The Top Reasons Why You’d Want Cisco Switches

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There’s plenty of good networking equipment out there…but not all of it is exceptional. Cisco switches? They’re on a whole ‘nother level. Here’re four very good reasons to deploy these bad boys in your own infrastructure:

Security

The ability of a Cisco switch to deliver maximum network uptime means that there is a lesser chance of malicious infiltration and data leaking due to the decrease in downtime. It’s well-known that their units run a tight ship and lay the smackdown when it comes to integrating firewalls, intrusion prevention and VLANs.

Scalability

As technology progresses rapidly and your business’ needs change, so too will the roles your IT hardware plays. Cisco’s switches, in particular, are so flexible that they can work for a network of nearly any size and are modularly upgradeable, allowing you to save the time and money it would take to implement new solutions or overhaul your switching gear.

Mobility

The workspace is quickly evolving to become more than just the cubicle. As IT mobility becomes ubiquitous, users are working more from home, cafés and remote offices. Employees and visitors are bringing their own devices (BYOD), and along with those devices comes the issue of bringing their own unsecure network (BYON) into and out of the office. Cisco has what they call “converged wired-wireless access” incorporated into their last few models of switches; this technology allows for things like secure access, guest access and seamless roaming for users accessing the network via mobile device.

Efficiency

Slash the power bills and waste less. A stackable Cisco switch will outperform and outlive many similar units in its class. The units themselves are energy efficient and are cost effective to deploy and keep running.

Cisco’s got a great goal for all IT professionals to remember through all of this:

“Deliver an uncompromised user experience on any workspace.”

We can help with that delivery. So, if you have any IT hardware needs, we are the used Cisco reseller to go to. Contact us today for a quote and let’s see if we can’t provide you with a first-rate switch with first-rate savings.

NASA Bonanza: How 715 Planets Were Discovered in Kepler Mission

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Bonanza. No…not that. It’s the word NASA is using to describe the recent Kepler mission findings that were announced Wednesday. 715 new planets have been discovered, orbiting 305 stars in what NASA calls “multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.” What. Previously verified exoplanets, planets that orbit a star outside of our solar system, have generally been the size of Neptune (four times the size of Earth) or larger. One of the more remarkable aspects of this recent discovery is that nearly all of these newly-verified celestial orbs are smaller than Neptune, greatly adding to the number of known smaller planets with a size closer to that of Earth. To help you understand just how monumentally exciting and bonkers this all is, here is an overwhelming infographic:

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Quite the discovery.

This recent discovery made me think of things in planIT HARDWARE terms, as I usually do. We have a bonanza of our own with our recent influx of the HWIC-4ESW, a Cisco High-Speed WAN (wide area network) Interface Card. These little stars are a part of the Cisco router system, and they allow these high-performing routers to really shine with gigabit speeds. Our recent shipment just added a whole slew to our inventory. And here’s this again, just because it’s awesome and space is just like the Wild West:

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No Messing with a G-unit

g unit, 3750g, 3750, cisco, 50 cent, it hardware, used it hardware, eol, switch, planitToday, we’re going to take a look at the King of Bling in the world of Cisco switches…the G-unit.

The G-unit is a type of high-end switch, comprised of several Ethernet ports that are all infused with gigabit speeds. A veritable entourage of ports allows these units to reach speeds of Ethernet connectivity that surpass its megabit-capacity counterparts. These ports allow data to be transferred rapidly, fired back and forth across a network. Protect yo neck.

With today’s high-traffic network demands, and in a time where digital multitasking is more available (and expected) than ever, a G-unit is an invaluable device to provide the necessary bandwidth. Let’s say you walk into the conference room and are asked to give a presentation…but you’re giving that presentation not just to everyone in the room, but also to the clients in Asia via an IP video call; you’re sending out an outline to everyone present; you’re pulling the website up to demonstrate recent changes made to the user interface. The power of Gigabit Ethernet that a G-unit can provide can make all of this possible for multiple devices at once.

No one can mess with the G-unit.

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Cicada Season: A New Brood of PowerConnect Switches Emerges

cicada, magicicada, PowerConnect, Dell 3548P, Dell, Dell 3548, Dell PowerConnect, Dell 3500 Series, Dell Switches, used IT hardware, IT hardware, planIT Hardware, brood, swarm, plague, locust, PoE, stackable switchIf you’re fortunate enough to live in one of the areas along the East Coast—between the Carolinas and Connecticut—that will be graced with the presence of the 17-year Cicada swarm, then I’m envious of you. No, really—we won’t be seeing much of the action, if any, down here in the Peach State.

It’s been said that some areas can average up to 1.5 million cicadas per acre; that’s a lot at once. Here at planIT, we’ll occasionally get large, incoming swarms of IT hardware, both new-in-box and new-out-of-box and also refurbished.

Recently, we received a brood of Dell 3548 PowerConnect 3500 Series Switches.

Locust? More like, low cost. We’re fully stocked with these bad boy switches, and since we’re planIT HARDWARE, they’re going to be about 80% less than the list price. The 3548P is a 48-port stackable switch that is capable of supplying power to PoE-enabled devices like WiFi access points. So what are you waiting for? Come plague us with inquiries and orders!

Cisco UBR-MC20X20V-20D Just Landed

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Just Arrived

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Cisco  UBR-MC20X20V-20D just landed at planIT Hardware.  They use Cisco’s DOCSIS 3.0 which delivers faster speeds and higher density while also having a lower total cost of ownership. For those of you looking to prep your networks for massive growth of IP traffic look no further.

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How Can We Help You? – Shipping and Other Accommodations

How can we help you?

No, seriously…how can we help you?

Do you need to purchase equipment for your data center? Perhaps you have dreams of a powerful home wireless network. Maybe you’re another vendor, just like us, and you’re looking to add to your inventory.

I’ve got ya–I’m here for you. Well, actually, planIT HARDWARE’s got you. We’re all here for you—whatever your need may be. You see, we can be very accommodating, much like a lush hotel.

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As far as shipping goes, we offer every option under (and above) the sun. Need your item the very next day? We offer a range of same-day services and work with all of the big names: USPS, DSL, FedEx, UPS. We can offer international air freight, next day priority, standard overnight…any option that our shipping providers offer. We can even offer same-day courier services.

planIT HARDWARE will bend over backwards to suit your needs. Ask as many questions as you need, offer us a trade, try negotiating with us even (like a good masseuse, we’re tough yet tender–but we’ll do it if it’s a good deal!). We’re flexible and open to hear you out and have been known to make special accommodations before. So, reach out to us today and let’s see what we can’t do for you there! *cracks knuckles*

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Your Network Hardware Draft: Our Top Players

nfl, nfl draft, IT hardware, IT buying guide, network hardware buying guide, top-selling network hardware, top-selling cisco, cisco, cisco systems, 3750x, 3650x, 3560xWith the NFL draft behind us now, we can see how different teams are shaping up for the upcoming season. Sure, this year’s draft didn’t have the excitement of years past: last year, the first three picks were Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Trent Richardson–all of whom are franchise players. With Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel and Dion Jordan as the first three picks, it’s obvious that, this year, teams focused more on the offensive line and players that do most of the hard work; jersey sales will be mediocre. Eric Fisher was a good choice by the Kansas City Chiefs, and he will definitely add serious value to their organization.  Yesterday, we spoke about the underdogs and how players drafted in later rounds can still make the biggest impact in the league. It still blows my mind that Tom Brady was the 199th overall pick back in 2000. These guys that were underrated are now considered some of the biggest playmakers in the game.

Below is a list of a few products that planIT HARDWARE considers to be the biggest players in our arena. These items will have a big impact on your business, so check out http://www.planithw.com to see our entire inventory!

WS-C3750X-24P-S

WS-C3750X-24S-E

WS-C3750X-48P-S

WS-C3750X-48PF-S

WS-C3560X-24P-S

The Cisco Catalyst 3750-X and 3560-X Series Switches are enterprise-class lines of stackable and standalone switches, respectively. These switches provide high availability, scalability, security, energy efficiency, and ease of operation with innovative features such as Cisco StackPower. The Cisco Catalyst 3750-X Series with StackWise Plus technology provides scalability, ease of management and investment protection for the evolving business’ needs.

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Your Network Hardware Draft: Let Us Pick Your Top Players

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With the NFL Draft set to begin this Thursday, there is a lot of buzz around which player will be drafted in the glamorous # 1 pick. Many experts are going with Texas A&M’s offensive tackle, Luke Joeckel. He sure does fit the mold in many categories: a 6’6” 310 lb 21 year old who was a unanimous All-American selection. As of today, many scouts have him as the #1 overall pick, which no offensive tackle has done since Jake Long back in 2008. According to many online sport sites, he is considered to be the most polished lineman out of the college ranks—but who will be the big surprise? Every year, there are players that go under the radar and end up being some of the biggest names in the NFL. Back in 2000, a fellah by the name of Tom Brady was drafted as the 199th overall pick. Moving forward a few years, Tom has won 3 Super Bowl rings, was twice named the Super Bowl MVP and won 3 Offensive Player of the Year titles. Needless to say, for a guy picked with 198 people in front of him he has definitely “out-punted his coverage” and moved on to become a football legend. Many analysts consider him the best pick of all time!

Just like the NFL does by selecting the best of the best year in and year out, consumers looking for the best network hardware equipment have an extensive list to look over. There are products that are brand new—costing a small fortune—and will live up to all the excitement surrounding them. There are also the Tom Brady’s of the group: maybe a little dated, maybe not in the headlines of every blog or network hardware article, but “out-punting their coverage.” When we got down to thinking about this question—which products get the customer the most bang for their buck?—we thought about the DELL PowerConnect series. The PowerConnect series offers a set of flexible, manageable and comprehensive switch solutions supporting up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and optimized iSCSI performance with DELL storage solutions. The PowerConnect series is significantly less expensive than its competition and does a great job for the price. These switches are very capable, smart switches at very competitive prices. In most cases you will be getting quite the bang for your buck.

Nevertheless, we strive to have an extensive inventory here at planIT Hardware: we offer everything from the Cisco 3750X right down to the Dell PowerConnect series. Visit planithw.com to see our entire inventory.

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New In Box, New Open Box…..What Does That Really Mean?

When it comes to buying new or used network hardware equipment what do sellers really mean? NEW, USED, REFURBISHED, NEW-OPEN-BOX, NEW-IN-BOX are all terms that people use to describe their equipment, but such terms can be used loosely. Here, I will list these terms and explain exactly what they mean so we can cut down on confusion and people can get back to not working while watching the Masters.

NEW: New – Indicates that the item is unopened and direct from Cisco or the manufacturer.

NIB: New In Box – Condition is the same as if it had come direct from manufacturer.

NOB: New Open Box – Box has been opened. Basically the same as NIB, but the seller should state if the inner static bag has been opened for product testing purposes. All of the accessories and packaging should be there as if it had been purchased new.

REF: Refurbished – Equipment has been restored to good cosmetic and working condition. Items have undergone a series of inspections and tests to make sure they are in good working condition.

planIT HARDWARE sells new, refurbished, and NOB IT hardware with a 90-day(vendors)/1-year(end-users) warranty and any refurbished equipment has been put through rigorous testing to ensure that all items are in excellent working condition. We pride ourselves on saving our clients 60-90% in discounts. Please visit planithw.com

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Upgrade U: Cisco Modules

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Cisco 7200

As the now-power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z, once said: “Let me upgrade u.”

Some years ago, Cisco introduced the 7200 Series router. The Cisco 7200 was a particular model that was a staple part of many business’ IT infrastructures, especially most ISPs (internet service providers) at the time. In the late ’90s and early naughts, T1/T3 connection speeds were boast-worthy: Bro, come over and download the new blink182 album at my house on Kazaa. I’ve got T1 speeds–it’ll be done in like, half an hour, easy.

The Cisco 7200 was compact, and even after new models were introduced, it eventually arose out of obscurity once again. The resurgence of the 7200 router can be attributed to the ability of technology over time to become both faster and smaller. Specifically, more high-speed modules were able to fit into the economic and efficient Cisco 7200, thus rejuvenating its power and purpose and placing it back on top as the king of enterprise routers.

The 7200 is still relevant, still powerful, and, while it may be an EOL (end of life) item that is no longer produced by Cisco, it can be utilized and upgraded for years to come. planIT HARDWARE has both the router itself and its respective high-speed modules at insanely affordable prices.

Let us upgrade u.