An anonymous reader writes: I'm a software consultant in a medium-sized company, where we are are a minority of the rest of the company's business. This means that the IT department's primary focus is to use heavyweight governance software to keep their non-techie users' machines running smoothly. e.g. Altiris inventory/management software for stuff we can just as easily manage ourselves, full hard-drive encryption, and slow anti-virus software as the standard operating system image.
All this corporate management software really slows down our development build and test cycles, so I'm wondering if others have solved this problem in a way that doesn't make life risky or painful for either the IT staff or us. e.g. Any experience with the following ideas?
- Put the software team on a VLAN, where we can have more relaxed security requirements. When we need to get at internal systems, we'd VPN in.
- Some kind of a Hypervisor setup with only VMs and no hosts?