Our approach to cost-friendly Dell EMC Vblock system maintenance

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06 Aug 2019
Our approach to cost-friendly Dell EMC Vblock system maintenance

Vblock is an odd little word that belies its power which lies under the cover. A fully configured Vblock is an impressive beast in any IT infrastructure, but when you understand the rich data services it brings, the high availability and data efficiency a modern data centre needs to keep customers’ mission-critical businesses running and protected at any scale, you realise why a VCE Vblock comes into its own. Utilised by many global organisations for their cloud services, Vblock Systems have a solid reputation in performance and delivery.

Yet this world-class data serving does come with a significant cost, both in terms of purchase and ongoing maintenance. A system with this capability is going to be expensive to buy and with a machine of such complexity, there will be a need for software updates that only Dell EMC can provide. The only way to get those updates is through a hardware maintenance contract with the manufacturer. In effect it’s a lock-in and, sadly, lock-ins usually mean higher maintenance charges because of the effective lack of competition.

However, what happens when a machine reaches the end of life phase when there are no more updates being released by the manufacturer? As if by magic, the cost of an extended support contract becomes very similar to the cost of purchasing a new system, even though the extended support still does not mean a continuation of code updates.

Therefore, a machine may be doing everything required and expected of it, but customers are being pushed into spending a lot more.

This is where we can make a significant difference for Dell EMC Vblock users. Blue Chip can free you from the restrictions of manufacturer support and breathe new life into a Dell EMC Vblock System, all at a cost that won’t make a Finance Director wince. He may even smile!

If you have an end of life EMC Vblock or notification of impending end of life status, reach out to a member of the Blue Chip team to find out how we can help.


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This article was written by Will Nicholls. Will is one of two Client Directors that specialise in catering for the needs of Blue Chip's Business Partner community. His particular strengths are in iSeries, pSeries & associated storage devices with an emphasis on formulating hardware maintenance solutions suited to our Business Partners requirements. With over 25 years experience in the industry, Will has a wealth of knowledge of the IT sector & is familiar with most things IT related. He's also a rather smug Bradford City fan.

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