What do I need to know before starting a remote storage import?

If you have the Remote Storage feature, be aware that the remote storage import allows you to copy data from a volume on a remote storage system to a local destination volume on a local E-Series storage system.

Once the import process begins, the entire local destination volume is overwritten with the copied data. Any new data written to the local destination volume is propagated to the volume on the remote storage system after the import has been created.
Note: You should back up volumes on the remote storage system before starting the import process.
Before you create the remote storage import, you must complete the following actions and verify the following conditions:
Note: This is not an exhaustive list. For detailed information on preparing for a remote storage import, see Installing and Using SANtricity Remote Storage Volumes, available from the E-Series Documentation Center.

Proceed to the Remote Storage tile and select Import to start a new import creation.

Once the import has started, the local destination volume is then available for use.

The time required to complete the import operation depends on the size of the remote storage system, the priority setting for the import, and the amount of I/O load on both storage systems and their associated volumes.

Once the import is complete, the local destination volume is a duplicate of the volume on the remote storage system. When you are ready to break the relationship between the two volumes, perform a Disconnect on the import from the Operations In Progress view.

Note: Once the import has been disconnected, performance of the local destination volume will return to normal and will no longer be impacted by the remote connection.
The following restrictions apply for the remote storage feature: