The Main Methods of IT Hardware Disposal

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There are many ways to get rid of your networking equipment, but they’re all kind of a pain. You can stack up your useless hardware until it collects a pile of dust the size and consistency of an itchy Christmas sweater, but there are other options out there. Here are just a few:

Throwing It Out:

Actually, this is not an option. There are federal regulations in place to protect the environment from e-waste. You could get in a good deal of trouble and it could end up costing you the big bucks. Not the way to go. Moving on…

S.I.Y.:

Sell It Yourself. Are you able to provide satisfaction guarantees and warranties? Repairs and support? If the answer to these is a resounding “No.” and you’re trying to go on eBay in the hopes of scoring big, be prepared to be let down—most folks will not pay top-dollar for hardware that is unprotected and could be DOA (dead on arrival).

Hardware Disposal Service:

Of course, you’d have to pay for this service, but there are a few companies out there that will get the job done on your behalf, making sure all data is destroyed and then properly disposing of your e-waste. Again, though: $$$

Third-Party Reseller:

You probably figured we were going in this direction. But seriously, an IT reseller is the safest and most cost-effective way to go. When you find a trusted reseller, there is little risk involved and a greater return to be made on your assets. Consider how much money they were initially purchased with and then consider the needs for new future purchases; you’re going to want to cash these in for as much as you can. A trusted third-party reseller will also wipe all of your data thoroughly, so there’s no need to worry about data leaks from old assets. If they can’t sell it themselves, they’ll responsibly dispose of your gear—except this time, you’re making the money instead of spending it on a service.

Whichever way you choose, consider that you can reduce e-waste and make money at the same time.

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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.

The Dirty Secret of E-Waste: Are You Part of the Problem?

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I remember when I was a kid, we used to go up to the barn attic. We rented our home, and our garage was an old fire dept. barn that had its own upper level; the landlords used this attic for their storage. There was a lot of it. When you’re five, six years old, climbing a large pile of what is essentially junk is kind of a dream come true in a weird way. Maybe it’s because you feel rich or self-sufficient in a time when you exclusively rely on your parents to provide you with all of your needs (but not necessarily all of your wants).

When you’re that young, anything can become a toy, and for the kids of my generation, we’d find out that any toy could (and would) eventually become electronic. Speak & Spell educated us, Gameboys let us catch Pokémon, and MS-DOS forced us to become mini-programmers in order to get a simple game to start on our computers.

How many of us still own all of these toys? More than likely, the majority of them got thrown out over the years. Even as adults, our insatiable appetite for new ‘toys’ has created quite the conundrum: electronic waste.

E-waste is a massive, global problem of today. Before it, plastics were the big problem—they don’t biodegrade (meaning there’s a doll from the ‘50s probably just sitting around somewhere out there, eternally smiling as Blinky the Fish swims by).  I’ve gotten older and realized that pile of junk isn’t so majestic anymore:

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(image via Transitionconsciousness)

There are many villages and cities around the world that have become dumping grounds for the e-waste of the world, most of them in developing nations. Our very own country is just as guilty for dumping our e-waste overseas, and while it might seem like only a big, inconvenient heap, there are plenty of toxins being dispersed here (lead and mercury, for example). Computer monitors and old TVs are the biggest offenders. Once the screen cracks, the toxins become airborne or bleed into the water supply. This is all in addition to the fact that there is a massive amount of plastics from these devices that has to be incinerated, too.

One of the main principals of our business here at planIT Hardware is that we are giving second life to many still-useful electronic products and components. We help keep the secondary market alive, because there are hundreds of thousands of units out there that don’t need to be trashed. Save the planet, save money: it’s a winning combination every time. We live in a culture where we are being programmed to believe we must need the newest and latest in electronics. As folks in data centers and server rooms know, the benefits of refurbishing units and buying from the secondary market far outweigh the cost of buying new, more often than not. In addition, we do consignment deals so that a bankrupt business, for example, doesn’t need to dispose of their defunct hardware—we can sell it for them, putting money back in their pocket and these products back on the market.

So, business owners, network engineers and electronics consumers (i.e., everyone else), make sure you’re disposing of your IT assets properly, and while you’re at it, you might as well see if you can make some money off of them!

 

 

For a more in-depth look at the effects of e-waste, check out this Dateline expose:

In an Effort to Push Upgrades, Cisco Raises Prices on Older Switch Units

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The main targets in this change are some switches in the Catalyst 3000, 4000 and 6000 families. No new switching products will see a price increase, according to Cisco, but the company does confirm the price increase on older gear. “There is a slight price increase for a very small subset of older Catalyst models that now have a next generation option available to customers,” said a Cisco spokesperson.

Those products that are older, however, are seeing an average mark-up of $14,000. A Catalyst 6000 chassis bundle with the item number VS-C6506E-S720-10G, for example, will see an increase from $33,995 to $47,995.

This move by Cisco is an alternative to placing some of their more popular older units on end-of-life status. With a reseller like planIT HARDWARE, consumers can still purchase these products at 60-90% off list price, even less than purchasing the lower-priced next generation upgrades directly from Cisco. We are reliable, dedicated, and our products are all tested and certified, so you can be sure you’re working with a trustworthy vendor to provide you with first-rate products at secondary market prices.

These new price increases go into effect starting November 2nd.

The Walking Dead of IT Hardware

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In the show’s mythology, the undead are human beings with a latent virus of sorts who have died. After death, the virus becomes active and the corpses become walkers, brought back to “life” and reanimated to live until killed again by brain trauma.

At planIT, we specialize in walkers…although, our walkers are much more refined and stable than their savage television counterparts, and more intelligent too, for that matter. We bring decommissioned IT hardware back to life, refurbishing it to a state as adequate as when it was plugged in out of the box. While the same cannot be said for the monsters marauding about Atlanta in the popular series, who are clearly in far worse shape than when they were living, it’s fun to think of our lab and warehouse as a place where life goes on, where you can’t kill a piece of hardware until you smash its motherboard right in the head. This is a testament to our skilled in-house technicians and our warehouse team.

Look alive, planIT has some great deals waiting for you, both new and…undead.

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Cisco in the Spotlight: “Iron Man 3” and Telepresence

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In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has built his latest and greatest suit, the Mark 42, a weaponized suit of armor similar to all the others he’s made but with an added flair of telepresence. Telepresence is essentially technology, in various forms, that allows one to feel as though or gives the effect that one is present where they are not. This can be achieved via telerobotics and teleoperations—remote controlling—much like how Tony can intuitively control the Mark 42 suit, see through it and speak through it without actually being in the suit itself. Very enticing stuff, indeed.

On top of the suit, TelePresence video conferencing units by Cisco were also incorporated into the film. Cisco is the number one name in IT hardware, and planIT HARDWARE is a used Cisco reseller, offering new-in-box, new-open-box and refurbished products at 60-90% off list price.

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Keeping Up With the Joneses: Cisco Acquires Whiptail, Joins the Data Storage Market

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Allegedly, the phrase, “Keeping up with the Joneses,” originated in reference to the over-developing, wealthy Jones family of New York in the mid-1800s, from which American novelist Edith Wharton descended. The Joneses married into the empire known as Chemical Bank, owned by one John Mason. The clan then began to out-build their wealthy peers in the Hudson Valley, forcing those around them to “keep up.” Popularization of the term came from an eponymously titled 1913 comic strip that ran in papers for 26 years. In this comic, the Joneses of the title are the unseen-but-often-referred-to-neighbors of the main character. With the ubiquitousness of the comic came the normalizing of the phrase that we now know today.

Now that we’ve established just how daunting idiom etymology can be…

This past Tuesday marked the day Cisco would finally make its entrance into the world of data storage. After negotiations with Whiptail, a privately held Whippany, NJ-based leader in memory systems (particularly flash storage), Cisco finally got its hands on technology that could help its servers process information much, much more efficiently. According to Cisco Systems Inc., such a move will “simplify customers’ data center environments by delivering the required performance in a fraction of the data center floor space,” effectively condensing the jobs of several pieces of IT hardware into a more lightweight data system.

Good for Cisco. It seems they have caught up with the likes of HP, Dell, EMC, and IBM, who all have invested in flash storage vendors. It would appear that keeping up with increasing performance demands means keeping up with Joneses.

 

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S.E.A. vs. ASA – Syrian Electronic Army Cyber-Attacks NYTimes.com, Twitter

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This is why Internet security is more imperative than ever.

Just yesterday, an electronic hacktivist group known as the S.E.A. (Syrian Electronic Army) seemingly compromised both The New York TImes’ and Twitter’s websites.

It started around late afternoon yesterday, when Forbes and Gawker began posting about the incident. Apparently, upon visiting NYTimes.com, some users found an ominous screenshot of an SEA emblem and a declaration that the page was “Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army.” Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the world-famous news publication tweeted that yes, this was likely an external malicious attack.

Twitter, who has been the victim of recent SEA cyber attacks–including the hijacking of BBC, 60 Minutes, AP, and Reuters feeds–was targeted once again and fell victim yesterday as well. This time, DNS records for their image server, twimg.com, were compromised and renamed to state “sea@sea.sy” as being the admin. This caused image-serving requests to be sent to someone else’s server. Thankfully, the hacktivists were not able to redirect Twitter’s main server traffic:

It was then announced later on that the Times’ DNS (domain name server) registrar was attacked, a company called Melbourne IT; this is the same registrar that Twitter uses. So, because Melbourne IT was hacked, SEA had access to both Twitter and NYTimes DNS records.

The SEA are what the NYTimes defines as “a hacker collective that supports the Syrian president, Bashar, al-Assad” (via NYTimes.com). One of the more recent tweets coming from the above account states that “the @nytimes attack was going to deliver an anti-war message but our server couldn’t last for 3 minutes #SEA.” Whatever the case, two very powerful and influential online media outlets were just hijacked in the same day, allegedly from another country.

At planIT HARDWARE, we sell Cisco ASA’s (adaptive security appliances) and similar units, to provide any datacenter or business with a reliable piece of IT security hardware. As the manufacturer puts it, ASA’s “deliver a robust suite of highly integrated, market-leading security services for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprises, service providers, and mission-critical data centers- in addition to providing unprecedented services flexibility, modular scalability, feature extensibility, and lower deployment and operations costs.” Our units are sturdy and reliable and just what you need to keep a secure server going in your business.

So, whether you’re a vendor or an SMB looking for reliable hardware, remember: it’s always smart to wear protection.

Good Call: Video Conferencing and How “Back to the Future Pt II” Predictions Were Right

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The 1989 sci-fi classic Back to the Future Pt II has become increasingly more relevant in the last few years. In the film, Marty McFly and the Doc travel forward to the year 2015. With only two years to go until the duo’s date of arrival, people are chomping at the bit for a hoverboard more than ever. In having to construct a vision of the future to set the movie in, Director Robert Zemeckis and his team ended up inventing, interpreting and incorporating a lot of technology and trends that have since become a present reality. Today, we’re going to focus on one innovation in particular.

Even as far back as the advent of The Jetsons, people have been daydreaming and clamoring for personal, digital technological advancements…in both the home and the office. One of the most common desires: video calling. While Skype has pioneered the home part, Cisco has had a handle on the office game for quite some time now. According to CTO Guido Jouret, Cisco TelePresence has been integrated into 75% of the Fortune 500. Cisco’s TelePresence technology makes it possible to have high-definition video calls that are about as interactive as it gets, short of meeting in person. It is this kind of technology that brought Michael J. Fox and Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) together on screen. It is this kind of technology that allows for someone in New Jersey to teach live to students in South Korea, for the Brown University Freshman to stay connected to her family while figuring out the difference between sociology and psychology, for the President to take a meeting while maybe finally finishing that pen-and-ink sketch of a snowy barn he’s been working on (everyone has to unwind). Whatever the function, Cisco has made Zemeckis’ and many a fanboy’s dream of video calling come true…and it’s not even October 21st, 2015 yet.

planIT HARDWARE carries stock of Cisco CTS-1000, along with other TelePresence units, so contact us for a quote today!

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No Messing with a G-unit

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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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