Seattle settles on Gateway PCs as its standard

Seattle has standardized on Gateway Inc. PCs after years of buying various brands.

Over the past few months, the city has bought more than 9,000 Gateway machines, including 450 series notebook PCs, E-4100 series desktop PCs, RAID 5 array servers and tablet PCs, all running Microsoft Windows XP.

'It used to be that different departments bought all different kinds of PCs,' said David Matthews, technology manager for Seattle's legislative department.

The help desk had trouble supporting so many brands, Matthews said.

'We had Compaqs, Dells, Toshibas,' Matthews said. 'It depended on what the staff member in charge that week chose. It was a mess.'

At the end of computers' useful lives, he said, the city performs a level of cleaning in compliance with Defense Department standards and gives the systems to schools.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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