[CFIC] CFIC: Draft response to Rick

James Van Dyke vandyke at ucar.edu
Fri Jan 4 10:31:51 MST 2008


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Oh, and you may also what to include that this is coming from the
committee so you don't have to take all the heat yourself. :-)
Jim

James Van Dyke wrote:
> Hi Pat,
> 
> My comments are below. See what you and others think.
> Jim
> 
> 
> Pat Waukau wrote:
>> CFIC Members:
> 
>> Following is a draft of my response to Rick's email.  I would appreciate
>> comments by early this afternoon, so that I can send it out to 
>> Rick by the end of today. 
> 
>> Thanks, Pat 
> 
> 
> 
>> Rick,
> 
>> Wishing you and the members of the President's Council a 
>> Happy New Year as well!   With the present budget situation your leadership
>> will be critical in guiding the organization through this difficult period.
> 
>> Thank you for your candid comments regarding the progress of the
>> Collocation Facilities Implementation Plan.  Underlying our stated reasons
>> for extending the time frame to complete the plan was our recognition
>> that we were not effectively communicating the necessary information
>> to those who would be directly affected by the change.  In addition,
>> during meetings with these groups technical and financial issues were
>> brought up which will need to be addressed in more detail.  That said in
>> this fiscally constrained time we will need to navigate a balance between
>> what is critical to the successful provision of  collocation facilities
>> versus what is desirable but not necessarily required.  In addition, we
>> will develop alternate scenarios dependendent on the final resolution
>                                    ^dependent
>> of the Wyoming data center.
> 
>> With regards to the requested position for a collocation facility
>> manager in the FY09 budget and the addition of two part time positions
>> for technical and operational support in FY10, we will table these
>> requests at this time with the understanding that with approval of the
>                        ^. This would be with the understanding that once
> the final plan is approved, these positions would be reconsidered for
> inclusion in the budget. Since the final plan will include computing
> space growth and equipment replacement needs there will be financial
> impacts to the various groups.
> 
>> final plan, which will include financial impacts to the various groups,
>> that these positions would be reconsidered for inclusion in the budget.
> ^Remove the above 2 lines.
> 
>> However, I think it is important to note, that the current plan includes
>> a cost allocation methodology that will recover costs for the creation
>> and management of these facilities, along with actual utility usage,
>> from the divisions and programs.  Costs would be allocated proportional
>> to an individual groups usage.  
> 
>> The committee has developed an Action Plan for revision and completion
>> of the Collocation Facilities Implementation Plan and posted a revised
>> timeline on the wiki site.  We anticipate having the final document
>> available for review in the March time frame.  If you need any additional
>> information, please contact me.
> 
>> Thank you for your support.
> 
>> Pat
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