Architecture

Standard Operating Environments (SOE)

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Sean Garcia

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What is it?
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A standard implementation of an operating system and associated software across standardised hardware. This means that computers in a SOE will run the same OS, software and hardware components. Running a SOE can have many advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to consider these before implementation.

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Advantages
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The primary purpose of SOEs are the time and cost savings.


  • Easy to install and maintain software because of the standardised hardware and software

  • Because all machines are identical, disk images can be flashed onto all machines thus saving time

  • Average cost of installation is reduced because it can be done efficiently

  • Software licensing and hardware purchasing can be done in bulk, thus reducing costs

  • New software can be trialed on a small group of machines before being installed on the rest of the SOE

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Disadvantages
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The primary disadvantage of a SOE is its standardised nature.


  • Software upgrades need to be extensively tested before being installed on the SOE thus acting against immediate upgrades

  • Users are not able to install software they may individually require because it may interfere with the SOE

  • Network administrators are often required to manage an SOE

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