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1. Description of Service

MassIT provides reliable and secure centrally managed Linux Operating System (OS) Services for Distributed Hosting for Commonwealth IT Services.  This service offers fully managed services for the system administration of Linux Operating Systems.  This service does not include the hardware platform; customers must choose a virtual platform or a dedicated physical platform for fully managed distributed hosting services.

Customers pay the initial software costs for MassIT to procure the necessary operating system and other related software.  Costs are included in the BAR (Business Application Request form) and identified as "one time" cost and agreed to by both the customer and MassIT.


The Linux OS Distributed Hosting Service includes:

Facilities Management

  • Physical security, cooling, environment and redundant power.

Systems Engineering

Systems Maintenance:

  • Utilization of vendor operating system subscription services for maintaining servers at recommended patch and release levels following standard change management procedures.
  • Maintain current inventory/asset information and support history for each managed host that can be made available to customers.
  • Systems engineer's participation as needed in ongoing customer service delivery reviews (coordinated by MassIT Service Account Managers).


Systems Support & Monitoring:

  • 24 x 7 proactive monitoring, identification, and resolution of technical issues for operating systems.
  • Ongoing security intrusion testing and monitoring.
  • Responsive support to incidents based on severity levels.
  • Responsive support to unscheduled service outages in a timely manner.
  • Provision of diagnostic information to assist with customer application support needs.
  • In case of systems failure or systems data loss or corruption onsite recovery of prior end-of-day system level configuration and locally stored data.
  • Access to technical Change Control information.

Routine Software Audit Services:

  • Software vendors who conduct business with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts contractually reserve the right to conduct periodic software audits on MassIT managed hosts.  MassIT will collaborate with our customers and their vendors to complete audits for which the customer does not have the appropriate access to conduct the audit independently.  These audits are executed to confirm compliance based on terms of software license agreements MassIT and/or its customers have with these software vendors.

This service does not include coverage for Disaster Recovery. This can be procured separately.

Support services include:

MassIT Refresh Policy:

When a customer agrees to fully managed hosting services at MassIT, MassIT commits to maintaining infrastructure per defined service level objectives.  For purchased (non-leased) equipment MassIT will fund the equivalent replacement of customer-specific hosted hardware that costs $25,000/per item or more, within five years.  MassIT does not incorporate into chargeback rates the funding to replace customer-specific hosted infrastructure components that cost less than $25,000/per item.  As such customers are responsible to fund replacement of such infrastructure.  Additionally maintenance costs that are incurred for supporting end-of-life customer-specific hosted infrastructure or upgrading software that is not covered by subscription may be direct charged to customers.

MassIT Asset and Equipment Policy:

When a customer requests fully managed services at MassIT, a BAR (Business Application Request) listing all one-time equipment and ongoing chargeback support costs must be approved and processed.  Equipment to support a customer's request is then procured as an MassIT owned and managed asset.

When a customer no longer requires MassIT services, MassIT decommissions the equipment and chargeback costs are discontinued.  If a customer wants to reuse the equipment for a different MassIT supported solution, the equipment remains active and chargeback costs continue.  MassIT determines future use of all decommissioned equipment .


2. Service Targets and Metrics


Service Requirement


Infrastructure Component AvailabilityEach server is targeted to be available 24x7 excluding planned maintenance and unplanned outages.
Planned MaintenanceRequires a weekly 1-2 hour window between 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding holidays.  Ad-hoc maintenance is scheduled through change control and customers are notified through part of the change control process.
Request Fulfillment*

Staff will respond to service requests during the hours of 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding holidays.  Customers can make requests through COMiT.

Emergency requests are approved by authorized customer contacts and must be opened as incidents to ensure they are acted on immediately out of normal business hours.

Incident Management*MassIT Service Management Office has standard processes to manage incidents, requests, or changes.

Outages or urgent issues should be reported by phone to receive the quickest response 1-866-888-2808.






 % of SRs due to poor performancePercentage of service requests due to poor performance of services provided to end-customers.   
Number of Alerts on exceeding system capacity thresholdsNumber of alerts/events on exceeding system capacity thresholds. 
Number of Incidents caused by Inadequate CapacityHow many incidents have been logged with the Service Desk that was caused by a clearly defined lack of capacity? 




 Availability (excluding Planned Downtime)

Percentage of actual uptime (in hours) of equipment relative to the total numbers of planned uptime (in hours).

Planned uptime = service hours – planned downtime

Planned downtime is downtime as scheduled for maintenance.



% of Outage due to Incidents (Hardware )Percentage of outage (unavailability) due to incidents in the IT environment hardware, relative to the service hours. 
% of Outage due to Change (Hardware)Percentage of outage (unavailability) due to implementation of changes, relative to the service hours. 

*Incidents, requests, or changes that are outside the scope of the defined service description or normal service hours will be direct charged to the customer.

Note: System availability for a customer solution is dependent on the architecture design. 


3. Service Reporting

The following reporting information is provided to customers as part of this service:



Reporting Interval

Job Success/Failure ReportsA summary of successful and unsuccessful batch jobs, by server.


On request through CommonHelp

System Resource Utilization

By server, a detailed report of:

  • CPU utilization
  • Memory utilization
  • Disk utilization


On request through CommonHelp

Operating System Log File ReportA report by server of operating system log information.On request through the Linux Team
System Refresh/Recycle/Restart ReportA report identifying the number of system refreshes/recycles/restarts by server.On request through CommonHelp

4. Service Requests

COMiT Service Requests*


Lead Time-Business Days

Request LINUX Hardware ChangeThis request is to reboot server.1-15 Days
Linux User ID/PasswordRequest to add, change or delete user ID, group or access rights.3 Days
Linux Software ChangeRequest new software or changes to existing OS software or software components.1-15 Days

*For new service requests only. To manage existing requests, please log into COMiT.
Requests related to projects are initiated through the Request Project process.


5. Customer Responsibilities

The customer will identify and apply customer application patches and configuration modifications, develop standards for and coordination of the move of code into production through the Change Management process, define job schedules and resolve conflicts in the job cycle.  In addition, the customer will use capacity planning and management tools, recommend corrective action when needed, develop growth forecasts and develop capacity plans based on ensuring service level attainment.

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6. Chargeback Rate Information

For more information on Chargeback, including an overview of the program as well as current and previous fiscal year rates, please visit our Chargeback Services webpage.



Updated September 04, 2015
Reviewed September 04, 2015
Published June 20, 2011
Created November 2, 2010: Information provided by the Service Account Management Director and Hosting Services Business Team Lead