Admin Alert: Risk and the Power i Hardware Upgrade
November 3, 2010 Timothy Prickett Morgan
While upgrading Power i hardware is a hassle, the benefits in alleviating processing bottlenecks, providing new capabilities, and solving performance issues far outweigh the risks. Before an upgrade, however, management will want to consider any possible upgrade risks and how they can reduce your organization’s exposure to those risks. This issue, I’ll examine some common i/OS hardware upgrade risks and what you can do about them.
Getting the Vocabulary Right
In discussing risks, organizational requirements may require you to specify the following items when requesting monies for a new Power i hardware upgrade.
Generally, organizations respond to risk in the following ways.
Given these parameters, here are some of the risks, probabilities, and responses I recently compiled for an upcoming Power i upgrade for one of my clients. Planning for these situations will give you more control over your upgrade.
Keep in mind that no upgrade is without risk. However, once you know and identify the risks, you’ll have more knowledge about how to plan and deal with any risky situations you’ll face during the upgrade cycle.