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The Technology Lifecycle


Like you, we depends on reliable IT systems, process management and line of business applications in order to serve clients who require the same to serve their clients. Regardless of industry. It’s Professional Services Automation, ERP, CRM and Business Intelligence wrapped into one. Being proactive allows us to help your businesses do more.  We take care of the reset by monitoring, managing, supporting and SECURING all of your IT systems and users. Allowing your IT systems and users  work at their peak of efficiency. That’s why we follow an IT strategy that supports our business goals with detailed budgeting based on the following dynamic pieces of the technology lifecycle:

  • Laptops have a lifespan of approximately 3 years

  • Workstations have a lifespan of approximately 3-4 years

  • Servers have a lifespan of approximately 3-5 years

  • Switches have a lifespan of approximately 7-10 years

  • Wireless Access Points have a lifespan of approximately 3-5 years

  • Firewalls have a lifespan of approximately 5-7 years plus related warranty and support contracts

  • Cabling & Wiring (Low Voltage) have a lifespan of approximately 7-10 years

  • Network Operating Center assets need to be moved or upgraded every 2-3 years

  • Internet Security & Compliance is an everyday, 24/7/365 consideration

  • Internet Connectivity includes a primary as well as a secondary failover connection and the service is rebid every 2 years to improve price/performance outcomes

  • Hardware Warranties are typically 3 years

  • Software Licensing is evaluated on a regular basis to determine whether Perpetual (CAPEX) or subscription (OPEX) is best suited to current requirements

  • Public Cloud Services like Office 365 and DropBox are ongoing considerations with options heavily influenced by changing security and integration requirements

  • Operating System upgrades are ongoing and imperative considering today’s security landscape

  • Backup & Disaster Recovery is an everyday, 24/7/365 consideration. Data is expanding exponentially and the need for redundancy, successful backups and verification cannot be understated

  • Business Continuity is an everyday, 24/7/365 discipline. We follow written plans and employ redundant network operating centers

  • Battery Backup and Power are maintained with primary, secondary and tertiary sources with daily verification

How does this apply to you? A1 IT Consulting has been doing this successfully for 20 years while being supported by the same team who will support you. We’ve already figured it out so you don’t have to.

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