Updated: August 24, 2012

Computer hardware is a critical element of your business computing and IT solutions and it is also one of the hardest to get right and a frequent source of poor capital equipment investment by businesses. This is because hardware is simultaneously extremely highly commoditized so it appears initially that there is little differentiation, and also constantly and rapidly evolving. Businesses need to be smart about capital expenditures on hardware in order to time them so that equipment isn’t obsolete too quickly but is still well enough developed and understood to be useful immediately. You also need to plan for obsolescence.

The most common areas of hardware expenditure are for servers, storage and security solutions. These are all absolutely critical and cannot be neglected by any business that uses IT.

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