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Migrating from Ektron to EPiServer: Minimum Server Requirements

Ektron_EPiServer_Minimum_Server_RequirementsSince the announcement of the merger between EPiServer and Ektron, website owners who utilize the Ektron platform have been considering whether to migrate to EPiServer. But for those who have decided to take the plunge, one question that often comes up is how much of an impact this move will have on their website’s hosting. Fortunately, for most users of the current version of Ektron, the answer is “not much.” Ektron version 9 and EPiServer CMS 8 have very similar minimum server requirements, and many users should be able to install EPiServer on their current Ektron servers without any issues.

To illustrate this, let’s take a look at the current minimum application server and database server requirements for both Ektron and EPiServer (as of September 2015):

Ektron Version 9.1 Minimum Server Requirements

Application Server

Hardware

  • 4-bit processing, 2 or more core processors, and at least 4 GB of memory.

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

Database Server

Hardware

  • 64-bit processing, 2 or more core processors, and at least 8 GB of memory.

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

Relational Database Management System

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

EPiServer Version 8 Minimum Server Requirements

Application Server

Hardware

  • None Specified

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Database Server

Hardware

  • None Specified

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Relational Database Management System

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008

If we compare the server hardware requirements of the two systems, we see that Ektron specifies a minimum level of CPU and memory, while EPiServer does not. The supported operating systems for Ektron are both supported by EPiServer at this time as well.

When we look at the supported relational database management systems, we see that the same thing holds true. All of the supported database management systems for Ektron are also supported by EPiServer.

Based on a reading of the minimum server requirements of Ektron version 9.1 and EPiServer version 8, we see that if you are running Etkron 9.1 and migrating from Ektron to EPiServer, the move should be a snap where your hosting is concerned.

New EPiServer Installations

While your Ektron hosting environment will be able to support the move to EPiServer, what about new EPiServer installations? Currently, we are recommending that new EPiServer deployments meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Application and Database Server Operating System: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Relational Database Management System: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or 2014

Each deployment is unique. When considering the hosting requirements of your production environment, we recommend you contact a member of the WSOL team to review the needs of your planned implementation. If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

About the Author

Dan Sales
Dan Sales
As WSOL’s VP of IT Operations, Dan supervises all of WSOL’s internal information technology systems, as well all hosting operations and support. He enjoys working with relational database management systems such as Oracle, MySQL, and SQL Server and is also interested in big data technologies such as Hadoop and Apache Hive. Dan has completed both development and administrative training for Ektron, EPiServer, and Sitecore, and he is certified as a developer and administrator in Ektron. He has attended the Ektron Synergy and Sitecore Symposium conferences, and he received a Certificate of Completion after attending the Big Data TechCon training conference. He was awarded several other honors while attending the University of Massachusetts, including Outstanding Business Information Systems Student and Business Student of the Year. He was also awarded an Army Commendation medal and five Army Achievement medals for meritorious service. Outside of the office, Dan enjoys target shooting, skiing, hacking, and spending time with Wicker, his Labrador retriever.