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Inefficient System Is Killing Me!!

By printmn1 ·
I am a systems administrator working for a 75 Million/yr. Manufacturing company. There are approximately 200 local and remote users that you support along with several servers. As the systems administrator Iam responsible for identifying and solvinga wide variety of problems. Many problems can be addressed with little or no expense, however others require a capital expenditure. The CIO and CFO must approve all capital expenditures. Many of the other senior management have input as well.

Based on the problems identified below I must:

?h Identify a solution
?h Cost justify the solution
?h Develop a project plan
?h Develop a project budget

Note: You are not required to propose Microsoft only solutions but solutions must be accurate and justified.

My company has a very active 24-hour engineering division. The engineering div. requires access to a networked CAD system and a schematic archive imaging system. The engineering div. is directly responsible for 25 Million/yr. in revenue. There are 40 engineers with an average salary of $130,000/yr.

The server that supports the CAD and archive systems is several years old. The processor averages 85%, and the storage space is at 90%. I have determined that the server has 90% annual uptime. Within the last three months; I have had to restore from backup twice due to server failure. The down time was 8 hours per incident. I attribute the extended restore time due to a backup system that require me to span across three tapes. The network is 10/100 Ethernet.

The engineers have complained of slow response time. They advise that the average engineer spends 30-40% of their time waiting for the server to serve up files. In the past year along they have had to recreate 76 man-hours of work due to server failure.

Please give me help resolving these problems. Many Thanks and Merry Christmas

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by DoubleDown In reply to Inefficient System Is Kil ...

I suggest documenting these problems and statistics, and that's your justification that a new server/upgraded hardware is needed. There's only so much tweaking you can do, and only so much hard drive space on a drive. Beyond that, it's either the engineers get crappy response times, or the server get's upgraded.

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by DC1 In reply to Inefficient System Is Kil ...

Upgrade the server. You have already documented the "down time" and lack of productivity that the old server is causing. If you present the dollars and cents to the management they will realize that upgradeing the box will in make there most profitable group making money all the time.

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by SFO Farmer In reply to Inefficient System Is Kil ...

Find out your hourly rate for the engineers x 40 then multiply by the downtime for the last year and estimate how much down time in the comming year.
Do a similar calc for the wait time for the users.

With 25,000,000 a year revenue, you should be able to budget the cost of .5 engineers salary on a new system. If they loose 30-40% of their time waiting- decreasing the wait would be like having a few extra engineers.

If you want uptime,performance and redundancy they are not cheap. If youwork the numbers right- a good system is just a drop in the bucket.

G'Luck- SFO

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