Posted by: Heather Shy on May 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm
If your staff is constantly complaining about slow servers, and constant glitches and bluescreens on workstations, you might get a sneaking suspicion that it’s the time that many small business owners dread – upgrade time.
While it’s true that forking over big dollars for a new server and 20 or 30 workstations all at once can be rather painful, a little advanced planning and know-how can make network hardware upgrades more manageable.
Here are 5 possible options for managing your hardware upgrades:
The Basic Budget. The average lifespan for a server is five years. For a desktop or laptop, it’s only three years. To avoid replacing all workstations at one time, some companies move to a split schedule. Simply divide the number of workstations by 3, then replace 1/3 each year.
Go Light. This option won’t work for all industries or locations, but virtual servers and/or “thin client” PCs are less-expensive options. They do have some capability limitations, especially for end users.
The Cloud. Cloud-hosted servers can eliminate the need to replace an expensive piece of hardware every 5 years or so. These are often a great option for smaller businesses that expect a high level of growth over the next 3-5 years.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Outsource the cost of hardware by allowing staff to use their own equipment. This option is valid, but does have a lot of security, legal, and financial risks. Definitely discuss BYOD with us first before making this decision.
HAAR (Hardware As A Rental). This option allows you to pay one monthly fee for computer equipment over 3 years, after which you own it. Do you have a big network upgrade project on the horizon? Do you expect your staffing needs to remain largely stable for the next few years? Then HAAR might be a good option for you.
Whether it’s 10 workstation upgrades or a full network overhaul, you want to work with an expert who can alert you to money-saving options and potential pitfalls. TAZ Networks can help develop a plan that works with your time frame and budget. Give us a call today.