Running essential applications on proprietary UNIX systems can be costly and requires specialized expertise, but you may still be reluctant to migrate from the legacy servers that have supported your operations for years. Original hardware costs and years of accrued maintenance fees can be so large that displacing technology representing such a substantial presence can be difficult to envision.

Dell and Red Hat have collaborated to help organizations simplify and streamline the migration of business-critical applications from UNIX and RISC–based systems to open, x86-based systems, such as Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers.  Red Hat provides enterprise-class, open-standard environments that can enable smooth application deployments. More than 2,000 vendors offer over 10,000 software applications as part of the Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® independent software vendor (ISV) ecosystem.

Dell provides comprehensive application modernization services that include engineering of Linux-based solutions to streamline the migration process for IT organizations. Years of experience have led Dell Services’ experts to develop and refine five best practices that help simplify seemingly complex modernization initiatives. They are:

  1. Assess existing applications and interfaces up front
  2. Develop a comprehensive, accurate business case
  3. Leverage migration expertise and proven methodologies
  4. Work with an expert solution provider to address a range of applications without disrupting operations
  5. Start with simple and/or high-return tasks to build migration momentum

By following the best practices outlined in attached article, organizations can minimize disruption and reduce overall man-hours during a migration project, helping to ensure a successful outcome.