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3 minute readQuestions to Ask Before Purchasing EMC or NetApp Disk Drives

If you’re searching for drives for your EMC system or NetApp filer, you probably have an issue that you are looking to solve. Perhaps it is a capacity problem or a performance problem in your storage array and you think that adding more drives may be the solution you need.

However, before simply purchasing drives that you think may solve your problem, we suggest asking yourself a few questions first to ensure you’re getting the right drives for your EMC or NetApp storage array.

1.     What type of hard drives do I want?

With both EMC systems and NetApp filers, you have to be conscious about what types of drives you add to your system as to avoid throwing off your whole configuration. Be sure to take into account form factor and drive types into account when purchasing drives. If you are unsure if the drives you are considering are compatible with your system or filer, just reach out to one of our storage consultants to help you make the best decision around your technology.

2.     How many drives do I need to meet my capacity or performance objectives?

When purchasing drives, it is not just about finding a short-term solution to your problem. At Reliant, we want to help you create a long-term solution to your current capacity and performance issues as well as the projects in the future. In order to help us provide better direction and advice for you to make better technology decisions, we have created the Reliant Planning Process, one of the aspects of the Reliant Advantage. These planning sessions can take place on a monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual basis and can help you get ahead of any capacity, availability, performance, or saving opportunities.

3.     Can I support these drives?

If the manufacturer no longer supports the drives, third-party maintenance can typically provide maintenance and support at a level that meets or beats the manufacturer SLA. Reliant Technology has multiple flexible options and levels of support available for disk drives and enclosures. Levels range from 24×7 to a next business day warranty. Whatever option works best for your organization Reliant Technology can help.

What next?

If you have any more questions about disk drives for your EMC system or NetApp filer – whether it is about form factor, drive types, pricing, configurations, trade-in, or anything else about EMC and NetApp drives, just reach out to us via chat, email, or phone.

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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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