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Reasons to make Pre-Staging part of Deployment

11th February 2016 | In Business Transformation
Pre-staging essentially means building a planned deployment within a completely safe and isolated environment prior to roll-out. We recommend it as a vital step in any new deployment and here’s 14 notable reasons why:
  • Mitigate risk – Pre-staging eliminates surprises and provides an opportunity to resolve unexpected issues. Eliminating the risk of problems once systems are deployed onto the live network.
  • Save time – Although an extra step in the process, pre-staging can actually save time by ensuring everything is ready and the deployment runs smoothly with no unexpected problems.
  • Save money – Pre-staging reduces the chance of problems which require lengthy, and costly, engineer visits to resolve.
  • Minimise downtime – By testing new systems alongside any existing equipment in a pre-staging environment, the full integration and migration can be planned out to ensure minimal downtime at the time of deployment.
  • Make decisions with confidence – With an opportunity for testing and evaluation, teams can make decisions with confidence having confirmed that the technology meets their needs.
  • Testing – provides extensive opportunities for testing. Functionality testing, interoperability testing, capacity testing and performance testing can all be carried out to make sure everything works as it should and all objectives are met. Thorough testing can also ensure the network is built to cope with peaks in demands during extenuating circumstances such as Black Friday.
  • Refine configurations – Specific configurations can be refined during pre-staging, simplifying the process for installation engineers. Changes made during pre-staging are much easier to manage. And they have significantly less impact that any made in the live environment.
  • Training – provides an opportunity for teams to become more familiar with the equipment they intend to deploy. Expert engineers can be on hand to provide more formal training if required.
  • Future planning – Load generators and traffic simulators can test the network’s ability to deal with future growth so you can be sure your network will continue to meet your ongoing needs.
  • Eliminate DOA – Any DOA or faulty equipment will be identified during the pre-staging process, preventing disruption during the actual installation.
  • Achieve objectives – By pre-staging, companies can be sure all their objectives are met and they receive the network they need to deliver their business goals.
  • Physical layout planning – The physical layout of the equipment can be tested and planned. Meaning organisations can prepare the space they need in advance.
  • Contingency planning – Pre-staging provides a safe environment into which faults and failures can be introduced without fear of consequence. This provides a unique opportunity to plan contingency solutions in the event of real-world failures.
  • Customisation – provides the perfect opportunity to add any customisations to the equipment. This includes any asset tags or labels which may prove beneficial down the line.