What hardware should I use?
Since 1985 we have been providing recommendations on the correct hardware to choose. This is as important to the process as selecting the right software. Chosen correctly, the hardware you purchase should last you a long time and provide reliable performance for you and your staff. It will also save you a small fortune over cloud-based solutions.
The following tables will be broken in sections for Workstations, Server and Tablet Computers. Within our workstation recommendations there is a column labeled “Recommendations for Best Performance”. This is what we found to offer the greatest satisfaction among our customers. The section labelled “Minimum Requirements” will tell you the minimum specifications needed to allow our systems to run. “Recommendations” differ from “minimum requirements” significantly. If all you want to do is get by with the bare minimums and you aren’t so concerned with performance and a high-quality work environment, then the minimums are published to keep you out of trouble. If, on the other hand, you wish to have high quality, business class systems that perform and are reliable then you’ll want the ‘Recommended’ systems in your office. The difference between these two is price. In the end, you get all the speed you are willing to pay for.
If your office has multiple workstations and you want those workstations to operate quickly and reliably and safely then you should have a server. Only in the smallest offices with very little computing requirements is a server an optional item. If you’re unsure, please call us and we will clarify. If, for example, you have 5 workstations and you have billing, scheduling and EMR installed – this is a no brainer. You MUST have a server or you risk a whole raft of problems that are easily preventable. If you believe that a cloud-based system absolves you of all of this, it does eliminate the server from your list of requirements. You pay for the server in your subscription. There is no free lunch here. You buy a server no matter what architecture you choose. It is a matter of whom you pay and how much you pay. Owning your own server is always cheaper.
Remember that the concept of a dedicated server means that the server is not used as a workstation.
The links referenced in the tables below can be found at the end of the document
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