Long-life hardware can cut your IT costs

News Analysis

Long-life hardware can cut your IT costs

The true lifespan of most hardware is closer to five years than after three years, when many vendors will push companies to upgrade, according to hardware refurbishment specialist World Data Products.

Market analyst Gartner believes that extending the lifespan of hardware can knock 10-20% off the total cost of ownership, so you need to monitor hardware usage very carefully.

World Data Products says there are a number of clear indicators that determine when it is time to ditch or upgrade your hardware. These include: changes in requirements or major falls in performance; rising maintenance costs; unacceptable levels of reliability; and incompatibility with new equipment added elsewhere on the network.

Boredom can also be a factor. You should recognise that your staff expect regular influxes of new technology. Reassigning equipment to less critical applications should maintain your people's interest without compromising cost.

Email Alerts

Register now to receive ComputerWeekly.com IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox.
By submitting your personal information, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant products and special offers from TechTarget and its partners. You also agree that your personal information may be transferred and processed in the United States, and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy.

COMMENTS powered by Disqus  //  Commenting policy