PowerPath Migrator Enabler is a host-base migration tools from EMC that allows you to migrate data between storage systems with little or no interruption to data access. This tool can be use in conjunction with other underlying technology such as EMC Invista, Open Replicator. PPME use the PowerPath filter dirvers to provide non-disruptive or minimally disruptive migrations. Only specific host plateforms are supported by PPME. Please check EMC support matrix for supported host systems. One of the PPME features that supports pseduo-to-pseduo, native-to-native and native-to-pseudo device migration.

Consider the following when designing and configuring PPME:

Ø Remote devices do not have to be the same RAID type or meta-configuration.
Ø Target devices must be the same size or large than the source control device.
Ø Target directors act as initiators in the SAN.
Ø Contrary to the recommendations for Open Replicator, the source device remains online during the “hot pull.”
Ø The two storage systems involved in the migration must be connected directly or through a switch, and they must be able to communicate.
Ø Every port on the target array that allows access to the target device must also have access to the source device through at least one port on the source array. This can be counter to some established zoning policies.
Ø Since PPME with Open Replicator uses FA resources, determine whether this utility will be used in a production environment. In addition, consider FA bandwidth assessments so that appropriate throttling parameters (that is, pace or ceiling).
Ø The powermig throttle parameter sets the pace of an individual migration by using the pace parameter of Open Replicator:
Ø Faster (lower throttle) makes the migration faster, but may impact application I/O performance.
Ø Slower (higher throttle) makes the migration slower.
Ø The default is five (midpoint).
Ø When setting a ceiling to limit for Open Replicator throughput for a director/port:
Ø The ceiling value is set as a percentage of a director/port’s total capacity.
Ø The ceiling can be set for a given director, port, director and port, or all director and ports in the Symmetrix array.
Ø To set ceiling values, you must use symrcopy set ceiling directly (powermig does not provide a way to do this)
Ø Once the hot pull has completed, remove or re-use the source device.
Ø Do not forget to “clean up” the zoning once you have completed migration activities.
Hope this will be useful in migration planning or selecting migration tools. I will try to explain in deatil in coming post such as PPME with Open Replicator, Solution Enabler etc..


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