Effective Equipment Replacement Strategies
Network managers are turning to the secondary equipment market as an extra measure o protection rom disasters and downtime. Te daunting task o en-suring uninterrupted access to networks with ully-redundant equipment con-gurations has proven beyond the reach o budget-constrained I departments. As a result many companies have resorted to protecting only routers and switches at the network core, leaving the edge and remote oces vulnerablein the event o a major disaster or mundane outage. Te risks ar outweigh therewards in this scenario as a simple equipment ailure at a remote site can causea devastating ripple eect throughout the entire organization.In an eort to improve company-wide preparedness or disasters o any kind,growing numbers o organizations are embracing more cost-eective equip-ment sourcing and fexible sparing solutions. It pays to have a backup plan orequipment procurement and today’s secondary market providers oer a variety o options or helping companies saeguard their networks.Since pre-owned gear typically oers savings o up to 90 percent o list prices,companies seeking a ully-redundant conguration can more aordably deploy a one-or-one sparing solution. An even more cost-eective alternative is a one-or-many strategy, acquiring a spare or every three to ve identical network elements.O-site spares depots are particularly appealing to rms with multiple locationsthat don’t have sucient space or an ideal central site or storing replacement equipment. Secondary network providers oten oer warehousing options to ex-pedite equipment availability and shipment. Similar rapid replacement warran-ties oered by OEMs oten cost many times the value o the covered equipment. Another reason or maintaining a supply o pre-owned spares is that it lets com-panies quickly apply a temporary x or unexpected problems. Te secondary market’s ability to provide a wide range o equipment with expedited shipping helps maintain maximum uptime. In contrast most OEMs typically need at least our to six weeks to deliver new gear.
President and CEO,Network Hardware Resale