Bellmawr, NJ (Vocus) June 30, 2010
Once a hardware or software system is installed, it must be properly maintained to ensure continued effectiveness. Upgrades are often essential to fix problems, implement new functionality, and retain vendor support. For complex systems, the upgrade process should be managed with the same level of care as initial installation.
Recently, PBG was approached by one of our clients – a major university – to upgrade their VMware VSphere system. As part of this effort, we performed a Pre-Upgrade Site Survey. The purpose of the Survey was fourfold:
1. To verify the client’s current configuration – both hardware and software.
2. To determine if all pre-requisite hardware and software updates had been applied.
3. To chart the most efficient – and least disruptive – path to promoting VSphere.
4. To recommend any additional actions the client should consider beyond the planned upgrade.
As a result of conducting the Pre-Upgrade Site Survey, PBG was able to perform the subsequent VSphere upgrade in less time than originally projected, with fewer problems (all of them minor), and with no impact to the client, or the client’s customers.
Importantly, by combining the Survey with the actual upgrade, the client spent less money than originally anticipated for the upgrade only.
To help organizations improve their upgrade performance, PBG is making the Pre-Upgrade Site Survey a standard service offering. If your organization is contemplating a system upgrade – particularly an Ericom, VMware, or NetApp upgrade – please let us help you prepare for upgrade success.
For more information, please contact PBG at 856-931-1604, x111 or, via e-mail at info(at)pbgnetworks(dot)com.
Founded in 1996, PBG, Inc. provides advanced storage systems and desktop solutions to enterprise clients.