An investment in storage technology is an investment in the future. By refreshing the legacy storage housing critical databases and applications, organizations can make accessing that data easier and faster while also improving energy efficiency. These performance improvements drove a major insurance software provider to plan an upgrade to its aging HDS and NetApp arrays. By adopting all-flash arrays from Pure Storage, the software provider would be empowered to better serve its more than 21,000 agency partners.
However, this migration was not going to be simple. The company had only six months to migrate 2.5PB of block data across 320 hosts in two separate data centers. And downtime was not an option. The 24/7 demand cycle of the insurance industry meant that the migration needed to be completed without impacting key applications and databases. In addition, because there were multiple storage vendors involved, using native vendor migration tools would force delays and downtime that the customer could not afford.
It was time to turn to a trusted data mobility partner. The software company engaged Cirrus Data and its professional services team to own the complex migration. A key driver of this choice was the pMotion technology in the Cirrus Data On-Premises solution. pMotion would enable the Cirrus Data team to rapidly perform the complex migration without requiring any downtime to critical applications or databases.
The Cirrus Data team worked closely with the customer’s internal experts across business units, managing every aspect of the complex migration with efficiency and communication. This collaboration was especially important when the customer realized their Oracle RAC instances had special performance needs that would require dedicated migration resources. The Cirrus Data team stepped up to the challenge, working with the customer’s DBAs and administrators to segment off the Oracle instances in their own migration wave.
The result? A seamless migration of 2.5PB of mission-critical block data with zero downtime or impact to key applications. By partnering with Cirrus Data, the customer achieved a 300% improvement in the time taken to migrate and cutover their 2.5PB of storage – all within the target timeline and without any business disruption. Now the insurance software company had the high performing and efficient storage they needed for the future, and their partnership with Cirrus Data was that much stronger.