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Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2013 4:05 AM
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Using the Cloud can significantly speed up the server provisioning cycle.

It used to take about 3 months for us to move from proposal to in-use server, but after out move to AWS last year this is now about 2 - 3 days. The technical bits of this typically take under 1 day, but there are those pesky approvals to get done.

This change in speed has forced a change of thinking on us. Cost management of server spend used to get buried in the Capex process for getting new servers. Removing the Capex process initially resulted in cost management becoming an orphan that no-one properly looked after.

We have now moved to making the Operations Team responsible for budget management for server costs, resulting in KPIs around this for the Windows System people. Moving to the Cloud gives some interesting new opportunities, but also some new challenges to overcome.


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Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2013 9:28 AM


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My current upgrade project will have been running about a year when it’s complete. Of course, I am assuming that there are no new surprises.

This is the last hardware upgrade, that I can ask for, for the next 5 years.

My deepest sympathy. I think in this situation I would be looking for a new job.


Why? I'd hope many servers can last 5 years at this point. If there's a need to upgrade, fine, but being on a 2-3 year cycle these days seems silly with the power of the hardware.

I would hope that if something grows fast and you need an upgrade, you get it, but having a standard in place like 5 years makes sense to me.







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Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2013 9:49 AM
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Companies that have set hardware upgrade cycles do so to keep their maintenance agreements with their hardware vendors up to date.

Like Steve said, it makes perfect sense to be on a 5 year hardware cycle barring any failures (which should be covered under a maintenance agreement).
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