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IT Equipment Purchases
 

Computer and IT Purchases for Faculty and Staff

Information provided here is to assist in purchasing and ensuring that models you would like to use are compatible with Medical Center resources, commonly used programs, and policies including encryption.

Computer Compatibility and CUMC Requirements
Before making a purchase make sure you are familiar with IT Policies, Procedures and Guidelines. These include but are not limited to:

It is up to the department, division or individual to verify that equipment being used complies with all applicable Medical Center policies.

Encryption compliance at CUMC will require the following:
  • Windows - must be running Windows 7 SP1 with Enterprise or Ultimate Edition, or Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition. The Computer hardware must include TPM 1.2 or higher.
  • Macintosh - must be running Macintosh OS 10.7 or higher with FileVault 2.
Computers that do not meet the above cannot be used. The computers listed on the CUMC IT Models page meet Windows encryption compliance requirements.

Ordering
Columbia's Computer Discounts page has links to discounted pricing available through UwPA approved vendors including Dell and Apple. A UNI login is required to access pricing information. Select the link for Purchasing's Preferred Vendors List to view additional vendors by category or name.

  • See recommended hardware configurations if you need help determining what to choose for a hard drive, processor speed, memory, and other common components.
  • CUMC IT has a number of pre-tested models that are compatible with Medical Center security requirements and commonly used programs and resources.

Additional Equipment
Discounts on smartphones and cellular plans are available from Verizon and Sprint, and the iDevice Equipment page has information on Apple phone and tablet purchases and discounted repair.

Students
Non-postdoctoral students can use the Computer and Software Discounts for Students page for assistance with their needs.

For more information about ordering and having equipment set up for use with CUMC resources please see our FAQs.

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Last updated 7/28/2014