Platform Research

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3 Platform Research Assignment
Welcome to the 3 Platform Research Assignment
This study guide has been developed so that you, as a prospective IT Professional, can gain an
understanding of the various technologies that are relevant to the course, and in particular the role in
which you work.
You will have heard of many IT vendors that provide a platform that is proprietary to them and was
developed and is owned by them. Some of these vendors include Microsoft, Citrix, Red Hat, Oracle,
CISCO, Novel, IBM, etc.
You may have also heard of ‘Open Source’ which is a philosophy or pragmatic methodology that
promotes free distribution and access to an end product’s design and implementation deta ils. This sort
of access and information is held back by most vendors as they see this as an infraction on their ability
to succeed in a market place where they have invested a significant monetary sum to develop these
proprietary products.
The definition of Open Source Copyright according to is:
It goes on to explain this in more detail:
Relating to source code that is available to the public without charge. Opensource
code is often enhanced, improved, and adapted for specific purposes by
interested programmers, with the revised versions of the code are made
available to the public. For example, most of the code in the Linux operating
system is open-source.
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The focus technology platform that you will be researching and reporting on is:
Virtualisation Host Software
Task 1
Your first task for this assignment is to research and find 3 different platforms that relate to the focus
Task 1-3 Platform Research
Report 750 words maximum.
12pt font single spaced.
– Become familiar with the 3 selected platforms.
– Evaluate and list features and benefits of each, for comparison purposes.
– Identify industry sectors or segments that each may be suited to, based on your analysis
– Report your findings in a manner that can be presented to management in a clear concise
manner in terminology that they will understand.
– Make recommendations for implementation of a new platform
Task 2
Your second task in this assignment is to develop a process for procurement for one of these chosen
platforms. You must present this as a feasibility report with a compelling case as to why the platform
was chosen and recommended.
The idea behind the second task is to detail in simple terms why management would approve and sign
off on your proposal. You will also need to list pricing, lead-times and steps for procurement. Ensure
you include an acceptance signoff for your proposal. Ensure correct referencing is used.
Assignment 2-Process for Procurement
Policy 750 words maximum.
12pt font single spaced.
– Create a proposal and procurement report
– List reasons for your selection
– Detail a procedure to determine procurement
– Report your findings to management in a clear concise manner
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