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Application Note

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 Upgrade and your ASTi System (#124)

October 1, 2018

ASTi has transitioned its Telestra and Voisus products to RHEL 7 operating systems (OSs). This application note discusses questions related to RHEL 6-based OS versions of Telestra and Voisus systems (i.e., Telestra systems running 6.x.y version software and Voisus systems running 5.x.y version software). For a complete list of all revisions and dates, go to the ACE Software Release Notes and Voisus Release Notes. If you'd like to upgrade to a RHEL 6 OS, go to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6) Upgrade and Your ASTi System (#121).

To learn how this development affects your program, go to the Telestra RHEL 7 Upgrade and Voisus RHEL 7 Upgrade FAQs below.

Telestra RHEL 7 Upgrade

What is ASTi's current production standard for Telestra software?

Telestra’s current production standard is RHEL 7.

What will the Telestra RHEL 7 upgrade cost?

If you are purchasing a new system, RHEL 7 is provided at no additional cost. If your system is over six months old, you must purchase an ASTi software update that includes RHEL 7. The update’s cost depends on length of service and your system’s capabilities. For pricing information, contact sales@asti-usa.com.

Note: RHEL 7 is automatically included as part of ASTi’s ongoing software and Information Assurance (IA) maintenance contract. However, the one-time IA Package option (SEC-TEL-0X, not the maintenance program) does not cover the Telestra RHEL 7 upgrade.

What’s the risk of updating my Telestra system to RHEL 7?

A Telestra software update is included with your RHEL 7 upgrade. The risk of updating your Telestra system to RHEL 7 is low. The initial RHEL 7/Telestra 7.1.0 software release is nearly identical to the RHEL 6/Telestra 6.8.0 software release. ASTi has also prepared internal tests, procedures, and quality assurance plans for this upgrade.

However, additional testing may be needed if you are updating from a much older release (e.g., RHEL 5/Telestra 4.23) or you used custom install scripts, non-ASTi supported OS modifications, etc. Please advise ASTi of your existing software version with your request for an upgrade.

Can ASTi still support a RHEL 6 version of Telestra?

Yes, ASTi can still deliver and support existing RHEL 6-based software releases if needed. However, feature changes and enhancements are limited and may incur additional costs. To discuss changes to a Telestra RHEL 6 version software release, contact ASTi at support@asti-usa.com.

Voisus RHEL 7 Upgrade

What is ASTi's current production standard for Voisus software?

Voisus's current production standard is RHEL 7. The RHEL 7-based OS is part of the approved Voisus Bridge Authority to Operate (ATO) and Risk Management Framework (RMF) enclave.

What will the Voisus RHEL 7 upgrade cost?

If you are purchasing a new system, RHEL 7 is provided at no additional cost. If your system is over six months old, you must purchase an ASTi software update that includes RHEL 7. The update’s cost depends on length of service and your system’s capabilities. For pricing information, contact sales@asti-usa.com.

What’s the risk of updating my Voisus system to RHEL 7?

A Voisus software update is included with your RHEL 7 upgrade. The risk of updating your Telestra system to RHEL 7 is low. The RHEL 7/Voisus 7.0.1 software release is nearly identical to the RHEL 6/Voisus 5.34.0 software release. In addition, ASTi has prepared internal tests, procedures, and quality assurance plans for this upgrade.

However, additional testing may be needed if you are updating from a much older release (e.g., RHEL 5/Voisus 5.16) or you used custom install scripts, non-ASTi supported OS modifications, etc. Please advise ASTi of your existing software version with your request for an upgrade.

Can ASTi still support a RHEL 6 version of Voisus?

Yes, ASTi can still deliver and support existing RHEL 6-based release versions if needed. However, feature changes and enhancements are limited and will incur additional costs. To discuss changes to a Voisus RHEL 6 version software release, contact ASTi at support@asti-usa.com.