5.1.1.1.3 Procedures in place to evaluate when changes are needed to current hardware

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5.1.1.1.3 Procedures in place to evaluate when changes are needed to current hardware
Status Ready for review
Compliance Rating Fully compliant
Responsible

Requirement: The repository shall have procedures in place to evaluate when changes are needed to current hardware.

Supporting Text

This is necessary to ensure that the repository has the capacity to make informed and timely decisions when information indicates the need for new hardware.

Examples for Meeting the Requirement

Evaluation procedures in place; documented staff expertise in each technology subsystem.

Discussion

Given information from technology watches or other technology monitoring notification systems, the repository should have procedures and expertise to evaluate this data and make sound decisions regarding the need for new hardware. The objective is to track when technology providers have developed subsystems that minimize risk, or that minimize cost, or that improve performance. This is necessary to track emerging technologies and plan for upgrades before capacity limits occur. The evaluation should identify when the risk of using new technology outweighs the expected benefit, and when the new technology is sufficiently mature to minimize risk.

Evidence Provided

The entire repository infrastructure is continuously monitored for performance and usage. If a resource is being continuously over-utilized the operations team decides upgrades on a case by case basis. The captured performance metrics are a very helpful tool to identify resource limitations prematurely and act appropriately. See the page Monitoring for more information.