Understanding IT Costs - Part of Jisc's Costing IT Services Project
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  • 1. Understanding IT Costs Peter James and Martin Bennett Jisc Costing IT Services (CITS) Project London, 10 th February 2014
  • 2. Cost Distortions
  • 3. Amazon Web Services
  • 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. 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. 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. 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’