NFS Data Migration

NFS protocol data migration refers to the process of transferring data stored in NFS protocol-based systems, such as Unix and Linux file servers, to another system, such as a new file server or a cloud-based storage service. The NFS (Network File System) protocol is a file sharing protocol used by Unix and Linux-based systems to access files and other resources on a server over a network.

Like and data migration, NFS data migrations involves several steps, such as data extraction, data transformation, data loading, data verification, and data archiving. The goal of NFS protocol data migration is to ensure the accurate and secure transfer of data to the new system, while minimizing any disruptions to business operations and preserving the integrity of the data.

Although a less chatty protocol than SMB, NFS data migrations can be challenging due to the complex nature of the NFS protocol and the large volumes of unstructured data that are often involved. To ensure a successful file data migration, organizations typically use specialized tools and services, such as data migration software, cloud data migration services, and managed data migration services.

Komprise delivers 27x faster NFS migrations


To address the critical NFS migration issues (and SMB and S3/object protocols) IT faces today, Komprise has developed Elastic Data Migration. This super-fast data migration solution is a highly parallelized, multi-processing, multi-threaded approach that works at two levels:

  • Multi-level Parallelism: Maximizes the use of available resources by exploiting parallelism at multiple levels: shares and volumes, directories, files, and threads to maximize performance. Komprise Elastic Data Migration breaks up each migration task into smaller ones that execute across the Komprise Observers. Komprise Observers are a grid of one or more virtual appliances that run the Komprise Intelligent Data Management solution. All of this parallelism occurs automatically across the grid of Observers. The user simply creates a migration task and can configure the level of parallelism. Komprise does the rest.
  • Protocol-level Optimizations: Reduces the number of round-trips over the protocol during a migration to eliminate unnecessary chatter. Rather than relying on generic NFS clients provided by the underlying operating system, Komprise has fine-tuned the NFS client to minimize overhead and unnecessary back-and-forth messaging. This is especially beneficial when moving data over high-latency networks such as WANs.

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