Are You Making the Most of Your Used Brocade Hardware?

Deploying a new Brocade switch or director can be a tedious and expensive process for many companies.

In addition to the upfront capital outlay, IT administrators must take the time to ensure compatibility, integrate the hardware, troubleshoot any issues, and learn the ins and outs of the new hardware.

Often, IT managers are forced to upgrade unnecessarily by manufacturers due to lack of support or upgrades. If your enterprise is looking to make the most of their current investment, consider these three tips to make the most of your current Brocade switches and directors.

  • If the current Brocade hardware meets your needs, keep it.

If the Brocade hardware you are using meets the SAN demands of your enterprise, you probably don’t need to upgrade your entire SAN fabric. Because Brocade replacement gear and third-party maintenance is both affordable and available, you’ll be able to keep your hardware until you feel like an upgrade is necessary.

Benefit: Reduced TCO. Extending the life of your Brocade switches or directors can help you decrease the total cost of ownership of your Brocade SAN hardware. By spreading your investment over a greater number of years, you can decrease acquisition costs and reduce training costs typically associated with deploying new Brocade hardware.

  • Expanding your environment? Deploy more tried-and-true Brocade hardware.

Looking to expand and grow your Brocade SAN director? Instead of orchestrating a forklift upgrade with completely new hardware, why not stick with your tried-and-true hardware and buy more blades for a director that works for your environment?

Benefit: Reduced Risk. Introducing new hardware to your SAN fabric also means introducing the risk that your hardware won’t be compatible with your current solution. By expanding your SAN with hardware you know and trust, fewer risks are introduced because the hardware is already guaranteed to be compatible with the current used Brocade hardware. Is 16 Gbps or in-flight encryption necessary for your SAN fabric? If you don’t need bleeding-edge technology, consider expanding your hardware with used Brocade hardware that you already know and trust. You’ll spend less time learning the new technology and training your team, reduce the risk associated with deploying more hardware, and have more time on the projects that really matter.

  • Don’t let End-of-Service warnings force you to upgrade your used Brocade hardware.

As your Brocade hardware becomes End-of-Service or End-of-Life, the cost of OEM maintenance can increase significantly. Don’t let a price increase force you into a costly upgrade. Third-party vendors have the ability to sell and support EOS and EOL gear for years to help you extend the life of your Brocade hardware. Third-party vendors can provide high-level maintenance as well as replacement parts to help you maintain your hardware.

Benefit: Upgrading on Your Own Timeline. Third-party vendors have the freedom to provide legacy Brocade hardware support that the manufacturer can no longer provide. While maintenance costs will continue to go up with OEM contracts, third-party maintenance contracts maintain competitive prices for the lifetime of your hardware. In fact, hird-party maintenance providers can often offer 24x7 or next business day support and meet or exceed the service level agreements of your OEM contract. With continued maintenance and support at affordable prices, you can upgrade your used Brocade hardware on your own schedule.


Need to improve your SAN fabric? Our storage experts can help you upgrade with a variety of new and used Brocade hardware options. Talk to a dedicated Reliant Storage Specialist today.