Non-Disruptive Data Migration with Peer Motion
Did you ever start what should have been a simple project, and find that it wasn’t all that simple? Or rather, the project itself is not that complicated, but all of the items needed to process BEFORE the project can begin are what take the most amount of time. PLUS, of course, those little unforeseen problems that invariably crop up – Murphy’s Law is always in play during any project.
I wanted to DIY and put up a simple wooden white picket fence around a garden area along the taller, unpainted side fence that separates our place from the neighbors’ in our back yard. In total, 66 feet of new fence. I wanted to make it not only functional, but decorative too. Sized to keep our Black Lab from snooping around in there. My first thought, “This’ll be easy, a day at the most. I’ll buy some pre-made fence panels, dig a few holes and it’ll be done.”
It’s all in the preparation and planning
But, in order to do it right, there was a whole list of actions I needed to do before I could put it up. The main steps included:
Relocating a sprinkler head.
Moving two 12 ft. buried railroad ties. (THAT was loads of fun!)
Removing 100 sq. feet of sod.(Required finding, renting, using, and returning a sod cutter). Also, I didn’t want to waste the sod, so I decided to use it in another area of our property. And that required 3 hours of preparation – before I even cut the sod. Then another 2 hours to replant it all.
Trip to the hardware store to buy a new sprinkler to repair the one I destroyed with the sod cutter.
I decided to save costs by recycling some old fence material from my daughter’s home. This included everything I thought I’d need: about 50 x 6ft. long, 4 inch wide pickets, 8ft. long 2x4’s, and several 6ft long 4x4 posts. Then I had to remove old nails, old screws, and old staples; cut each one to the correct length; cut the top of each to match the dog-eared design I wanted. I found that about 25% of the pickets were unusable.
Trip to the lumber store for screws and brackets, gate hinges and a latch.
Another trip for a gallon of white exterior paint and paint rollers.
Back to the lumber store to get STRAIGHT 2x4’s.
A pickup load of mulch / ground cover to spread around the border of the garden area.
Another trip to get a second gallon of white paint.
After all that, I was finally ready to PUT THE FENCE UP!
So, what does this have to do with Peer Motion?
My “simple project” was pretty disruptive. I had to get special tools to get it done, I ran into problems I didn’t anticipate, I wasn’t very efficient (how many trips to the store did I make??), and in the end it cost me a whole lot more in MONEY and TIME that I had planned for (though I did get a new sprinkler and some “free” sod out of the deal).
HP 3PAR Peer Motion Software is the first non-disruptive, do-it-yourself data migration tool for enterprise block storage. Unlike traditional block migration approaches, the HP 3PAR Peer Motion Software enables customers to migrate storage volumes between any HP 3PAR Storage Systems online, non-disruptively, and without complex planning or dependency on extra tools. The HP 3PAR Peer Motion Software leverages HP 3PAR Thin Built In technology to power the simple and rapid inline conversion of inefficient, “fat” volumes on source arrays to more efficient, higher-utilization “thin” volumes on the destination HP 3PAR Storage System. HP 3PAR Peer Motion Manager is an add-on application that orchestrates all stages of the data migration lifecycle to enable simple and fool-proof data migration.
Load-balance data between systems at will
- Provides online, non-disruptive, and on-demand data mobility between HP 3PAR Storage Systems
- Works between “any-to-any” HP 3PAR Storage Systems, including midrange and high-end systems
- Requires no complex planning or dependency on new technology layers or extra tools
- Coordinates with HP 3PAR Peer Motion Manager to enable do-it-yourself data migration that is simple and fool-proof
- Regulates data migration speed through self-throttled data movement, to preserve application performance
Check out a very cool whiteboard video from HP on YouTube.
As for my fence, after all the prep work, actually building the dang thing was the easy part. It’s all done now - the peas and carrot seeds have been migrated from their packages into the ground in our garden area, the dog can’t get in, and it looks good. I just wish I’d had “Peer Motion for Fence Building” prior to the start of my seed migration project.
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