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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

Pretty provocative statement? What do I mean by this?

 

Any of this sound vaguely familiar?

This then possibly progress's at some point (when the next yearly(?) review of the DR Plan comes around) to add a bit more hardware and possibly some dedicated Leased line of some kind to enable comms? Although this is still somewhat half-hearted, when questioned about why it takes so long to test someone will usually point out that the reason it took so long is that:

  • A - It wasn't done properly by *the other guys/consultants/<blame whoever>*
  • B - We should test every quarter - "It would be easier and quicker....."

When the next review comes around, the board hit's the roof when they're told that in the event of a Disaster the IT dept. thinks it would realistically take between 2 - 5 days to get up and running. (This is of course depending on what the board are told, or indeed how much it cost to implement the DR in the first place?)

 

Result

By the time they've got around to doing quarterly tests, you can almost guarantee enough full time work for one Project Manager, as well as 3 - 4 IT staff being dedicated to this for 1 - 2 weeks every quarter, not forgetting the users from the Business to run the testing. On top of this you also have an array of Hardware that may/or may not fit your needs depending on whether you have purchased the kit outright or it's *shared* from a service supplier - ALL of which doesn't do much - BUT still needs to be replaced and/or upgraded at various stages.

 

Anyway, once I'd finished on this I found I'd done 3 pages - so it's now an article

Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 7:31 AM IT Management | Back to top


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