Originally Posted by ShortySmalls
As someone who was an Intern in the IT Department to the school district i graduated from, tell the 8 man Tech team that schools don't support their IT department... we had anything we could of possibly need.
The only thing we ever out sourced that wasn't done by the inhouse IT staff, was copiers... because who wants to move around 52 copiers, that weigh almost 1000 pounds?
I've worked as a contractor with actual IT teams for school districts and came in as a lone merc...so it goes both ways. Just depends on the school's budget...as a contractor I worked for a lot of different schools though.
As far as the whole Linux vrs Windows horse...it all depends on what you are doing. If it is a database host I think it is better to go with Linux...there are some free versions with good (paid) support that will save you a lot of money most of the time...and work better in my opinion. If you are doing email...you got to go Exchange. Zimbra is probably the best there is on Linux and it is trash in comparison. If you are just hosting a web server...meh...doesn't matter. If build your own NAS I'd take the Linux route...every NAS appliance I've ever dealt with has ran on some form of Linux or else some propriety firmware that I bet if tore apart I would find a Linux kernel in there.
You also have to figure in clustering...windows makes this very easy to do...not that Linux is hard, but anything other than maybe SUSE is much more of a process to get set up right.
Oh and if you are going to virtualize...heh, you just got to go with ESXi. MS's hypervisor is OK too I guess...for other Windows OS's anyway, but VMWare products are just so easy to use and setup...and maintain since you get things like Vmotion. So even if you go 100% with Windows servers you should technically be running on Linux with ESXi as the host for the VMsEdited by Vagrant Storm - 6/25/13 at 6:48am