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NetApp AFF Filers Reaching EOSL

NetApp AFF Filers are reaching their EOSL: What’s next?

What is the viability of NetApp AFF Filers beyond NetApp’s EOSL date on December 31, 2022? That is the question on the minds of many NetApp customers as the AFF 8040, AFF 8040 EX, and AFF 8080 EX systems  approach its End Of Support Life (EOSL). 

The EOSL date is fast approaching, but  there is still time to prepare. This article will cover what EOSL means for your environment and where to go from here.

Migrate to a new system

Some NetApp AFF Filers are approaching end-of-service life (EOSL) for the current hardware. The last day to purchase hardware was 2017. 

NetApp recommended that customers migrate their data to new storage devices. The migration process can be quite lengthy and costly which is why that may not be the best case scenario for some companies.

Get third-party hardware support.

NetApp will be ending maintenance and support of the AFF 8040, AFF 8040 EX, and AFF 8080 EX at the end of the year. But, there is no need to worry as third party support is a great option. 

Pre Rack IT provides the optimum service for your AFF Filers storage systems. We can provide the same level of service you are getting from NetApp, with the same quality. Our service includes the proactive monitoring of the system, managing configuration, troubleshooting and problem solving, resolving the issues and many more. We can provide this service at a very affordable price.

We can help you with the following services: 

  • Storage system repair 
  • System upgrades 
  • Warranty support 
  • AFF storage system configuration 
  • Data migration  
  • AFF storage system integration 
  • AFF storage system maintenance

Advantages of NetApp AFF Third-Party Support

There are many advantages of choosing third-party maintenance for products that have reached their End of Service Life. Besides providing better responsiveness, options more flexible than the OEM’s recommendations, and lower cost, the following are some additional advantages of NetApp AFF Third Party Support: 

  • Longer Service Life

You need to keep in mind that the OEM telling you to replace your device in just three to five years is optional. With NetApp AFF Post Warranty Support, you can enjoy access to critical technical expertise and strong support for years even after the End of Service Life date has been announced. 

  • Boosts ROI (Return on Investment)

Investments made on IT hardware can be pretty costly. However, a regular refresh cycle would not allow for the maximum ROI (Return-on-Investment). What third-party support does is boost that ROI by extending the lifespan of your IT equipment. 

  • Uptime

Proactive hardware monitoring combined with top-notch engineering and spare parts strategically located near client sites, result in a faster mean time to repair. These factors, in turn, translate into more Uptime. 

Additionally, Third-Party Support also promises a competent team at your service along with customizable and scalable SLAs (Service Level Agreement). This means you are no longer at the mercy of the OEM!

Are You Ready to Get the Support You Require? 

From what we have seen, NetApp AFF Third Party Support can be very beneficial in extending the ownership and lifespan of your IT asset. From scalable and customizable SLAs to having the best support team at your service with Pre Rack IT. Additionally, you can finally be free from the headache of getting a hardware refresh and boost the ROI. 

It is time to consider NetApp AFF Third-Party Support as a post-warranty option. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

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