Choosing what type of hardware is right for your business and when it is time to upgrade away from the hardware you use are two considerations every single business has to make. These days there are a lot of options available to decision makers that weren’t available in the past. This both makes these hardware decisions easier and more time consuming because there are more variables that people have to weigh. Let’s go through some of them today.
If your business is like most businesses, there are several elements of your business that need to be considered when determining your organization’s hardware needs. It isn’t a matter of just cost-effectiveness, it’s also very much about functionality. So with that in mind, you need to start somewhere.
At OnSite I.T., we tell our clients that they need to come up with a list of essential features that their business absolutely requires. After that list is complete, make another list of needs that would be useful but aren’t totally a priority. These lists will be at the center of your hardware procurement strategy.
To accomplish your goals, you will need to figure out the following variables:
There are essentially three approaches you can take to your business’ hardware. You can host it yourself, utilize the cloud, or turn to virtualization (which can be supported either in the cloud or on your own hardware). Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, of course, from the costs of implementation to the level of responsibility that your business has over its upkeep. When all is said and done, your specific situation will dictate what hardware—or combination thereof—will work best for your business’ needs.
Most hardware devices have a processor or CPU that’s responsible for the speed and performance of the device. The more processing power available, the faster your computer or hardware device can work. Higher processing power also allows your device to complete more complicated tasks and handle larger workloads.
There are certain types of processors that are meant for specific, high-performance functions like gaming or video editing. But generally, the latest generation processor with decent cores and clock speeds will work for basic business tasks. If you’re not sure about what all the tech jargon means for your business, consider working with an IT consultant to evaluate your company’s needs and find the products that work for you.
With remote work having been established as a viable and valuable business option, it is now an important part of your business’ considerations. Taking this into consideration will be important to your choice of hardware, as you’ll need to acquire the hardware that suits your level of engagement with remote operations.
Your business’ needs will dictate the amount of storage required, as it impacts how much data you can accumulate and how well your hardware actually performs. Take a few moments to consider how much space your business requires, and if you would benefit from implementing other options, like the cloud. Either way, you’ll need to consider what your needs are and overshoot them considerably.
Hardware is notoriously expensive, but that doesn’t mean your first instinct should be to seek out the least expensive option by default. Instead, you need to seek out the option that balances the best bargain for the most value. Doing so will help you make the most of your invested dollars while also giving you the resources you need.
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