Many business owners walk the fine line between getting the maximum from their hardware investment, and risking computer failure (which could lead to data loss, security vulnerabilities, and decreased productivity). How do you know when to replace and when to upgrade?

Upgrades vs Replacement

Yes, you can improve your current hardware with memory or storage and improve their performance – to an extent. It’s kind of like servicing an old car – you can make repairs, but pretty soon there will be too many miles and it’s time for a trade-in. Some other considerations to ponder:

  • Can you upgrade for the same cost as buying new?
  • Does your current system have remaining warranty – and if you upgrade, will the warranty be voided?
  • Will newer hardware allow you to take advantage of newer features you may not have had before?

What is Replacement Planning?

Are you, or your current provider, talking about replacement planning for your technology? Many businesses replace their equipment only when the equipment fails – the timing of which can often be predicted and downtime mitigated, with just a little bit of planning. Most companies’ budgets do not allow for total replacement of all their equipment at one time, so good planning and segmented replacement can ease the costs. This type of planning also keeps your equipment from becoming incompatible with newer hardware and software.

Today’s computers have a life span of about three to five years, after that you run the risk of hard drive and other component failure.

Why should you consider replacing your hardware?

  • Security. Older computers and servers are more vulnerable to hacks, plain and simple. Some software (and vigilance on your part) can mitigate this, but after about 5 years, it’s time to think about replacement.
  • Data loss. Are you backing up your data? If you aren’t backing up as often or fully as you should, often times a hardware loss equals data loss.
  • Upgrades are difficult. If you are having problems with new updates, it’s likely that the simply aren’t compatible with your aging hardware.
  • Speed and noise. Does your hardware makes a lot of noise, or take a little too much time to load apps or documents? Those are some of the first indicators that something is wrong.
  • Lastly, if you spend more time fixing your computer than using it, its’ time to replace.

Servers, PCs, laptops, tablets, monitors, printers…

High Touch will put our volume buying power to work for your company’s hardware needs. Whether your office has two people or 200 – there’s no minimum order size.

Let us help you determine which servers, PCs, laptops, tablets, monitors, printers, storage area networks, and more will work best for your requirements.

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