Dell EMC Centera Storage Migrations

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Transvault has pioneered the migration market space and has produced a benchmark whereby all migration companies are measured.

Dennis Wild Product Manager Hewlett Packard

Migrating from Dell EMC Centera

EMC Centera was one of the first conventional disk-based WORM (write once, read many) storage platforms. However, there has since been a abundance of advancements within storage technologies, and this is driving organisations to migrate away from Centera towards more functional and compatible storage platforms. The secure data storage platform that Centera built its reputation on, is one of the many reasons Centera migrations are particularly challenging. Especially as your data is essentially ‘Locked-In’, and trying to get it out can be very time consuming and costly.

Utilising our state-of-the-art EMC connector, Transvault Migrator overcomes these challenges by extracting directly from EMC Centera, and migrating the data securely and efficiently to your preferred new storage platform.

Using our direct EMC connector, ensures you get unbeatable speed and optimum migration performance. As well as, transactional transfers and full auditing of each and every item moved, ensure full chain-of-custody for your data throughout the migration process..

We support EMC Centera migrations to many storage options, including: 

  • EMC Centera to Dell DX Object Storage Platform 
  • EMC Centera to Dell EMC ECS (Electric Cloud Storage)
  • EMC Centera to Dell EMC Data Domain
  • EMC Centera to Dell EMC Isilon
  • EMC Centera to Dell Storage 
  • EMC Centera to HP SAN
  • EMC Centera to NetApp

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EMC Migration FAQs

Transvault delivers rapid and comprehensive migrations from EMC’s EmailXtender and EMC SourceOne back into Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office 365 and other archive platforms such as Enterprise Vault.

  • One Step – Migration is done at the API level in a single, synchronous step, requiring no interim stage or interim storage.
  • Transparent to users – Users can access their data whilst it is being moved – there is no need to disable access to the archive.  Shortcuts are seamlessly converted to point to the new archive store, ensuring the upgrade process is completely transparent to end users.
  • Ensures Compliance – Throughout the migration process Transvault maintains a full audit trail to maintain chain-of-custody – this is an important consideration for compliant retention.
  • Automatic Failover & Logging – Transvault keeps a complete error log, with the ability to automatically resume a migration task that fails for any reason (e.g. owing to a network outage or a corrupted item).
  • Notes to Exchange Conversion – If you’ve been using EmailXtender or SourceOne for Notes, and you want to migrate to Exchange, Transvault delivers on-the-fly, high fidelity Notes to Exchange conversion.
  • Advanced Features –  Transvault enables high flexibility, including the ability to perform email address re-writes to address the needs of a company restructuring, etc.

Yes. Transvault supports migration of archives that have been written to EMC DiskXtender, as well as a variety of media types, including EMC Centera devices, DVD-R, tape, or magneto-optical Ultra-Density Optical (UDO), WORM, WORM-tape, and Network Attached Storage (NAS).

Transvault provides a comprehensive shortcut management service that ensures users have a seamless experience when they migrate.

When moving to Microsoft Exchange (or Microsoft Office 365), legacy shortcuts are replaced (rehydrated) with the original item.  You can also set policies that determine whether items are moved into Primary mailboxes or In-place Archives.  For example, you could move items older than 2 years into archives, and keep everything ‘younger’ in the Primary mailbox.

Another key feature designed to ensure a great user experience is that Transvault synchronizes with the current status of users’ shortcuts as they exist in their mailbox at the time of the migration.

For example, where users have re-foldered their shortcuts ‘post-archiving’, Transvault ensures the corresponding items end up in the right folders post-migration.

Similarly, where users have deleted their shortcuts, you can configure Transvault not to migrate the corresponding item, as this is confusing and causes concern for end users when deleted items reappear.

Transvault offers the fastest and safest migration times in the industry.   This is confirmed by the many Partners we have that have direct, project-based experience of Transvault vs other migration solutions.

Transvault’s multi-threaded, multi-server capability means that multiple extraction and ingestion pipes can be set up between your source and target system, thus driving your environment to capacity.   You can also process a single mailbox using multiple migration threads – ideal for processing large archives and journals in the fastest possible times.

It is important to note that achieving best performance is always dependent on environmental factors such as:

  • Available network bandwidth
  • Speed of the storage subsystem on which the legacy archive sits as well as the destination storage
  • The ingestion performance of the target archive system
  • The scheduling of other project elements such the commissioning of the target environment.