There are a wide range of different benefits that come with buying used NetApp storage that are understandably worth exploring. The initial cost reductions, coupled with the ability to continue to utilize equipment that has reached end-of-life status, are certainly enticing.
However, if you do choose to go down this road, it’s essential that you ask the right questions to help get the most out of your investment.
In order to help you maximize the benefits inherent with purchasing used NetApp hardware (while still maintaining that you end up with a quality product at the same time), we’ve compiled a short list of tips and tricks that are essential for making the right decision.
What Kind of Quality Assurance Will You Receive?
Always remember that the difference between a “used product” and a “used product that does what it is supposed to” is a very big difference indeed.
At Reliant, we put all of our used NetApp hardware through a thorough, 8-step testing process to help guarantee that all customers receive a product that only meets the highest of standards every time. This is known as the Reliant Rock-Solid Certification Program and it involves a data sanitization process, quality testing, quality assurance processes and more.
What Type of Warranty Does It Come With?
It is hugely important that you look for a storage vendor or reseller that has backed their offerings with a warranty that you can trust. This demonstrates assurance in the quality of the product, which goes a long way towards helping you make the right decision with your money.
Reliant, for example, offers 1 and 2 year next-business day parts replacement warranties for ALL used NetApp hardware.
How Will Maintenance Be Handled?
When it comes to used NetApp hardware, you certainly have a host of options available to you with regards to maintenance. Even if NetApp no longer covers a particular piece of equipment, third-party maintenance can often meet or even surpass manufacturer service level agreements (SLAs) in many cases.
Reliant, for example, provides third-party maintenance and support contracts that are built from the ground up with your unique needs in mind.
They are flexible enough to be able to fit within any budget or timeline and also offer things like 24x7x365 support, on-site spares kits, phone support and more. These things are often provided at a fraction of the cost that a manufacturer will charge you.
Can You Trade in Your Equipment?
If you’re making the choice to upgrade your storage hardware, or even if you just have other hardware sitting by idle in your environment, ask about what types of trade-in programs or cash offers that may be available for your legacy storage.
Not only can using a hardware credit help reduce the cost of your NetApp SAN environment upgrade, but it can also be a way to maximize your return on investment even further.
Reliant Technology offers an Asset Recovery Program designed to do exactly that. You get a cash or hardware credit for legacy and used NetApp hardware in excellent condition, making your next purchase more affordable almost immediately.
Take Those Next Steps
Whether you’re interested in purchasing used NetApp hardware for your storage environment, or you just have additional questions that you’d like to see answered, you’ve come to the right place. As the World’s #1 Reseller of Certified Pre-Owned Storage & Support
Feel free to reach out to a dedicated storage specialist or give us a call at 1.877.227.0828.