What Links Washing Machines and NetApp Storage Arrays?

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Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2018

The humble washing machine has changed relatively little in the last few decades. Despite boasting new wash, rinse, and spin programs, the technology itself is pretty simplistic.

At first glance, a Kenmore washing machine has nothing in common with a NetApp FAS filer. And on a technical level they don’t. But the way you use them is very similar– or should be.

When you don't care about end of warranty

Every washing machine comes with a one-year warranty from the manufacturer. Once the washing machine reaches the end of its warranty, nothing happens. The machine stays in place and you keep using it regularly.

Your FAS filer is supported by NetApp for around five years after purchase (subject to maintenance agreement). And just like the washing machine, it will not spontaneously combust once NetApp withdraws support– you can keep using the filer almost indefinitely.

As a hardware-oriented business, NetApp needs you to keep refreshing storage regularly. Which is why your account manager will never suggest keeping existing systems in place. Instead they try to hard-sell new filers well in advance of the maintenance contract expiring.

Exiting the NetApp refresh cycle

By not replacing your washing machine– or NetApp filers– you avoid costly capital expenditure on unnecessary hardware. You also have the opportunity to increase the return on your original investment.

In fact, so long as your NetApp filers continue to perform according to your needs there is no reason to replace them. No matter what your account manager says.

All you need is a hardware maintenance contract with a proven provider of post-warranty support for NetApp FAS filers. A provider like CDS.

Please note: Despite the similarities between washing machines and NetApp filers, CDS does not provide technical support, maintenance or spare parts for laundry equipment.

Ready to learn more about extending the lifespan of your NetApp filers? Give us a call and we’ll show you how.

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