Research and Teaching Unit Spending Plan 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17

Spending plan for the Research and Teaching unit for financial year 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17.

This spending plan assumes that a virtualisation service (KVM) will continue to be provided (sufficiently resourced and funded) outside of the Unit. The unit is already extensively virtualised, physical servers that exist are there purely because of particular performance/robustness requirements.

Physical Servers:

Host (Virtual/Host) Usage 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
Action Spec Priority £Estimate Action Spec Priority £Estimate Action Spec Priority £Estimate
burly Webmark Backup and Unit Spare Out of Warranty (5 years old) - NO ACTION PLANNED N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2014/15 N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2015/16 N/A N/A 0
cake Theon (Database DR Recovery Server) replace if necessary with hand me down for performance (to match shortbread) N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2014/15 N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2015/16 N/A N/A 0
fondant Theon - Development/Backup UI/Portal Out of Warranty (4 years old) - NO ACTION PLANNED N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2014/15 N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2015/16 N/A N/A 0
flapjack Teaching PostgreSQL NO ACTION PLANNED N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2014/15 N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2015/16 N/A N/A 0
heffalump 64GB Memory Compute Out of Warranty (5 years old) - NO ACTION PLANNED N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2014/15 N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2015/16 N/A N/A 0
puffin Shared Demos/Web Services Out of Warranty (8 years old) - decommission and/or replace as KVM guest N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 0
shortbread Theon (Database/In/Out Server) option to replace for performance improvement - Medium 2500 AS FOR 2014/15 N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2015/16 N/A N/A 0
sponge Research PostgreSQL; Webmark DR NO ACTION PLANNED N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2014/15 N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2015/16 N/A N/A 0
sprinkles Theon UI/Portal option to replace for major performance improvement - High 2500 AS FOR 2014/15 N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2015/16 N/A N/A 0
victor Coltex Out of Warranty (5 years old) - replace as KVM guest N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 0
wasserboxer RAT VirtualBox (or KVM) Hosting NO ACTION PLANNED N/A N/A 0 AS FOR 2014/15 N/A N/A 0 Out of Warranty - REPLACE - High 3500

All other servers are either virtual (running under KVM on either wasserboxer or one of the MPU maintained KVM hosts) or owned by research group/grant.

Compute Cluster

In 2014 the compute nodes will be 7 and 8 years old, at some point they will start to fail and we will have to replace them or bin the cluster. The cluster no longer runs gridengine jobs so is now solely used for Hadoop/GPFS for a number of researchers and the Extreme computing course. It is likely that the cluster could continue to make do with "hand me down" equipment.

-- TimColles - 08 Oct 2014

Topic revision: r2 - 08 Oct 2014 - 12:58:11 - TimColles
 
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