To gather insights on the state of DevOps, we spoke with 22 executives at 19 companies implementing DevOps for themselves and helping clients to implement a DevOps methodology. We asked, “How has DevOps changed since you began using the methodology?” Here’s what they told us:
As I talk to customers and prospects there’s greater awareness of DevOps and what it can do. It’s being taken more seriously. There is sufficient proof of organizations doing well with DevOps. This is a business process change.
A survey we just conducted reflected the insurgency within companies to the way things are done. One year ago, it was, “what is DevOps?” Today there’s a common understanding with a desire to know how to scale.
CD has become mainstream. Microservices are more commonplace and are a good way to be successful with DevOps. Being in the cloud gives you more flexibility. Containers are becoming more mainstream. Function as a service is a helpful way to solve scaling issues.
People are beginning to understand the benefits of DevOps. Best practices have been solidified. Allows you to get code from developers to customers in a fast and secure way.
In a previous article, I stated that StorageX is multi-threaded. I also spent quite a bit of time discussing why I consider this fact to be (mostly) irrelevant to the administrator who is using StorageX to perform his file system migrations. What the user of StorageX really wants is for StorageX to do its job as fast as possible: when he is doing a baseline copy, he wants StorageX to fill his network pipe and move the data as quickly as possible, and when he is cutting over to his shiny new NAS hardware, he wants StorageX to do the final incremental copy within his allotted cutover window.
As I mentioned in my previous article, the techniques StorageX uses to fill the network pipe during a baseline copy are very different from those used to find changed files as quickly as possible during an incremental copy. In this article, I will focus on baseline copies.
Are you facing a large petabyte scale migration? A job this large requires the right solution. Read one customer’s own story how he used StorageX to successfully manage a ten-petabyte migration. With today’s constant need for maximizing efficiency, while constantly driving costs down, the StorageX story related here is a clear example of how we’re changing the landscape of managing your data.
Eliminate origin storage issues
Traditional tools would take 5x the time
Scale of weekly cutovers (100s)
CIFS & NFS mixed environment
Business Unit buy in
CIFS and Mixed Mode shares
4,000-5,000 total shares
Up to 40 TB per share
Up to 180 million files per share
10 years of work done in 2 years
10 PBs optimized
50% cost savings realized
Key StorageX Features
Phased migration: using GUI interface it was easy to configure migration policies (baseline, incremental and final copy). Reduced downtime window required to migrate the NAS data.
Security permissions and file attributes: StorageX copied security permissions (in Windows) and mode bits and file attributes (in Unix). No manual intervention or correction was needed.
Migration summary: detailed summary report of the migration with migration start, end time stamps, bytes copied, number files and folders copied, skipped or deleted files and error logs.
With data growth, equipment end-of-life (EOL), and increasing support costs it is very crucial for organizations to consolidate and eliminate older and more expensive storage systems. The cost of such data migration is significant and migration can present substantial business and technical challenges.
A variety of tools are required to move data between arrays from different vendors or to newer equipment. Traditional migration solutions do little to address these challenges. Host-based tools can reduce the performance of other business applications by consuming CPU cycles and I/O bandwidth. Array-based solutions either do not support heterogeneous storage environments, or offer a one-way transfer that locks customers into a single-vendor solution. Appliance-based solutions require a service technician to enter the data center, install the appliance in the data path between the host and the storage device, and then remove the appliance after performing the migration. The result is an expensive, intrusive approach that is not readily scalable and requires downtime before and after the migration. To efficiently meet ongoing migration needs, storage administrators need a simpler, less disruptive, and more cost- effective way to migrate data between heterogeneous storage arrays.
StorageX File Management
One such solution for file based data management and migration is Data Dynamics StorageX. StorageX is a software based solution which facilitates file based storage management and migration. StorageX distinguishes itself by being a very simple, yet powerful GUI based tool which simplifies the migration, consolidation, and archiving of file data in large, complex, heterogeneous file storage environments. StorageX is fully automated and has a policy driven approach to data migration and management.
StorageX supports various NAS devices (EMC VNX/VNX OE for File and Isilon/OneFS, NetApp/Data ONTAP 7-Mode and Cluster Mode, Windows, and Linux) as both sources and destinations, as well as stand-alone CIFS and NFS file storage resources. StorageX software can be installed on virtual or physical servers. Installation is a simple and straightforward process. We migrated more than 3,000 NAS between variety of source and destinations storage systems/servers. Some of the major benefits of StorageX are explained below.
Benefits of StorageX:
GUI interface: The graphical user interface makes it very easy to handle bulk NAS migrations. With the GUI, we can add storage resources (source and destination) and create data movement policies for NFS/CIFS share by specifying the replication and migration options.
Migration Policies: Migration policies define the data movement between source and destinations. For CIFS shared folders and NFS exports, there are several configuration options available. Carefully input the data in the migration template as it is the base for deciding the migration options. Options are available to copy directories only, delete orphaned file/folder on destination, copy security settings, choose file attributes, filter files by age, exclude files/folders, etc. After the initial baseline data copy phase, continuous incremental copies ensure replication of new, locked, or recently modified files on the source to the destination.In the final cut-over phase, StorageX options allow you to remove user access to the source, perform a short, final sync to copy any new files recently added or updated, and then share the new destination with users.This phased migration (baseline, incremental and final copy) approach reduces the overall downtime window required to migrate the NAS data.
Once the baseline copy is completed, subsequent incremental copies can be automated through migration schedules. Migrations can be scheduled every minute, hourly, daily, weekly, etc.
Email notifications can be configured for effective monitoring. We did not need to login to the tool to check the migration status, emails alerted us under different conditions (completed successfully, completed with errors/warnings or cancelled).
Migration Summary Report: Summary reports give a detailed status of the migration with migration start, end time stamps, bytes copied, number files and folder copied. If the migration is cancelled with error or if it is unsuccessful, the error logs clearly indicate the cause so we can troubleshoot to fix the issue and retry the data copy. If certain files are skipped or deleted, that is also indicated in the summary.
Security Permissions and File Attributes: A major challenge in NAS data migration is copying the security permission (in Windows) and mode bits and file attributes (in Unix). StorageX is able to copy security permissions and file attributes over smoothly from source to destination based on the options specified in the migration template. No manual intervention or correction is needed after the final data copy.
Have you been putting off the need to update or replace thousands of aging NAS volumes containing millions of old files?
If so, you need StorageX.
StorageX is the ONLY file management solution proven capable of managing massive petabyte migrations. It is not wonder that six of twelve world’s largest banks rely on StorageX.
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