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3 minute read5 Myths About Used IT Hardware

There are a number of benefits when it comes to purchasing pre-owned IT equipment. The secondary market for storage, server, and networking equipment is ripe with savings on quality hardware.

But venturing outside of the OEM can be nerve-racking especially with all the misconceptions and myths surrounding used IT hardware. As a team dedicated to new and used storage, server, and networking equipment, we’re here to separate fact from fiction.

Myth #1: Used IT Hardware Can’t be Supported

This is simply not true. There are independent support vendors dedicated to maintaining pre-owned storage hardware. Vendors that offer third party maintenance can do so for 30-70% less than the OEM price.

Myth #2: Used IT Hardware is Old

Used can mean a number of things when it comes to storage hardware. While we pride ourselves on extending the life of your EOL and EOA equipment, it is certainly not the only used equipment we sell. Only a percentage of used IT equipment actually fits that criteria. Certified pre-owned storage resellers have access to the “latest and greatest” data storage hardware models.

Myth #3: The Used IT Hardware Market is Limited

This is a top concern we hear from prospective clients. Not having access to the storage, server, and networking equipment you need can be daunting. This is also something that the OEM will tell you in order to get you to buy the newest hardware from them. The truth is, the secondary market has a variety of drives, DAEs, disk shelves, and switches from multiple storage and networking vendors.

Myth #4: Used IT Hardware Doesn’t Come with Warranties

A reputable storage reseller never sells equipment “as is” and they surely don’t sell used IT hardware without any type of warranty on the product. These are things to look out for when considering used IT hardware. Our warranty options include 1 year next business day parts replacement and 9-5 phone support.

Myth #5: Used IT Hardware Can’t be Trusted

It is important to make sure your used storage purchase is secure. Avoid purchasing IT hardware that has not been tested and certified.  A good rule of thumb when buying used IT hardware is if the equipment seems too good to be true then it probably is . This is true for pricing, quantity, etc. Going through a trusted reseller puts those worries at ease. All used IT hardware we sell has been through our rigorous 8-step Reliant Rock Solid Certification Process.

Ready to Start Saving?

As the World’s #1 Reseller of Certified Pre-Owned Storage Hardware & Support, we can offer used IT hardware for EMC, NetApp, Cisco and more. Contact our dedicated storage specialists and we’ll craft an IT solution that fits your data center needs.


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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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