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How long does it take to upgrade to a new server? Re-installing and configuring applications and patches is tedious, error-prone, time-consuming—and let's face it—boring. During this session, you ...

How long does it take to upgrade to a new server? Re-installing and configuring applications and patches is tedious, error-prone, time-consuming—and let's face it—boring. During this session, you will learn how physical-to-physical (P2P) conversions with PlateSpin Migrate can dramatically accelerate and automate this process, shorten the downtime window, and can even be scheduled to run unattended.

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  • 1. Accelerating Server Hardware Upgrades with PlateSpin Migrate P2P ® Ari Glaizel Product Manager Novell, Inc. ari.glaizel@novell.com
  • 2. Workload: The (New) IT Paradigm Application Workload Middleware Operating System A workload is an A workload is A workload or a integrated stack of portable and collection of application, middleware, platform agnostic workloads makes and operating system –it can run in up a business that accomplishes a physical, virtual or service, which is computing task cloud computing what the end user environments consumes 2 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 3. Does a Workload = a Physical Server? Physical Server Virtual Host 1 workload per Multiple workloads per physical server physical server 3 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 4. Hardware Migrations Hardware migration involves taking server workloads from one physical server to another. Challenges – Before Solution – After • End-of-lease server hardware • New server hardware under warranty • Older, less powerful servers • Meet SLAs with powerful servers • Out-of-warranty hardware • High-density servers use less physical • Legacy servers risk missing SLAs floor space, rack space and cooling • High cost in labour and downtime • Automated migrations minimize downtime to manually rebuild workloads 4 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 5. Goals of a Hardware Migration Project Move the maximum number of workloads in the minimum amount of time Eliminate/reduce testing and configuration of migrated workloads Ensure migrated workloads contain the most recent data Reduce migration impact on users, servers and networks 5 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 6. Hardware Migration Potential Hurdles • Slow/latent/expensive/busy network connections • Small outage windows, weekends, 24 hours or less • Data skew, between production workloads and migrated workloads • Configuration and testing of migrated workloads adds hours to each migration. • Moving to disimilar hardware archetectures, AMD to Intel, Paxville to Dunnington XEON processors etc. • Many different operating systems within the datacenter, that require many different migration tools 6 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 7. Typical Steps in Manually Performing a Hardware Migration • Number of steps involved in manually moving to new hardware. • Tough to do in parallel for multiple servers • The steps in blue can potentially be automated. – Acquire new hardware – Hook up hardware in Datacenter – Acquire installation software – Set up volume structure For the simplest of – Install operating system servers, you are – Apply security policy/patches looking at 6-12 – Install applications hours per server – Transfer existing data – Test and deploy 7 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 8. Manually Performing Hardware Migrations • 6-12 hours per server (in the simplest of cases) • Most tasks can only be serially performed (tough for one person to hardware migrate two servers at the same time) • Prone to error, significant time spent tracking down problems The up-front costs of a server can be significantly higher than just buying the hardware! 8 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 9. Is There a Better Way …?
  • 10. PlateSpin Migrate ® With PlateSpin Migrate, you can automatically migrate server workloads over the network. Physical Blade Servers Servers Virtual Image Hosts Archives Workload Decoupled from Hardware Decouple workload Live peer-to-peer Sync-up prior from host Migration testing workload migration to cut-over infrastructure 10 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 11. PlateSpin Migrate ® Workload OS Support for P2P Server Desktop Operating Systems Operating Systems • Windows Server 2008 (32 and 64-bit) • Windows Vista (32 and 64-bit) • Windows Server 2003 (32 and 64-bit) • Windows XP pro • Windows 2000 Server • Windows 2000 Server • SUSE Linux Enterprise ® 8-11 (32 & 64-bit) • Red Hat Linux 3-5 (32 and 64-bit) 11 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
  • 12. Value of PlateSpin Migrate for ® Hardware Migrations Easy way to upgrade at the end of a lease cycle Quicker than manual installation Reliable and repeatable no 'power on and pray' Not tied to similar hardware, can upgrade to and from any standard (x86/amd64) hardware vendor. Change control Testing and staged cutover via Server Sync 12 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 13. How Does PlateSpin Migrate 'Know' ® About Your Target Hardware? Demo: Show driver repository, how to upload.
  • 14. Features of PlateSpin Migrate that ® Helps with Hardware Upgrades Optimized for wide area networks Live transfer and Server Sync technology reduce production downtime, and bandwidth requirements. Data consistency is ensured between source and target workloads with Server Sync. Automation of common post migration configuration and testing tasks Operating System Agnostic and Broad hardware platform support 14 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 15. Direct Transfer (Peer-to-peer) • Site to site interconnect • Large Bandwidth • Small Used Disk Space (<50 GB) Requirements 1 Source Site Target Site 15 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 16. Direct Transfer (Peer-to-peer) •No direct interconnect • Large Used Disk Space (>50 GB) Requirements 2 3 1 Classic File Transfer SAN Replication Removable Media Source Site Target Site 16 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 17. Staged Transfer With Images and Server Sync • Site to site interconnect • Small Bandwidth • Large Used Disk Space (>50 GB) Requirements 2 3 1 Classic File Transfer SAN Replication Removable Media Source Site Target Site 4 17 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 18. Unique Benefits: Need for Testing Test your environment with minimal downtime by using Migrate’s Server Sync functionality: Without PlateSpin ® Migrate Test Cut Over With PlateSpin Migrate Test & Validate Cut Over 18 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 19. Unique Benefits: Optimized Testing 1 Initial Workload Copy App. Users 2 Test and Verify App. Test App. Users Team 3 Server Sync 19 4 Cutover © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved. App. Users
  • 20. Demo – P2P Process Using Migrate • During this demo we willl: – Set up a P2P job, using a real Linux target booted via ramdisk. – How would you 'test' your workload – Perform a subsequent Server Sync. 20 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 21. What Are the Savings? • The following steps take significantly less time as a result of utilizing PlateSpin Migrate® – Acquire installation software – Set up volume structure – Install operating system – Apply security policy/patches – Install applications – Transfer existing data Time reduced by > 50 % ! Migrations can be run in parallel with a high degree of consistency 21 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 22. Questions . . . ?
  • 23. Unpublished Work of Novell, Inc. All Rights Reserved. This work is an unpublished work and contains confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information of Novell, Inc. Access to this work is restricted to Novell employees who have a need to know to perform tasks within the scope of their assignments. No part of this work may be practiced, performed, copied, distributed, revised, modified, translated, abridged, condensed, expanded, collected, or adapted without the prior written consent of Novell, Inc. Any use or exploitation of this work without authorization could subject the perpetrator to criminal and civil liability. General Disclaimer This document is not to be construed as a promise by any participating company to develop, deliver, or market a product. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. Novell, Inc. makes no representations or warranties with respect to the contents of this document, and specifically disclaims any express or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. The development, release, and timing of features or functionality described for Novell products remains at the sole discretion of Novell. Further, Novell, Inc. reserves the right to revise this document and to make changes to its content, at any time, without obligation to notify any person or entity of such revisions or changes. All Novell marks referenced in this presentation are trademarks or registered trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.