Much Ado About Your Legacy HP Hardware

3.5 Considerations For Managing Your Aging IT Infrastructure

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What’s Ado About “Legacy”

In 1598 and 1599, when Shakespeare wrote his famous play, “Much Ado About Nothing,” you can be sure he did not use HP hardware to write it. 

Yes, the idea of “legacy” implies “old.” But in the context of computer technology, “old” is relative. 

In fact, you can own computer hardware that becomes outdated in a matter of years simply because it has been surpassed by newer technological advancements. This does not mean the “older” hardware is inoperable or unable to perform key tasks in business. But it does pose a shift in the way it’s defined — i.e. as “legacy” hardware — because it is no longer the newest computer hardware technology on the market.

A Play For Your Business

As with any Shakespearean play, the show the audience sees frontstage is largely determined by the quality of performance which takes place backstage. 

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To think about it from a business perspective, the way people see your company directly relates to the quality of backstage processes and systems you have in place to support your frontstage work. Often, company executives find themselves relying on legacy hardware to perform key support roles backstage of their business. 

According to Paul Mah, “the biggest culprit of SMB downtime is actually due to hardware failure, which accounts for some 55 percent of all downtime events in ​SMBs.1 

Hewlett Packard and other leading computer manufacturers know this and are all too eager to push their new computer hardware simply because it’s the “latest and greatest” technology available. Without a proper understanding of this dynamic, poor IT management decisions are likely to result which can lead to significantly negative repercussions down the road. 

Following are three ways to consider the pros and cons of maintaining your legacy HP hardware with a forward-thinking perspective on innovation and growth.

1. Orient Yourself To The Tech Demands Of Your Industry

Not all industries require the same level of IT sophistication to be competitive. Thus, it’s important for you to be aware of both the technological capabilities of your competitors as well as the general expectations of your clients. 

Banking is an example of an industry caught squarely in the middle of this debate. John Lamb wrote in ComputerWeekly.com, “Despite the IT industry's efforts to improve the standard of operating systems used in the enterprise, a significant number of users choose to stick with apparently outmoded operating systems for some of their most critical applications. Legacy server operating systems from suppliers such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Tandem and Unisys still power important applications in banking, travel and the public sector.2

Take time to think critically about the role your IT infrastructure plays in the overall health of your organization and how it stacks up to the demands of your industry. Such forethought is sure to reward you as mission-critical decisions become necessary over time.

2. Commit To A Transitional Strategy Of Improving Your Hardware Over Time

Addressing your HP hardware needs does not have to take place all at once. There are many organizations who are slowly modernizing key components of their IT infrastructure as time and resources permit. 

Do an analysis to determine what it costs to maintain your legacy system per year. You should also factor in a time when parts and service are likely to become obsolete.3 Such preparation will give you a foundation from which to launch ongoing IT improvements and keep you alert to any backstage performance issues that may arise.

3. Consider Investing In Used Computer Hardware Over New

While it’s important to have a longterm strategy to modernize your legacy HP hardware, it may surprise you that a viable option for updating your equipment is to buy used. 

What can easily be overlooked is the fact that slightly used, yet well maintained, HP computer hardware provides comparable benefits to purchasing completely new equipment albeit for less cost. Also, slightly used equipment confirms the hardware has been “tested” — a surprising omission of some new equipment parts. 

Take for example the scenario of buying a new vehicle. It’s often recommended, for the best value, to buy slightly used and to avoid purchasing the first year a new model is released. Similarly, when purchasing HP hardware, buying slightly used equipment provides an opportunity to maximize your return on investment which simply is not possible when buying new.

3.5 Contact Sherlock Services For All Your HP Hardware Support Needs.

In many ways, the very nature of technological progress ensures that “legacy” hardware will always be of concern. Yet, there is an easier way to address your HP hardware support and HP server support needs. 

1. Orient Yourself To The Tech Demands Of Your Industry 

2. Commit To A Transitional Strategy Of Improving Your Hardware Over Time 

3. Consider Investing In Used Computer Hardware Over New 

3.5. Hire Sherlock Services As Your Go-To 3rd-Party Resource 

We are a leading 3rd-party IT service provider with years of experience in HP hardware support and HP server support. We are also able to assist you in long-term monitoring support as well as providing an upgrade path for your current IT infrastructure.

Don't Wait For Your Manufacturer’s Warranty To Run Out.

Allow Sherlock Services to choreograph your backstage performance freeing you to focus on your audience at show time.


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Sherlock Services currently supports HP 3PAR:

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Did HP tell you that they will not extend maintenance any longer on their products and you have to buy new?  Sherlock Services does not play that game.  If you bought it for a purpose and the purpose still exists, why replace it?  We can provide maintenance for the full HP line of products including these that are recently or about to become EOSL:

HP EVA P6350 – 1/31/2017

HP EVA P6550 – 1/31/2017

3PAR T400 – 10/31/2017

HP ProLiant BL465c G7 – 12/31/2017

HP ProLiant BL490c G7 – 12/31/2017

HP ProLiant BL460c G7 – 2/28/2018

HP Lefthand P4300 G2 – 4/30/2018

HP Lefthand P4500 G2 – 4/30/2018

HP ProLiant DL360 G7 – 4/30/2018

HP ProLiant DL380 G7 – 4/30/2018

HP ProLiant DL385 G7 – 4/30/2018

HP ProLiant ML350 G6 – 7/31/2018

HP 3PAR

Several years ago as a Solutions Architect, I recommended HP 3PAR storage arrays as part of my total infrastructure solution.  Some of the attractive characteristics included:

High availability

High performance

High efficiency

Scalability

High quality of service

This was certainly not a cheap date, however storage was meant to be put in production for 5-7 years which was longer than the recommended life of a server at just 3 years.  Most companies opted to replace everything at 3 years because of creative accounting and OEM’s refusing to offer 4th year maintenance on a barely broken-in storage array.  It was just easier to replace it all…  or was it?

I spent many years building solutions for companies who didn’t have much in the way of technology and help automate processes to effectively grow their company.  Other companies have a complex infrastructure and moving to new is always painful.  If you are like most companies, the thought of moving to new equipment requires months and months of preparation for a migration.  This is not easy as we would like it to be.  But what can we do differently?  Unless there is a compelling reason to refresh the environment, why not consider Third Party Maintenance?  This allows you to extend the life of your equipment beyond the warranty period included from the OEM’s at a 50-70% savings.

With 3PAR, we service the following types of storage arrays

Legacy 3PAR

3PAR InServ E200

3PAR InServ S200

3PAR InServ S400

3PAR InServ S800

HP 3PAR

3PAR InServ F200

3PAR InServ F400

3PAR InServ T400

3PAR InServ T800

New HP 3PAR

3PAR StoreServ 7200

3PAR StoreServ 7240

3PAR StoreServ 7400

3PAR StoreServ 7440

3PAR StoreServ 7450 O/S 3.2.2

3PAR P10000 V400

3PAR P10000 V800

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