It is not often that the cost of ownership is taken into consideration when purchasing PCs. And in a modern workplace, the term ‘cost’ must not only take into account the RRP, but they must also consider the cost to the environment as green credentials become ever more important for the average piece of office equipment.
Buying a computer is pretty much the absolute minimum requirement for any modern enterprise, but it’s difficult to work out exactly how much it will cost you on an ongoing basis until you consider its size, electricity usage and lifespan.
One area that can offer significant cost savings – in terms of finances and environmental – are embedded PCs. Not only can they rival ‘traditional’ desktops, but because of their reduced size, they are able to provide energy savings as well as a robust and silent, fanless operation.
So, how exactly do embedded PCs help you to save money? Here are five areas where there are potential savings:
1. Energy bills
Generally, embedded PC use around 10% of the power that is used by a traditional desktop PC. Of course, with less energy required to run the same processes, electricity bills are reduced. When this is implemented on a large scale – for example, in an office with a large number of PCs, the amount of energy, and subsequently money that can be saved is paramount.
This is so much the case that we estimate a business with 1000 PCs could actually save up to £100,000 annually just through direct electricity costs. With more compact machines, means less desk space is required, less power supplies may be used, and less heat omitted into the room. This can result in smaller office equipment and less air conditioning required – indirectly cutting your other office costs by downsizing without downgrading.
2. Lower maintenance costs
Fanless computers can reduce the general wear and tear that comes with a standard desktop PC. Because of the size of a PC, there is a need to control the temperate to avoid overheating. Of course, as a fan is part of this process, it is subject to potential wear and tear over time meaning the chance of overheating hard drives is increased. Over time, this can cost money in terms of replacing parts. Embedded PCs which do not require fans eliminate these costs automatically, whilst being more energy efficient.
In addition to improving your green credentials, more efficient computers are often rewarded. For example, enterprises who invest in replacing wasteful PCs are able to access grants or other financial incentives. For example, Siemens Financial Services have recently partnered with Carbon Trust to offer energy efficiency loans for embedded PC products. If you’re really on the ball, the savings made by upgrading could be used to pay off the loan, meaning they essentially pay for themselves.
3. Improved staff productivity
When the need to repair and maintain is reduced, there is less room for distractions. Fanless computers don’t suffer the problems associated with overheating in standard PCs meaning less maintenance required. When this is the case, staff are less likely to be waiting around for repairs and less likely to suffer from lost data, resulting in a more productive office.
4. Longer life and scalability
Embedded PCs are generally built with a long-term use in mind – with interchangeable features so to keep up with emerging technology. This ‘future proofing’ not only means they will outlive their desktop PC counterparts, which are designed for only a few years but it can mean they a return on investment is guaranteed, as you won’t need to replace the whole machine if your requirements change. Embedded PCs are built with swappable front panel options, through the proprietary FACE module concept (Functionality and Connectivity Extension) to enable this longevity.
5. Long-term solution
Alongside the ‘future proofed’ technology, embedded PCs are guaranteed to be available for purchase for at least 7 years. Where some companies need to go through rigorous compliances and testing before implementing, with embedded PCs, this is reduced, and so is the strain on IT departments. With little changes needed in the space of a decade, embedded PCs can offer long-term peace of mind thanks to their efficiency and smaller desk space meaning tasks such as re-decoration do not need to be considered as often as before.