While the benefits of buying used NetApp storage, such as cost reduction and continuing to utilize a filer that is end-of-life, can be enticing, asking the right questions about the hardware you are considering purchasing can make or break your investment. So, to help you take advantage of the benefits associated with purchasing used NetApp hardware while ensuring that you get a quality product, we have compiled a short list of quick tips for purchasing used NetApp storage.
Tip 1: Ask about quality assurance: At Reliant, all of our used NetApp hardware is put through a rigorous 8-step testing process known as the “Reliant Rock-Solid Certification Program” that ensures that the equipment you receive meets the highest standards. Used NetApp hardware from Reliant is always put through a data sanitization process, quality testing, and quality assurance process as just a few of the steps of the Reliant Rock-Solid Certification Program.
Tip 2: Ask for warranty information: Look for a storage vendor or reseller who has their merchandise backed with a warranty that you can trust. Vendors who back their used NetApp storage hardware with a warranty program demonstrate assurance in the quality of the product being sold. Reliant offers 1 and 2 year next-business day parts replacement warranty for all used NetApp hardware.
Tip 3: Check for maintenance offerings: Just because used equipment may not come from the manufacturer, does not mean that it cannot be covered under maintenance. If NetApp no longer covers the hardware, third-party maintenance can provide maintenance and support contracts that can meet or surpass manufacturer service level agreement (SLA).
Reliant Technology provides third-party maintenance and support contracts with flexible, personalized offerings that will be able to fit within any budget or timeline. Whether you need 24x7x365 support, an on-site spares kit, phone support, or all of the above, Reliant Technology can provide those services at a fraction of the cost compared to the manufacturer.
Tip 4: Ask about possibly trading in your equipment: If you have decided to upgrade your storage hardware or have other hardware sitting idle in your environment, consider looking into a trade-in program or cash offer for your legacy storage hardware. Using a hardware credit from your legacy hardware can help to reduce the cost of your NetApp SAN environment upgrade. Taking advantage of Reliant Technology’s Asset Recovery program provides cash or hardware credit for legacy and used NetApp hardware in excellent condition can help make your next used hardware purchase more affordable.
If you are interested in looking into purchasing used NetApp hardware for your storage environment or have questions, feel free to reach out to us at Reliant via chat, email, or phone.