Our Expenses in Mobile Technology
If you haven't kept up with your budgets you might not know what it is actually costing you to run your mobile network of devices.
But if you've read anything about me you know you can trust in the fact I count every penny I invest in my digital equipment.
From my $5,500 server, $1,100 workstation to my $145 and $225 smartphones and tablets.
I know my servers will last about 10 years and my workstations just under that. Sure I'll replace hard drives at the 5 to 7 year mark and may continue using the systems but technology in the server and workstation realm normally jumps every 10 years or so.
That isn't what I see with the mobile devices either being Windows, Ubuntu, Android or Apple based.
I see my investments in mobile devices as low due to the lack of actual business services these devices offer.
In fact, if it wasn't for my server my mobile devices would be nothing more than a portable video screen. Well, without WPS Office and LibreOffice they really wouldn't be a business tool at all.
Then again, without my Virtual Ubuntu Servers and my Windows Servers working with Alfresco content management systems and web interfaces I wouldn't have my small cloud services.
This winter (2015) I will be exploring who will take my tablet attention into 2016 to 2020. I need to stop replacing mobile devices every 2 years and start focusing on 4 to 5 year replacements. This doesn't include yearly battery replacements.
What we all really need to start looking for is a manufacturer that will supply us with the technology advancements we need every few years.
I've looked over the Windows 10, Ubuntu and Android options for my network and will wait for the 128GB+ SSD 4Gb RAM 1.2Ghz 10.1 inch Onda tablets to be my Onda 1.0Ghz, 1Gb 972v1 tablet. I'm still running Android 4.2.2 with my VPN always On for my RDP Hyper-V desktops. I've used Windows 7, Windows 8 and now Windows 10 and like what I see. I'm looking toward my first Onda Windows 10 tablet which will cut down on my VPN to RDP time since I will have the base OS on the tablet.
The key is to push in the direction I can reduce my time on my main workstation and enjoy the freedom of mobile computing. As of this date, I do most all my work on the workstation but remote desktop with my tablet has allowed expansion but limits me to having to have a good network connection.
With this said I'll be looking to test new tablets that are emerging on the markets with 4Gb of RAM or better. If the units are 32bit we still have millions of OS packages and licenses still active to use.
My Goal for the next built is:
$5,000.00 to $6,000.00 Server Hardware + Software
$10.00 to $150.00 Virtual Machines (Needing about 10)
$150 to $250 Smartphone
$200 to $600 Tablet (Android / Windows)
This would be from the ground up. If your servers are still up for the RDP end of the mobile world you can just start following what I feel will be the best technical investment for the long term.