Warp 10 migration: is it complex?

Migration of 38TB of data from a Warp 10 server to another. How can you do this? Is it more complex than migration of a 38TB SQL database?

Warp 10 migration: Is it complex?

The migration of a database from a server to a new one can be painful.

Recently, this article describing how to migrate a 40 TB SQL database to another SQL database caught my attention.

It took the author huge efforts to migrate what looks like time series (HAProxy traffic logs). Using Warp 10 in the same situation, migration would have been a lot simpler.

infographic about the migration from a Warp 10 database to another one

The plot

For years, you are storing data on a Warp 10 standalone version. You reached the limit of the disk space, there is just a few TB remaining on 40 TB. You do not want to delete anything. For this application, you just have one token.

host: oldserver
Warp 10 port: 8080
read token: OldReadToken

You bought 10 new servers, and you decided to jump to Warp 10 distributed version. Everything is ready for production.

ingress host: newserver
Warp 10 port: 8080
write token: NewWriteToken

The migration

1/ Redirect your traffic log output to the new server.

2/ If there are not on the same network, set a tunnel between the old server and the new one. The most bandwidth the better.

3/ Launch curl:

curl  -H "X-Warp10-Token: OldReadToken" \ 
  "http://oldserver:8080/api/v0/fetch?start=1970-01-01T00%3A00%3A00.000Z&stop=2020-11-16T00%3A00%3A00.000Z&selector=~.*%7B%7D&format=text&dedup=false" \ 
| curl -X POST -T - -H "Transfer-Encoding: chunked" -H "X-Warp10-Token: NewWriteToken" \

Basically, read all from 1970 to now, and push it to the new server.

You do not need any extra disk space. You do not need a lot of RAM either, thanks to chunking.

4/ Wait…

During my tests between two old computers on my local network, with 7 GB in LevelDB directory, it took 50 minutes to output 36 GB, at a 12 MB/s speed. Wi-Fi was not the limit.

% Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current                                  Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed 100 36.3G    0 36.3G    0     0  12.2M      0 --:--:--  0:50:33 --:--:-- 11.2M

On a gigabit network, the limit may be your old server output. Depending on your hardware, you will surely reach 50 MB/s.

Let's extrapolate:

Small testSerious one
LevelDB size7GB38TB
Datapoints575M~3.1 T
Text size36GB~194TB
Curl speed12.2MB/s~50MB/s
Time50 minutes~45 days

In my test dataset, there is a lot of Geo Time Series, with location and elevation. Your data may be denser, and it will take less than 45 days with just a curl command. You may cut time in half and use two threads to do the migration. With spinning disks, more thread will increase seeking time anyway.

Now, read the article that retains my attention… 40 TB SQL database to move: 11-month project. Tons of specific scripts. Lots of development hours. 8437 words in the blog article. 40 min estimated time to read the article!


Q: I have several tokens on my database!

A: Assuming you also recreated tokens on your new server, iterate on them in a curl. If your new server shares the same secrets, the tokens will be the same, and migration will be easier. If you are familiar with tokens, you can create some super read/write tokens too.

Q: I want to migrate Warp 10 standalone to another Warp 10 standalone, not to a distributed one!

A: Copy all Warp 10 files from the old server to the new one using Rsync. Then stop the old server. Run rsync again (it should take just a few minutes). Start Warp 10 on the new server. Enjoy.

Q: I don't want any service interruption!

A: Contact us. There are some solutions.

Q: Bandwidth is an issue for me. Can't we compress text?

A: Sure you can! Pipe output to GZIP before piping to the second curl, and add the correct content-type header to the second curl: -H "Content-Type: application/gzip".


I feel your disappointment. Just a little 600 words article. There is not even a complex WarpScript or a huge shell script to explain. I am sorry. The migration of Warp 10 to Warp 10 is just too simple.

To read also: upload Geo Time Series from a Warp 10 instance to another