Thanksgiving holiday expected to be a good time for HPSS migration activity

November 19, 2020

Users looking to make strides in migrating their HPSS data holdings are encouraged to take advantage of an expected reduction in tape activity in the days surrounding Thanksgiving. CISL storage engineers have noticed a significant drop in HPSS demands during the Thanksgiving holiday break in previous years and expect a similar reduction next week.

HPSS will be decommissioned on Oct 1, 2021, and the tape archives have limited bandwidth. Users who wait too long to migrate their HPSS data holdings to other spaces may run out of time to migrate all of their data and it will be lost when the system is shut down. Each day that passes without fully utilizing the system’s available bandwidth means that more data will be lost.

Published documentation and this tutorial describe recommended processes for identifying and organizing HPSS holdings, copying files that need to be preserved to another storage resource, and deleting files that are no longer needed.

Please contact CISL for advice on individual workflows and storage options.