Why extended your IT hardware’s life rather than renew?

I think it’s safe to say most people like the idea of a nice bit of new technology. Who wouldn’t? It’s shiny ‘n’ new and has more oomph! under the bonnet. But once the initial excitement has worn off a little, the realisation dawns that your existing bit of tech that’s been chugging away for the past few years, needs to have it’s data carefully migrated (if a server) in a managed and controlled way to ensure no disruption to your business.

Changing and upgrading critical infrastructure can exposes serious risk – look at what happened at TSB Bank! By keeping your existing infrastructure ticking along for a few more years, along with a fully-protected extended warranty from Warranty World of course 😉  can provide you and your business peace of mind. The old saying of ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it?’ hasn’t stuck around for generations for no good reason.

But that’s not all. What about the cost? There’s the significant capital expenditure when purchasing new hardware of course, but also the hidden costs which are too often ignored when considering to buy new, such as the significant time and resources for your staff/contractors to plan, install, configure, migrate and decommission. Even for the most basic of servers for a micro-business you’ll probably be looking at 2 days minimum. And that’s not even factoring in potential downtime to the business. Are you exhausted yet?

Whilst we’d love all our customers to renew their extended warranties with us indefinitely, we are however realistic! There will come a time when the existing hardware is not up to the job, or when parts become harder to source. The fact we see many of our existing customers repeatedly renew year-after-year proves that extending the life of IT hardware beyond the initial 3 years manufacturer’s warranty often makes a lot of sense, both from a business risk and a cost standpoint.

So if you’re considering buying new and replacing, why don’t you obtain a quote for an extended hardware warranty also? Simply email quotes@warrantyworld.co.uk  for a price. You can then make an informed decision of what is best for your business going forward.

Warranty World proud to support in 2017 Mary’s Meals who provide free school meals

It’s been a record year here at Warranty World, with more and more customers choosing to extend the life of their IT hardware rather than rip and replace after a few years of service life.  Some might say that we are already doing our bit in helping saving the planet, but we felt that we could do a whole lot more. It’s with great honour to be able to support in 2017 an amazing charity called Mary’s Meals who provide free school meals in hundreds of schools and feeding over 1 million children daily.

It was founded in 2002 and has grown from its first feeding operation of 200 children in Malawi, to a world-wide campaign.   They are a no-frills charity with a simple idea that works: by providing one good meal in a place of learning, children are drawn into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty.

Such an incredible achievement day in, day out. Check out their website and please consider donating if you can.

Mary's Meals feeding over 1 million children every school day

Mary’s Meals feeding over 1 million children every school day

 

About Mary’s Meals

Mary’s Meals is a registered charity, formerly known as Scottish International Relief (SIR), that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.  Mary’s Meals is named for the Virgin Mary by its founders, who were inspired by their Catholic faith, although the charity is not a Catholic organization.

Why choose Warranty World for Cisco Support vs Cisco SMARTnet?

 

Cisco Support from Warranty World

Warranty World delivers Cisco support through the Cisco Services Partner Program (CSPP) which means we are able to deliver all of the support options available through Cisco branded services such as Cisco SMARTnet alongside our own Cisco support to deliver a feature rich support proposition.  With savings of up to 60% compared to Cisco SMARTnet, customers also benefit from a vast pool of Cisco specialists ranging from CCNA qualified up to CCIE technology specialists who have expertise in areas such as Security, Wireless, Routing & Switching, UCS, Data Centre, Unified Communications and Voice.

Cisco Support from Warranty World

Warranty World Added Value

Warranty World’s Cisco Support offers customers all of the Cisco SMARTnet options they have received direct with Cisco as well as support cover tailored to the specific requirements of our customers, all underpinned by Cisco’s software services.

Where Warranty World really can differentiate itself is by providing a ‘Guaranteed fix’ support contract through its onsite Cisco certified field engineers to install replacement parts at our customer’s location. Through this onsite service option, a field engineer implements Cisco technology expertise and practices to help ensure that our customers’ network operates at the highest levels.   What also makes Warranty World unique is the way in which it has incorporated any future rebates into up-front costs, meaning customers benefit from the best possible price immediately, and don’t have to manage complex contractual information to work out post-contract rebates.

We understand that many network infrastructures have a number of vendors’ products connected to them. As a multi-vendor service provider, we are able to add these products to a Cisco estate under a single SLA contract, ensuring the efficient operation of our customers’ networks.

Windows Server 2003 Support End of Support 14 July 2015

Is your business ready for Windows Server 2003 end of support?  HP’s UK and Ireland Country Manager for servers estimates that at least 30 per cent of the UK market has yet to migrate and upgrade despite Microsoft announcing that Windows Server 2003 end of support is looming on 14th July 2015.

As of January there were an estimate 400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes that potentially need upgrading and Microsoft has warned there are “significant security risks” to staying on Server 2003.

For those customers that have servers which require extended support for Windows Server 2003 from Microsoft, they can couple that with an extended hardware warranty from Warranty World to ensure that their business is protected from server hardware failure.

Just as what happened with Windows XP in April 2014, Microsoft will cease to support the ageing server operating system from 14 July.  That means no more security updates, leaving businesses vulnerable to security issues on their business networks.    

According to reports on the The Register, Microsoft will be officially charging customers at least $600 per server to obtain those crucial security updates.   It’s expected the fee will double each year afterwards.

HP firmware updates 19th February deadline looming – are your servers protected?

 

HP recently announced that from Wednesday 19th February 2014, there will be restricted access to firmware updates for HP ProLiant servers.    Updates will only be available to customers with a valid warranty, HP Care Pack or support agreement.

We’re currently experiencing an increase in the number of enquiries from existing and new customers asking us for clarification about where they stand with regards to these updates.   So we’ve put together a simple explanation below about what is and what’s not included.

If you’re looking for an HP extended server warranty search for your HP ProLiant server here or call us on 020 7193 6468.   For existing customers please contact your Account Manager if you have any further questions.

 

Service HP Warranty World
OEM (HP) Trained Onsite Engineer Services Yes Yes
OEM (HP) Certified Parts and Logistic Support Yes Yes
Access to firmware software updates in warranty Yes Yes
Access to firmware software updates for security and health and safety fixes for life of machine Yes Yes
Access to firmware software updates for performance tuning or new products in warranty Yes Yes
Access to firmware software updates for performance tuning or new products out of warranty Yes No
Flexible contract terms No Yes
Customer can decide service response levels No Yes

Time to get an HP Extended Warranty? From 19th February only servers under warranty will be able to get HP firmware updates

HP are planning to change the way they distribute firmware updates to their customers.   HP published a note on its server support pages that stated

“Starting February 2014, an active warranty or contract is required to access HP ProLiant Server firmware updates. HP has made significant investments in our intellectual capital to provide the best value and experience for our customers. We continue to offer a differentiated customer experience with our comprehensive support portfolio. HP, as an industry leader, is well positioned to provide reliable support services across the globe with HP’s tools, trained engineers, and genuine certified parts. Only HP customers and authorized channel partners may download and use support materials.”

Warranty World customers can be rest assured that all HP servers under an active warranty agreement with us will have continued access to firmware updates via our certified HP engineering team.    Further information and discussion can be found on CNET’s website

 

 

 

 

 

What are your options when manufacturers declare products End-of-Life and End-of-Service?

There are some very valid reasons why manufacturers declare products End-of-Life and End-of-Service.   Some are technical and others are financially motivated.     But what are your options when some of your infrastructure is declared as such?

 

  • The manufacturers normally issue updates to products which have been declared End-of-Life or End-of-Service for many years after they have been declared.   WarrantyWorld has authorised access to these updates for infrastructure we protect.

 

  • The cost of protecting your infrastructure with an extended support warranty from WarrantyWorld can be very cost effective.

 

  • We offer peace of mind to customers should they wish to know their support costs for the next few years.   We promise NOT to increase the annual price for warranty support if they commit to an agreement for multiple years of cover.

 

  • If your infrastructure is under our warranty cover and in the unlikely event we can’t find a replacement part to fix your kit, we’ll replace it!  Even if that means providing you with a newer model.

Why do manufacturers declare products End-of-Life and End-of-Service?

There are many reasons why manfucturers declare equipment End-of-Life and End-of-Service such as:

 

  • Manufacturers keen to sell new technology to customers to keep their shareholders happy
  • The demand for particular models means manufacturing is discontinued
  • The replacement parts for particular models are not produced any longer
  • Technical staff training focuses on new technologies meaning less staff with in-depth knowledge of legacy models

Most large manufacturers are stock market listed and have the added pressure of being seen to be continually innovating and producing financial returns for their shareholders.

 

But just because a product has been declared End of Life or End of Service, doesn’t mean it’s the right time for a business to upgrade.

 

  • The installed infrastructure may be perfectly adequate and meeting the business needs.
  • Other legacy application and infrastructure may rely on other legacy products which may not be supported by new technological advances.
  • The business does not have enough funds or is not willing to meet the budget for procuring new infrastructure.
  • Purchasing new infrastructure not environmentally friendly.
  • When replacing infrastructure, the cost of the kit is just the start.   The implementation and new staff training costs need to be factored in.
  • Installing new infrastructure can introduce unnecessary risk to a business.   Is it 100% compatible and can it happily co-exist with your existing infrastructure?