Benefits (and Detriments) of Standardizing Network Equipment in a Global Organization

Nolan Berry nolan.berry at RACKSPACE.COM
Tue Dec 27 17:30:22 UTC 2016


System automation and life cycle management is exponentially easier when you have uniform environments.  I am in the process of standardizing global infrastructure and developing the automation process now.

Nolan

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Sent: Monday, December 26, 2016 7:55 PM
To: Chris Grundemann
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Subject: Re: Benefits (and Detriments) of Standardizing Network Equipment in a Global Organization

On Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:36:10 -0500, Chris Grundemann said:

> A global hospitality organization with 100+ locations recently asked us how
> to weigh the importance of standardizing infrastructure across all their
> locations versus allowing each international location to select on their
> own kit.

The first question that comes to mind is:

Does the organization have any centralized IT, or is *that* done by
each location?  The procurement directives need to be coming from the
group that actually does day-to-day support of each location, or the
resulting culture clash will cause issues....


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