Dell EOSL Deadlines in 2021 – Are you prepared?
Every Dell equipment, whether it be a server, storage platform, gateway, expansion enclosure, etc., will eventually reach its EOSL deadline. In fact, many of them have EOSLs scheduled this year. If you have an impending Dell EOSL deadline in 2021, you will want to read this post.
What happens when your Dell equipment reaches EOSL?
EOSL stands for End of Service Life. It follows what is known as an equipment’s EOL or End of Life. EOL marks the date when all marketing and sales of a particular hardware comes to an end, while EOSL marks when maintenance and support end. EOSL usually comes a couple of months or a couple of years after EOL.
From a Dell customer’s perspective, EOL isn’t as crucial as EOSL. As long as you already own the equipment, it probably wouldn’t be a big deal if Dell stopped marketing or selling it. However, I’m sure you’d be very concerned if Dell stopped providing maintenance and support for it!
Although you might have some IT staff who know how to operate, configure, and perhaps perform some basic troubleshooting on the equipment in question, you’ll usually need a higher level of expertise to resolve more complex issues. You can’t get that from Dell anymore once the equipment reaches EOSL.
Because support and maintenance are crucial to the health and reliability of equipment in production environments, most businesses are forced to upgrade once a piece of hardware reaches its EOSL.
Dell EOSL deadlines in 2021
Some of the Dell EOSL deadlines in 2021 include the following:
Extending your Dell equipment’s life beyond EOSL
While it might appear EOSL is the ultimate cue to upgrade your device, you really don’t have to let Dell (or any OEM for that matter) dictate your hardware refresh schedules. There are ways to extend the life of your Dell equipment even after EOSL. One way is by hiring a reputable IT service provider that offers Third Party Maintenance or TPM services.
In a TPM arrangement, the IT service provider will take charge of maintaining and providing tech support services for your EOSL Dell equipment. This will allow you to buy time while you build up the needed capital outlay for an upgrade.
TPM is already a widely accepted practice, with Gartner recently reporting that 71% of Fortune 100 Companies have used third party maintenance to cut operating expenses and extend the life of their IT equipment, while gaining the flexibility to upgrade at their own schedule.
In these uncertain times, it’s important to get the most out of your IT assets. As long as you have an IT service provider you can truly rely on — one who can guarantee fast response, highly experienced support and maintenance staff, and value-for-money pricing — purchasing third-party maintenance can be your best option.
Where to get highly reliable TPM service
CentricsIT provides highly reliable, top-tier maintenance and support services at very reasonable prices. How reasonable? Well, our TPM customers save an average of 40–70% on IT maintenance costs. That’s a lot of savings.
Our engineers have years of experience maintaining and supporting end-of-life products, so you know your Dell equipment will always be in good hands. What’s more, we have offices and secure stocking depots around the world, so we have no problem meeting or even exceeding our SLAs.
While TPM is a great solution to counter OEM EOSL deadlines, it’s not the end-all-be-all answer in all situations. That’s why, before we recommend third-party maintenance, we’ll first work with you to analyze and determine whether it’s truly best to continue maintaining your Dell equipment or if it’s much better to simply decommission it and proceed to an upgrade. Different equipment and different scenarios will dictate the best course of action.
In cases where we find decommissioning to be the best option, we can also help with IT Asset Disposition. Click here to learn more about our IT asset disposition services.