Assessment item 3
Research Project – Design
Due date: 21-May-2017
Return date: 13-Jun-2017
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Regional Gardens Ltd is a company that runs a number of related gardening enterprises. It has a large
display garden that it opens for public inspection a number of times a year. These enterprises include
the Regional Gardens Nursery which sells plants and garden supplies to the public, and Regional
Garden Planners which provides garden advice, design and consultancy services.
Regional Gardens Ltd has a small data centre at its main site in Bathurst where the company’s servers
and data storage is located. The company has the following server infrastructure:
• 2 x Active Directory domain controllers on Windows Server 2008 R2, (2 x Xeon 3.6GHZ,
8GB RAM, 140GB HDD);
• 3 x SQL Server 2003 database servers on Windows Server 2003 (2 x Xeon 2.8GHZ, 4GBRAM, 250GB RAID-5 array);
• 1 x Exchange 2007 email server on Windows Server 2008 R2 (2 x Xeon 3.6GHZ, 8GB
RAM, 250GB RAID-1 array);
• 4 x Windows Server 2003 File and Print servers (2 x Xeon 2.8GHZ, 4GB RAM, 250GB
• 2 x Red Hat Enterprise 5 Linux servers running Apache and TomCat (2 x Xeon 2.8GHZ,
16GB RAM, 140GB HDD).
The management of the company is concerned about the increasing costs of power and cooling to
operate their data centre. The management also wants to increase the reliability of the services, reduce
their desktop support loads and accelerate desktop provisioning to the staff. They are also investigating
whether they should employ a virtualisation technology in their data centre to enhance data centre
efficiency while keeping costs low. They are considering whether they should also use virtualisation to
provide an updated desktop environment to their staff.
You are to consider how to implement a virtual infrastructure for the company and prepare a report for
the board of Regional Gardens. Your report should include:
A one page executive summary,
Your proposed virtual infrastructure for the data centre. This is to include:
Which virtual technology you recommend to be deployed, and
Your reasons for that recommendation.
An analysis of how virtual applications and desktops, or both, will be delivered to the user’s
desktops using the new infrastructure.
Your designs for:
Data and configuration backup, and
Any Information Security changes required and the steps required to implement / monitor