Standardization of Computers
All computers purchased using university, research or grant funds
should have standard configurations and be procured through ITS. Any
non-standard purchases need to be approved by the Office of the Associate
Vice Chancellor for Information Technology.
Standard configurations should meet the vast majority of needs on
campus; the only exceptions should be very specialized research equipment.
We recommend that researchers work with Information Technology Services
to discuss their needs before they write grants.
This practice is not in place in pursuit of bureaucratic ends, but
because of the very real short and long term issues that non-standard
computers can cause, even in the rare case where the machines appear less
expensive. Additional costs user may include:
- investigation into the details of the
computer to understand what its components are and how the machine
might impact the network
- the technology support center and other support
people may need to get engaged to load standard operating software
- a non-standard computer takes more time and effort
to support over the long term, because special effort is needed
to understand the particular machine and its software. This effort
is often required in the event of a failure or other problem, increasing
the time needed to solve the problem.
Only some of these costs may be borne by the user.
The benefits to standard configurations include:
- lower cost of support
- consistent expectations of people's access to technology
- consistent levels of technology
- better overall network and information security because of consistent
- We are trying to keep the costs of technology support down, and standardization
is one tool that allows us to do that.