[LTER-im-rep] IMC Watercooler - November

Inigo San Gil isangil at lternet.edu
Mon Nov 9 12:09:04 MST 2015

Some comments -

I would say that for the Mon and Tue conversations, it would be best to 
summarize what do we really need from the new data center, including 
some of the legacy, and what additions we long for.  The spreadsheet is 
too limiting to legacy stuff, and Im afraid, that when presented as 
brief as it is below, I get the feeling that the transition roadmap is 
that of continuity of minimums, something we agree it would not be the 
case.   I would suggest we keep that spreadsheet for historical 
purposes, and let's do a fresh survey (too late for tomorrow).

What matters? For LTER what matters is to stay relevant in the face of 
rapidly evolving technologies. The LTER network has now new ways at our 
disposal to address some long unresolved IT challenges.  We could also 
address storage challenges, hosting and services.  We can layout new 
ways to collaborate and act as a network, and in the process of doing 
so, we will be more efficient, reduce the amount of redundant work in 
our network, and have our people work on what they can do best. That is 
a transition that is exciting.

A transition should not just mean "move this server over here, update 
this software and, btw, who can host LDAP". While those are things that 
should be consider, it should be a deeper analysis on where we want to 
be a year from now, and then sometime beyond that. Furthermore, 
presenting EB with tech decisions is not as valuable as presenting with 
a vision of what do we want to offer to LTER, how is that beneficial and 
what do we need to get there. We did some work before the ASM, some 
during the IM meeting, but some details still need to be worked out.  
Perhaps this is what you mean, but I cannot really distil this message 
from the email below -- and, If we just go for the minimum effort, we 
will end up in worse shape in a year from now that in the (relative) bad 
shape we are now.   We do not want that, do we?

Finally, just to reiterate what I told the current LNO and others, I can 
also help with legacy stuff - i am on site, and I know some of it, and 
know what door to knock in case of doubt.

Cheers, Inigo

On 11/9/2015 10:11 AM, Corinna Gries wrote:
> Hi all,
> Since we’ll be talking about transitions I am attaching Margaret’s 
> spreadsheet so we all have it available for the discussion today and 
> tomorrow. Please consider the following questions for the services listed:
> Is it essential to your site
> Do we need other input for a decision about its importance (e.g., NSF, 
> NCO, EB?)
> Do we need updates to the technology/functioning
> Who would be willing to be the responsible person, i.e., someone 
> knowing the service well enough and willing to answer questions that 
> may come up during transition
> Other …
> Thanks and talk to you all soon
> Corinna
> *From:*im-rep [mailto:im-rep-bounces at lists.lternet.edu] *On Behalf Of 
> *Philip Tarrant
> *Sent:* Thursday, October 29, 2015 4:41 PM
> *To:* im-rep at lists.lternet.edu; Valentine, Theresa; Remillard, 
> Suzanne; Stevan Earl
> *Subject:* [LTER-im-rep] IMC Watercooler - November
> Dear colleagues,
> We are scheduling a virtual watercooler for November 9/10. The topic 
> of the discussion will be:
> - NIMO update
> - continue transition planning
> Please indicate if/which day you are able to attend via the doodle 
> poll. Thanks!
> http://doodle.com/poll/9zvcswn9kwitwutt
> *Philip Tarrant*
> *Director, Informatics and Technology | Senior Sustainability Scientist*
> *Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability | Arizona State 
> University*
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