The remote IT services team utilized the auto-allocation function of DMS which created the new destination LUNs and matched them to the client hosts. Onsite service was completed at the hosting location without any face-to-face interaction with the customer. The simplicity and flexibility of DMS allowed the customer and its IT staff to perform all data migration functions on their own, remotely, once the appliances were installed.
In the end, the project was completed without any issues, on time, and under budget. Only three of the budgeted eight days of PS service were used. There was zero impact to production during the DMS appliance insertion and during the migration phases leading to site relocation.