Ok, the responses have dropped off, so I'll summarize now.
Last time I was a bit premature in my summary and had to revise.
My original request:
>> Looking for Hardware maintenance support vendors/costs/experiences.
> Polaris Service offered 800-541-5831 for complete Sun and HP hardware,
but no pricing.
> I am a Technical Support Engineer for a company called
Polaris Service. We cover all Sun Hardware, OS, and unbundled
products as well as HP. besides telephone support, we send FE's
onsite as well.
I don't know what we charge, but it must be a good deal since we
have been winning many accounts away from the big players. We cover
the entire US and Europe. If you're interested, we will provide you
You can call our sales line at 1-800-541-5831. You can also get call
me at the service line, 1-800-626-1661 or email me.
> Novadyne Computer Systems Inc. has been servicing Sun equipment since
1987 nationwide. Novadyne became a SunSoft Authorized Service Provider
for software in 1993. Our pricing is aggressive and competitive. I
look forward to quoting your equipment. Texas: (214) 389-5006.
* HARDWARE- On-Site Basic PLUS (Same Day)
On-Site Basic (Next Day)
* SOFTWARE- SUNOS Telephone Support
SUNOS Update Media & Documentation
* INSTALLATION- Basic & Nova-Start
* NOVA-RECOVERY PLAN
* TRAINING COURSES- System Administration
Advanced System Admin.
* PERIPHERAL SUPPORT- Memory, Disk Drives, Cartridge Tape
Polaris customers respond:
> Although we do our own Sun self maintenance, we have a contract with
Polaris Service to provide us with next day spares and even spare
part consignment when needed. They are very professional, have the
parts we need, good technical support and have gotten us out of
pinches with cases that involve out of the ordinary Sun parts.
They also perform on-site field service, so they would meet your
requirements. Their number is 1-800-541-5831. Our Rep at Polaris
is Shelly Passios.
> Had good dealings (both service and $$ saved) with Polaris Service.
Polaris (800)541-5831 - Don Philip is in Sales
EAI(Halifax) gets hammered:
> We had a company called Electronic Associates, Inc. (EAI) for several
years and they seemed to do a fine job. Then they were bought up by
a company called Halifax. We kept one of the two field engineers we
had with EAI, but they either reassigned or laid of the other, and
never replaced him. They also implemented a bunch of administrative
procedures requiring Account Numbers (which they never gave us) and
a central switchboard to activate calls, The phone manners of some of
the switchboard people were rude, at best (on a good day!). Response
time had increased markedly and turnaround time for repairs is not good.
Even the attitude of our FE has gone downhill fast.
Kodak slammed, DEC praised, Honeywell honorable mention:
> I've used Honeywell, Sun(KODAK), and DEC. I like DEC the most because
of price and expertise. The KODAK service person wasn't very
Our discounted prices from DEC are: S10,7x24,$67month ;
S20,7x24,$102month; 4/75,5x9,$25 ; S10,5x9,$39 .
> When I was in the defense segment of TI, we had Honeywell on a 5X9
service basis for our hardware needs. They gave us 2 hour call back
and same day service, always prompt and effective. If there was
any question about whether to replace a component or not, they would
prefer to replace it. They maintained hot spares of all our various
Suns. I don't know what the cost was.
> Similarly, we used Motorola to support the NCD X-terminals. Motorola
was equally good as far as I know, most of my interface was with the
the Sun support folks. No pricing.
Thanks to all who replied:
Regards to all,
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