STANDARDS BIT has established standard practices for development, processing and services
  • Rules and regulations are essential to any well managed organization. Standards are valuable to our clients because of the cost savings, faster support and reliable technology infrastructure. They serve to establish uniform practices and common techniques used as guidelines to measure performance.

    For example, with one standard email system, a small number of administrators can maintain a system supporting all of state government. If the state had two email systems, the number of administrators and support staff would double with no corresponding benefit in functionality. The same principle applies to system designs, writing programs and setting up operations in a data processing center. All of which require certain individual skills, standard policies, procedures and equipment.

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  • Vendors who are actively pursuing IT business opportunities with the State of South Dakota must also comply with the Information Technology Security Policy. For security purposes, this content is not for public consumption, however a modified version is available for you here.
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  • Development >
    Analysis, design, programming, implementation and maintenance of the state’s information systems.
  • Data Center >
    Provides enterprise computer processing services for state government agencies, higher education, constitutional offices and the Unified Judicial System (UJS)..
  • Telecommunications >
    Provides all support for hardware/software, Active Directory accounts required for access to network, telephone access, videoconferencing, and more.


Standards List: Server Hardware/Software

Please contact the BIT Service Desk if you need assistance ordering server hardware and/or software; such as a network operating system, virtual, authentication and email servers along with database services.

Server software standards are listed below.

Category Product
Server Operating System Microsoft Windows Server 2016
Hypervisor VMWare ESXi 6.5 or Newer
Authentication Server Microsoft Active Directory 2012 R2
Email Server Microsoft Exchange 2016
Database Services Microsoft SQL Server 2016
Server Hardware Hewlett-Packard Rack or Blade Server, both with Lights-Out connectivity. BIT will determine the model depending on the requirements if the server cannot be virtualized.
Server Storage Hewlett-Packard Storage. BIT will determine storage class and connectivity depending on requirements.

For hardware standards please contact the BIT Service Desk. Use of any non-standard server hardware or server software needs to be pre-approved by the BIT Data Center. Requests to use non-standard server hardware or server software should be made to the BIT Service Desk.

Last Updated: 05/15/2019
Last Reviewed: 05/15/2019