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Old 2nd April, 2008, 11:01 AM
Aedan Aedan is offline
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Originally Posted by danrok View Post
Servers in most organisations are often administered by not only their employees, but many third-parties.
I know of plenty of enterprises that have pretty much completely outsourced their IT. The servers and the software running on them is completely managed by the third party. That does mean that the third party is responsible for licensing too.

Outsourcing such things doens't always bring good. I'm aware of at least two instances where things haven't gone well. In one instance, the outsourcing meant no security (Security's not in your contract, that'll be an extra few million please). The other 'recycled' machines that had been hacked back within the organisation, but without bothering to wipe and reinstall the OS. (IE, left the hacking tools/backdoors installed on the systems)
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