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2008.4 May - Recession Proof Computing

Submitted by Admin on Fri, 09/05/2008 - 10:13

There is a strong, and very effective, push by software and hardware providers to have you upgrade your computers and programs to the very latest technology. The question you must ask is ‘Do the computers I am using do the job?’.

Upgrading your computers and software is an expensive process, and the benefits usually do not justify the cost. Work is delayed not only by the change of equipment, but by the learning curve that you and your employees require to become familiar with a new environment.

Yes, new computers are more powerful, but the single factor which limits their rate is usually the rate of input. People do not type faster on new machines. Raw computing power no longer makes much of a difference in business. If your machines appear to be slow, have them optimized. The most common reason for poor speed is unnecessary software taking up your resources. Optimization will usually result in a dramatic improvement in performance

The one benefit to upgrading is the reliability of new equipment; however this is only significant if you neglect equipment maintenance.

The number one cause of computer failure is dust. About once every three months (more often in a dusty location) you should use a hand vacuum to remove the dust from the inside of your computer cabinet. Never set a computer on the floor. Raising it a couple of inches will significantly reduce the dust pulled into the cabinet. Excessive dust acts as an insulator allowing components to overheat. Control the dust, and the components will likely last longer than you need them.

The other major cause of failure is poor power from your local utility. Brown outs and power surges are common even in urban areas today, and can literally blow sensitive components in your computer. Invest in a small Un-interruptible Power Supply (UPS) which will protect your computer from surges and brown-outs. It will also give you a chance to safely save your work and to shut the computer down properly if there is a power failure.

Protect your computing investment. Prevent loss with regular maintenance and monitoring. If you need more computing power, purchase additional used computers. Invest in maintenance. If your budget is fixed, develop redundancy to protect you from failures, and look very seriously at backing up and archiving your business information.

A wholesale upgrade to new equipment and software is usually not the best course of action, and in most cases is a waste of money. Computers have a realistic effective life span of 6 years or more. All things being equal, the software you have today will continue to work on those same computers as long as you continue to use them.

Contact Inc. and we can help you re-allocate your Information Technology spending. You can preserve your IT investment at a fraction of the cost of an upgrade. We offer cost-effective solutions for pro-active maintenance, remote monitoring, and recovery planning. Contact us today.

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