Global Netapps to data centre storage managed service opportunity

I am a solution architect working in a new area here. I have an bid proposal "outsourcing" opportunity to provide a very high level design/costs comprising Windows server, AD infrastructure and migration exercise of Tb of data - mainly graphics files (jpg, tiff, pdf etc) held on Netapp devices across multiple office sites globally.

Am interested particularly in the migration process to file server instances, ability to retain a global namespace capability for customer. I believe this service will need to use the CIFS protocol.

Can anyone share the experiences here of potential design and migration..?

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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
I would use the same domain, wy re-invent the wheel.  The migration process would be simplified with a VPN link and a straight migration vs a cross forest migration and the headaches it brings.
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:

With the Netapp this is done with vfilers, essentially creating a virtual Netapps inside of the actual Netapp.  This allows for each customer to create their own Netapp onsite and replicate accross or you can keep each customers vfiler separate and keep each on a separate domain without interaction between the vfilers

Migration is staight forward robocopy, etc..

Create VLANs and assign each vfiler a separate vlan if you wish thus creating a separate vpn tunnel

link will explain better then I can
dl_eeAuthor Commented:
Hello - paulsolov - I find this response perhaps going in the wrong direction for me.

And I belive I have slightly different focus.

Can we migrate customer data on Netapps to Data Centre hosted servers and introduce an AD structure. What is better to have a new domain to migrate the customer into? Or a trusted domain? (Actually the customer hasn't given much info on existing WIndows domain - need to check)
dl_eeAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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