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Data demands continue to grow exponentially, but IT budgets don’t often follow at the same pace. You may feel it’s impossible to keep your data center equipment up to demand and under budget. This is especially true for IT managers who feel the crunch when it comes to solving capacity and performance issues with limited resources. There are a few ways to control costs within your data center while maximizing your budget. So, what are some of the ways you can save IT budget funds?

Sell Equipment That is Ready to be Decommissioned

Often times legacy equipment goes unnoticed once new technology enters the data center. This might be because acquiring the “new and shiny” hardware is usually more fun than figuring out what to do with the older equipment. However, making a solid IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) strategy can help you get the most out of your legacy hardware. Forming a process that makes it easier to decommission and sell storage equipment that you no longer need will not only help you maximize your IT budget, you will also free up space and funds to use toward other hardware and data center needs.

Trade-In Equipment When Upgrading to a Newer System

Trade-in and Buyback is another aspect of ITAD that helps feed money back into your IT budget. Once you’ve decided that a hardware refresh is imminent, it’s easy to let your current array collect dust in the corner. Instead, use our trade-in program to put money toward newer equipment. This makes new hardware more affordable as well as protects your company data because we perform data erasure & sanitization at DOD-compliant levels.

Rent or Lease Storage Hardware When Possible

Looking for a short term solution to capacity and performance issues? Have seasonal data requirements? Consider renting or leasing your storage hardware. Equipment from top storage manufacturers are available from 1 week rentals up to a year lease allowing you flexibility in your data center. There are a number of other benefits that come along with renting or leasing equipment. You have the opportunity to meet storage needs without paying the total cost of ownership (TCO) for a new storage array.

Here are a few reasons to consider renting or leasing storage equipment:

  1. If you need the storage boost but don’t have the budget yet. Say your new budget doesn’t kick in until January but you need to address capacity concerns now. Renting could ease that burden short term.
  2. If you are planning a data center relocation you could create a duplicate production environment to ease any issues that may come with relocating IT assets.
  3. If you are thinking about buying a new array but aren’t sure how it will perform in your data center. Renting allows you to try before you buy.

Now What?

Don’t let budget woes get you down. It is important to remember that you have options when it comes to maximizing your IT budget. As the World’s #1 Reseller of Certified Pre-Owned Storage Hardware & Support, Reliant Technology can help you find ways to save on storage, networking, and server equipment. For more ways to save, reach out to one of our storage specialists at 1.877.227.0828.