Lifespan of IT assets should be two years, council says

Lifespan of IT assets should be two years, council says

The five-year lifetime of most computer equipment is still about the same as it was 20 years ago, the Information Technology Industry Council told Congress today in comments on an economic stimulus bill. Instead of five years, the council recommended replacing PCs, peripherals, servers, hubs, bridges, switches and routers every two years.

Many government agencies have a three- to five-year replacement cycle for desktop systems, driven by software upgrades rather than hardware failure.

'The United States cannot return to'or sustain'economic expansion so long as IT investment continues to stagnate,' the council said. It said buyers either retain outdated equipment to recover their costs, or forgo cost recovery to keep up with the latest IT.

Intel Corp., citing research by the National Safety Council and the National Recycling Coalition, has said the average useful life of a PC is three years, that of a monitor four to seven years, and that of a printer or scanner three to five years. By 2005, about 60 million PCs will be recycled each year into their component metals and plastics, the coalition estimated.

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