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University computer replacement program

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Information Services has established guidelines for replacement of desktop and laptop computers on a four-year cycle based on availability of funds and instruction from university leadership. Under the replacement plan, each full-time employee will receive a new computer when their existing computer has reached the end of its four-year lifecycle.

These replacement guidelines ensure that faculty and staff always have adequate computing power, that the latest security measures are always implemented, and that Information Services can provide the highest quality of service.

The program benefits faculty and staff by equipping them with tested, predictable, and reliable hardware and software configurations, resulting in a computing experience that is easier to use and to support. Removing older, outdated equipment from the network also reduces the overall cost of desktop and mobile computer support and maintenance.
The program implements minimum standards for computing resources on campus to ensure that desktop and laptop systems meet university computing needs.  Information Services will work with university areas who have unique needs that are not met by these standard configurations; those areas will bear financial responsibility for upgrades beyond university standards.

University standard models
IS recommends the following models for the majority of desktop and mobile computing needs. They are suitable for standard office applications, Internet browsing, and many research applications.
  • Dell OptiPlex 5060 (Intel Core i5)
  • Dell Latitude 7490 (Intel Core i5)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro (Intel Core i5)
These models are recommended for executives’ and power users’ computing needs. 
  • Dell OptiPlex 5060 (Intel Core i7)
  • Dell Latitude 7490 (Intel Core i7)
  • Microsoft Surface Book (Intel Core i7)
Finally, IS recommends the following models for high-performance computing needs. 
  • Dell Precision Workstation
  • Apple Mac Pro
  • Microsoft Surface Book (Intel Core i7)
For more information, please refer to the Computer Replacement Program page. If you have further questions, please contact IS at​