How to set up a low cost lab saving lot of money on hardware and software – Case Study
If you are a start up, school, college or any institute, who need to set up a low cost lab of computer and don’t want to spend a lot of money and want to use your money efficiently. There is a solution by which you would be able to save lot of money, getting best performance. There is drastic change happening in computer industry. After every 3 years you feed a need to to replace your hardware and software. With new gadgets coming in with better productivity, speed, less power consumption spending a lot of money on lab sounds like an extra expense.
The solution is to make one of your system as master server and other as clients. Clients don’t need a dedicated CPU, they can be powered or served by the server. It is just the server which need a high end CPU. As all your team will be using the power system, so would be able to get their work done in very less time. There will be one main server which will be serving all the attached clients. The server will be attached with the LAN using switch. You can create a combination of 1<–>7, where 1 is the server and 7 are the clients which will be powered by that server. The server can be of a very good brand and can have original software, preventing you from braking any laws. Since they are interconnected so the main server can be connected with an internet dongle and all the other will be sharing the internet connection. People in the same lab would be able to easily share documents. Crash of operating system or software will require re-installation or restoration of one system only, lead to saving time.
How to save hardware cost?
Since there will be one CPU required to power up clients so there will be significant cost saving on RAM, Hard disk, processor. The clients only need monitor, keyboard, mouse. This lead to a saving of hardware cost. If the lab need to be powered by internet dongle for internet connection, then also one internet connection will be sufficient.
How to save software cost?
Since one operating system or software is required so there will be a significant cost saving in the software cost. No need to buy software of each system. The main server can have all the required software running.
How to save maintenance cost?
In case of failure of operating system or software one system need to be re-installed or restored. This lead to a lot of time saving and lead to less maintenance efforts.
How to save on Electricity?
There will be less number of CPU required, so less electricity is required to have all the system running. This will be helpful in saving a lot on electric bill.