OEM Server HDDs
Why buy OEM Products and what are these?
An Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) makes components of other company’s products. An OEM component might be a part, a subsystem, or software.
Examples include operating systems (OS) and microprocessors in computers. Typically, the computer manufacturer makes neither the microprocessor nor the OS. Rather, the computer maker buys these on an OEM basis from other companies. In this sense, OEM can also be a verb, as in "to OEM a part" from another business.
OEM generally means "original equipment manufacturer." Sometimes it is referred to as "bulk packed", "white box", "brown box" and "gray market".
Almost all PC component and software vendors make two versions of the same product based on a difference in the distribution channels. Retail ("distribution") is the main consumer channel, whilst OEM (to various systems manufacturers) is another.
The retail channel typically uses colourful retail boxed products, with installation manuals, software CDs etc. Of course the cost of making the nice-looking packages is passed on to you, the customer. Retail packages are also more voluminous, and therefore cost more to ship.
The OEM channel distributes products mainly to system builders and integrators, for example Dell, HP and Sun (the OEMs) and many others and embedded systems designers. These bulk-pack products do not have fancy packaging materials and are often produced in much higher volume, both of which result in much lower prices that are not generally available to the public.
The OEM products are of the same quality as their retails counterparts. However sometimes the manufacturer warranty is different, shorter or non existent. They also tend not to include supporting materials such as manuals and drivers when applicable, however these are available for download (which tend to be more current versions anyway). Where ever possible Tekmart Africa distributes and sells the OEM versions of products (e.g. SCSI hard drives). This allows our customers to benefit from substantially reduced capital costs and much improved return on investment (R.O.I.). Besides the packaging and prices, there are sometimes other subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the retail and OEM versions of a product.
Enterprise hard drives designed for businesses are generally considered more reliable than consumer drives—after all, they're used in company servers and important storage arrays.
At Tekmart Africa, we stock most of these OEM enterprise hard drives. Contact us at 0861 711 712 (within RSA) / +2711 027 6793 (international) or drop us a mail if unsure and any of our consultants will gladly assist.