The strategy of “throwing money at” network maintenance by over-spending on new hardware is one of the primary reasons companies waste up to 50% of their preventative maintenance budgets. Even though new hardware can sometimes last longer, the newness of a piece of hardware only helps make it more stable about 18% of the time.
Using legacy hardware not only saves time and money when it comes to shopping for new hardware, it also reduces time wasted with training around new equipment and its implementation. The decision to hold onto your existing network hardware is, therefore, a wise one. But how can you extend the life of your existing network infrastructure while limiting risk? We share how to leverage a balance, take advantage, use services, and bring you a straightforward solution to extend the useful life of your existing network infrastructure.
Leverage a Balance Between New and Legacy Hardware
Stable, well-maintained legacy hardware saves money. When it comes to network infrastructure, a penny saved should be seen as a penny earned. You can invest the money you save, by holding on to legacy hardware, right back into the maintenance of your network and data center infrastructure. Ear-marked IT funds can be invested in either preventative maintenance or set aside to help reduce the impact of a future emergency.
Take Advantage of Remote Enterprise Monitoring (REM)
Nothing helps you sleep better than REM. With remote enterprise monitoring, the datacenter hardware that helps make up your network infrastructure can be monitored by a third party maintenance (TPM) company. If service is needed, a server can send a message to the TPM team, giving them enough time to help prevent problems.
Because the equipment linked to the REM solution can sense the onset of potential problems, REM can extend the life of equipment that would have been threatened otherwise. The team gets the alert and swoops in for the rescue.
Use Depot Repair Services
Depot-based repair services can be used to free up a third party maintenance team to provide proactive and preventative maintenance and repairs. Regardless of your network infrastructure setup, there are going to be issues with equipment or maintenance necessities that require physically removing gear. With depot-supported repair services, the equipment can be quickly swapped out to minimize or eliminate downtime.
The team simply grabs the necessary replacement from the depot, delivers it, sets it up, and then takes the gear in need of service. The interruption, if any, is minimal, so business can continue as usual. In the meantime, technicians are able to troubleshoot any issues and repair your equipment.
They then return it, swapping it for the replacement gear, which is returned to the depot. Constant, consistent maintenance and repair can considerably extend the useful life of your Cisco equipment.
The Straightforward Solution: OneCall from PivIT Global
PivIT Global’s OneCall provides hardware maintenance for all infrastructure, including legacy hardware. PivIT provides proactive, preventative maintenance as well as a depot-supported repair that slashes downtime, and in many cases, prevents it altogether. PivIT stocks depots in over 160 countries and provides proof of each service performed through verifiable serial numbers.
Real product useful life extension, real people, and real maintenance solutions. Reach out today to learn more about the OneCall Maintenance offering from PivIT Global. You can have access to our support engineers, our beautifully designed maintenance portal, global FSLs, customized SLAs, and more! Get in touch today!