The days of junking perfectly good kit for want of a new component could be over. A new service, Spares4It, promises to make finding replacement parts for your IT inventory the work of a few keystrokes.
This site aims to boost the useful life of IT equipment, create economies of scale, and save the nation's landfill sites from more junked machinery.
Founding director, Rob Embers, got the idea while working at IT reseller supplier Vision, where he was constantly asked to source spare parts for everything from servers to laptops. "When people can't get the spares, it is inevitably more economical to junk machines and buy new kit. By sourcing the parts, we can save them money and they can avoid the hassle and expense of bringing in a new system," said Embers.
At present, the company specialises only in most popular brands, namely HP, IBM, Lenovo and Dell. "We want to encourage people to use their existing infrastructure as long as possible," explained Embers. "For most kit, the useful life is around five years, but the warranty is for three. After that you are at the mercy of suppliers, who might charge you a fortune for a replacement hard disk. We know how to source parts cheaply."
Though the range of brands is limited, the product portfolio extends from first-generation servers to modern laptops. They even boast a supply of IBM Token Ring networking products.
Recently the National Audit Office criticised the government for junking IT equipment too early, which it claimed costs tax payers around £70 million.
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