Understand Remote Storage Volumes

The Remote Storage Volumes feature comes with SANtricity System Manager on selected submodel IDs that allows data to be moved between a remote storage system and an E-Series storage system.

The primary benefit of the Remote Storage Volumes feature is to support importing data from a remote storage device directly to a local E-Series volume.

The systems need to be prepared for communication between each other. Each of the E-Series controllers needs to have at least one or more connections to the remote storage system.

When the local E-Series storage system and the remote storage system are configured to communicate via the supported I/O protocol, the remote storage device will need to go through a set of steps to be mapped to the local E-Series storage system. The SANtricity System Manager or SANtricity REST APIs can then be used to initiate and manage the import operation.

During the import operation, the target volume can be set up to handle I/Os that were previously being sent to the remote storage device. Any I/Os going to the target volume will then be propagated back to the remote storage device until the import operation has completed and the import has been disconnected.