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The Snowpocalypse (v.2.0) is upon us…or, in this case, what I’m going to go ahead and dub ICEPOCALYPSE.
Yes, the threat of Icepocalypse is very real. What’s the fuss? you might ask, after failing to notice a single snowflake, It’s only a little rain…
This is where you are dead wrong, friend.
All you need to do is step into a metro Atlanta Kroger and you will see pure chaos, the likes of which you’ve never seen. Milk shelves are empty. Chicken breasts? Gone. As for the bread shelves, paleo diets are out….carbs are way, way in. AND SOMEONE TOOK ALL THE KRISPY KREMES!
Okay, maybe we’re not getting the most snow/ice possible, but it’s enough for folks down here to react strongly enough to, so mind the panic. We hope that all those in our community will stay safe regardless, and we’re looking forward to seeing/hearing about more acts of do-goodery by our fellow ATL denizens.
Also, pre-packed, sodium-filled deli meats were apparently in high demand:
New and Refurbished
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.
Contact us now or visit our site for a quote. Or, if you have questions, fire away:
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.
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*
Contact us now or visit our site for a quote. Or, if you have questions, fire away:
X marks the spot in terms of industry-leading security when it comes to Cisco Catalyst 3750X Series switches.These stackable enterprise-class switches have proven to be tougher to break through than King Hippo from Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out.
Everyone remembers the left and right jabs King Hippo would throw before he opened his massive mouth. His hand would raise and Little Mac would defeat the King with a malicious assault to the head.
With Flexible NetFlow to protect against malicious behavior, the 3750X also uses MACsec layer-2 encryption to protect confidentiality and TrustSec to provide identity-based access control.
Little Mac had the support of Doc Louis, the “heavy-puncher.” With a 3750X, you will have the support of non-stop communications with redundant hot swappable power supplies, cooling fans, and network modules.
So, let’s take a look at the stats:
Visit planIT Hardware for more information on the 3750X, or visit the links above.
The thrift shop has always been a treasure trove for the frugal and pragmatic shopper– Macklemore will tell you himself. But when you purchase that denim vest or Russian fur hat, can you rest assured that it’s been checked for fleas, disinfected and cleansed from the smell of cat? Are you sure those seams won’t burst apart the next time you put on your crushed velvet blazer that you got for $5.99? That wallet says “Coach” but who’s to say the previous owner didn’t pick it up on Canal St in New York from a guy named Don wearing the same denim vest that you just purchased ? Now, I’m not knocking purchasing secondhand at all–in fact, I love it. But I’m careful; integrity is a virtue.
Here at planIT Hardware, we test each product that we receive to ensure it is of the utmost quality. When a supply of new or new-in-box items arrives, we’ll open a box to test a sample for quality assurance purposes. Allow me to further extol the virtues of buying used/refurbished/end-of-life by setting your mind at ease with this explanation of our testing process here at the warehouse.
When an item first arrives at our warehouse, it often comes with a test sheet or sticker, certifying it has been tested and evaluated. Nevertheless, we will test regardless. The first thing we look for are physical defects/damages. We will place a circuit board, for example, under a microscope, ensuring that things such as capacitors and resistors are intact. Once it passes visual inspection, we will insert it into one of several chassis in our lab to make sure it functions properly. If it’s damaged and we cannot repair it, we will send it to a specialist who can.
Our process is fairly extensive from here. Let’s say a switch passes visual inspection. We will then connect it to a console and see if it is pre-configured. If it is, then we will set it back to factory defaults and wipe out any data that’s on it. This is a big part of our service, as setting an item back to factory defaults is a big convenience for end-users.
After this, we’ll run diagnostics on it and continue cleaning it up. Part of the process from here includes firing up ports and passing data across them to make sure they function. We will do whatever we can to test an item; if we don’t have the proper chassis to test an item on we will borrow a chassis, outsource testing to specialists, or purchase the proper chassis to add to our lab.
Once an item’s been tested. We will print out test sheets, attach them to the piece of the equipment and set them out to be stored. If the item is bad, we’ll repair it. If there are exterior cosmetic defects, we’ll repaint or refinish items to restore them. We’ll even clean out dust from the inside of a piece of equipment to ensure it’s in better condition than when we received it.
And you can be assured that our items are original and from the manufacturer. This is probably the biggest concern in the used market. If research is necessary on our end, we will make sure we know every last detail about how an item does and should function. If we find out an item that we’ve received is a counterfeit, we don’t mess around: we will destroy it no matter what. We will never send a counterfeit item back into the market, not even to the person or people who passed it to us–we’ll destroy it and send evidence back to the supplier that it was a fake.
So, unlike that Russian fur hat that’s suddenly making you itchy, you don’t have to wonder if our items are clean and authentic. When it comes to product testing, planIT Hardware has integrity.
eBay: the once-final frontier for drinking ostriches and Coca-Cola playing cards. In the eighteen years since the company began, the online auction giant has had quite the fall from digi-grace. With competitors like Amazon and Google cropping up left and right to take the wind out of its innovative sails, it would seem online consumers haven’t found much of a need for a dedicated auction-style marketplace when shopping for their various wares. Even after implementing a marketplace for fixed-price retailers to sell from, the company struggled to retain its integrity. Then, in 2008, something unexpected occurred: eBay’s CEO since 1998 stepped down to make way for John Donahoe, a man with little to no tech industry experience. It is this man who led the much-needed turnaround that has brought about the rejuvenation of eBay over the last 4 years or so.
After announcing a revamped fee structure which lowered prices for sellers to list but charged them more if their items actually sold, Donahoe shifted the focus away from auctions to hone-in on the Marketplace aspect of the website, effectively making eBay a full-service e-commerce merchant. eBay doesn’t compete with its retail partners directly, but offers them prime real estate to reach out to their consumers and implement special eBay tools, such as the ever-prominent PayPal payment service.
So, can eBay be considered a trusted source for purchasing network equipment? Now that the company has regained its integrity and won back a massive audience of well over 100 million active users, eBay is once again a safe place to go looking for what you need, at the price you need it.
Gameplan Technology, the digital marketplace pseudonym of planIT Hardware, offers plenty of used and refurbished network equipment on eBay to run your business at top speeds. Some companies you’ll find on eBay don’t carry these items in stock—instead, they’ll list them, find them, buy them from a reseller (perhaps even us!), drive the price up and sell it back to you. Gameplan Technology has the means to directly offer this equipment at a lower price; we broker decommissioned IT equipment and sell it to you, heavily discounted. We’ll even buy back any equipment that you’re looking to sell.
Everything’s gone green.
Even though the lyrics have nothing to do with being eco-conscious, that New Order song was the first thing I thought of before writing this post. And then I realized that, despite all the trends and fashions that have come along with going green, the self-righteousness and ignorance alike from both sides of the debate, there is still such a thing as responsibility. More on that later.
There’s an age-old saying that it’s easier to destroy than it is to create. An object’s disposability often belies the efforts and resources that were spent in making it; the same is true for IT disposal. When we’re on to the next flashy piece of technology, we will ditch the old model with little understanding of the consequences. The very same technology that surrounds us may be churned out and updated at an excessively rapid pace, but there is quite a bit that goes into the production of that dusty old computer. A UN study found that 48lbs of chemicals, 530lbs of fossil fuels and 1.5 tons of water are used to produce one desktop computer tower and CRT monitor. For real.
So, what can you do? Better yet–what can planIT Hardware do? Remember trust falls? Don’t worry…I’ve got ya.
planIT Hardware has started what we like to call The Green Initiative. We want to produce environmentally responsible network solutions, and we think you can help. According to a 2009 report by the US Environmental Protection Agency, of the 3 million tons of e-waste disposed of in the US, only 17% was recycled. Just the act alone of buying from us is a big step in the right direction toward technology recycling. When you purchase used network equipment, you’re helping to stymie the production of new products (and, of course, you will save money). On top of this, we have our Asset Recovery Program.
Our Asset Recovery Program pays you to be responsible by extending the lifecycle of network hardware. Before you go taking your IT hardware out with the trash, you may want to think twice. Contact us about our buyback program and let us give you a quote. If a business deal can’t be made, we’ve got environmentally conscious IT disposal alternatives we can provide you with.
Either way, it’s a win.
The home network. It used to just be a simple luxury. Beeps and tones and hisses would communicate our home’s personal computer to the good ol’ folks over at AOL or Prodigy and we would wait for 5 minutes to hear that creepy “You’ve Got Mail” guy’s voice or watch a gif of a dancing baby. Now, we work from home, challenge every claim by “giving it a Google,” and stream the latest episode of
Gossip Girl The Walking Dead. It’s extremely important to have a beefed-up homenetwork these days, and network hardware manufacturers like Cisco offer up a bevvy of options for both corporate Goliaths and the Davids sitting on the toilet with their iPad. “So what are some ways to get my wifi network as fit and swol’ as Dwayne ‘The Rock‘ Johnson?” you might ask. Read on, you bandwidth junkie!
No one ever seems satisfied with their ISP (internet service provider), and I’m not here to discuss the merits and downsides to each one, but even the most inept of internet services will benefit from a grade-A router. Your router is like a really good wingman–they’ve got your back and will help you look really ridiculously good, even in spite of an inadequate ISP.
A good router (with a wireless access point) will unlock the potential of your ISP. Let’s say your particular plan offers speeds of up to 30mbps. Any connection over 20mbps is going to benefit from a router with wireless-n capabilities. Wireless-n offers more speed, more security, more range and more overall reliability to your internet connection. It has the ability to reach speeds of up to 150mbps, rivaling the tried-n-true wired ethernet connection. planIT Hardware has a boatload of different models and styles of routers and AP’s ([wireless] access points) on offer.
Let’s say you’re happy with the speeds your router is producing, but your house is awkwardly designed. You walk into the kitchen, and suddenly, your connection cuts out. You’ve just hit what is affectionately known as a dead zone, friend, and it can be combated with what is known as a wireless repeater (or range extender). These handy helpers can be small and stylish, depending on which models you go with. Cisco offers some pretty sleek ones that planIT Hardware can offer at 60-90% off list price. The wireless repeater will grab the signal that your router is producing on the other side of the house, throw it out and spread it like lawn seed, creating a second network out of it in the process. Remember Play-Doh? It’s like taking a ball of that and ripping another piece out to make a second ball. More fun for everyone!
One other item you could include in your internet arsenal is a high-gain antenna for your wireless AP or router (if it has a built-in access point). The standard antenna that comes with your router/AP is likely going to be omnidirectional, meaning it shoots the signal out in all directions in equal proportions, all around the router in an “expanding circle,” so to speak. I personally have been very frustrated when I could receive a better signal at the bottom of my driveway than in my own living room. With a high-gain antenna, you can focus the bulk of the signal in a particular direction you’d like it to go in (in my case, getting it away from the outside and in to the other side of the house). Replacing the standard antenna on your access point with a high-gain one can make all the difference.
All of these items can easily be found at incredibly low prices from planIT Hardware. Get a quote today!
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…
“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.