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Old devices driving corporate, government computing

Dimension Data says the age of devices connecting to corporate and government networks is the highest in six years.

The company gathered data from 32 countries and found more than half of devices are ageing or obsolete.

To Dimension Data ageing means kit that is no longer on sale and with only limited vendor support. Typically ageing devices are between three and five years old.

The IT services company regards hardware as obsolete when there is no longer vendor support. These devices are at least five years old.

Industry by industry comparison of ageing devices
Industry by industry comparison of ageing devices

This research goes part way to explaining why there are still so many Windows XP systems in large organisations.

Dimension Data puts the amount of old kit in corporations and government departments down to organisations sweating their assets.

This makes perfect sense. There’s not much everyday users can do with a brand new PC that they can’t do with a six-year-old personal computer. Indeed, as more applications move from the desktop to the cloud, there’s less need for local processing power or storage which in turn means less pressure to update hardware.

Ironically this is happening while the cost of useful devices continues to plunge. A decade or so ago a suitable corporate desktop would cost the thick end of NZ$2000, today replacement hardware costs are as little as a third of that price.

One other conclusion I draw from this research is that either the BYOD revolution isn’t happening, or, if it is, the devices are not connected to the networks Dimension Data watches.




One thought on “Old devices driving corporate, government computing

  1. BYOD was never going to cover everyone or any significant amount of the pie. If given a choice would you use your own device or get a new (to you) toy to play with?

    I agree with you in that computing power has reached a point where there is no perceivable benefit to a new computer as long as the old one runs, and as you said more and more the limiting factor is the network connection not the RAM or CPU speed. I think this would happen with phones too if 2 year plans weren’t the majority way to buy a smartphone.

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