I think tardis rocks because:
- We can provide a safe (Xen) introduction to new sys admins
- We provide a realistic environment for system administration with large numbers of users and large volumes of data
- We provide a realistic environment for learning and experimenting with real-world network technologies
- Skills users and admins can gain are not generally taught in Informatics courses, since they're somewhat more practical/vocational than theoretical
- We provide useful services for students (though people might potentially think it's wrong if these are provided long-term?)
- We provide useful services for societies with sys-admin capable members
- We have hardware such as the Cisco kit, the Suns, the Intel Xeon box and the rack, which students will not have access to elsewhere.
Tardis exists to:
- Gather and promote system administration talent in Informatics
- Help the effective use and management of computer technology amongst University societies
- Provide an environment for discussion regarding sysadmin technologies (established and new)
Probably would be worth pointing out:
- That people have blagged jobs through Tardis contacts or Timelords or something.
- Timelord types make good contacts in general (or at least, Steve likes to give us hardware).
- That people feel they've learned something through Tardis, and that it makes for good CV pimping.
- That we have a quite surprising number of active users and societies using us (quiet potentially 3 figures)
What would help us:
- A small amount of space (one rack) in an inf-student-accessible location
What we require, worst-case:
- A machine with network access :(
What we need to do:
- Get more people interested
- Reduce our heat output and footprint