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Windows 11: Will You Need New Hardware?

It’s all about maths ...


Posted by Pritesh Ganatra on 26/10/2021 @ 8:00AM

It seems only yesterday that I had an upgrade on my 2014 Lenovo Laptop. It had Windows 7 Professional as it is used in a business environment and used to be on a domain controller with Active Directory installed ...

When it comes to Windows 11, consult your Technology Partner and make sure they do the maths!

When it comes to Windows 11, consult your Technology Partner and make sure they do the maths!

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I had the 1TB standard hard drive duplicated and removed; you know, the noisy type which spins inside and takes 5 minutes to boot up the machine. In place, I had a 500GB SSD (as I only had 250GB of data on the old disk) and Windows 10 Professional and now it boots in less than 30 seconds.

"A marked improvement and not bad for an old bit of kit!
(the laptop, not me)"

So, I have been checking out the requirements for Windows 11 now and was concerned that old hardware may not have the correct specifications to run the brand new resource-hungry operating system that Microsoft is currently rolling out around the world.

I try to always buy a mid-range device and predict a five-year life span for it. This model has lasted the test of time, but now, with the fast pace of software/firmware/OS changes, my next device purchase will only have a 36-month life span before considering replacement again.

This is not limited to just Windows on a laptop or PC either. Apple users have similar problems whereby, at some point in time, the latest OS will not run on old hardware as it is just too much for the hardware.

Other hardware that is now constantly in demand is Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switches. In the commercial environment, where VoIP Phones and Wi-Fi Access Points (APs) are required in abundance, buying cheap switches with lower combined wattage will lead to switches being overloaded and a potential fire hazard.

For example (and here's the Maths), if you have 10 APs, each requiring 27w, then your 12/24/48 port PoE switch needs to be well over 270w to allow for future growth!

For businesses, price is now the secondary consideration because, in technology, cheap price means cheap specification, unless you are a smaller company that doesn't require much in the way of usage.

Never just look at the 'minimum' specification requirements for your operating system or any other software/firmware. Do think of future updates, patches and improvements that may be required for the licences to function in the most optimum way.

"Buy the best you can afford!"

In summary, always buy hardware that is two tiers (or more) up from what you need right now depending on your budget. My motto has always been to, "Buy the best you can afford" as it will last longer. But not as long as it used to.

Consult your Technology Partner and make sure they do the maths.

Until next time ...



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About Pritesh Ganatra ...


The word 'Technology' has too many connotations in today's world!

Where do we start? Simple terms like 'IT' and 'Telecoms'? or terms that appear NOT to have an actual meaning at all!, e.g. 'Internet of Things (IoT).

Technology also encompasses specialist products and services like 'Rugged' and 'Tough' android devices, Lone Worker Software, panic alarm devices, smart energy devices, low energy lighting, credit card terminal (PCI DSS) security, indoor/ outdoor Wi-Fi systems, Ultrafast Gigabit internet connectivity, access control systems, industrial IoT circuit controllers.

BTS UK can consult from simple solutions to the most complex, provide some of the products through a wholesale channel, bring together a multi-disciplined 'Task Force' to deliver and implement complete Technology 'projects'.

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