Corporations looking to upgrade storage on older VMware environments often run into a particular challenge when trying to use vMotion for the upgrade – vMotion doesn’t allow any-to-any migrations from older vCenter Server instances to newer vCenter versions, and has only recently offered version 6.0+ upgrade functionality while migrating.
When looking for a solution to these restrictions when it was undergoing a storage upgrade, one of the largest pharmacy store chains in America – specializing in prescriptions, health and wellness products, health information, and photo services – was referred to Cirrus Data. The pharmacy chain needed to migrate out of its VMware 5.0/5.1 environment directly to VMware 6.7 easily and quickly with minimal downtime and impact to its business.
Cirrus Data’s Cirrus Migrate On-Premises (CMO) solution facilitates migration from any vCenter to any other vCenter, regardless of version number. It also updates the VM hardware profile and can even update VMware Tools and the datastore on which the VM resides to the latest level upon cutover.
The CMO Intelligent QoS feature (iQoS) allows the maximum use of all available bandwidth for copying data without impacting production I/O quality, automatically throttling migration when the LUN is too busy.
These advanced features of Cirrus Migrate were the convincing factors that led the chain’s migration technicians to use Cirrus. When moving from HPE source storage to EMC target storage, the company also upgraded its VMware environment to VMware 6.7 easily and quickly with minimal downtime and impact to production. In the end, 150TB assigned to 300 VMs was migrated to the new EMC storage – on-time and on-budget.
Cirrus Migrate On-Premises is the only solution that provides an easy solution for any-to-any vCenter/VMware version migration where the hardware profile of the VM and its related datastore are upgraded during the cutover process, helping VMware and vCenter projects to be completed on-time and on-budget.
Cirrus Migrate On-Premises allows for much greater features and capabilities than the native VMware migration solution and is an easy and excellent product to perform VMware migrations.