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NetApp Migration from Centera

Created: 02 Oct 2012 • Updated: 03 Oct 2012 | 6 comments
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I've seen other conversations here, but they didn't seem to address my exact scenario. We are being tasked to look at what it would take to migrate all of the items we have in Centera (Compliance Mode) over to NetApp (running their compliance mode equivalent). These are all items captured via journaling - we don't do any archiving here. We have about 6.5TB of data, most of which is on a three year retention policy. How would we migrate that data and keep the policies intact?

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teiva-boy's picture

There are a number of 3rd party companies that have created tools/applications/services to do this.  NetApp may even have something for it, in which you have to ask them.

Symantec wouldn't have anything for this.

Outside of that, programatically you could access the data and copy it elsewhere.  But most folks do not have that level of expertise in Centera to accomplish that.

"Centera, where data goes to die."

There is an online portal, save yourself the long hold times. Create ticket online, then call in with ticket # in hand :-) "We backup data to restore, we don't backup data just to back it up."

JesusWept3's picture

for what its worth, Symantec's Move Archive can move Journal Archives inter-site only, and is part of the core product

JesusWept3's picture

Your only options are either Move Archive or one of the other migration services, such as Transvault, Aikabu, etc, It unfortunately isn't as simple as just dumping out all the DVS files and pushing them to the netapp as all the database entries would have to be changed as well.

One big stumbling block you might find is if you have Discovery Accelerator and you have items on legal hold, none of the software pieces can migrate a legal hold correctly, so any cases you have would have to be deleted and the holds lifted.

Obviously if you're looking for the cheapest method, it would be Move Archive, and since you only will have a few journal archives, its easy enough to queue.

If you want it to be more granular with the types  of items being transferred (say for instance you have items going back all the way to 2005, but you only want 2009 onward) then looking at another migrator software would be a better fit.

The speed differences between Move Archive and others are debatable since they all should be using the EVAPI to retrieve items, and since you are not doing shortcut updates then that will make things go somewhat quicker as well.

Jeff Shotton's picture

So when you are journaling there are two parts of the message to consider. The first is the P1 envelope which contains a list of all the recipients, and the P2 which is an attachment with the actual message itself.

When the item is stored, either in Centera or on any other device, Enterprise Vault uses the P1 metadata and then stores it in the saveset with the P2 message so the original message is effectively untouched. The problem with this is when you come to do a migration - the P1 message has gone. This means that if you just use native tools, what you are exporting and importing is different and this might not be acceptable. This is why there are other tools on the market (I'll throw ArchiveShuttle from Quadrotech in as a 3rd alternative)



Jeff Shotton

Principal Consultant

Adept-tec Ltd

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Andrew Tankersley's picture

Thanks for the information. This is all still in the preliminary stage so I am still waiting for a decision from management as to when/if this is something we want to do.

dbeattie's picture

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