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3 minute readUpgrade or Refresh – Which is the Right Choice for Your Organization?

What are the signs to know it’s time to buy new storage hardware? Can service and maintenance contracts still cover hardware that is more than 3 years old?

Well, it really depends on who you ask.

Every business has different needs when it comes to data storage. Some businesses may prefer a specific manufacturer, such as EMC, NetApp, Brocade, Cisco, Hitachi, IBM, or others. Some businesses may also have to meet specific compliance and service level commitments, which makes having the latest and greatest hardware a necessity. However, other businesses that are small to midsized may be growing and struggling to keep up with the exponential growth of data. So the question is, how do you know whether upgrading your existing hardware or refreshing to new hardware is the right choice for your organization?

Upgrade vs. Refresh

What exactly does it mean to “refresh” your storage environment? A refresh is essentially replacing all of your current data storage hardware that may have lower performance levels or capacity in order to meet critical capacity and performance levels.

Unlike a refresh, an “upgrade” keeps your current infrastructure in place, but switches out different drives, DAEs or disk shelves, to allow for increased capacity and performance levels. 

Is my hardware too old?

The 3-year cycle of IT upgrades is not necessarily a requirement anymore as businesses get more adept at finding alternative solutions in order to extend the life of their existing gear. However, there will eventually come a point with diminishing returns in your old gear will no longer be able to keep up with the performance and capacity demands. So, what do you do?

Which do I need, hardware upgrades or technology refreshes?

Purchasing used storage hardware is a great alternative to purchasing new from the manufacturer. You can improve performance without having to break the bank. Since hardware is expensive and requires a significant investment, maintaining that hardware is imperative in order to help your business remain competitive. Also, make sure to keep in mind that it is critical to review your options in order to find the right vendor and upgrade for your business needs.

Now what?

Whether you have EMC, NetApp, IBM, Hitachi, Brocade, Cisco, or more, there are definitely options to continue to upgrade and maintain your existing infrastructure or refresh the system entirely with pre-owned storage hardware. 

If you want to make sure you make the right choice for upgrading or refreshing your storage environment, reach out to us at Reliant Technology where we will ensure that you make the right investment the first time to help keep up with capacity demands while still saving you money.

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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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