Understand Your NetApp Maintenance Options

According to the October Storage magazine survey, many enterprises that are looking for cost-cutting strategies in their storage environments are also looking for ways to enable greater innovation.

Whether your enterprise is looking to add solid-state technology, grow capacity, or simply wants to explore alternative storage options, one candidate for cost reduction is your NetApp maintenance contract.

When considering your NetApp hardware maintenance options, your enterprise can:

  1. Continue with your current hardware and the existing OEM maintenance plan. While manufacturers like NetApp will tout safety and reliability, sticking with your OEM maintenance contract can get expensive quickly. Because manufacturers are encouraged to sell new equipment rather than extend the life of currently installed equipment, it is common to see cost increases on maintenance for End-of-Sale or End-of-Life equipment. If your enterprise is looking to reduce costs and save money on NetApp maintenance plans, they may want to reconsider their OEM maintenance renewal contract.
  2. Execute a forklift upgrade to reduce the cost of your NetApp maintenance plan. If you are feeling pressured to either upgrade your NetApp storage hardware or face increasing maintenance costs, it’s likely because NetApp would rather sell new hardware than extend the life of your existing array. Because upgrade cycles are driven by product sales instead of hardware lifespan, enterprise users can be pushed to buy new hardware in order to avoid hefty price increases for their current maintenance contract. Although executing a forklift upgrade may keep your NetApp maintenance costs down, purchasing new hardware is a serious capital expense and can mean spending time and resources to learn new hardware functionality that may not be necessary for your enterprise NetApp environment.
  3. Consider an alternative NetApp hardware maintenance solution. If your enterprise is interested in reducing maintenance costs, third-party maintenance companies will provide support and maintenance at competitive prices for the life of your NetApp storage hardware. A hybrid maintenance plan with a third-party maintenance company can help you delay forklift upgrades and extend the life of existing hardware while saving up to 40% on your maintenance costs. By reducing your NetApp maintenance costs with a third-party maintenance provider, you can free up additional budget dollars and enable future growth and improvement in your NetApp storage environment.

Interested in a maintenance solution for your NetApp storage environment? Fill out a maintenance request.