Begin a Beautiful Friendship with Us – IT Hardware Vendors and End-Users

planIT, planIT HARDWARE, Cisco, casablanca, vendor, end-user, IT hardware, used IT hardware, IT network, home network, my wifi network, your wireless network, wifi network connection, network hardware, cisco systemsIt’s sort of funny. I’m a huge film fan. As a young teen, I used to favor weekend nights alone with a few rentals in lieu of going out with friends. When I did go out with friends, I was often planning the next movie I was going to watch. I cataloged all of the movies I’d seen and wanted to see in an Excel spreadsheet that has since gone missing. At one point, at the peak of my fanaticism, I had watched some 80 movies or so in a single high school summer. And even for all of that, I still had not seen the classic, Casablanca. I watched it one time toward the end of college, but was with a group of people and not paying attention. Even still, the famous final line of the movie is so ubiquitous that I can call it to memory at the drop of a hat: “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

If you think you’d like to start a beautiful friendship with us, read on.

planIT HARDWARE, a 2013 Pacesetter Award nominee and one of the fastest-growing companies in Atlanta, is your source for deep-discounted IT hardware. Whether it’s used, refurbished, new in box or new out of box, we can provide you with quality equipment for your data center, IT vendor service or small business. We cater to several different types of consumers:

1.) Other vendors looking to add to their available inventory of IT hardware

2.) The end-user (individual buying the product to use it) who runs a data center or owns a small business.

3.) The end-user (individual buying the product to use it–that’s you!) who wants to beef up their wireless network at home

All of our products are tested by experienced IT technicians and shipped out by a diligent and faithful team. We even offer same-day shipping, to get you the hardware you need, when you need it.  And if we aren’t carrying what you need? No worries, we can order it from our wide network of vendors and IT brokers. Now that’s a good friend.

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The Secondary Market is Still Thriving

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Soon enough, programs like Napster arrived, allowing for what is known as peer-to-peer, or P2P, sharing of files—in this case, digital music files. Metallica, among a few other big-name bands and major labels, lashed out at the web upstart (founded by a college dropout and a web wunderkind) with lawsuits. Even though Napster settled the lawsuits and lost its relevancy among the general public, it changed the game in the music industry, and forced even the big leagues to adapt to these changes. Since then, many small businesses, websites and companies have sprung up to become players in the music industry.

For years, Cisco had labeled the secondary market for IT hardware as a gray market, stating that when products are purchased through this “gray market,” rather than through Cisco, they (Cisco) cannot guarantee the source and quality of those products. They shunned the secondary market for years, considering it a threat to the sale of their new equipment. Finally, back in the fall of 2011, Cisco announced that it will embrace the resale of its own used equipment by reselling its own refurbished equipment to non-authorized Cisco brokers on the “gray market.”  Secondary equipment resellers have been waiting on this “If you can’t beat them, join them” attitude for quite a long time.  And while Cisco still doesn’t make it easy for “gray market” vendors to sell to Cisco end-users from outside of the channel, their own sales of used Cisco equipment act as an affirmation that what they label as the “gray market” is actually a legitimate marketplace.

The secondary market is an actual ecosystem of tech resellers and active customers (end-users) that are buying and selling such equipment outside of the channel endorsed by manufacturers. Secondary-market resellers are best known for providing used or refurbished equipment at a fraction of the cost of if it were to be purchased new.  It is also worth mentioning that not ALL of the equipment on the secondary market is old equipment. Many secondary resellers provide a quantity of new equipment that was purchased from a manufacturer’s overstock. Bankruptcies have terminated many IT projects, and changing business demands can cause the end-user to actually never utilize or even open the products. Resellers can acquire used equipment from IT organizations that are upgrading or shifting technologies. These resellers then test and refurbish the equipment thoroughly before making it available for resale. There are many benefits of buying in the secondary market; value proposition on the cost of new vs. refurbished equipment is the main thesis here, but let’s not forget product availability and quick shipping times. Most resellers have inventory that ranges from current back down the line to 5 years ago. This gives the ultimate end-user a “price range/equipment needs” to work with when deciding which products to buy. Shipping most products within 24-72 hours–compared to the 3-5 weeks it takes for a manufacturer to build the product–holds an immense value alone.

Here at planIT HARDWARE, we take pride in providing our customers with new and refurbished equipment. Every product sold has a one year warranty (for end-users) and has been put through a series of tests by our in-house technicians to ensure that it is in great working condition.

 

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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.

End-Of-Life, or New Beginnings?

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Out with the old, in with the…less old

Any frugal businessman with a commanding twirly mustache or businesswoman with powerfully sharp but elegant eyebrows knows that buying refurbished is the way to go (as we saw in our previous post). One of the many benefits outlined therein was that of purchasing an item that technically has yet to be used. Yes, that’s right: you can buy “new” items at “used” prices.

Today we’re going to talk about the term “end-of-life” and what it means for the IT hardware industry and its consumers. Firstly, what is an end-of-life product? Sounds bad…

Think again!

“End-of-life” (EOL) denotes that an item will cease to be marketed, produced or sold by a vendor. There are many reasons why an item may be handed an EOL announcement; marketing demands may change, and there are constant innovations and advancements in the technological realm. When an item is given an EOL date, consumers can expect support and spare parts to be limited for that particular product, before it is eventually phased out altogether by the manufacturer. That sounds terrible, you may say–au contraire, mon frère, this is rather glorious news.

When an item is given an EOL date, prices for that unit plummet in the best way possible. And by choosing planIT Hardware as your network hardware reseller, you’re already getting your equipment at 60-90% of what the list price is. The downside of all this is that while unit prices decrease dramatically, the cost of manufacturing spare parts for said unit increases–so a power supply for an EOL Cisco Nexus switch could be more expensive than it once was. Now, for the good news (isn’t it always better to get the bad first?): if you find a spare part on planIT Hardware, it’s going to cost far less, and that price increase from the manufacturer is going to feel inconsequential at best.

The smartest thing about getting an EOL product from a reseller like planIT Hardware is that we will offer you a warranty and support. Even in the unfortunate event that your hardware is not performing optimally a few years from now, and it’s past your 1-year warranty (for end users) or 90-day warranty (for resellers) with planIT Hardware, there’s no need to kick yourself over not buying a new product! You could still buy another end of life item from us and still not have paid the price you would have for one unit at list price.

So it may be the end of the line for that Cisco 2950 as far as the manufacturer is concerned, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s a whole new, affordable beginning for your home or business network.