Costpoint 7 FAQs – Part 2
Here’s a continuation from a post earlier this week about some common questions we’re being asked about Costpoint 7 and its IT components.
Q: Will this run on any virtual environment?
A: Deltek does not officially support the virtualization of Costpoint 7. However, NeoSystems has been doing it with VMWare since the beta started in 2010. We have yet to find any virtualization related issues.
Q: Is there more to the conversion process if you are moving from client server to the web?
A: The conversion, strictly from an IT point of view, is running the install against the database and deploying the new web, application, and reporting servers on 64-bit machines running 64-bit operating systems. There are some optional utilities/programs to run depending on the needs and wants of your end users.
It’s an undertaking to upgrade to CP7 from both a functional and technical perspective. Make sure to follow all the steps you would for any major project -plan, prepare, test, execute. This one isn’t for those that like to fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants. You’ll need to assess your readiness from an IT perspective, review security model changes, recreate stored parameters, and train your end users on the new layout – just to name a few.
Q: How many separate servers does Costpoint 7 require?
A: For the most basic, smallest, test environment, you can run everything on a single server. I would separate the database, but everything else can be run on one server. You’ll also need an additional server for each test environment you want to run. But don’t expect production to run that way and don’t expect awesome response times.
The smallest production environment with higher availability and Internet access should include: 2 IIS Web Servers, 2 Weblogic Application Servers, 2 Actuate Reporting Servers (you could combine running Weblogic and Actuate on the same server so that would cut you back to one pair instead of two) and one database server. If you are not going to offer CP7 over the Internet then you can drop the 2 IIS Web Servers and run IIS on the same server running Weblogic.
That’s a long answer – here’s the shorter one: at a minimum, 3 to 5 servers for production plus one server for each test environment. For larger organizations with 1000 or more employees, you’ll need additional Application and Reporting servers to scale for performance.
And, don’t forget, you’ll need 64-bit everything: machines, operating systems (2008 R2), and database software.
If you didn’t have a chance to ask your question, drop it in the comments section below and we’ll be happy to answer it.