I'm planning ahead to upgrade from OnTAP 9.3 to 9.4 after we complete SnapCenter deployment, which will hopefully be in the month of April. My question is: are there any concerns around upgrading to 9.4 since it is the last release that is not "LTS" and hasn't been patched in awhile? i can't upgrade directly to 9.5 because we are still on an older vCenter version that's not compatible with 9.5. If it's preferable to go straight to 9.5 I could wait until we've upgraded vCenter. Any suggestions or thoughts?
I've actually never skipped a version when upgrading before. In general I prefer to be incremental in my upgrades so that if there's an issue I'll know which version caused it. Having said that, this is an unusual situation since 9.4 is not under LTS. Thanks for the suggestion!
9.4 is either out of support or will be soon enough. Also there are plenty of fixes and patches that make 9.5 a pretty dang stable line of code anyway. I'd get off 9.3 just because there are some nice fixes in 9.5 (or 9.7 even if you run CIFS or Flexgroups) that make it run good.
So based on the feedback, sounds like the recommendation is to (a) finish my deployment of SnapCenter, (b) wait until we've upgraded vCenter from 6.0 to 6.5 or 6.7, and then (c) upgrade from OnTAP 9.3 to 9.5.