No matter which manufacturer you have in your storage environment, there are multiple options when it comes to providing upgrades and solutions for your infrastructure. You are not limited to the 3-year manufacturer upgrade cycle that can easily bust your IT budget. Today, we are hoping to present alternative solutions for your storage environment that can help extend how far your budget, big or small, can go.
Maintenance & Support
The ending of a maintenance and support contract should not mean that a technology refresh is required. Instead, third-party maintenance can support your hardware even if it is out of the 3-year manufacturer product life cycle. As long as it works for you, you can continue to maintain and support that hardware through third-party maintenance options such as Reliant Technology. There are multiple levels of maintenance and support available, whether you need 24x7x4, 9x5xNBD or another option.
Some businesses many not fully consider used hardware as a viable option because they may have the impression that used gear is inferior to brand new gear. While there are definitely cases when this is true, used hardware can often be a recent or even current generation of product – just at a fraction of the cost!
When purchasing new hardware, you input a significant investment for a system or part that may or may not really solve your problem. With used hardware, that investment is much smaller, and can save you up to 80%. So, you’ll drastically increase your ROI by purchasing used gear.
And purchasing used storage hardware from Reliant Technology ensures that you will be receiving the highest quality used equipment. All of our equipment is fully vetted via our Rock-Solid Certification Program.
Asset Recovery, Buyback, or Repurpose Hardware
While some businesses may not look at their old hardware and see an asset, it definitely can be. Lower the cost of a newer system with selling your old hardware back or trading it in for newer gear. Buyback programs can also help provide additional savings in your IT budget if you do want to purchase new gear. Also, depending on the performance and capacity of your hardware, you could consider repurposing your equipment for a disaster recovery option or more.
Renting and Leasing Storage Hardware
Once the decision has been made to replace storage hardware, administrators will need to weight the options of purchasing or leasing the equipment. Leasing or renting equipment is a good option for those that may have a tight budget or need temporary storage for something like a data center move or seasonal bump. Rentals may also be a good option if you need and immediate bump in performance or capacity, but have not made the final decision as to what hardware you will want long-term. Just be careful to check the lease agreement to make sure that you are not entering into a commitment for something that will not fit your needs.
Money Saving Options
These are just a few of the ways you can continue to upgrade or refresh your environment even with a limited budget. Whether it is looking into third-party maintenance, purchasing used hardware, repurposing your old gear, or renting storage hardware, there are a lot of options available to you to help save time and money. At Reliant Technology, we want to ensure that you get the best overall solution for your needs, so contact us today to get started.