Browse Definitions :
Definition

standard operating environment (SOE)

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

A standard operating environment (SOE) is the basic operating system and software application installation load that is generally deployed throughout an organization’s user base.

Enterprises, universities and other organizations may have separate SOEs for workstations, notebook computers and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Components of an SOE typically include the OS, its standard configuration, associated service packs, common applications and their associated updates. Disk images are typically used to speed deployment of an SOE across networks to multiple clients.

The standardized base of an SOE can help maintain consistent reliability and performance throughout an organization. The SOE reduces variables that can create individual software issues that complicate diagnosis, troubleshooting and issue resolution. The standardization can also provide a compatible environment for extra software that may be required by specialized departments. The SOE’s base of approved, secure applications should also be resistant to exploits.

Sometimes SOE are simply a starting point, and freedoms granted to individual users diverge from the initial install. Organizations that have more stringent SOE constraints may also have exemption requests for use of applications outside the ones included in the environment. In either case, IT is encouraged to confer with staff about their needs and to find the most effective, yet still secure application that will fill the bill.

See an introduction to the Red Hat standard operating environment:

This was last updated in September 2014

Continue Reading About standard operating environment (SOE)

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

SOE can also stand for Sequence of Events. This type of SOE is associated with various types of devices i.e. electrical relays, Digital Fault recorders, registering of computer faults, etc.
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchCompliance

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)

    The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to ...

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

SearchSecurity

SearchHealthIT

  • telemedicine (telehealth)

    Telemedicine is the remote delivery of healthcare services, such as health assessments or consultations, over the ...

  • Project Nightingale

    Project Nightingale is a controversial partnership between Google and Ascension, the second largest health system in the United ...

  • medical practice management (MPM) software

    Medical practice management (MPM) software is a collection of computerized services used by healthcare professionals and ...

SearchDisasterRecovery

SearchStorage

  • hot plugging

    Hot plugging is the addition of a component to a running computer system without significant interruption to the operation of the...

  • M.2 SSD

    An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that conforms to a computer industry specification and is used in internally mounted ...

  • kilobyte (KB or Kbyte)

    A kilobyte (KB or Kbyte) is a unit of measurement for computer memory or data storage used by mathematics and computer science ...

Close