How Much Does Third-Party Maintenance Cost?
Today, around 64% of businesses use third-party managed services for at least 1 IT function. While many organizations realize the importance and benefits of third-party maintenance, some are reluctant to jump on the bandwagon.
Perhaps you are in the latter group but are open to using these services if the price is right.
What are the advantages of third-party maintenance, and how much does it cost? Read on to find out so budgeting for third-party maintenance services is easier and see a real-world pricing example to illustrate just how much you can save.
Advantages of Choosing Third-Party Maintenance Over OEMs
OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) usually offer maintenance services with their hardware, but you need to keep in mind that they are in the business of selling hardware.
This perverse incentive means their ultimate goal is to get you to buy more products, not to get the most out of the equipment you have already purchased.
It is also a widespread practice to charge more for maintenance on older equipment to further promote this agenda. Third-party maintenance (TPM) companies offer you a much more cost-effective solution. TPM providers focus on helping you get the most out of your existing technology and not forcing you into unnecessary equipment upgrades.
In addition, you have much more freedom over your IT infrastructure. Contracts are flexible, and you can even get maintenance coverage for equipment that OEMs no longer even support. As a result, you will enjoy significant cost savings.
Other benefits include:
- Personalized and prompt support solutions.
- Customized sparing programs.
- Ability to leverage third-party maintenance with OEM coverage for a hybrid solution.
How Much Does 3rd-Party Maintenance Cost?
We will start by answering this central question that is on your mind. However, as you might have already guessed, there is no single answer, as many variables can affect your costs.
Below, we will explore what some of these factors could be and how they would impact what you pay for managed IT services.
Level of Service
What is great about third-party maintenance is that companies can offer an array of service options. They range from phone and online technical support to operating system support, remote monitoring, onsite field services/engineering assistance, cost-management strategies, and multiple service level options from which to choose.
Essentially, you can pick on an a la carte basis.
Of course, many third-party maintenance companies offer bundles to help you save on costs. Make sure you take full advantage of these.
Length of Contract
Every organization will have its own needs for third-party maintenance. While one might need it for one year, others might only want to have a more extended contract over a few years.
However, as we have stated above, regardless of contract length, the cost will still be significantly lower than comparable OEM services.
So How Much Does Third-Party Maintenance Really Cost?
Knowing the factors that affect third-party maintenance costs is undoubtedly helpful, but it still does not give a ballpark figure of how much your organization will have to pay.
We understand the frustration, as many other managed IT service companies tend to shy away from showing their prices online, but we at Worldwide Services are here to help you in any way we can, which is why we are transparent with pricing.
Below, you will find a scenario where we compare our pricing with an OEM’s pricing. Not only will this allow you to get an estimate of how much third-party maintenance will cost, but it will also demonstrate the cost-effective value of our company.
Worldwide Services NetGuard vs. Cisco SmartNet Maintenance comparison:
Pricing Example Based on Cisco WS-C3850 Maintenance Support
- Cisco: SMARTnet 8x5xNBD: CON-SNT-WSC388PE = $1,392
- WWS: NetGuard Maintenance 8x5xNBD: NG-WS-C3850-48P-E = $525
WWS Solution = 62% savings
As you can see, Worldwide Services can save you significant money through their NetGuard maintenance solution.
Get Help with Affordable Third-Party Maintenance Today
Hopefully, you now understand the factors affecting what you pay for third-party maintenance. More importantly, we hope that it has also been helpful with our real-world pricing scenario.
Worldwide Services offers lower cost and better value than with an OEM–especially on items that are EOL/EOS. So, please take full advantage of this fact and get the managed IT services you need for your server, storage, or networking products.
Would you like to reap the benefits of first-class managed IT services without paying OEM rates? Then schedule a 15-minute call with one of our IT Solutions Experts for a free quote and evaluation.