Not-So-Hidden Costs of Legacy Systems
Time to Let Go
Refreshing PC technology may seem like a strange apporach to lowering TCO—but it's an idea that's rapidly gaining popularity among IT professionals. While the initial deployment adds costs to your IT budget, a PC refresh lowers support and maintenance demands—not to mention adding productivity and security benefits. By looking beyond the short-term costs of new hardware, it's possible to see the long-term savings that more powerful, efficient technology offers.
The performance benefits of upgrading to the latest PCs are fairly obvious. But did you know that older PCs are at risk for security issues? Not only do security incidents increase as a PC gets older, but so do the costs to resolve them. Recovering older infected PCs requires more resources from your IT staff—in some cases, as much as double what it would cost to fix a new PC.
Rising support costs are a telltale sign that your infrastructure is overdue for an upgrade. As your systems age, you have to do more to them in order to keep pace with your users' demands. New application deployments, service packs, and patches drive support costs up with every year.
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The optimal time to refresh your PCs is every 3 years—that's when you'll see the maximum payoff. To keep costs low, some organizations stagger their refreshes, rolling out a portion of their total machines at different intervals. While this tactic eliminates the lump sum of a full-out refresh, it actually costs more in the long run. It draws out the deployment, adding costs and creating compatibility and support issues. It's much more cost-effective, easier on your IT staff, and better for your operations to roll out new PCs all at once.
When looking at new PCs, you'll notice there are a lot more options with the advent of thin client computing and multi-core processing. Thin clients are an excellent way to improve cost efficiency, security, and manageability, and offer hardware and software savings up front. The long-term benefits of thin client computing include reduced support costs due to greater reliability, fewer components, and centralized management. For organizations with relatively low performance demands, thin clients offer extraordinary value.
However, if your work relies heavily on resource-intensive applications or multimedia, such as high-quality video or audio, you'll be better off going with the latest and most powerful PCs or workstations, or thin clients specifically designed for resource-intensive and multimedia applications.
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Whether you're deploying thin clients or traditional desktops and notebooks, turn to MoreDirect for services to support your next rollout. We'll help you optimize your infrastructure with the right solution for your organization—delivering the performance you need and the ROI you want with a full range of services.
Our custom configuration services include hardware or software configuration, asset tagging, imaging/multiple software configuration, and others. These services can be performed at one of our 30+ logistical centers across the country.
We also offer a complete line of standardized, cost-effective installation services that deliver rapid resolution, performed by the best professionals in the business, ensuring your equipment is installed correctly the first time, every time.
We can support your ongoing needs for management with a full suite of factory authorized repair services, and offer a number of solutions for the end of your IT equipment's lifecycle and comprehensive choices for asset disposition services from recycling and trade-in to environmentally friendly disposal.
To start on the road to savings with a System Refresh, contact your Account Manager at 1-800-369-1047