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The Benefits of Solid State Drives: Laptops VS Desktops

SSD vs HDD

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While it may surprise you to learn that solid state drive (SSD) technology has been around since the 1970’s, it has only been recently introduced to the computer market. Initially, we knew SSD’s to be those tiny cards know as SD and Micro SD cards that came with our digital camera, but now solid state drives are making an appearance inside the computer as well.

Recently, we explored the difference between SSD and traditional hard drives, and asked the question do you really need an SSD drive? (The short answer, yes, you do.) But are SSDs the best fit for all computers? Is it better to use an SSD on your desktop, laptop, or both?

Benefits of SSD on a Laptop

Hands down, laptops greatly benefit from having an SSD installed. Although SSDs are (generally) smaller in size than a traditional hard drive, the benefits of using this type of drive on a portable computer greatly outweigh many capacity and price concerns.

Durability

Having an SSD in a laptop is a no brainer in many respects, but particularly where drive durability and data integrity is concerned. This is mainly because SSDs have no moving parts, compared to traditional hard drives, which means there are no platters to get jostled and scratched when you walk around with your laptop running. Additionally with an SSD, you don’t have to worry about dropping, kicking, or roughly bumping your laptop when it is on.

Longer Battery Life

Having an SSD in your laptop can help save and lengthen your battery life. Tests have found that with routine tasks, such as surfing the web, SSD drives can save you 20+ minutes of battery life, compared to laptops with a traditional drive.

Speed

One of the features that are noticed the most with SSD drives, particularly on laptops, is the speed. SSD drives not only access your data faster, but your boot up and shut down speeds will also be considerably quicker.

Desktop

Compared to laptops, what are the main benefits of installing a SSD on a desktop? The speed. While a SSD drive boasts the exact same benefits whether it’s installed in a laptop or a desktop, due to the stationary nature of desktops they just don’t take advantage of these other features the same way. So, you’re mostly going to get the speed benefits of using an SSD drive on your desktop.

Better Drive for Desktops?

If you are already leaning toward a SSD drive for your desktop, you may want to look into hybrid drives, which merge all the best parts of SSD and traditional hard drives. With a hybrid drive, you get the benefit of a traditional drive when it comes to space. You can get hybrid drives which hold 1TB or more of data. However, the beauty of a hybrid drive is that a small portion of it acts as a SSD drive. Just tell your computer how you want it to use and access the drive, and it does the rest. We recommend using the traditional portion of the drive for storage of items, such as pictures, movies, and other items which don’t necessarily need the speed an SSD provides.

Do you use a SSD or Hybrid Drive? Leave us a comment telling us what you like about it.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who likes to help you understand your technology choices. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website:www.mybusinesswriter.com.

Hardware as a Service (HaaS): What is it, and how can your business benefit from it?

Old Computers

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Most businesses face a similar struggle – staying up-to-date with their ever changing technology needs while keeping expenses low and increasing profit margins.

As a result of this struggle many businesses end up working with outdated technology thinking that they are saving money, but in reality their old computers are costing them far more in the long run, especially when you factor in the cost of lost productivity that occurs from using slow hardware.

With Hardware as a Service (Haas), businesses no longer have to worry about this struggle. Instead, they gain peace-of-mind knowing that their computers are always up-to-date and running on the most current technology.

What is HaaS?

Instead of purchasing computers and servers outright, which means a large upfront technology expense, business can use HaaS to get the equipment they need now, for one flat monthly rate. Once setup with HaaS, businesses will receive new systems every three years, ensuring they are always up-to-date with their technology without affecting the monthly rate. It’s kind of like leasing a car, but for computers and servers.

But HaaS isn’t just a lease program. There are many benefits that go along with using HaaS over the traditional method of purchasing your computers outright.

Benefits of HaaS:

  • Reliable, stress free technology
  • New technology every 3 years – your hardware is never out of date
  • Fixed monthly cost makes your technology bugetable
  • Increased business flexibility – easily to scale as your business grows
  • Receive our other great services too: monitoring, maintenance, support and more

As if this weren’t enough, here’s another HUGE benefit from using HaaS – computer expenses change from being a capital expense to an operating expense, making it potentially tax deductible.

If you are trying to figure out how you’re going to afford all the upgrades and technology changes your business needs, contact us today for a consultation. We can help you discover how easy it is to upgrade your office, without breaking the bank.

Why You Shouldn’t Upgrade Your Software Too Soon

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While we are all about being early adopters of technology, you may not want to get to the party too early, particularly when it comes to your software.

Now, don’t get us wrong, you definitely want to upgrade your software, you just don’t want to do it too soon after it’s released. Here’s why.

Cost

Unless there’s a huge introductory sale, changes are new software is going to be more expensive when it first comes out. Try to wait if at all possible, and soon enough you’ll see the price begin to drop. Even waiting as little as six months can sometimes save you on the cost of your new software. Of course, the longer you wait, the more the price will drop. Just don’t wait too long or the software could be obsolete before you make your purchase.

It’s Buggy

With new software, or even new versions of existing software, there’s bound to be bugs. While software companies attempt to address known bugs prior to product launch, the reality is they just can’t catch them all. That’s why they are always releasing patches and service packs to update and fix found bugs. The longer you wait to purchase your software, the better your chances will be that they have addressed and secured any major bugs or security flaws.

Stuck In Between

Sometimes new software releases are complete duds. When this happens, particularly if the software was expensive enough, you may find yourself stuck with a piece of software that just doesn’t work. Or, you may find yourself seriously contemplating going back to the software you were using before, and just suffering with the known problems. To avoid the possibility of this happening, wait a little bit until super-users have had a chance to test and review the software. Then, read any reviews you can find, to have a better understanding of what you’re getting into before you make your purchase.

Compatibility Issues

New software can cause compatibility issues, particularly when your other software, or the devices you use, are older. While new software is often reverse-compatible, meaning it can read files from earlier versions, old software often has a hard time reading newer files, and some old software might not be able to read the files at all. When considering purchasing new software, take into consideration how you share files and with whom, and attempt to determine if these new files will cause any compatibility issues with other people or any older devices that may be used.

These are just a few reasons why you may not want to run right out and purchase the newest software the moment it’s available. But, this also doesn’t mean you should stay with your old software forever. Instead, strive to strike a balance to ensure that your tools are always up to date and that you and your staff always have what they need to maintain and increase efficiency and productivity.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who likes to help you help your business. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website:www.mybusinesswriter.com.