· Notebook, however I highly recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad

·        
Introduction

Proposal
to purchase office hardware and software equipment within the budget of
$200,000 for 20 staff across 3 countries.

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Hardware:

For
computers, I went with 3 laptops, the HP 15-Ay013NR 15.6 laptop 6th
generation, Dell Latitude E7470 Business Ultrabook 14 Inch i7-6600U and the Lenovo
ThinkPad E570 Notebook, however I highly recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad E570
Notebook

 

HP
15-Ay013NR 15.6 laptop 6th generation

Dell
Latitude E7470 Business Ultrabook 14 Inch i7-6600U

 Lenovo ThinkPad E570 Notebook

Display

15.6″
(39.62 cm) display, 1920 x 1080 px

14.0″
(35.56 cm) display, 1920 x 1080 px

15.6″
(39.62 cm) display, 1920 x 1080 px

Storage

128 GB SSD

512
GB SSD

180
GB SSD

Processor

Intel
Core i5 (6th Gen) Processor

Intel
Core i5 (6th Gen) Processor           

Intel
Core i5 (7th Gen) Processor

Ram

8
GB DDR3 RAM

8
GB DDR4 RAM

8
GB DDR4 RAM

Operating
system

Windows
10

Windows
10 professional

Windows
10 professional

Extra
features

Comes
with an additional 1TB SATA hard drive

Weight

2.1kg

1.5kg

2.3kg

Price
(Sgd)

653.88

1896.24

1190.04

 

 

 

With
the comparison table above, the Lenovo ThinkPad E570 is highly recommended as it
has a bigger display screen, allowing users to see more lines of code when programming,
allows multiple programs to be displayed for quick references, navigation for
files. It also lets users to spend less time scrolling to find the issue. Also,
it allows bigger font to be displayed without zooming in.

Although
it is heavier compared to the rest of the laptops, its pros outweigh its cons
such as having the latest generation of its processor, i5(7th gen),
and coming with an additional 1TB SATA hard drive for extra storage for backups,
saving space on its main storage to allow the computer to run smoothly

 The Lenovo ThinkPad E570 operating system is
in Windows 10 professional. Lastly it cost a total of $1190.04 SGD relatively
cheap for its features. Even when buying one for each 20 staff members its cost
a total of $23,800.8.

Enterprise Servers.

With enterprise servers I came up with Buffalo
TeraStation 1400D

 

Buffalo
TeraStation 1400D

Dimensions(WxDxH)
inch

7 x 8.9 x 5

Processor

ARM
1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB DDR3 RAM
 

Storage
Controller

SATA
3Gb/s interface; RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, JBOD levels

Hard
Drive

Hot-swap
HDD, 4 x 1TB capacity, SATA 3Gb/s interface

Expansion

Expansion
Bays: 4 (total) / 0 (free) x hot-swap
Interfaces: 1 x
Ethernet 1000Base-T – RJ-45; 1 x USB 2.0 – Type A; 2 x USB 3.0 – Type A

Software

NovaBackup
Business Essentials v14 (10 licenses), Buffalo NAS Navigator

Price(SGD)

1111.57

 

Setting
up the Buffalo TeraStation is easy as just plugging it into the router, once
set up ad easy to use NAS Navigator appears for easy customization of its
setting with an Easy admin section for less-technical users and a Easy to
navigate Advance setting utility screen. With its software it also gives free
personal cloud access from any PC & Mac computer, tablet and smartphone, It’s
Network setting allows users to  hide all
the IP address details, workgroups/domains, and also includes a  Ping utility to check connectivity. Backup
offers a replication utility to another Buffalo NAS, backup to something else
(like a cloud for disaster recovery), and a direct copy from a drive attached
to one of the USB ports to a location on the NAS. The Buffalo TeraStation also
comes with 4x1TB capacity with SATA 3gb/s interface allows huge amount of data
storage and fast transmission of files. Total cost of getting 3 Buffalo TeraStation
is $3334.71

Mobile device

a)      For
mobile devices for the managers I have picked up 3 offers which is The Samsung
Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 2 and the iPhone 8 plus. The option I chose was the
Samsung Galaxy S8

 

Samsung
Galaxy S8

Google
Pixel 2

iPhone
8 plus

Display
Size(inch)

5.8″

5″

5.5″

Storage

64GB

64GB

64GB

Battery

3000
mAh

2700
mAh

2675
mAh

Ram

4gb

4gb

3gb

Price

$1,148

$1029

$1,148

 

From
the comparison chart alone, there is not much of a difference between the 3 phones
including the price, however it is much better to get the S8 as not only has it
has a bigger screen to read and send email, it is also has a greater battery
capacity to last throughout the whole day. The total cost of getting 6 Samsung
Galaxy S8 is $6888

 

 

b)      Software:

The
operating system I recommend for the laptops will be Ubuntu  due to it being free and easy to install. As
it is very easy to install any library or tool without searching for a specific
package on the internet. One advantage of using Ubuntu/Linux is having the
ability to have as many screen as we want so that all of our programs will not
be shared on the same with the need of alt-tabbing many tabs to reach the
desired program. Another
big advantage is that developers can install and configure their own development
platform on their system so they can also test the code that they write. You
can have the same apache, php, python or java versions with the same
configurations like on the live server on your laptop so if an error appears on
live, you can simulate it on your computer and solve it.

                               
i.           
Software for mobile
device

                             
ii.           
Office software suite

References

Laptop:

Enterprise Server:

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/peripherals/servers/dell-poweredge-t20-mini-tower-server-1257381/review

http://www.channelpronetwork.com/review/buffalo-terastation-1400d-review-good-price-and-lots-storage?page=0%2C0

5 Best Affordable Servers for Small Businesses

 

Mobile:

https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7162-best-smartphones.html

 

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