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Maintenance services include both hardware maintenance and support services, and network software maintenance and support services.

Hardware maintenance and support services are preventive and remedial services that physically repair or optimize hardware, including contract maintenance and per-incident repair. Hardware support also includes online and telephone technical troubleshooting and assistance for setup, and all fee-based hardware upgrades. Sales of all parts are also included.

Hardware support includes:

    • Remote problem diagnosis and support
    • Onsite hardware support
    • Replacement parts and materials
    • Firmware updates for selected products
    • Periodic maintenance.

Software maintenance and support services include long-term and pay-as-you-go (incident-based) support contracts. Software support contracts include remote troubleshooting and support provided via the telephone and online channels, as well as installation assistance and basic usability assistance. In some cases, software support services may include new product installation services, installation of product updates, migrations for major releases of software and other types of proactive or reactive on-site services.

Software products and technologies covered under this category include operating systems and infrastructure software. Software support services do not include the purchase of subscriptions that provide entitlement and rights to use future minor versions (point releases) or future major releases of software.

Software support:

    • Access to technical resources
    • License to use software updates
    • Software support
    • Installation advisory support
    • Software features and operational support
    • Software product and documentation updates

Optional service features are:

    • Defective media retention
    • Comprehensive defective material retention
    • Preventive maintenance

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