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How HPE, Dell, and Lenovo Trick You Into Buying New Servers

Manufacturers, like HPE, Dell, and Lenovo, make you buy the newest generation of servers by stopping the sale and support of previous systems and parts. Let's see what this exactly means.

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EOS, EOL, and EOSL for HPE, Dell, and Lenovo Servers

  1. End Of Life (EOL) / End Of Sale (EOS): This is when the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) decides to no longer market and sell a specific piece of server or part (like SSD, HDD, memory module, CPU, GPU, motherboard, PSU, Battery, etc.). This typically happens 3-5 years after release.

  2. End Of Service Life (EOSL) / End Of Support (EOS): This is the final stage. From the EOSL date, the OEM stops providing all support for the servers, usually 5-7 years post-release. This includes updates, patches, and hardware maintenance contracts. The push towards new products is even stronger.

How to deal with this situation? Let's check out our 3 step advice approach:

Step 1: Understanding Your Business Needs

  • Assess your IT infrastructure's performance, safety, redundancy, and support contracts for critical equipment.

  • Identify needs for:

    • Expanding vital resources (e.g., storage or compute).

    • Enabling new workloads for updated applications.

    • Supporting additional employees, users, or transactions.

    • Lowering the cost per user or transaction.

    • Building IT capabilities (e.g., workload resilience, business continuity, and disaster recovery).

Note: Not every need requires a complete refresh. For example, you can add new disks to existing storage servers for increased storage.

Step 2: Identify the Upgrade Targets

  • Examine specific hardware, software, services, policies, processes, and workflows impacted by the upgrade.

  • Consider scenarios like updating hardware for an outdated legacy system:

    • If hardware is updated, ensure software compatibility.

    • Explore options for maintaining existing infrastructure with upgrades, including:

      • Adding more storage with new HDDs or SSDs.

      • Improving performance through CPU and memory upgrades.

      • Adopting better technology with newer equipment.

Step 3: Finding the Right Partners

  • After having a plan, seek suitable partners, especially those offering refurbished servers. Consider these tips when choosing the right partner:

    • Communication is key: Reach out to multiple companies and evaluate their response time, communication style, professionalism, and technical knowledge.

    • Demand a warranty: Don't settle for limited-time warranties; request at least a 3-year warranty.

    • Seek companies covering all needed brands for convenience.

    • Conduct research and seek recommendations.

    • Ensure the ability to test ordered parts/systems before making payments.

To gain a better understanding of the refurbished hardware market, we've prepared a brief summary on the topic.

Why Consider Refurbished Hardware?

  • It's cost-effective, often a fraction of new equipment's price.

  • Offers quick availability, bypassing long wait times.

  • Ensures quality. Trusted vendors restore products to their original condition, rigorously testing for reliability and offering warranties up to 5 years.

  • It also reduces carbon footpring, lowers electronic waste and minimize global demand.

When you buy from us, you don’t need to pay right away. Test first, then pay later. Also, you get up to a 5-year warranty on our refurbished products.

Are the servers and parts you need no longer available? 

We can help!


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