If you are reading this page, your organization most likely owns an EMC Centera system that is nearing or has already reached End-of-Life status, or the end of its “reasonable service period”, the point at which the Centera regularly experiences drive failures, node failures, or other hardware failures that cause excessive downtime.
Monetarily, your organization has made a significant investment in Centera hardware purchases, software licenses necessary to communicate with the Centera, and annual maintenance fees to implement software updates and service Centera hardware failures.
From a data standpoint, your organization has accumulated large volumes of information, and is now faced with how and when to migrate the data to a new storage platform, in a timely manner, while maintaining chain-of-custody information for regulatory and governance purposes.
Planning for EOL of your Centera
As with ANY hardware End-of-Life announcement, the success of implementing a replacement storage platform greatly depends on first gaining an understanding of the data written to the device, including number and average size of data objects, compliance requirements to either retain and migrate all objects or filter and purge records that have met their retention period, and finally, whether or not any data is subject to legal hold.
Other factors to consider when planning a migration off Centera include hardware generation, version of the Centera O/S, health of the drives and nodes, applications that store their data on the Centera, and how the data was written to the Centera (API, CUA, Disk Xtender, etc).
Our Centera Migration Survey will guide help you through the planning process.
Choosing a New Storage System
Depending on the volume of data, capacity and performance requirements of the new system, applications that write data to Centera, and whether the data is file-based, block-based, or a combination of both, many Centera users are migrating to Isilon, and others are migrating to VNX.
With the explosion of Cloud computing, some are utilizing Cloud storage providers for their disaster recovery copy, or simply to store a tertiary copy that is not part of their physical IT infrastructure.
To speak with a data storage expert for help with planning your migration off Centera, and to choose the best replacement platform, call us at (631) 789-9595 or fill out our Information Request Form and a representative will call you back shortly.