Experience has shown that the reliability and security of electronic devices, and reductions in downtime and costs has been achieved by organizations that have adopted hardware and operating system standards. To enjoy these benefits at Stony Brook University, the Division of Information Technology staff, in consultation with members of Computer Science and the Stony Brook IT Partners group, developed and published a set of recommended standards the community may use as a reference when purchasing desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile devices using institutional funds. These standards aim to simplify buying and help strengthen the effectiveness and reliability of computing equipment on campus.
The standards are divided into four groups:Recommended Desktops for Faculty and Staff Recommended Laptops for Faculty and Staff Recommended Mobile Devices for Faculty and Staff Supported Systems for Faculty and Staff Recommended Systems for Students Supported Systems for Students
The standards are meant to satisfy the needs of the majority of campus. In the event you feel your needs exceed these standards, Client Support will happily assist you to identify more specialized configurations to meet your requirements. It is understood that the migration to these standards will take time and only occur as resources become available, but as these opportunities arise, Client Support will be able to assist with the changeover.
Moving forward, DoIT urges faculty and staff to please consider these recommended systems before making their next computer or mobile device purchase with New York State or Research Foundation funds. To facilitate such acquisitions, departments will be able to find these recommended systems on Procurement’s WolfMart system by August 2012.
For those with questions regarding this information or any of the systems or specifications listed, or those who wish to obtain assistance evaluating their equipment and selecting hardware, please contact the Client Support Help Desk at (631) 632-9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.