Four Essential Steps for Removing Risk and Downtime from Your POWER9 Migration
Migrate While Active: How to eliminate downtime during your POWER9 migration
With the introduction of IBM’s POWER9 processor in early 2018, the IBM Power Systems platform took a major leap forward in performance, scalability, and
adaptability. If your company has been putting off a major IBM Power Systems hardware upgrade until POWER9, your wait is over. Of course, before you can
start reaping the benefits of POWER9, you must first tackle the sometimes formidable project of migrating your IBM i data, applications, and system
configurations to the new hardware.
If you are planning to do your migration manually using backups from tape (or virtual tape)—which is the traditional approach—you likely know this process
can be particularly stressful. In addition to all of the work required to prepare for the migration, a significant amount of downtime is standard with tape based migrations. Stress levels climb even higher during the migration should complications arise that further extend the downtime window—as is often the
case when tape is involved. These and other concerns about migrations are reflected in the results of a recent Precisely survey of nearly 200 IT professionals
who manage IBM Power Systems:
- 60% say they have delayed migrations for various reasons, with the largest reason being concerns about downtime.
- 44% say their previous migration caused six hours or more of downtime (26% say their downtime was longer than 13 hours).
- 46% say they spent 51 hours or longer to plan and execute their last migration (25% say their migration took over 100 hours to plan and execute).
- 31% say they have experienced a migration failure, with the most common cause for the failure being the inability to restart critical applications on the new server within the required timeframe.
Download this eBook to learn how pairing Precisely’s advanced replication technology with an IBM i migration expert, Migrate While Active dramatically streamlines migration preparation and execution, reduces risk, and best of all, removes the downtime pain.