Choosing a vendor to purchase IT hardware often notices that you are buying a second-hand vehicle in another country. The most difficult part is choosing the brand's unrecognizable inventory. There are many choices, and despite the fact that common reaction is the cheapest price, we all know that many other factors play an important role in good decision making.
Choosing a hardware vendor
Most of the major hardware vendors base not only their first purchase, but also their expected future purchases. It's often possible to get better bids for today's sales if the seller counts on future sales and growth from your account. It is therefore a good idea to express your long-term goals to the seller.
Opt-in repair and service guarantees are also important when choosing a network hardware. Is there a clear understanding of the services the seller offers for your location? For the location of your location, which is the most distant technical support? Are there extra costs and delivering these services to another company? Telephone technical support and guarantees are also important. What can you expect from firmware, updates, and support after the initial purchase? Learn in advance and get it on paper.
Our practice was chosen by Dell. With good pricing, their product life cycle, which takes longer than our hardware to keep, is a good match. Additionally, Dell provides an on-site server for four hours with server and switching problems. There were quantitative discounts, so the more we buy from them, the better our discount.
After selecting a hardware vendor, the supreme decisions make up more primary components
Switches – You can insert all the cables here into your network's spinal cord. the right switch to your practice depends on the expected traffic capacity and the medium used, either fiber optic or cable. Often, the network also includes copper cables and fiber optics, and in this case the switch must be set to both.
Servers – Find redundancy when selecting servers. Does a redundant machine replace the current in case of another failure? Do you have RAID drive arrays so your system will not collapse if your hard drive does not? How many RAM and how many processors are there for the server system? Much better. Be sure to select a security tape drive that is large enough to store your data and is fast enough to be able to shut down the whole system during the shutdown period. Try not to look at the physical hardware settings on the network. It may have to contain a special housing unit or a safe rack; This is especially true if there are many servers, as many EMR systems do.
Tools for End Users – Do you use client terminals or real computers? Is the firmware up to date? If you choose thin client terminals, will you need an old port? Do you use a pivot arm for the exam room? Our practices use all of the above, and as a result, you've reached agreement on the smallest hardware configuration for your device – desktop, laptop, server, printer, or thin client. These elections were based on our expectations of our performance. The doctor needs to sign up with the IT department before going out to buy a sliding laptop to make sure it works well on the network. We look at the network for several months to keep our system and technology changes in sync. This continuous maintenance and repair system ensures optimum performance, which streamlines the need for technical support.