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It is always better to go for latest version as you will get major bug fixed in the latest version.
Please check the PAM as well to see if the connectors are supported on the upgraded version.
You can check the release notes in the below link:
There is a consolidated PDF for from version 9.5.1 which covers all the new features in all HF.
Thanks for a prompt reply, appreciate your help! I agree with you on moving to the latest version. However, as I stated earlier, we have a very tight deadline to move to QA and already have migrated to 9.5.1 in our lower environment. Our company is going through Data Center Transformation as well, and the Informatica roll out needs to align with the DCT Migration dates.
The management wants to know if there are any major features / functionalities in Infa 9.6.1 that we would not get in 9.5.1 , based on which they may make a decision. Since they don't want to hinder DCT migration, I think the overall plan would be to go to 9.5.1 and to migrate to the latest version after the DCT.
Having said that, I will go through the Release documents you have provided the links for in your post.
I found the following key features from 9.6.1 upgrade planner. You can compare both 9.5.1 and 9.6.1 from upgrade planners to see what is new for 9.6.1 and then decide on the next steps. However most of the features mentioned below looks new to me. So I think these are added as part of 9.6.1 version release.
•Workflow Graphical Monitoring - Ability to view Workflow and Workflow status in Graphical format.
•Out of Process ++ Execution for MRS mappings – DTM (mapping) processes are pooled. Mappings are executed in a set of reusable DTM processes.
•Dependency Analysis for MRS objects - Ability to view upstream and downstream dependencies of objects in Developer client.
•Alerts View in Developer Client - New tab in Developer Client for Connection status alerts.
•Fine grained privileges for Analyst and Developer tool - Analyst and Developer tool users will need the Access Analyst and Access Developer privileges respectively to login and access associated MRS.
•Database based Persistence for High Availability - Before 9.6, there is hard dependency on cluster file system for storing the storage files for failover and recovery scenarios. From 9.6, it is being augmented to support database- based persistence in addition to the current Cluster File System (CFS) based persistence.
•New encryption key specific to each PowerCenter server to secure the sensitive information like passwords.
•File System Security - Access to specific sensitive files are now protected by OS level security (OS level access rights).
•Domain Audit Reports providing user/group/privilege/role/object related details.
•Account lockout feature for ‘Administrator’ user.
•New ‘Administrator’ group to support more than one super user for domain.
It require an assessment of what you are currently using in the 8.6.1 .
If you are looking majorly from Powercenter side, 9.6.1 is having many security features .
If you are using MM and BG, the BG functionality is moved to Analyst.
The list is long and you can go for an upgrade assessment to see what is best for you.
Another key difference between 9.5.1 and 9.6.1 is Grid and HA licenses are included as part of Advanced and Premium editions for 9.6.1 and there is no additional cost on having these licenses, whereas in 9.5.1, you had to purchase them separately. So if you are thinking of having a Grid and HA based solution for your PowerCenter products, then upgrading to 9.6.1 makes more sense.
Atik, I am currently managing an upgrade from 9.5.1 to 9.6.1. We use Power Center and Metadata Manager. I haven't seen any major change for Power Center that impacts my group, however for Metadata Manager I have found the following:
- The Business Glossary development functionality is being moved from Metadata Manager to the Analyst service. This requires installing Analyst, Data Integration, Model Repository, and Search Services. The BG must be migrated to Analyst.
- Business Glossary becomes read-only in Metadata Manager - all work has to be done in Analyst.
- 9.6.1 requires more RAM on your servers than 9.5.1. It may also need more CPUs or disk space, but for us the primary impact is memory.
Yes, it is true that the answer depends on what we are currently using and are planning to use. On 861, we are only using the PowerCenter, however with the upgrade, we will eventually use MDM and DQ to start with. Based on these changes, it makes sense to upgrade to 961 before enabling other components (MDM, Analyst, DQ etc).
Thank you Srikanth for your reply and the major new features you listed here. I will need to check what version we have bought as with the AE edition we have, I am being told it includes HA and Grid licenses as well. We may have bought the licenses for 961, but since we are upgrading from 861, we had to first install 951 and may have stopped there to meet the DCT timeline.
David - As of now we are using only the PC component, but are planning to have DQ, MDM and Analyst enabled after the DCT migration is successfully completed. It would make sense to go to 961 before adding these other components. Also I was not aware of difference in system requirements (RAM, CPU etc.) between 951 and 961. It is good to know this and plan accordingly.
Thanks for helpful details.