Sunday, July 05, 2009
July 2009 Newsletter Article
It is certainly understandable to try and postpone spending while we wait for business to increase. If the systems that you have are performing well and you or your employees are not complaining about lost productivity because your systems are crashing or slow, then you should be fine to hold off on purchasing new systems. The average life expectancy of a server is 3-5 years, a desktop is 3-5 years, a laptop is 2-4 years. Many companies will replace 20-25% of their IT equipment each year to keep everything up to date and spread the cost over a 4-5 year period.
You also have to consider the operating system and applications that are running on the server or desktop/laptop since they might be outdated and non-supported. For example, if you use Microsoft Windows for your server operating system, it should be Server 2003 or higher. For your desktops/laptops you should be on XP or higher.
If you are experiencing poor response time, system crashes, downtime, or other problems you may be sacrificing productivity for the cost of new equipment. At this point, the cost of replacement may be less than the cost to support and maintain the old equipment. We at Lawton Networks, Inc. will be completely honest with our evaluation to repair\upgrade you’re existing network and computers or to replace.
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