Hardware Renewal Planning

Goddard, Lisa
April 2004
Feliciter;2004, Vol. 50 Issue 2, p45
This article focuses on hardware renewal planning for libraries. It is essential for libraries to have a well-planned, top-down approach to hardware renewal. Effective technology planning must be a collaborative process, not the responsibility of an individual techie or administrator. One of the most critical questions faced by hardware planners is deciding how often equipment will need to be replaced. Minor upgrades are useful in extending the hardware life cycle, but they have a clear point of diminishing returns when new desktop systems can be purchased for around $600. Operating systems and applications have a life cycle of their own, and a major operating system or software upgrade will often require new hardware.


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