When – and why – you need a high-end workstation computer | Feb20 Newsletter
Business success will only come if your people have the right tools for the job. And when it comes to computing hardware, a one-size-fits-all approach will simply not cut it. Just as a tradesperson needs the specialised tools relevant to their trade, so office workers require the right computing equipment for their particular roles.
Professionals such as engineers, architects, scientists, developers, data analysts, videographers and CAD and graphic designers will likely require much more computing power than your average employee. Here’s why you need to hook them up with a high-end workstation computer.
Multitasking made possible
Insufficient computing power risks creating bottlenecks in your workflows as your employees are held captive by long processing queues. That’s why most high-end workstation computers are optimised for multitasking. They enable team members to jump from task to task with the processing power they require to get multiple things done concurrently. That will deliver dividends to your project timelines, as key workflows are not held up by lagging hardware.
**Workstations give team members the processing power they require to get multiple things done concurrently.
Super-charged performance engineering
Most high-end workstation computers undergo rigorous control testing to ensure they can hit the high-level performance standards you’d expect from a state-of-the-art machine. In the design phase, expert attention is paid to aspects such as airflow and thermal properties to ensure the machine is primed for high and stable performance over a long period. Think of it like a racing car versus a standard production car: While a production car is designed and built to get you from A to B, a racing car is designed to ensure it delivers maximum performance from "go" to "whoa."
From major construction projects to the latest in product design, visuals play an enormous role in today’s business environment. If you want the cash to fund your project, you need to wow investors with a superbly-articulated vision. High-end workstation computers offer the professional-grade CAD graphics and 3D-rendering capability you need to stand above your competitors. Leave the tired old slideshow presentations to the amateurs.
**If you want the cash to fund your project, you need to wow investors with a superbly-articulated vision.
Scale up when you need to
We don’t need to tell you that software is developing at incredible speed, and what’s considered cutting edge today will be old news tomorrow. Here’s where the real return-on-investment value of a high-end workstation computer comes into play. Most can be configured with a greater number of processors – and more powerful processors – than a standard PC. So you can set up your hardware today to meet the software demands of tomorrow, and ensure you’re well placed to immediately capitalise on new functionality without the need to update your entire PC fleet.
Large project capability
Large projects require a lot of memory. Hi-res images, video content, 3D renders, virtual tours, CAD plans and huge volumes of data can all send the size of your project files into the stratosphere. Even entry-level workstation computers come with around double the memory of a standard desktop PC, and the sky is the limit as you go higher up the scale. Some also come with error-correcting code memory (ECC memory) that prevents the vast majority of memory errors that can cause data loss and other workflow holdups.
Huge internal storage capacity
High-end workstation computers can be configured with multiple terabytes of internal storage. That means your people can work on several large projects on one machine. It’s also good news for confidential or sensitive projects that you may want to isolate to a single workstation that is not connected to your network or otherwise specially protected from cyber threats. Also keep in mind that workstations with large hard disks are capable of transferring huge volumes of data at much greater speeds than a standard desktop PC.
**Workstations with large hard disks are capable of transferring huge volumes of data at much greater speeds than a standard desktop PC.
Reliability you can bank on
While standard desktop PCs are designed to handle general office tasks with relatively low processing and data-transfer demands, high-end workstation computers are custom engineered to do the heavy lifting while maintaining excellent reliability. They are designed to handle task-specific loads while reducing downtime with sophisticated functionality like remote monitoring, diagnosis and repair. And that means greater productivity and the reliability to ensure far fewer blowouts in your project timelines.
Price versus performance
When it comes to choosing the right computer systems for your team, don’t base your decision solely on the initial price tag. While standard desktop PCs are cheaper than high-end workstation computers, they won’t necessarily deliver a better return on your investment.
Short-changing your specialised employees with insufficient processing, storage and general computing power could lead to below-par project outcomes. But put the rights tools in the hands of the right people and you’ll likely see a boost in productivity along with a marked improvement in the quality of the work your team is able to produce.