[Mageia-sysadm] questions about our infrastructure setup & costs

Romain d'Alverny rdalverny at gmail.com
Tue Apr 3 10:34:39 CEST 2012

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 21:00, Michael scherer <misc at zarb.org> wrote:
> Well, you have the hardware we paid, no ?
> The accounting is on the bank account, and despites requiring searching, it
> was published.
> If iyou need information on the hardware we got at the beggining, I can send
> on this list a partial history of where
> does every piece of hardware come from, if that what you need, but I prefer to
> be sure that's really what you need before spending a afternoon on this.

It's more important, looking ahead, to know what is needed, because
the costs of the infrastructure before and today (offered/acquired
hardware, hosting, etc.) are not the same for hardware/services
available today or tomorrow. For a given service, the needs are known
and stable (or can be planned). The cost (and options) of that
infrastructure, on the other hand, may change more rapidly with time
(up or down).

> Basically : [...]

> I do not say that's not a good idea to document ( I started to write
> various SOP on the wiki ), just that I fear that no one will
> be motivated to do it and to keep it up to date, especially for such a huge
> document.

Thanks for the tips anyway, I'll see what I can prepare with that,
although I'm afraid it's useless, given some echoes to this thread
(here and elsewhere). I won't be able to plan for your (sysadmin)
capacities and needs (that means, looking 2/3 years ahead), if you
don't tell me in a documented, maintained and clear way.

Doesn't need to be a huge doc, especially for a start. But it needs to
revolve around something logical for deployment and understandable for
most, non technical people, so service-centered didn't seem absurd to
me, and a graphic-based format neither, so that a sense of priority
can be shared.

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