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10 minute readWhy You’re Leaving Money On The Table When It Comes To Storage Hardware

Save Money With Pre-Owned Storage

Saving money is a great reason to opt for pre-owned and refurbished storage. In addition, you can expand your storage capacities and still come in under budget. Availability despite supply chain challenges means keeping on top of these market developments. You can find compatibility for your existing assets, even as EOL/EOSL dates approach.

Buy Pre-Owned or Refurbished Storage If You Want To Save Money. Here's Why:

Buy Pre-Owned or Refurbished Storage If You Want To Save Money

In a single word, budget. First, you can simply buy more storage, or other things that your data center needs, when you save on storage. In addition, third party support companies can source even hard-to-find storage for you immediately so you don’t have to wait. In addition, as EOL/EOSL dates near, refurbished storage is a great option for keeping your current assets running longer. You want to build a relationship with a third party support provider so that they’ll help you and save you time as well as money.

 

There Are Benefits To Refurbished Storage Devices You’re Not Considering

The most obvious and possibly most important reason to source previously-owned storage devices is the cost. You can save a large amount of money by simply purchasing perfectly good storage devices that another company has outgrown and doesn’t need because they switched systems. There is no reason not to save your money for other uses and take advantage of the cost savings of pre-owned storage.

 

Growth Demands Change

Growth Demands Change

When a company experiences growth, the increase brings a combination of results, both good and bad. Yes, more profit, but additional investments in assets are often needed by way of labor and material. A data center manager will need additional IT equipment, and may be misled into believing they must upgrade to the latest equipment, spending thousands of dollars to keep up with the industry.

There are costs beyond the immediate data storage devices that must be considered. Additional funds will be needed for service and maintenance. How long is the new equipment under warranty, and what is the price of renewing a hardware warranty contract?

 

Timeliness: Are Manufacturers Too Slow?

Time must be considered. How quickly can an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) upgrade your equipment? If there is a challenge, how long does it take to receive a response? With today’s supply chain challenges, are you sure that additional shelves, trays, racks, and arrays are available with newly manufactured equipment? Third party supplies can quickly source and provide you with refurbished and pre-owned memory storage.

 

How Pre-Owned Computer Storage Will Meet Your Needs

There are two reasons why you might think you need to purchase new over pre-owned computer storage:

  • Reaching your maximum storage capabilities
  • Nearing the EOL/EOSL date on your existing IT assets.

Both of these needs can be met, at a much lower cost, with pre-owned or refurbished equipment. You can use the opportunity to increase your data center’s level of capacity without having to pay the high prices that OEMs charge.

A third party hardware support provider, such as Reliant Technology, is able to source the quality, pre-owned equipment you need at very affordable prices. In our experience, we find that your specific model might even be able to be upgraded to utilize additional drives, or use larger sized drives, in its configuration.

A hardware support provider can then service and maintain this equipment. It’s not unrealistic to pull 2-6 years more useful life out of your equipment past the OEM’s end of service life dates. Other options are to dispose of that asset for a value (ITAD) or move that asset into a lower environment that requires less storage.

At Reliant Technology we will research your EOL/EOSL dates so you never find yourself in a bind, but with countless options of how to move forward. With our Reliant  Maintenance Platform Tool, RMP, you can set up alerts to ensure that you know when EOL/EOSL dates are coming, so you can plan up to two years in advance.

EOL/EOSL Dates

 

But Wait! There’s More! It’s Also About the Relationship

Third Party Maintenance providers are passionate about helping their customers, not just pushing new equipment onto the market. Reliant Technology sales agents establish relationships and work with our customers. When you share your IT Asset list it can be entered into our SAAS Asset Maintenance Platform so you always remain a step ahead.

A Third Party Maintenance provider also helps with timing. One, warranties are not charged in arrears. With an OEM, if your warranty went stale and you want to renew it, you will be charged for the missing months, even though there were no problems in those months. A Third Party Maintenance provider will not charge you for past months.

In addition, Third Party Maintenance providers are quick to respond. Due to size and locations all over the globe, Reliant Technology can answer your questions and fix your problems, Offering a 24/7/365 with a 4-hour SLA timeline. OEMs are simply not as nimble or eager to serve as a Third Party Maintenance provider.

 

Refurbished Dell EMC and Pre-Owned Cisco Storage

One way to keep your IT budget under control is to rely on Third Party Maintenance providers during your growth. They can source and provide refurbished Dell EMC, pre-owned Cisco, and equipment from over a dozen other Original Equipment Manufacturers at prices far lower than OEMs.

With Reliant Technology you also gain scalability and the ability to enhance your IT assets as you grow. Maintaining the hardware that is working for you helps you keep your information protected and in-house, and it keeps you from having to rely on other means, like cloud storage, which can be costly to a business that is trying to save money.

Enhanced IT storage, that is necessary due to your growth, can also be supported and maintained by Third Party Maintenance providers.

 

Pre-Owned Storage Devices

Original Equipment Manufacturers recommend a refresh every 3-5 years

Original Equipment Manufacturers recommend a refresh every 3-5 years, even if your system is running perfectly. The OEM is concerned with their bottom line, not your budget. If you are having challenges, like slow response time, maybe an upgrade is sufficient, and not a full hardware replacement. It’s possible that you need to replace one or two assets and not the entire system. Your Third Party Maintenance provider will look at each piece and keep your budget in mind. Of course, you save 50%, or more, compared to OEM rates as well. Reliant Technology can assist you in finding the right system that is best for your company.

 

Get Your Needs Met

Pre-owned equipment can be found right now, without fighting the current supply chain challenges. Reliant Technology can find you preowned HPE equipment or Cisco Servers, for instance, that have been refurbished and meet industry specs and will meet your business needs just as well as factory-new equipment. Pre-owned storage from Reliant Technology can resolve the actual issues customers are facing:

  • Lack of storage space – As a company expands, it can begin to outgrow its storage capabilities and refurbished storage solves this problem, quickly and at an affordable price.
  • Performance issues – Devices reaching storage limits or having multiple users on the same system can slow IT systems, which can hurt business. Unless an internal storage expansion is sought, a company can lose business through delays. Reliant Technology can source needed parts as well as support and maintain your systems.
  • Compatibility issues – Some systems do not work well together due to miscommunication because of company, server, system, or model incompatibility issues. With experience across multiple OEM systems, our engineers are able to work with compatibility issues to ensure your systems are up and functioning at maximum capacity and efficiency.
  • Approaching EOL/EOSL support dates – An OEM will declare their EOL/EOSL dates and stop support, which is why you need Third Party Maintenance support. Companies like Reliant Technology will continue to service and maintain IT equipment for as much as a decade past EOL/EOSL dates. If the networking gear is working for you, we can keep it functioning.

There will still be costs associated with the purchase of pre-owned storage and the support of a Third Party Maintenance provider, but you get so much more than cost savings. A company like Reliant Technology will relieve the pressure of constantly having to upgrade to the newest technology by maintaining and supporting your current data center and sourcing hard-to-find equipment. Extending the life of your IT equipment increases the ROI on your IT equipment while reducing your budgetary needs. You receive the benefits of accessibility, reliability, service, and attention that a nimble company like Reliant Technology offers.

Pre-owned storage will meet your requirements and specs just as well as new storage while providing the same level of capacity and/or iops needed. You can invest in your data center now by exploring options for your storage devices. You don’t need to make the costly mistake of refreshing your entire network when more affordable options are available to you. Contact Reliant Technology today to source and provide support for your storage needs.

Enjoy the Benefits of Third Party Maintenance Providers

There will still be costs associated with the purchase of pre-owned storage and the support of a Third Party Maintenance provider, but you get so much more than cost savings. A company like Reliant Technology will relieve the pressure of constantly having to upgrade to the newest technology by maintaining and supporting your current data center and sourcing hard-to-find equipment. Extending the life of your IT equipment increases the ROI on your IT equipment while reducing your budgetary needs. You receive the benefits of accessibility, reliability, service, and attention that a nimble company like Reliant Technology offers.

Pre-owned storage will meet your requirements and specs just as well as new storage while providing the same level of capacity and/or iops needed. You can invest in your data center now by exploring options for your storage devices. You don’t need to make the costly mistake of refreshing your entire network when more affordable options are available to you. Contact Reliant Technology today to source and provide support for your storage 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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