Block Storage Migration in Open Environments

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 16 April 2020

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ISBN-10: 0738458708
ISBN-13: 9780738458700
IBM Form #: SG24-8470-00
(224 pages)

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Authors: Francesco Anderloni, Matthew DiVito, Bert Dufrasne, Roger Eriksson, Christopher Moore, Markus Oscheka, Duncan Simpson, Stephen Solewin


Companies need to migrate data not only when technology needs to be replaced, but also for consolidation, load balancing, and disaster recovery (DR).

Data migration is a critical operation, and this book explains the phases and steps to ensure a smooth migration. Topics range from planning and preparation to execution and validation.

The book explains, from a generic standpoint, the appliance-based, storage-based, and host-based techniques that can be used to accomplish the migration. Each method is explained through practical migration scenarios and for various operating systems.

This publication addresses the aspects of data migration efforts while focusing on fixed block storage systems in open environment with the IBM® FlashSystem 9100 as the target system. Therefore, the book also emphasizes various migration techniques using the Spectrum Virtualize built-in functions.

This document targets storage administrators, storage network administrators, system designers, architects, and IT professionals who design, administer or plan data migrations in large data Centers. The aim is to ensure that you are aware of the current thinking, methods, and products that IBM can make available to you. These items are provided to ensure a data migration process that is as efficient and problem-free as possible.
The material presented in this book was developed with versions of the referenced products as of February, 2020.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introducing data migration
Chapter 2. Data Migration Process
Chapter 3. IBM Spectrum Virtualize concepts
Chapter 4. IBM Spectrum Virtualize based migration
Chapter 5. Using IBM Spectrum Virtualize Migration wizard
Chapter 6. Migration alternatives inIBM Spectrum Virtualize environments
Chapter 7. Data Migration with IBM Spectrum Virtualize Remote Copy Services
Chapter 8. IBM Spectrum Virtualize in the Cloud
Chapter 9. Host-based migrations in Microsoft Windows
Chapter 10. Host-based migrations in AIX
Chapter 11. Host-based migrations in Linux
Chapter 12. Host-based migrations in VMware Storage vMotion
Chapter 13. Monitoring the migration process

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