Are you planning to buy computers for your business? Are you evaluating different computer brands? Are you confused about the different types of computers? Then you are in the right place; in this guide I am going to give you an insight about the different computer brands and different types of computers.

Different classes of computer brands

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) is the rebranding of equipment and selling it. The reseller does not usually add any extra value to the equipment, but simply brands it with their own logo. In the realm of computers, an OEM manufacturer usually assembles a computer from different computer hardware parts, like a Motherboard, RAM modules, a hard disk drive and sells it under their own brand.

There are different classes of OEM though. As you can imagine OEM can be a local store which assembles computer parts and reselling them under their own logo, or a big corporation like Dell, HP and IBM, with extensive quality control processes, excessive testing procedures and huge contracts with complementary software vendors.

How to choose between different types of computers

Most computer brands provide different types of computers for different buyer needs. Home computers, business computers, servers and workstations are the most common.

Usually, home computers cost less than business computers. Someone may conclude, just by reading the product brochure, that the specifications of a home computer look similar to the specifications of a business computer, in terms of memory, processor, resolution, and so on. However, this is not the case and the reason is quite simple: a business computer is built to last; with higher quality components and rigorous testing processes. Business types of computers are stable, secure and manageable. Business types of computers are the best fit in a typical corporate computer environment.

Workstations are types of computers targeted to engineers, architects, researchers, developers, etc. More expensive than their business computer counterparts, offer better performance, greater scalability, higher availability, faster graphics and ISV certifications.

Servers are types of computers that provide essential services across a network. Servers are designed to run long periods of time without interruption. Server computer hardware is usually specialized and with low failure rates. Often, a server computer system is equipped with extra power supply units, extra memory modules, extra processors and extra hard disk drives to improve service availability.

How to choose between different computer brands

Good support is essential

For a business it is essential to have a consistent, good support for their desktops, their laptops and especially their server computers. Such service should be provided by the computer company, as a complementary service to the support offered by an IT service provider or an internal IT department.

To be specific, if a server fails on the hardware level, that server will go down until that computer hardware part is fixed or replaced. The internal IT department cannot do much in such a situation, unless they are equipped with spare computer hardware parts for each and every different computer model in the business.

In such a situation it is best to contact the computer company, to report the issue and raise a service request. According to your support contract, the provider may fix or even replace the failed computer hardware part in a predefined timeframe dictated by a service-level-agreement. Afterwards, your internal IT department or the IT service provider can take over and bring the system online, initiate a restore procedure or whatever is deemed necessary to bring the business back online.