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5 minute read5 Ways to Save on NetApp Hardware Costs

Every year organizations must handle growing data demands. This can be frustrating since IT budgets don’t always grow at the same pace. The task then becomes “how can I keep my data center up to demand without breaking the budget?”.

Knowing your options goes a long way when working to maintain your storage environment. Purchasing your NetApp hardware and support from the OEM can be expensive. Here at Reliant Technology, we can help you find ways to save money on IT costs without sacrificing standard of service and performance.

1. Upgrade Your Existing NetApp Filer

One of the easiest, and least expensive ways to save money on your NetApp equipment is to increase data capacity by upgrading your existing storage system. Sure, you could upgrade to new NetApp equipment altogether, but your specific needs may not call for the newest model of hardware.

Buying pre-owned NetApp hardware is a great way to get the latest upgrades at up to 70% off retail prices. The pre-owned market offers fully configured NetApp filers, disk shelves, spare drives, and other upgrade components for your FAS, E-Series, V-Series, or EF-Series filers.

2. Looking For A Short-Term NetApp Solution? Don’t Buy, Rent!

Many IT professionals face budget constraints at one time or another. Don’t have the budget for a brand new NetApp storage system? That shouldn’t hinder you from moving forward on a project. Need extra storage for seasonal requirements?

Renting NetApp hardware allows you to get the storage boost you need without paying the total cost of ownership for a filer. You should consider renting over buying if you’re relocating or adding emergency capacity while waiting for your bigger budget to kick in.

If not for any other reason, renting NetApp equipment allows you to “try before you buy”. This will allow you to test some new hardware to see if it’s a good fit for your needs.

3. Maintain Your Post-Warranty Filers with Third-Party Support

Is your current filer moving off of NetApp warranty? OEM support costs tend to spike after the initial warranty ends. This is usually a tactic designed to move you towards a system upgrade. But, third-party support offers maintenance for post-warranty NetApp hardware, providing equal coverage without breaking the bank.

Third-party maintenance also offers comprehensive and flexible SLAs, so you can choose the coverage level that fits your needs. Many independent support vendors can maintain systems from many manufacturers on one coterminous contract. This is convenient if you have equipment from other manufacturers in your data center.

4. Repurpose & Extend The Life of Older Systems

If you’ve recently refreshed your NetApp hardware to a newer generation, you may be wondering what to do with the legacy NetApp filer. Your legacy NetApp equipment can still provide value to your organization. Incorporating legacy hardware in your storage environment in various ways allows you to extend the life of your older system.

Your legacy NetApp hardware can serve as a way to test out technologies that you are considering for your production environment. Repurposing your older NetApp filer for archival storage lets you host data that you may not need to access frequently.

5. Trade-In Your Surplus or Pre-Owned NetApp Gear

Don’t have a need for your legacy NetApp filer in your current storage environment? No problem. There are other ways your older system can generate funds for your IT budget. Asset Recovery programs allow you to get cash, credit, or trade-in value for your NetApp equipment by selling your disk drives, disk shelves, and filers.

Doing this will help off-set the cost of future hardware upgrades. Reliant Technology’s Trade-In & Buyback Program allows you to sell or trade in your storage, server, and networking equipment from many  manufacturers.If you’re looking to upgrade your NetApp filer, get an asset valuation for any surplus or pre-owned equipment to maximize savings.

Ready to Save?

As the World’s #1 Reseller of Certified Pre-Owned Storage Hardware & Support, We can help you find ways to save on NetApp hardware and support. For more ways to save on NetApp hardware, chat with one of our NetApp storage specialists at 1.877.277.0828.

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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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