EA-STD-019 Client Operating Systems

Architectural Classification

Technology \ Application \ Operating System Services

Standard Specification

This standard covers the client systems used to access the server, storage and presentation infrastructure services at Plymouth University; these client systems include only more traditional client end-points such as desktop, laptop and terminal (thin) computing devices.  Ultra-mobile computing end-points such as tablets and smart phones are specifically excluded from this standard.

Client systems consist of the platform hardware and operating system that enables the operating environment to access and execute locally installed and remote applications, storage and information systems that serve the majority of the user community.  This standard is intended to provide guidance when selecting an operating system for client systems used to access corporate services provided by Plymouth University or when upgrading client system environments as part of refresh cycles.  It must not be used to bypass any planning and support analysis necessary to ensure client systems are capable of meeting the requirements of the user community.

Baseline (Today) Emerging (To track)
  • Desktop
    • Microsoft Windows 7 (x86)
    • Microsoft Windows 7 (x64)
    • Microsoft Windows XP SP3
    • Mac OS X 10.8
    • Mac OC X 10.9
    • Ubuntu
  • Mobile
    • Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich (Minimum)
    • iOS 7 (Minimum)
    • Windows Phone 8.0 (Minimum)
  • Desktop
    • Microsoft Windows 10
    • Microsoft Windows (future versions)
    • Mac OS X (Future Versions)
    • Thin Client Host OS
  • Mobile
    • Emerging Android OS’s
    • Emerging Apple iOS’s
    • Emerging Windows Phone OS’s
Tactical (0-3 years) Strategic (3-6 years)
  • Desktop
    • Microsoft Windows 7 (x86)
    • Microsoft Windows 7 (x64)
    • Mac OS X 10.x
    • Linux
  • Mobile
    • Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich (Minimum)
    • iOS 7 (Minimum)
    • Windows Phone 8.0 (Minimum)
  • Desktop
    • Microsoft Windows 7 (x86, x64)
    • Microsoft Windows (Future Versions)
    • Mac OS X 10.x
    • Linux
  • Mobile
    • Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich (Minimum)
    • iOS 7 (Minimum)
    • Windows Phone 8.0 (Minimum)
Retirement (to be removed) Containment (No new development)
  • Desktop
    • Microsoft Windows XP SP3
  • Desktop
    • Microsoft Windows XP SP3

Comments

The mobile client operating systems are currently not a supported service, the inclusion here is to inform the baseline for services being consumed by these devices now and in the future.

Author: Craig Douglas Date: 24/10/2014 Version: 1.0
Document Security Level: PUBLIC 
Document Approvals: Technical Architecture Group
Enterprise Architecture Practice
Enterprise Architecture Board
IT Director
02/06/2014
June 2014
23/07/2014
23/10/2014
Review Date: October 2015

Client Operating System Roadmap

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