End of NetApp support on FAS2220 and FAS2240, what options do you have when the manufacturer forces you to buy new equipment?
With the next end of life support (EOSL) for the NetApp FAS2220 and FAS2240, many customers are now making decisions about what to do. Does it have a future in the production environment or elsewhere in the company? Or is it time to install something new? Next, we’ll introduce the options within the NetApp product ecosystem.
Update paths of the FAS2200 family
The FAS2200 series has undergone two revisions since the FAS2220 and FAS2240. However customers who need some additional performance at an affordable cost can find storages like the new or used FAS2520, FAS2552 and FAS2554 to meet their needs. In addition the disadvantage here is that the first FAS2200 series is arriving at the end of its life for NetApp, the EOSL is on 20/03/2021 and the FAS2500 series ends on 30/04/2022
A newer product suite includes the FAS2600 and FAS2700, although they will not reach the EOSL until 2023.
All of these are valid options - but what to do now that Netapp will no longer support it? In other words, whether companies, labs, remote and local offices can still benefit from these systems, especially if they continue to operate at peak performance.
There is a lower cost solution ...
Cost is a simple topic to address. Undeniably third-party maintenance saves 30% to 70% compared to NetApp support contracts for the 2200 and 2500 series. Plus when you add the lack of pressure to upgrade - the service is not terminated as part of the end-of-process service life if you use third-party maintenance, in short so you can keep your equipment longer - the savings can touch your operating budget and capital .
… And it's a BETTER solution
Of course, saving money is not the only consideration, or you would probably do everything yourself. For sure you need an agile and high quality support provider. Fortunately, this is exactly what outsourced maintenance offers when you choose the right partner!
There is a white paper which really describes the benefits of third-party maintenance. We also discussed some of the main advantages of DC Parts and support for NetApp specifically here. Next, let's look at some of the less apparent and more qualitative advantages.
Third party maintenance is:
- The personal service - which means picking up the phone and immediately talking to a level 3 engineer - is faster, easier and more effective than going through the NetApp escalation process. That way, over time, support engineers learn a lot about the needs and challenges of your business, so that you get results that constantly improve
- With DC Parts, you have someone local for you who can go to the place, see what you’re seeing and continue from there. As well as if the problem is hardware, the spare parts will also be in place.
- Years in the market have ensured that we are among NetApp’s most experienced support providers, in short so that we can help you optimize your systems, provide unbiased update information, and troubleshoot problems with the best.
Above all, the difference between NetApp support and that of a company like DC Parts
For example, third-party maintenance is like going to the farmer's market, not the supermarket. As well as you can ask questions of local and real people who have a working knowledge of the product. Like farmers' markets, third-party maintenance is picking up and growing.
In short, whether you've been reading about third-party maintenance for a while or just starting to research the best option to support your FAS2240, while the next step is to start a conversation with a trusted supplier. To get some prices, discuss contract options and get an idea of how the solution fits your situation, feel free to contact us at anytime.
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