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Storage Area Network Relocation Utilizing Drones

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242096D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an innovative and effective way to relocate Storage Area Network (SAN) devices in a datacenter by utilizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones.

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Storage Area Network Relocation Utilizing Drones

Currently, telecommunications or lift-and-shift is used for physical datacenter migration. In parts of the world where there are non-viable telecommunications and impassable or poor roadways, there are limited alternatives for datacenter migration. Telecommunication in mountainous areas is non-existent, and satellite communications cannot handle the large amount of data that needs to be transferred. As Storage Area Network (SAN) devices contain critical customer data, a safe and reliable method is needed to migrate SAN devices without data loss.

The ability to move packages via Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones, is well publicized.

The novel contribution is a system to utilize drones to move SAN data in a Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) format, which allows for recovery if any drone is lost.Drones can pull data out of an SAN subsystem, fly to a new datacenter, and then unload the data there.

Datacenter moves are typically performed by moving the actual devices or transferring the data over telecommunications if the bandwidth is sufficient. SAN moves between datacenters may utilize standard methods of off-boarding data, which is not usually in a RAID-type format. The novel system utilizes the ports available on the source SAN infrastructure to copy the data into the drone and then restore the data on the target SAN infrastructure, while remaining able to replace any lost drones.

The system combines standard RAID technology with Internet Protocol (IP) addressability. However, instead of having the IP address at the logical unit number (LUN), this system utilizes...