2011 npo you have too many servers peter campbell

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My presentation from the 2011 Marin Nonprofit Conference, submitting the thesis that, if you're a big NPO, you should virtualize; if you're small, you should move to the cloud; but you have too many servers, even if you have just one.

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2011 npo you have too many servers peter campbell

  1. 1. You Have TOO MANY Servers Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  2. 2. Even If You Have Just Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  3. 3. File Server Terminal Server Staging ServerCase Management Server Archive Server Accounting Server Test Server Portal Server DNS Server DHCP Server Time Server Streaming Server Licensing Server Remote Access ServerProxy Server Backup Server Authentication Server Domain Server Mail Server CRM Server Web Server Print Server Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  4. 4. Server Sprawl Picture Mark Strozier Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  5. 5. Undue Complexity Drawing rudecactus Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  6. 6. Cost Of Maintenance Picture Tracy O Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  7. 7. Fallibility Picture Wael Attili Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  8. 8. It Can Wear You Out. Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  9. 9. How To Lose A Server: • Virtualize it • Outsource it Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  10. 10. Server Virtualization Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  11. 11. Best To Use When: • You have a larger network (>30-50) • You have dedicated technical staff • You have legacy applications • You have high levels of app integration • Your servers need replacing • You want energy efficiency • You want flexibility Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  12. 12. Less Optimal for: • Small orgs w/limited technical expertise Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  13. 13. Virtualization Perspective • Multiple benefits: – Cost of energy, storage, hardware – Green computing – Dynamic server management and deployment • Becoming the mainstream • Best done w/centralized storage (SAN, NAS) Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  14. 14. Cloud Computing Painting Sebastiano Ricci Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  15. 15. Best To Use When: • You’re a small org • You have little technical staff • Your computing needs are pretty standard • You have collaboration and remote access challenges • You can live with the security risks Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  16. 16. Less Optimal for: • Larger orgs w/legacy apps and heavy app integration • Orgs that for compliance or security needs can’t outsource data storage • Orgs without solid Internet access Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  17. 17. Cloud Perspective • “Cloud” seems nebulous and scary, but compare it to current security and risk • Thoroughly vet the vendors and • Go with established, known vendors • Prep staff for the changes • Be mindful of shift from capital to operating expenses Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  18. 18. Summary • Large orgs can virtualize to reduce sprawl and maximize energy • Small orgs can leave the server maintenance and upgrading to others • Nobody needs to manage 10-30 servers anymore Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  19. 19. Questions? Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria
  20. 20. Thank you. • Peter Campbell • @peterscampbell at most social networks • Personal Website + Blog: – http://techcafeteria.com • Org: – http://www.earthjustice.org • Proud Board Member + Contributor at: – http://www.idealware.org Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria

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