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To lease or to buy??

By Mikebyrne000 ·
I'm looking into a complete revamp of a network with around 25 users and was wondering about the pro's and cons of leasing the new desktop pc's

Any advise would be great!

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by jck In reply to To lease or to buy??

leasing means no maintenance where owning would when your warranty runs out. leasing also means you can get tech upgrades at intervals. leasing sometimes is less expensive for short term use.

however, leasing means you have no assets from your investment.

depends on what your situation is. if you have no support staff for them, then leasing is best because the vendor supplies it. if you have an IT staff and you have other places you could use the PCs later because the latest tech isn't necessary, owning could be a good option.

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Minor quibble.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to differences

"leasing means no maintenance where owning would when your warranty runs out."

Most desktop leases I've seen are for three years. If you purchase, the major vendors offer upgrades to a three-year warranty, so this is kinda of a wash. If you do purchase, make sure to get that extension.

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What kind of business is it?

by TNT@support In reply to To lease or to buy??

Unless you are a video production house or some other industry that requires all equipment be cycled regularly so you can stay competitive, I would recommend buying.

Even if you plan to buy new equipment every few years, it might be an incentive if you offered the older equipment for cheap to the employees. Something to consider.

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Type of business

by Mikebyrne000 In reply to What kind of business is ...

It's for the head office of a political party

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Just a guess

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Type of business

I don't know much about that line of work, but I guess you're better off buying.

Most of your workers are doing Internet-based social networking, searching the web for content, generating / responding to e-mail, creating mass mailings and personalizing them from a database of contacts. You probably have some database programmers, but I suspect most of their heavy lifting is done through servers and not on the desktop.

You may have a minority that's generating content that requires publishing or heavy-duty graphics / video content. I suspect they're a small enough minority that you're better off purchasing your fleet, upgrading those few power users every 24-36 month, and letting everyone else use their system until it dies.

Make sure your hardware will support Windows 7 since you're going to be keeping these systems for a while.

IT in a political party? Sounds interesting!

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Buy, buy, buy

by TNT@support In reply to Type of business

I agree with Palmie, that your best option is to buy. I would even entertain the notion of thin clients for the bulk of your people. Thin clients are more secure and the user can't do anything to mess things up too much. It would make your life much easier. Provide workstations to those who need more than the usual Office apps. Try to centrally administrate everything, and remap all Documents folders to a server, both for security and for safety.

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Depends on the 'road warriors'

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Buy, buy, buy

There are probably a number of user who travel to state / local party offices. Those guys are definitely going to need some form of mobile system and a VPN solution. Depending on the workload, they may need full 'desktop replacement' class laptops, although the highest-end netbooks might be acceptable. I'd field-test a couple of netbooks but go with laptops until the tests are done (3-6 months, although it would be good to include a campaign season if possible).

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Thin clients?

by Mikebyrne000 In reply to Buy, buy, buy

Probably a stupid question but what do you mean by "Thin Clients"?

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Systems without a HDD is a Thin Client

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Thin clients?

They are used predominately in LAN's to keep the costs down to a minimum and are the replacement to Dumb Terminals which where used in the Main Frame Days.


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Defining "thin clients"

by TNT@support In reply to Thin clients?

A thin client is a small desktop box that contains limited storage and processing power and relies on the server to do most of the processing. This semester we are experimenting with putting HP thin clients in the library for student use. It has Windows XP SP2 in ROM and we have it set up to restore to a default configuration after the student logs off. That means any changes they tried to make to the system (like screen backgrounds and such) are immediately reverted back to our standard desktop. They are easy to control through group policy and very inexpensive. If something goes wrong, just reset the box. All the applications and user data are stored on a server anyway. They have made my life easier and I'm recommending we replace all the publicly accessible PC's with them. Maybe the reception desk as well.

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