Do you have time to put the kettle on, watch it boil, brew your tea and then dunk a couple of ginger nuts while your system boots up in the morning?
Or do your office PC fans go into overdrive every time you ask them to do something?
We sense the nod of the head, a rolling of the eyes and a muttered ‘tell me about it’ coming in our direction at this point.
We’re not suggesting that your I.T. system looks like this, but it might be time for an upgrade. Incidentally, would you like to hazard a guess as to the vintage of that item of equipment? We’ll tell you later.
There are four main reasons for replacing old equipment but before telling you what they are may we offer this analogy.
You’re driving home from work and you hit a very sharp turn on a very steep hill.
No problem, just change gear to suit the situation.
Hold on, though. Rather than being able to change gear smoothly from three to two you have to perform a complicated manoeuvre known as a double declutch.
Top gear aficionados, lorry drivers, rally drivers – and probably your dad – will know what we’re on about.
It’s a way of making sure gears don’t graunch and grate when moving from a relatively rapid speed to a slower one.
But since most modern cars have synchromeshed gearboxes you don’t need to do it now.
Picture the same scenario inside your I.T. system. Things happen much more smoothly than they used to, thankfully, but your equipment can quickly fall behind and your clunky, clumsy old gear might be hampering the efficiency of your business.
Here’s what we suggest you do and why we think you should do it:
- Replace servers and desktop systems – the latest operating systems will have full support from manufacturers for security updates
- Install a new system – because it will support newer features that will streamline the way your computers – and therefore your team – will work
- Ask about warranties – new systems will have warranties valid for 1, 3 or 5 years, while if you soldier on with an ageing system you could struggle to find parts to replace items which no longer function
- Buy now – because there are some great deals on new equipment, including trade-in offers
So if you’re worried about the age of your equipment, even if you’re not sure how old it is, give one of our friendly team members a call on 0118 9260084. They can figure out what you have, talk through the options, and arrange a free on-site consultation to help get you the best deal on some shiny new kit!
Answer: How old is that old computer we featured earlier? As Richard Osman would say: ‘Very well done at home, if you said 1985.’
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