Computing - Hardware

Hardware Standards

The Faculty of Science does not have a standard workstation model at this time.  IST has recommendations on standard hardware models for Windows and Macintosh desktops and laptops.


All users are strongly advised to consult with their Departmental Computer Contact before purchasing a computer system.  Consultation can prevent many problems in the future, and takes little time.

Managed Computing

IST has partnered with Computers on Campus to create a variety of standard workstation models that will be supported out-of-the-box; a.k.a. Managed Computing.

There are several advantages to managed computing:

  • Quicker setup
  • Consistent environment
  • Faster support
  • Easier troubleshooting
  • Ready replacement parts
Currently there are four major brands which have been incorporated into IST's Managed Computing program:  Dell, HP, Performance Design and Toshiba.  Both desktop and laptop configurations are supported.

Science staff are advised to consider Managed Computing for their Windows computer purchases.