New Year, New Changes, New Headaches?

2019 written in fireworks

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The New Year is often viewed as a time for change, which is a good thing in terms of the projects that will help drive your business forward. But change is almost entirely unwelcome when it comes to well-established, stable systems.

So when your OEM account manager calls to discuss your next storage hardware refresh, you will be forgiven for feeling a sense of impending dread. No matter how smoothly a migration project goes, there is always some element of disruption and productivity loss.

Will 2019 be the year of disruption?

The truth is that new hardware can take months (or years) to stabilize and mature. The stability of your existing systems is a testament to the thousands of man hours invested in tweaking and tuning every array to deliver maximum performance and resilience.

But if you follow the OEM’s advice about replacing systems all of that hard work is undone: you have to start from scratch again. And during that bedding-in period, performance of your corporate applications may be affected for a potentially extended period of time.

So when your account manager next makes contact to discuss replacing equipment that is reaching end of service life, it pays to remember that there are perfectly valid alternatives. Low-risk alternatives that could avoid disruption by leaving your perfectly acceptable systems in place for up to five more years.

Your new New Year resolution

If your OEM is set to withdraw support for your storage during 2019, you should seriously consider the services of a third-party hardware maintenance provider like CDS. Our team of highly-trained, experienced Level 3 engineers specialize in post-warranty support and we maintain “outdated” storage platforms for some of the biggest brands in the world.

By partnering with CDS you can keep your trusted, stable storage infrastructure in place, safe in the knowledge that you will continue to receive the same (or better) quality of proactive support for each system, even if OEM coverage has been withdrawn. And with a multi-million dollar approved parts inventory, you can be sure we have every spare you will ever need, too.

So, this year make a resolution to ignore the worst-case scenario predictions put forward by your account manager. Instead choose a third-party provider who can minimize disruption and keep your stable operating environment functioning optimally.

Ready to learn more? Give us a call and let us show you how.

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