Migrating Bare Metal Servers in IBM Cloud Classic Using RackWare’s RMM Solution

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Over the years, Intel’s x86 platform has continuously evolved with new generation processors that deliver more speed, more cores and more RAM.

This has given customers the ability to build more reliable, secure and cost-effective solutions. IBM Cloud Classic provides our customers with a variety of Intel servers and configurations to choose from to build simple-to-complex applications that best suit their needs. In this era of digital transformation infused with artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven business applications, the need to modernize is important, and the ability for applications to be easily migrated from one server to a newer server is critical. In order to facilitate this customer need, it is important for IBM Cloud  to provide a migration capability to make server migrations easy, quick, frictionless, economical and non-disruptive.  

IBM Cloud has partnered with RackWare Inc. to introduce a new capability in our Cloud Catalog for migration of bare metal servers in our IBM Cloud Classic environment.

RackWare Management Module (RMM)

RackWare Management Module (RMM) provides an automated, easy and convenient process to migrate from one bare metal server (source) to another bare metal server (target). It lets you create an exact duplicate of a running source image without the burden of rebuilding or recreating template images and applications. Migrating large, complex environments through a simple intuitive user interface and automated tasks reduces the time required from weeks to days. It keeps track of data changes on source until cutover and performs delta syncs to the target bare metal server in IBM Cloud. Additionally, it helps you with automated wave planning for migrations that can be further customized.

RackWare Management Module is well engineered for various bare metal platforms and operating systems (OS), covers most of your needs for migration and houses appropriate drivers that are needed in your new target environment for each OS. The RMM software platform delivers simplified migration to the cloud, while reducing capital and operating expenses. RMM decouples the application stack from the underlying hardware platform, allowing it to be migrated to the IBM Cloud infrastructure. It includes discovery, analysis and automation features allowing all processes to be fast, convenient and error-free, minimizing human error. The number of migrations that can be performed is based on a subscription model for licensing that is flexible to the needs of customers.

Key benefits of RMM

  • Live migrations
  • Highly secure and efficient data transfer
  • Include/exclude lists that capture and sync only specific files and directories, rather than entire systems.
  • Delta sync that allows you to sync only the changed parts of files during the final data sync, drastically lowering cutover times
  • Network optimization for bandwidth usage limitations, compression and check point restart for all sync operations
  • Simplified monthly subscription-based licensing model with bring your own license (BYOL)

In addition, RMM provides a rich set of capabilities, such as the following:

  • The ability to migrate servers with/without UEFI support on source or target machines
  • Supports asymmetric architecture in processors at source and target physical hardware
  • A plethora of hardware drivers loaded in RMM to address various hardware combination in physical servers
  • The ability to migrate not only primary drives or OS drives but all the mounted volumes in the source server, including LVMs
  • The ability to perform a complete migration while the source server is online throughout the process
  • Support for pre and post-migration scripts to manage the custom configurations

How to start your migration

The RMM solution to migrate your bare metal servers can be accomplished in a few simple steps:

  1. Provision an RMM server via the catalog offering from IBM Cloud.
  2. Order a license from RackWare by contacting sales@RackWareinc.com (BYOL).
  3. Establish connectivity between source and destination servers.
  4. Set up your source and destination server, and you are ready to migrate.

It’s that simple.

Demonstration of the RackWare solution: Connect to the source and target either via private network connectivity via local routing or via public internet.

Demonstration of the RackWare solution: Connect to the source and target either via private network connectivity via local routing or via public internet.

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