New Developments in CPUs – How does this affect you?

Intel Corp, the biggest maker of semiconductors with several offices in Ireland, has said its new processors are going to deliver the biggest bump in performance that personal computer users have experienced in years.

The eighth generation of its Core line will provide as much as a 40% jump over its predecessor. New laptops built on the chips will come to market in September.

Intel, whose chips are the heart of more than 80 per cent of the world’s PCs, has been remarkably successful in a market that’s been declining since it peaked in 2011, and is now more than 100 million units smaller than it was.

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The new range of chips from Intel will provide a massive leap forward in performance compared with the 450 million PCs that are currently in use and that are more than five years old.

 

In that period processors have become twice as fast at crunching data and the machines themselves have shrunk to be half as thick as they were.

Editing 4K video shot on a GoPro camera might not even be possible on older machines, while with the new chips the time needed to do such tasks will be reduced to single-digit minutes.

So the bottom-line…

What does this mean for you?

It means essentially that previous desktop workstations will eventually turn into thin svelte laptops. It also means ability for enhanced graphics and processing speeds for those more inclined to gaming.

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Should I wait a few months to buy when the 8th Gen becomes available?

If you are a SME and are planning a hardware refresh it might not be worth it to wait three months however if you are buying for purely consumer use it might be worth waiting – (Christmas is around the corner!)

 

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How often is it Really necessary to replace your Hardware?

There has been a lot of debate as to what your hardware refresh cycle should look like. The answer tends to fall somewhere in the 2 – 4 year range but there is no one right answer to this question.

stock-photo-18634900-five-step-software-development-processThere are actually a few questions you need to ask in order to figure out what best suits your business:

What do you need your computers to do?

If your employees routinely have multiple programs and applications running at the same time, system speed is important. The heavier a computer’s typical workload is, the shorter its ideal lifespan.

What is the productivity cost of not upgrading?

Waiting longer to replace older systems saves money, but saving money at the expense of employee productivity could be more costly in the long run. If your staff is forever waiting on lagging software to load so that they can complete basic tasks, it has the potential to affect your business as a whole.

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What are you willing to spend on support costs?

The older a piece of hardware is, the more maintenance and upkeep is required to keep it running. More than just the hardware itself failing, there is also the cost and hassle of maintaining multiple versions of operating systems and software. Deciding how long you’re willing to juggle these costs is a big factor in figuring out what your refresh cycle should look like.

Some of the cost of upgrading can be offset by choosing lower-end hardware in situations where you know your refresh cycle will be shorter. If you know you can use a cheaper option without it impacting productivity, settling isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s all about getting the most out of your business’ technology budget.

 

Return to the Eurieka shopping site for all your IT needs including a comprehensive list of a full range of solutions to your hardware refresh or contact or team for expert advice.

Further Reading: Intel Case Study for Refresh Strategy

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The General Data Protection Regulation – Issues for Small Businesses (and advantages)

Before you review, here is the best advice in big friendly letters

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25th May 2018. The new rules are aimed to protect consumer rights and clarify laws for businesses right across the European Union (EU) but, vitally, also those that trade with it. All businesses need to protect itself by fully adhering to these changes in the law.

The GDPR protects all personal data (such as name, identification number etc) and, interestingly, there is no distinction between private, public or work roles. Despite Brexit, the UK will still toe the line on the rules, to ensure trading with the EU. Organisations outside the EU are also still subject to the jurisdiction of GDPR just by collecting data on EU citizens.

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Create a managed IT lifecycle

Data can be stored on a wide variety and number of different devices in a modern organisation, from servers and PCs to tablets, smartphones, USB sticks, portable hard drives etc. A well designed IT lifecycle will look at all the potential problem areas and ensure policy and protection is in place throughout, from installation through to safe destruction at the data erasure stage.

Tips for ensuring your IT meets GDPR regulations

  • Make sure your internal processes provide protection to data and can also demonstrate this to satisfy any audit of it• When it comes to securing your IT systems, speak to a reputable ADISA registered asset disposal expert to get full advice on your IT lifecycle. This will ensure you have a robust solution which will limit your risk of data leakage and the potential consequences from it• Ensure your data is fully contained and hardware is safely and efficiently disposed of.

    • Think about employee use of personal devices. Be wary of all access to data and, where possible, limit this beyond the systems owned by the business itself

 

The good news is that once your data policy is up to date, with the standardisation of rules across Europe, the GDPR should make business within the EU simpler, and consumers will be less wary about sharing their personal data.

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Here at Eurieka.ie we have comprehensive security packages available and the most up to date systems

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Best Places to Open Up your Laptop in Dublin

cropped_dublin-globe-work-spaceWhether you’re freelancing, in town for business or just looking to escape the office for a little while, there are plenty of places in Dublin to work from.

So if you’re after a cafe to work through your emails or a hotdesk to set up shop, here’s a list of the top ten spots:

  1. Accents, 23 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2

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  1. Clement and Pekoe, 50 South William Street, Dublin 2

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  1. Network Cafe,39 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

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  1. The Central Hotel/Exchequer, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

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  1. Dogpatch Labs, The CHQ Building, Dublin 1

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  1. The Fumbally Cafe, Fumbally Lane, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8

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  1. The Tara Building, Tara Street, Dublin 2

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  1. Third Space, Smithfield Markets, Dublin 7

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  1. Space@DublinBIC, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2

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  1. Bank of Ireland Workbench, various branches, Dublin

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IT Checklist for Small and Medium Business/ Startups

When starting business, it is essential to make sure you have the right equipment. There is a wide variety of IT, mobile, printing and infrastructure equipment available and it pays to make sure you select the right tools for your business size and budget range. Make sure that the equipment you buy is suitable for a business network environment. Not all equipment suitable for home use will run on a business network.

Telephone – you will use for communicating with customers and vendors. Understanding what services, features and options are available will help purchase the right size phone system for the right price for your business.

Connectivity / Internet access: Small businesses can usually start off using a consumer-level router. But if you require more functionality or security, consider a VPN router / firewall or a UTM gateway. Consider the hardware each ISP (Internet Service Providers) provides. Some services provide a basic modem, while others may give you a gateway that includes a router with ethernet ports, firewall protection, or even a built-in Wi-Fi router.

Computers and software – what it is for, and how it is to be used in support of the business. You need to know what sort of technology you need to have, what it needs to be compatible with, and what you might need in the future. It’s important to have a common operating system (e.g. Windows 10, Mac OS X, Linux) on all computers to make maintenance easier.

Monitors – If you choose to purchase desktops you will need monitors, in some cases even the laptop users might want a monitor to work in the office. There are also professions that requires two or more monitors being driven from one machine e.g. graphic design, architecture, communications, accounting, engineering and video editing.

Multifunction printers / MFPs (also known as all-in-ones) – continue to decline in price while improving in features. We highly recommend MFPs for SMEs, it can help you save space, reduce energy costs, and improve productivity by integrating the traditional office duties of printing, faxing, scanning, and copying into a single device.

Warranty – Make sure that new equipment has an appropriate warranty, extended warranties can reduce the impact on your business if equipment does break or get damaged unexpectedly. Some brands offer free extended warranty for selected products, contact our sales team on (01)4606038 for further information.

Antivirus Security Software – A computer system that has a connection with the Internet or has contact with the rest of the world in some other way needs a virus scanner. The effects of viruses vary from a harmless joke to slowing down your computer, the deleting or corrupting of data, sharing your sensitive data with the rest of the world or granting hackers access to your computer. It’s important to make sure you always have a working virus scanner with the latest virus definitions installed on your computer and preferably also the latest version of your operating system of choice.

Here are some questions to help you determine the IT equipment that best suit your small or midsize business or organization;

  • How many people will work in your office?
  • How many users will be office based?
  • How many will need portability/ mobility? How many of your employees will need a mobile workstation?
  • How many users will need a mixture?
  • What type of computer accessories will your team need? E.g. mouse, keyboards, headphones, cables, carry case, external hard drives, USB sticks, etc.
  • Will any users need specialised devices? e.g. High end workstations, high-resolution displays, etc. 
  • What application software will be required to run your business? E.g. Office applications, accounting software, CRM/marketing software, graphic design software, video software, etc.
  • Which Operating System software do you need for your business? E.g. Windows, Macintosh, mixture of both?
  • How many users will be requiring print capabilities? Any mobile printing needed?
  • Will there be any specialist print needs? e.g. Tech drawing, marketing materials, presentations, etc.

 

If you plan carefully you will be able to control your office equipment expenditures by only buying the essential equipment you really need. We hope you find this article useful, if you need any help to choose the right IT equipment for your needs, don’t hesitate to contact us sales@eurieka.ie or  (01)4606038. We would love to help!

Tips for Choosing a Desktop PC for your business

Before purchasing desktop PCs for your small or medium-size business, it’s important to resist the temptation to simply go for the lowest price. We would advise you to invest in systems that will get the job done for years to come. Specialised business PCs have extra features that make them better suited to the office, they are built to last longer, and are easier to service than consumer PCs.

Processor

The majority of basic business tasks don’t rely on major processing power, a dual-core processor is suitable for the majority of business tasks. A quad-core processor is best for graphics-intensive work and heavy database projects (e.g. graphic artists).

Memory

The more memory RAM, the better. More memory allows you to open up more programs at once and perform multimedia processes faster. Again for standard business tasks, look for at least 4GB of RAM. For those who work in graphic design and web development, we recommend 8GB to 16GB.

Hard Drive

Unless you are a professional who needs to access large files or save multimedia projects to your computer, you won’t need much hard drive space for your daily business tasks. We recommend a hard drive with 300GB to 500GB of space. If your employees only need to use internet and Microsoft Office, a 120GB to 128GB SSD should be enough for office workers’ needs.

Other factors worth considering; extended warranty, a DVD burner (still important for business computers), graphics card (high power – only necessary if you need to use Adobe CC or 3D graphics visualisation).

We have one of the best selections of Desktop PC’s  in Ireland including great offers on major brands including; Acer, Apple, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Lenovo & MSI at fantastic prices. If you need any help to choose the right Desktop PC for your business, don’t hesitate to contact us sales@eurieka.ie or (01)4606038. We would love to help!

Tips for buying a laptop

There’s a wide selection of sizes, design, features and prices, which makes choosing the right laptop a difficult task. That’s why you need to figure out first what your needs are. There are a number of things to consider when purchasing;

Size and weight – Before you look at specs or pricing, you need to decide how portable you need your laptop to be. Screen size, the type and capacity of built-in storage devices, and the presence or lack of a CD/DVD all affect a laptop’s size and weight.

Processor – If you are planning to buy a laptop for basic use such as; browsing the web, using Microsoft office, making video calls, and social networking an Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium or Intel Core i3 should be fast enough for undemanding tasks. For those who want a balance between performance and price, such as; professionals and gamers an Intel Core i5 processor is a great option. A Core i7 is the best Intel you can buy right now, suitable for graphics-intensive work, heavy database projects and also for gaming.

Memory RAM – For basic use 2GB of RAM is enough, but ideally you want at least 4GB. If you can spend a little more 8GB is a great option. For most users, 16GB is a bit excessive.

Hard Drive Size – For basic users we recommend at least 120GB – 240GB. For average users, 500 GB to 1 TB is more than enough for the standard laptop system. If you underestimate your hard drive space, you could also buy an external hard drive or a cloud service.

Design – Your laptop is like any personal accessory, you should choose a laptop with a style and design that works for you, as well as one with a keyboard and touchpad you find comfortable and easy to use.

Battery life – If you decide to buy a heavy laptop with a big screen, to use only on a desk or at home you don’t need to worry so much about battery life. However, if you plan to get tasks done on the go (e.g. business trip, college, commuting) you’ll want at least 6 hours of endurance, with 8+ hours being ideal.

Other factors worth considering – insurance, carry case, external mouse, and external hard drive.

We have one of the best selections of Laptops in Ireland including; Acer, Apple, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Toshiba, & more at fantastic prices. If you need any help to choose the right Laptop for your needs, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to help!