Understanding IT Costs - Part of Jisc's Costing IT Services Project

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Understanding IT Costs - Part of Jisc's Costing IT Services Project

  1. 1. Understanding IT Costs Peter James and Martin Bennett Jisc Costing IT Services (CITS) Project London, 10 th February 2014
  2. 2. Cost Distortions
  3. 3. Amazon Web Services
  4. 4. Jisc Costing IT Services (CITS) Project CITS Stage 1: Janet X-Ray Financial Tool University of York IT Cost Exercise CITS Stage 2 • Repurposing York spreadsheet and experience into a generic tool • Costing specific activities e.g. data centres • Financial skills learning materials for IT staff
  5. 5. PURPOS E • Identify what an IT department does • Enable benchmarking • Find improvements and/or cost savings • Provide more robust data for specific decisions • Determine charges for services • Devolve budgets or assign financial responsibility • Track cost and VFM improvements over time • Improve accountancy systems to better support decisionmaking An IT Cost Model RECORDE D COSTS Central IT Staff Hardware Software Other Local IT Staff Hardware Software Other Estates Energy Cooling Power Supply Other Space/TRAC Depreciation COST OBJECTS Services Individual Group Activities Data Centre Storage V Machines USE Strategic Decisions Cloud Investment Decisions Storage Management Responsibility Benchmarking
  6. 6. Costing HPC and Storage • Not Just Cost - other factors - cloud may work best as part of strategic change • Not for everything - non urgent HPC - lower tier storage • Different solutions
  7. 7. HPC & Cloud Considerations • Not just cost - other factors - cloud may be best as part of strategic change • Not for everything - non urgent HPC - lower tier storage • Multiple solutions e.g. for HPC - compute/store/memory bundles - speed & ‘virtual cores’

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