The first group of tasks involves identifying candidate hardware and software to fit into the model shown in Figure 1, pricing the components and ensuring that they match the available budget. Once this is settled, the next step is to procure the required hardware and software.
The hardware includes single-processor servers and the racks to stack them;
backup servers with an attached large capacity RAID array; Network Attached Storage (NAS) server; high performace servers for data warehouse; KVM switch and gigabit switches and other accessories.
Windows XP, RedHat Enterprise Linux 5.1 are operating systems on our machines.
An email account and Internet access through an existing network is required.
With a budget in hand, itemize hardware required. Locate vendors and obtain quotations on pricing.
Working with your existing organizational procurement systems, purchase the required hardware.
Ensure that goods received are complete, and store in a secure place.
Connect each computer to a monitor, keyboard, mouse and network. Power on and ensure it boots the installed operating system (typically an OEM version of Windows) and establishes a gigabit speed connection to the Internet.