Todd Bone

Todd Bone
Todd is the founder and president of XS International.
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XSi Q1 2020 EoSW or EoS ALERT: Popular OEM Models to Address

If you’re not yet monitoring essential Hardware Lifecycle Milestone dates, this ALERT provides a quick-glance review of popular OEM models that have reached (or about to reach) End of Software Support (EoSW) or End of Support (EoS). For these hardware asset models, it no longer makes financial sense to rely on expensive OEM support – but instead, should move to independent (IT Maintenance) support.

Are You Enabling SMARTnet Waste or Cisco Entitlement Risk? It’s Likely One or the Other.

Option 1: If you’ve already been proactive about your management of and containment of expensive SMARTnet support, you’ve likely asked yourself, “Can I get all the value of Cisco SMARTnet for the assets that require it, yet also drive cost savings, reduce waste and do so without running completely afoul of all these new Cisco policies?”

XSi Q4 EoSW or EoS ALERT: Popular OEM Models to Address

If you’re not yet monitoring essential Hardware Lifecycle Milestone dates, this ALERT provides a quick-glance review of popular OEM models that have reached (or about to reach) End of Software Support (EoSW) or End of Support (EoS). For these hardware asset models, it no longer makes financial sense to rely on expensive OEM support – but instead, should move to independent (Third Party Maintenance) support.

Hardware Lifecycle Milestone Dates: What are They? How can They Help?

For those of you with any knowledge of Hardware Lifecycle Management practices, you likely understand that to reduce TCO, extend the useful life of and contain OpEx budgets, you need to ensure that:

Third-Party Maintenance: Reliably Forecasting the Savings Potential

Just last week, I attended an industry conference in Madrid and listened to an IDC presentation, in which the analyst explained that 42 percent of the world’s enterprise IT departments are now using Third Party Maintenance (TPM) and the two primary reasons: “Cost savings” and “easier to do business with.”

“Rethinking IT Maintenance” – Why It’s Our Promise to You

If you are already familiar with Independent Hardware Support, also known as Third Party Maintenance (TPM), it’s likely that you’ve previously chosen to adopt Hardware Lifecycle Management Best Practices, or even a Hybrid Hardware Support model. If you have, this blog is for you. If you have not yet done so, we can suggest other blogs to help you in answering “why,” along with estimating the value to transitioning your support model.

New Service Announcement – XSi Cisco Lifecycle & Asset Assurance!

Are you ready for a BETTER hardware maintenance solution?

Top 3 reasons why IT Procurement, Data Center Ops, and ITAM should collaborate

From our past blogs, you’ve likely begun to understand Hardware Lifecycle Management, as well as the fiscal impacts from adopting a Hybrid Hardware Support model.

XSi Blog: Healthcare IT - Best Practices in Hardware Lifecycle Management

 

Why are Data Center Ops Experts Now So Rarely Involved in Hardware Support Vendor Vetting?

Why has hardware support vendor vetting been reduced to a “price-only” methodology? Is “uptime” and MTTR no longer important?

What really happened over the last ten years? Prior to current practices, data center hardware and hardware infrastructure experts were heavily involved in the procurement of hardware support – particularly when it applied to independent support for post-warranty hardware assets. During the vetting process, it was you who asked the really good questions and absolutely knew how to mitigate risk for mission-critical assets. You knew well how to discern critical from non-critical assets. You knew the questions to ask to ensure vendors being vetted had established:

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