End of Obsolescence for the NetApp FAS3040

NetApp Maintenance


Drew Teller June 12, 2014

On this blog, we find ourselves talking a lot about end-of-life and end-of-support dates for hardware, like the April EOSL for the NetApp FAS3040. Doing so, we’ve realized, is allowing the OEMs to frame the discussion. They set the timelines. They rescind support. They attach words like “obsolete” to hardware that, for many customers, may be anything but.

It’s an awful lot of power to give to NetApp.

We propose a new perspective—an end of obsolescence. We believe IT professionals, from the CIO to the systems admin, should stop thinking in terms of The End when, in many cases, EOSL may be just the beginning for quality, reliable filers like the FAS3040.

Fortunately, the IT maintenance industry is catching up to this mindset. Today, support never really goes away, and equipment isn’t obsolete until it ceases to fulfill your needs. That’s because top-tier third party NetApp maintenance companies have shaken up the OEM paradigm.

A New Day Dawning for FAS3040 Support

For IT professionals who embrace the new, realizing that long-term support is available for the NetApp FAS3040 and a range of other post-warranty and end-of-life hardware can be liberating. Suddenly, there is no reason to heed NetApp’s calls for premature upgrades. Instead you can keep this storage system in place for as long as you’d like.

As important as the long-term commitment are the robust features of contracts available from top tier maintenance companies. Take for example Park Place Technologies, which offers:

  • Affordable, comprehensive coverage for the NetApp FAS3040. Our contracts run 30% to 70% less than NetApp. Whether you are seeking assistance because your NetApp agreement is expiring or because you’re tired of going it alone, the cost of top quality maintenance will not break the bank. Our contracts include 100% coverage of all components, remote monitoring to detect problems, effective troubleshooting and break/fix response, and a slew of proactive maintenance measures. They are a great value for the money.
  • Personalized support whenever you need it. Unlike NetApp and many of our competitors, we do not believe in escalation procedures. We assign a NetApp-experienced engineer to every NetApp support account, and offer 24/7 access to Level 3 personnel. In other words, we remove the barriers that cause many data center managers to avoid using the support they’re paying for. If you select Park Place, help is always easily accessible and responsive to your needs.

The NetApp FAS3040 boasted lowest-in-class TCO for its generation. Squeezing several more years from this mid-range storage system will only enhance its value delivery.

About the Author

Drew Teller, Channel Marketing Manager
Drew Teller is focused on finding the latest end of life information. Drew's interests lie in supporting IT professionals with their end of life equipment.