Unix to Linux with VLSS:
VLSS is a group of Oracle and VMWare experts who focus on helping customers implement and use Oracle products.
Since its foundation in 2005, the company has been a premier partner of Oracle and recently launched the initiative to move Unix and Linux.
As part of this initiative, VLSS completed the first migration for the Council of Cooperative Educational Services in Nassau (BOCES). Nassau BOCES offers cost-effective shared services for 56 school districts in Nassau County, Long Island. VLSS was able to help Nassau BOCES virtualize their PeopleSoft environment.
“We are among the first to convince a customer to complete migration from Unix to VMware Linux and have a success story published,” said Dean Bolton, chief architect, co-founder, LicenseFortress, VLSS.
Nassau BOCES instructed VLSS to virtualize its PeopleSoft environment, which ran PeopleSoft 9.1 for Finance and Human Resources on IBM AIX physical hardware. The organization also had a test/disaster recovery (DR) environment for PeopleSoft running in a separate data center.
Because the AIX servers with PeopleSoft were old and needed updating, it was time to upgrade to VMware.
“Now they can pick up the old hardware,” Bolton said.
Switching to VMWare Linux has allowed the company to move from very expensive hardware, according to Bolton. Because VMWare is readily available and on a variety of platforms, it has a much larger footprint and knowledge base that helps acclimatize the business more easily.
Now the company has the flexibility to use multiple test environments that can be upgraded in parallel, Bolton said and has better metrics and validation processes for the new network environment.
“They’re happier because they can do these projects and updates faster with fewer headaches,” Bolton said.
There is a saving that comes from migrating to Linux, Bolton explained, is a better business proposition to virtualize.
The only drawback of the process was a learning curve, Bolton said. VLSS has helped workers understand the system and employees have attended training courses on how to perform operations on Linux.
“More and more customers can take part in the service provided by us and VMware internally,” Bolton said. “I think it’s a victory for everyone.”