When it comes to data center hardware, the question of whether to rent or to lease is one that doesn’t really have a “one size fits all” answer.
It is a question that will ultimately come down to the organizational level and how your EMC storage environment and other data center hardware aligns with your long-term goals.
Having said that, there are a wide range of different benefits that leasing brings to the table that are too important to ignore.
Renting vs. Leasing: Availability
Many people believe that the only way to get access to 100% of the hardware you need is to lease – this isn’t entirely the case. When you partner with a provider like Reliant Technology, you have access to a wide range of different resources – whether you’re looking to rent for one week or twelve months.
- EMC Storage Arrays from companies like VNX, CLARiiON, and Celerra.
- EMC Disk Array Enclosures with various drive types like SSD, Fibre Channel, SAS, NL-SAS or SATA.
As a rule of thumb, remember that if you can buy it, you can rent it from a provider like Reliant. Leasing would be more appropriate for situations where you need hardware for 12 or more months. Any equipment rented from a provider like Reliant also goes through the Reliant Rock-Solid Certification Program, guaranteeing that anything you receive is only of the highest quality.
The Major Benefits or Renting
Perhaps the most important benefit that comes along with renting equipment for your data center is the preservation of capital for a long-term project. Renting allows you to pay less money now for equipment you need today, allowing you to stretch the value of your IT budget even further.
Renting is especially beneficial in a situation where it may be July but your big IT budget doesn’t kick in until December. Renting can be a great way to tide you over throughout this time.
Renting gives you the ability to be more flexible
Particularly when it comes to testing out potential options to overcome any performance bottlenecks and related challenges that you may be experiencing.
Renting is the perfect option for handling seasonal workloads
You can rent additional equipment as you need it, allowing you to maintain your high-performance level throughout your busy season without investing a significant amount of your budget on hardware that you only need on a temporary basis.
Allows you to migrate on your own timetable, increasing your uptime and allowing you to decrease risk by remaining flexible.
Renting affords you the opportunity to duplicate a production environment during a data center move.
You can easily set up a temporary site to help prevent downtime, guaranteeing continuous business operations while you move from one data center to another.
Ready to Rent or Lease?
In the world of business, change is a constant factor – as is the risk that comes with it. Moving a data center, managing ever-changing capacity needs or even migrating to a different platform all come with challenges and providers like Reliant Technology with flexible, short-term rental requirements allow you to maximize your efforts without spending a huge amount of money at the same time.
To learn more about your options when it comes to renting and leasing data center hardware, reach out to one of our storage specialists.