We have used leasing in our district for purchasing mobile laptop labs. It makes it possible for schools with limited funds to afford getting a mobile lab one year and pay it off over 3 years. At the end of the lease we have the option to buy each laptop for $1. We did this with Gateway laptops (who have now gone under) ......we still are paying off the leases.
HP does leasing too. We have not done leasing for any switching or wireless hardware as it seems to have a longer life than do desktops, laptops and servers. Jean
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>>> Jack Barnes <[log in to unmask]
> 4/30/2009 10:15 AM >>>
Leasing can be tricky
The basic problems with leasing is that you may be stuck with a particular vendor (may not be a problem) and you don't control the interest rate on the funds. You could calculate what it would cost you if you had to borrow the funds to purchase the equipment. Compare that to the lease costs to see how much you are paying. Also look at what else they may be offering such as maintenance or upgrade protection. they may be able to sweeten the deal enough to make it a good deal. Ultimately it is a financial decision, which costs more?
Jack W. Barnes, CNE
Head Network Administrator
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>>> Darth Vader <[log in to unmask]
> 04/30/2009 9:46 AM >>>
Does anyone know or have experience with something along the lines of a
lease for network infrastructure?
I'm thinking of something like a 10-year lease on switching and wireless
infrastructure so we can plan for and upgrade consistently.
Anyone know of or done something like this?
Michael Vining, SB Network Services
South Burlington School District
South Burlington, Vermont 05403
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