PlateSpin Migrate transfer speed

The time PlateSpin needs to tranfer the data from a phyiscal server to a virtual machine obviously depends on several things. The bandwidth of the network and amount of data to be transfered are the most important parameters.

Before a P2V project is started, make sure the bandwidth between the source servers and the destination servers is tested and performs as expected. I have seen some examples were there was a 100 MBps link between the source and target servers while on the same 1 GB LAN. Do not assume the network performs at the link  same speed as the link connection between server and switch. A lot of components in between source and target can influence the overal bandwidth.

It is important to get the best possible speed to reduce the transfer time. This will speed up the time needed to finish the project and more important, it will reduce the downtime of the application during the initial transfer and synchronization jobs delta and maybe even more important, the best possible bandwidth will save you a lot of extra hours during off hours.

To give an idea of the amount of time I hereby give the speed of a P2V conversion project I recently did for a customer. The speed for the data transfer was around 244 GB of data in one hour for a  block based transfer on a 1 GB LAN network .

Time from start of the job to the start of the actual file transfer is 8 minutes. Time to complete the job after the data transfer has finished is around 16 minutes.

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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