Use the Remote Storage Volumes feature to import data from a remote storage device directly to a local DE Series volume. You can use the feature to help streamline the process for equipment upgrades and/or provide data migration capabilities to move data from non-DE Series devices to DE Series systems.

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

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

When the local DE 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 DE Series storage system. The ThinkSystem System Manager or ThinkSystem SAN OS 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.