There will be no disruption to service when the new platform is implemented early in the next calendar year. User access to shares from desktops and laptops, and from the CSF and other computational facilities, will be unchanged. User files will be transferred from the old to the new platform invisibly.
The new platform will comprise new, faster Isilon nodes at Tier 1 and a slower, cheaper Tier 2 consisting of EMC ECS object storage. Any files which have been unused for some time will be automatically move from Tier 1 to Tier 2 but access remains at all times.
If you have any questions about the new research storage system then please contact us.