Deciding which procedure to use

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You must understand the differences between a MetroCluster upgrade, expansion, or transition and choose the procedure that matches your goal.

  • Upgrade

    In an upgrade procedure, you are replacing the controller modules with a new model of controller module.

    • The old controller modules are retired.

    • The storage is not upgraded.

    • The storage switch infrastructure technology is not changed.

      It remains as a MetroCluster IP, fabric-attached MetroCluster or stretch MetroCluster configuration.

  • Refresh

    In a refresh procedure, you are replacing the controller modules with a new model of controller module and also replacing the storage shelves.

    • The old controller modules and storage shelves are retired.

    • The storage switch infrastructure technology is not changed, unless new switches are required to accommodate the new platform models.

      The configuration remains as its original type:

  • Transition

    In a transition procedure, the backend switch infrastructure is changed from FC switches or connections to IP switches, and the platform models are replaced.

    • New controller modules are added to the configuration.

    • The original controller modules are retired after the procedure.

    • If the original configuration used cluster interconnect switches, they can be reused, depending on the switch and platform models.

    • The storage can be reused or replaced, depending on the platform models.

      If the storage shelves are not reused, data is moved from the old shelves to the new shelves.

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  • Expansion

    In an expansion procedure, additional nodes and storage are added to the MetroCluster FC configuration.