Mobile technology and virtualization created massive change in the way the world works with technology, but they haven’t displaced desktop computers yet. Some businesses have incorrectly shifted to a mobile-only, aggressively modern technology model that embraces new technology, only to suffer when the potency of bleeding-edge raw power could have helped in an emergency or a groundbreaking event. If you want to keep desktop and laptop backups for stationary work centers, you’ll need to know what hardware looks like in the post-mobile and virtualization age. Here are a few details to help you understand what matters when buying workstations, and how to monitor your investment.
Document Processing Tasks
Many businesses only use computers for communications and administrative tasks. Although the content of these tasks could be important–such as top-secret trade secrets or important customer data–that doesn’t change the hardware requirements. Document processing covers programs such as Microsoft Office (including newer versions such as Office 365), Adobe Acrobat, and web-based applications such as Google Docs.
If your business is still looking for a good application suite–or would like help with testing performance–analysts such as Apica Synthetic Monitoring can help balance application options and performance. Similar services can also help you gauge the load of your web resources, such as websites and virtual machines. The programs don’t demand a lot of power, but the developers take advantage of whatever the new definition of “average” means. In 2018, this means covering a few basic hardware areas that Apica Systems can assist with.
Central Processing Unit
This part performs the calculations that make your computer get things done. A faster processor may not be noticeable in a basic office computer, but a slow processor leads to freezing documents, slow saving, and slow loading. For most offices, the benefit is simple: you can open more programs and more tabs in your internet browser without the system slowing down. More hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD) space means being able to save more documents on the physical computer. This allows easier access to files without having to use network resources, meaning that you can access files during internet outages.
Follow the Recommended Specifications
For most businesses, knowing your computer’s recommended specifications will show you what to buy.
Avoid the minimum specifications. Minimum specs are designed for people who already have computers but are interested in slowly transitioning to a new program with higher demands. Minimum specs allow businesses to continue working until they can phase in new systems.
Spending money on new systems that only cover minimum specs results in one result: having to buy a new computer when the system overheats and fails, or when important updates are no longer compatible with your system. Monitoring and alert companies such as businesses associated with The Monitoring Association will need systems that won’t critically fail during an alert situation.
This is measured in GHz, such as 2.5GHz or 3.0GHz. Processors are also measured in number of cores, which basically means that multiple processors are built into a bigger “packed” module. Essentially, a 6-core processor is a modern processor that does the job of 6 single core processors. This can be confusing for people who didn’t work with the old single core standard, but it’s basically about load balancing and sharing burden. To stay on a budget, get the recommended number of cores and the clock speed. Clock speeds and prices move up in a single decimal point if you’re working on budget. Going 0.2GHz faster than the recommended specifications is often more than fast enough. Just don’t go lower, and unless your budget can afford more.
More memory means having more programs open at once. Although processor power is needed for every program, modern computing allows systems to “give up” processing power to an active program while keeping the program open in memory. The hard drive or solid-state drive space is business-specific. Hard drives are cheaply available at 1TB, which is more than enough for document processing and storage.
With these details in hand–and the recommended specifications for your desired programs, you can purchase any workstations you need in bulk with a confident budget plan.