The advantages of IT on a shoestring budget

Many enterprises can learn a few things from the cheap, self-supporting nature of service provider IT operations

By Matt Prigge , InfoWorld |  IT Management, insider

In IT, there are two schools of thought on when to replace aging equipment. Most organizations depreciate IT assets over a fixed period of time and replace them when the clock ticks down. But many other organizations, especially service providers, happily ride old, gray-market IT gear until it breaks.

As with many conflicting ideologies in IT, pros on both sides of this divide tend to deride those on the other -- with accusations of running a junky, unreliable network or overspending massively flying back and forth. However, as with most seemingly black-and-white issues, both sides can learn a lot from each other.

Replacing equipment before its time is really expensive

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