5 Considerations You Need to Understand Before You Purchase Hardware

Every business faces two crucial IT decisions: selecting the appropriate hardware for its operations and determining when it’s time for a hardware upgrade. In today’s landscape, there’s a plethora of choices available to decision-makers that were previously unavailable. While this provides more options, it also makes hardware decisions both easier and more complex due to the numerous factors to consider. Let’s take a look at some of these factors today.

The Challenge of Hardware Decisions

Like most businesses, your organization must consider various aspects when determining its hardware requirements. It’s not just about cost-effectiveness; functionality plays a significant role. 

At Setton Consulting, we advise our clients to compile a list of essential features that their business cannot do without. Once this list is complete, we ask them to create another list of additional needs that, while not top priorities, would be beneficial. These lists will form the core of your hardware procurement strategy.

To achieve your objectives, you’ll need to address the following five variables:

Type of Hardware

There are three primary approaches to your business’ hardware: self-hosting, utilizing the cloud, or adopting virtualization (which can be cloud-based or on your own hardware). Each approach has its own pros and cons, including implementation costs and the level of responsibility your business bears for maintenance. Your unique circumstances will determine the best hardware or combination thereof for your business’ needs.

Speed and Performance

Most hardware devices rely on a processor or CPU to determine speed and performance. Greater processing power results in faster and more efficient operations, enabling your device to handle complex tasks and larger workloads. While certain processors are tailored for specific high-performance functions, a current-generation processor with suitable cores and clock speeds typically suffices for basic business tasks. If you’re uncertain about the technical jargon, consider consulting an IT expert to evaluate your company’s requirements and find suitable products.


With remote work now established as a valuable business option, mobility is a crucial consideration. Your choice of hardware should align with your level of involvement in remote operations.

Storage Requirements

Your storage needs are dictated by the volume of data you accumulate and directly impact your hardware’s performance. Evaluate the space your business requires and consider alternative options, such as cloud storage, to meet your needs effectively.


Hardware can be costly, but the lowest-priced option may not always be the best choice. Seek a solution that balances cost-effectiveness with value, maximizing your investment while providing the necessary resources.

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