Acopia Networks, the innovator of Adaptive Resource Networking, announced the availability of a report that validates the unique capabilities of its ARX products to transparently migrate data between heterogeneous multi-protocol file servers without client disruption. Published by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), the report cites tests demonstrating the ARX switches' capability to transparently move data and perform valuable ILM functions between Network Appliance and EMC Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems.

"Storage growth and the normal cycle of hardware and software upgrades has created an ongoing need to move data and consolidate storage devices," said Tony Asaro, Senior Analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group. "However, most customers find traditional data migration to be a very complex and disruptive process. This ESG lab report validates that the Acopia ARX has the ability to automate and simplify the data migration process, even in the most complex multi-protocol, heterogeneous storage environments."

The validation report staged a real world scenario of using an Acopia ARX switch to virtualize multivendor NAS systems (Network Appliance and EMC) and to perform transparent data migration from EMC to Network Appliance systems while preserving access for both Windows and Unix clients. The test also verified Acopia's intelligent handling of the real-world complexities of migration such as open file migration, incompatibilities between NetApp and EMC and graceful decommissioning of source file systems. In addition, the testing also included validation of Acopia's ILM policy for tiered storage and clustered high-availability failover capability.

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