Posts Tagged ‘server’

Rental vs Purchase: What’s the deal?

October 17, 2016

There are a number of reasons why rental is ideal over purchase:

  • When IT or AV equipment is needed for a short term projects like training, migration, testing or a sudden peak in workload and you just can’t justify purchasing.
  •  With the speed technology progresses you can often find yourself in the position of buying a brand new top spec piece of equipment only to find within a few months something newer, faster, slicker and just better has been released and your once top of the range unit is fast becoming out of date.
  • Sourcing new IT or AV equipment can be a lengthy process and you can see yourself working to tight budgets which may mean you need to compromise on spec and power and occasionally sacrifice large chunks of your budget on hardware support and the possibility that the chosen solution is just not quite right for the job in hand – all to be repeated when the hardware goes end of life, leaving you back at the start of the project.

What are the advantages of IT Rental?

Availability: A vast range of fleet items means you can have access quickly and efficiently to a number of solutions, and just sometimes only an older end of life piece of equipment can do the job – we work with a wide range of suppliers to find the products you need. Which helps companies maintain their competitive advantage.

Flexibility: Flexible rental contracts put you in control and ensures you have the equipment you need when and where you need it and allows you to return the equipment early, extend the hire or even purchase the solution. All whilst safe in the knowledge that you can expand or reduce the solution to fit within your project constraints.

Upgrade / Refresh: A new and higher spec model has just been released but your budget just won’t stretch – rental gives you the option to upgrade or refresh part way through your contract

Support: Hamilton Rentals team of qualified engineers test and configure the equipment prior to shipping and provide support for the duration of the rental and are on hand to help with any hardware queries or issues.

Avoid Budget constraints: Capital may not always be available to buy the equipment you need. Unlike purchase, rental can be Operating Expenditure with flexible payment terms.

Why might you consider renting?

Customers use AV and IT hire for a huge variety of reasons including:

  • Evaluations, benchmarking & testing
  • Try before you buy
  • Short Term Projects
  • Software development & testing
  • Server consolidation & migration
  • Exhibitions or trade shows
  • Festivals
  • Sporting events
  • Government elections
  • Product launches
  • Presentations
  • Using OPEX not CAPEX – Conserves cash flow
  • Relocations, data Moves & site Moves,
  • Swing Kit
  • Extra capacity for peak workloads
  • Training courses
  • Seminars and Conferences
  • Resilience (During Maintenance/ upgrades)
  • Solutions to long delivery lead-times
  • To avoid adverse weather conditions
  • For film premiers
  • For AGMs
  • To save on fuel costs avoid driving to meetings
  • Reduce pollution and meet to ISO14001 accreditation
  • Disaster recovery, disease, theft, fire & flood
  • Opportunity to rent and then buy (Try before you Buy)
  • For Support which is included as standard
  • To source hard to find or end of life products

If you are sure that purchase is the best option for you, we can still help you through a variety of ways:

Rent To Own: Our rent to own programme mixes rental and purchase to allow you to spread the cost of IT projects over a fixed period of time. You simply rent the equipment and software for 3 or 6 months (typically) and on payment of the final rental invoice title of ownership transfers to you. More info on the programme and the benefits are available on our website:

Try Before You Buy: Hamilton Rentals will take the risk that your solution is going to be right for you. We will supply a brand new system to the agreed specification, on a pre-agreed rental contract of up to 3 months. If you decide to buy the system, we will count your rental premiums as part payment and will simply invoice for the balance of the purchase price. If you decide not to buy the system, then you can return it at the end of the agreed rental term, and you will have nothing extra to pay. More info on the programme and the benefits are available on our website:

Proof of Concept: Try it, run your application in a live environment within your infrastructure, with your users and with your workloads. Tuning and incrementing can be carried out without disruption to your other projects. If the concept works, you can purchase a system with confidence – if it doesn’t, you can simply return it and end the rental contract. You can even buy the equipment you are renting, it’s already in-situ, you know it does the job, it is fully supported and a cost effective option. We can even provide the skills to help you with your proof of concept using our industry accredited engineers and consultants experienced in the technology you require.  More info on the programme and the benefits are available on our website:

Ex-Rental Sales: Hamilton Rentals supply an excellent selection of new, refurbished and used IT & AV equipment and buying from us gives you peace of mind that you’re buying from experts: we are the loan pool and rental partner to many major Vendors in the UK and have a wide variety of UK sourced ex-demo products in stock. Add to this, fast next day delivery, additional installation and support packages to enhance the service, full testing & refurbishment process on all items to ensure reliability prior to delivery, transfer of the remainder of the manufacturer’s warranty and a 30 day warranty from us. More info on the Ex-Rental Sales service and products available can be found on our website:

Repurposing Server Rental Heat with Data Furnaces

August 3, 2011

Tech giant Microsoft has released a paper covering the use of rejected server heat to warm up your home.

Now that is energy efficiency.

According to the paper, “The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing,” small data centres can be used as boilers to heat homes.  These so-called “data furnaces” would be enable homes to be connected in the cloud via broadband while also benefiting from the heat generated by the data centre.

The numbers shown in the report indicate that around 2 percent of power usage in the United States comes from running servers and keeping them cool, while 6 percent is used to heat homes.  The temperature of the exhaust air from servers is usually around 40-50 degrees—ideal for heating purposes in the home, office buildings, clothes dryers, water heaters, even with some usage in agriculture.

“The energy budget allocated for heating would provide an ample energy supply for computing. Home heating alone constitutes about 6 per cent of the U.S. energy usage. By piggy-backing on only half of this energy, the IT industry could double in size without increasing its carbon footprint or its load on the power grid and generation systems,” says the report.

By combining the two entities, the cost typically used to power homes and office buildings would be eliminated, thus offsetting the cost of running servers.

Quite an interesting concept, and one that will surely be interesting to watch should our technology begin to move in this direction.

In the meantime, businesses looking to evaluate servers to put into their data centres before making the costly final investment can come to Hamilton Rentals to try out the model of their choice; whether their requirements are for a growing SMB or for an enterprise looking for an energy efficient model.  Our team of experts are ready to help meet the configurations you seek in our server rental fleet, the largest in the world.

Oracle’s Highest Performance Enterprise Server: Sun Sparc M9000 from Hamilton Rentals

July 21, 2011

When your business is operating in the enterprise, you need the best of the best, and that’s what you’ll get with Oracle’s Sun Sparc M9000 Server—the company’s highest performance enterprise server.   With up to 64 processors and 256 cores, this beast is designed for mission-critical events and demanding deployments in virtualisation, consolidation and multi-hosting.

Rest assured that the largest multiprocessor enterprise server is optimised for mission critical computing 24 hours a day, seven days a week with large share memory applications.  Oracle guarantees the M9000 will deliver mainframe reliability and extreme scalability for the largest workloads.

Here’s just a few other specifications: 

  • 32 x 2.88GHz SPARC64 CPUs
  • 512GB System Memory
  • 2 x PCI-E IO Units
  • 2 x BASE IO Cards
  • 4 x 146GB Hard Drives
  • 2 x Sun StorageTek PCI-E Enterprise 4GB FC HBA
  • 2 X Sun x8 PCI Express Quad Gigabit Ethernet Card
  • Solaris 10 OS

At Hamilton Rentals, where we provide the largest server rental fleet in the world, your enterprise business can get its hands on the Sun Sparc M9000 through several directions.

If you’d only like to try out the enterprise server for the short term, or are dealing with budgetary constraints, consider renting the M9000.  You can also rent the server as an alternative to costly support costs in the event of an outage—providing you with back-up insurance with extra capacity on demand.

Want to keep the server, but can’t pay for it all at once?  Our rent-to-own option lets you spread out your payments over a six or 12 month span.

Can’t wait, need it now?  Save money and avoid long delivery lead times by purchasing the server from us today.  You can shave off some of the cost with your redundant IT equipment and trade for an upgrade to the M9000.

To learn more about the Sun Sparc M9000 and our other latest offerings, contact us at Hamilton Rentals.