Companies are becoming more and more dependent on their IT equipment year after year as their operations undergo an increasing digital transformation. The shift towards hybrid working during the pandemic has further highlighted the importance of IT for economic success. But while small and medium-sized enterprises (SMBs) have been swept away by this trend as much as large ones, their ability to make the necessary hardware upgrades is more financially constrained. Your choices should prioritize devices that are built to last, so that you can get the most out of your IT equipment purchased for the longest period of time.
This goes far beyond simply ensuring that IT purchases provide the most features for the money and are sourced from reputable brands. Computer hardware usually does a lifespan of three to five years, and will need to provide the best possible performance during this period. Hardware must not only provide the performance and features to run today’s applications, but also fit emerging work patterns. Most importantly, it must be resilient to current and emerging cyber threats that are constantly evolving and gaining sophistication.
The right computer for the job
The changing nature of work from local to hybrid models has meant that workers now use a much wider range of devices than before. Gone are the days when a standard desktop configuration could be deployed on every desk, with a guaranteed constant specification for a long time, so administrators always knew what they were managing. Now, while some employees will still be in the office, many will split their time between home and work, some will be mostly traveling and some may even operate almost exclusively from home. You may even need to onboard new employees remotely.
While you can no longer take a “one size fits all” approach, you can still unify within a family of systems that offer a robust feature set. By standardizing devices based on Intel vPro® technology, the Intel® Evo™ Design platform ensures that your fleet shares essential features, including performance, connectivity, management, upgrade methods, and security. For example, the Dell Latitude 7420 and 7430 notebooks provide basic performance that can be enhanced for more demanding tasks, as well as cutting-edge features.
The Dell Latitude 7420 and 7430 with Intel vPro® Technology, An Intel® Evo™ Design offer a robust level of hardware-enhanced security, business-class performance, effective remote management, reliability and stability. The platform also promises consistent system response, a long-lasting battery, and comprehensive, state-of-the-art connectivity. Both Dell devices feature a 2-in-1 form factor with a touchscreen and a foldable hinge for flexible use for workers who need a hot desk, work on the go, present and view information in a tablet configuration.
For organizations that require a combination of desktops and notebooks, Intel vPro® features, An Intel® Evo™ Design are also available on desktops. For example, the Dell OptiPlex 7000 series is available in a wide variety of form factors, from micro and small forms to all-in-ones, meeting room solutions and medium towers. Virtually any computing need can be met, from small and inconspicuous power systems to more grueling workloads. These systems can be managed together with Intel vPro®, An Intel® Evo™ Design notebooks as part of a shared fleet.
This is essentially a valuable feature as keeping your systems in good condition and running smoothly will extend their lifespan for as long as possible. All hardware eventually becomes obsolete, but much of it may go out of use sooner because the operating system and software have not been updated, have been corrupted by malware, or the device itself has not been repaired in the event of a hardware failure. Intel vPro®, An Intel® Evo™ Design simplifies this process by providing a common management interface. For example, the Dell Command Intel vPro® Out of Band console, with Intel vPro® support, An Intel® Evo™ Design, can remotely manage a range of different devices. This enables remote onboarding and offboarding of employees who never come to the headquarters.
Safety and sustainable development
Security is another key feature of keeping your system up and running. Intel vPro®, An Intel® Evo™ Design provides built-in hardware security, including Intel Hardware Shield. This provides protection against malware that is built into the hardware, allowing devices to be easily and cleanly rebooted in the event of a security breach. In addition to these built-in features, the system can use AI to detect new threats as they emerge. Along with remote management, continuous additional security enhancements are possible as threats are detected on devices, both on the local network and remotely connected. So Intel vPro®, An Intel® Evo™ Design always provides the latest protection against cyberattacks.
It is also critical to keep systems running in the event of hardware failure. Upgrading the entire system when a single component has failed is a waste of resources and will also run counter to sustainability goals. Although functional integration has made this difficult, even portable systems can be manufactured in a repairable manner. The purchase of one of them increases the possibility of longer operation of the systems. Dell laptops are also highly rated by independent repair shops because they are built in a way that makes them easier to repair than most other brands. Dell’s commitment to sustainability dates back several years and underpins this facility. Dell even pioneered the use of augmented reality to facilitate this process AR assistant.
With the growing importance of IT in delivering value and enabling a distributed workforce to work efficiently as a team, ensuring that hardware is based on the right platform is paramount. Client systems must be kept in good condition, usable and fully operational for as long as possible. Choosing Intel vPro®, An Intel® Evo™ Design based devices, such as those from Dell’s extensive lineup, can help you deliver the best possible experience. In this way, companies can get the most sustainable service out of their IT spend.
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