IBM i Migrations with Near-Zero Downtime

Migration made easy for IBM i

MIMIX® Move combines the powerful replication technology found in Vision Solutions’ high availability and disaster recovery products for IBM i with expert services to simplify migrations, eliminate risks, and virtually eliminate downtime. Platform-independent technology supports migration between physical, virtual, and cloud servers with mixed storage, hardware, or operating system versions. MIMIX Move can be used for a wide range of migration needs, including server modernization, data center consolidation, storage reorganization, cloud adoption, and more.


How to Migrate without Downtime: An Executive Overview

Migrating applications, systems, and data has always been a challenge for IT staff; in fact, most have just gotten used to the pain and suffering that comes with migrations. To properly migrate applications and data to new platforms involves risk and takes time to complete, meanwhile users have to stop changing data while it's migrated. The larger the storage footprint, the longer that it's going to take, and migrations routinely take hours or days to complete.
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Near-zero downtime migration

MIMIX Move uses powerful real-time replication and automated cutover technology to reduce downtime to just a few minutes. Your production server remains fully functional and your users remain online as replication is performed in the background. Once you have verified that your new server is ready to assume the production role, your business experiences only the few minutes of downtime required for the cutover.

  • A replica of your production server is created using a method that meets your up-time parameters
  • Real-time replication keeps the old and new servers synchronized while users are online and productive until testing is finished and the cutover is complete
  • Scheduled cutover performed with only minutes of downtime
  • Automated procedures streamline cutover, enforce best practice, and eliminate error

Risk-free migration

The combination of advanced replication, automated switching technology, and the expertise of a migration professional mitigates migration risk.

  • Vision migration experts support your migration from start to finish
  • All data, application, and system state information is replicated including libraries, files, data areas, data queues, IFS, MQ/WebSphere, user profiles, spool files & output queues, program objects, triggers, constraints, and more
  • Robust audits of the replicated data verify migration accuracy
  • Continuous replication keeps systems in sync during migration testing
  • Applications can be tested on the new server without impact on the production environment
  • Cutover automation eliminates many sources of human error
  • In the event of unforeseen problems, you can switch back to the original server quickly, easily, and without data loss

Any-to-any migration

The platform-independent technology in MIMIX Move gives you the flexibility to migrate to new Power Systems hardware, storage, and operating system versions.

  • Perform migrations between any combination of physical, virtual, and cloud platforms
  • Migrate between different versions of IBM i and/or different Power Systems models
  • Migrate between storage from different vendors
  • Move operations to a new data center with minimal downtime
  • Facilitate server consolidation with many-to-one migration
  • Migrate to a new server in a different location anywhere in the world

Expert migration services

Relying on the expertise of migration professionals from Vision Solutions, or one of its partners, dramatically decreases your IT department’s workload, reduces overtime costs, and avoids employee dissatisfaction caused by weekend migrations.

  • A migration expert will help you plan the migration, make sure it meets your goals, install and configure the software, and work with you all the way through testing and cutover
  • The help of an experienced migration expert ensures your migration is performed accurately and efficiently
  • The assistance of an outside migration specialist minimizes your IT department’s migration workload and frees it to serve other needs
  • Leveraging a consultant’s expertise helps to avoid common migration pitfalls