An Unnecessary Network Hardware Cost You Might Not Think About

consider your network hardware costsWhen people buy network hardware they are careful to pay attention to the price of the hardware.  In some cases, the price of the hardware is just about the only concern.  Of course, when someone has a single minded infatuation about price (a) they are afraid they won't get a deal (b) are missing the bigger picture.

It's only natural to be concerned about minimizing costs. Nobody wants to pay way too much for something.

Sometimes there is just too much attention paid to the question "What's the price for X?"


Assuming one wants to keep costs low, maybe there are other questions one should be asking.



  1. Is this the right hardware to purchase at this time? Should I be purchasing some other hardware instead?

  2. In purchasing this particular hardware, am I using my funds optimally?


Now there are times when you just know you need a certain part.

HOWEVER...there are many purchase that are made where the questions above should be given serious thought.

Let's consider these questions further.

First, are you buying the right hardware at this time?

This requires one to think about what one needs from the hardware.  From our experience, we see people purchasing switches and routers for the wrong reasons.  People, knowingly or unknowingly, buy way too much switch or router than they need.  When people are looking for hardware we like to consider the following:



  • the rate of growth of that business (or network)

  • length of product life cycles

  • business needs

  • business (IT) goals and other future considerations.


Based on these considerations we find people often buy a switch or router that they simply don't need.   The same thing happens because of end of sale and end of life hardware announcements. People often get pressured into buying a latest greatest switch.  Either that, or they are stricken with shiny toy syndrome. In either case,  people simply do not have to buy too much hardware.



Therefore, every time you buy too much switch, router or phone than your business objectives dictate, you are taking on unnecessary network hardware costs.

That leads to the larger point.  When you take on this unnecessary cost, you should have to ask yourself this question.
What else could you have done with the money you spent on this unnecessary cost?

This is a classic example of applied economics.  Both Henry Hazlitt, and originally Frederic Bastiat, talked about this concept of the  seen versus the unseen.  When engaging in your financial decisions regarding your network keep this in mind.  It could mean large amounts of money, time and opportunities over time.

Please do not make this mistake.  Please ask yourself these 2 key questions when purchasing your network hardware (or anything for that matter).  Then consider these answers carefully when making use of your IT budget money.