Data centers are complex environments that differ in many ways. No two are exactly the same, but there is one commonality, at some point or another organizational growth and storage needs have to be addressed.

Anyone tasked with tackling system capacity issues for their organization has looked at purchasing a new disk shelf. With that comes a slew of factors to consider in order to make the best decision for your data center.

The first question that comes to mind is usually “Which disk shelf will be the best fit for my NetApp filer?”. After that a number of other questions may follow such as, “How is pricing determined for this disk shelf?” and “How long will it take to actually get this disk shelf into my data center?”

The short answer to these questions: It depends. However, each of these questions yield answers that shed light on multiple aspects of NetApp disk shelves -from availability, pricing, and compatibility.

What Kind of Shelf Do I Want?

When checking the availability of a NetApp disk shelf you should consider the best option for your data storage environment and overall workload. One of the first elements to think about is if you want to purchase a new or used disk shelf.

New disk shelves can be purchased through the OEM as well as third-party NetApp providers and the pricing is typically fairly consistent. However, you can also purchase used disk shelves at a price much lower than that of the OEM.

One aspect that is paramount when considering purchasing used NetApp disk shelves, or any NetApp equipment for that matter, is how the equipment is tested.

Make sure that the equipment is purchased through a reputable provider that has a documented testing process. This will ensure that the equipment works at the highest quality level, but at a fraction of the cost.

Another thing to take into account is the configuration of your NetApp filer and other disk shelves within your environment. Make sure that the shelf you’re considering is configured properly to fit within your existing NetApp infrastructure.

If you have any questions about the compatibility of a NetApp shelf, reach out to one of our NetApp experts and they can verify the configuration of your shelf to make sure that it works to improve performance within your environment.

What Affects Disk Shelf Availability?

Popular disk shelves such as the NetApp DS4243, DS2246, DS4246, or DS4486 are pretty much always available to you as an end user. However, there are other factors that you should take into account when purchasing a disk shelf, such as turnaround time to get the shelf implemented within your data center.

There are a number of factors that can affect the amount of time it takes to receive the disk shelf of your choice.

One step that can slow down the process is requesting a quote. Requesting pricing from the OEM can leave you waiting for days or weeks for a response which will ultimately add to your turnaround time and can cost you money in the long run.

If you’re purchasing your disk shelf through a third-party NetApp vendor such as Reliant Technology, we can provide a pricing quote within 15 minutes or less. You don’t have to wait weeks to get pricing, in under 15 minutes, you’ll be able to get the information you need in order to move forward with your purchase.

Additionally, researching availability can also give indications about disk shelf pricing. A basic understanding of supply and demand will allow you to understand the availability aspect of buying a disk shelf. If the disk shelf is brand new then there’s a probability that demand for that shelf will be very high.

Whereas, if there’s a lot of the particular disk shelf available on the used market, then the price will likely be driven down making it more accessible and probably cheaper.

Still Need Help?

Do you still have questions about disk shelf availability? Here at Reliant we can help you verify the compatibility of the disk shelf you want with your NetApp filer and answer any questions you may have about pricing and availability. Chat with one of our storage experts or give us a call at (404) 551-4534 for more information.