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 to see our entire inventory!






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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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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Careful…Cyber-Attacks Are Serious! Firewalls Are Important!

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I think we like to imagine the Internet as this Man of Steel, an impenetrable powerhouse…

Yesterday, I was in a used record/book/movie store by my house. I had never been but had always been interested in checking it out. When I found my way to the back of the store, I was lost in a whole world of comic books, superhero anthologies and novelizations and origin stories. I turned to my friend and said, “You know, there’re so many issues and subplots and alternate universes and origin stories….it’s almost too late to keep up with any of this.” We headed for the anthologies and I immediately sought out Superman, my favorite of the classic superheroes. I grew frustrated as I scanned pages and covers because The Man of Steel, perhaps moreso than his peers, has been made to be this open source of sorts: his origins, his powers (ice breath, fire-blasting eyes, super-speed, super…anything anyone felt like tacking on)–even his hairhave been altered and added to over the years. But for all his strength and increasing multitude of abilities, his weakness has always been the substance, Kryptonite. The same goes for the powers of the (once-called) World Wide Web.

As the Internet has grown to be an open-source free market, its uses and functions have evolved and progressed at a rapid rate. Generations are being brought up in a world where there is no “pre-web.” It’s like having a gargantuan city bank, laboratory, record store–you name it–that everyone can fit in to and interact within. But as with all freedoms, some security is necessary to ensure those liberties are not abused. Firewall security was invented to accept or block incoming signals on a system’s network, based on what that particular network’s security policy defines as acceptable or blockable.

planIT HARDWARE has a whole range of Adaptive Security Appliances from Cisco along with other IT hardware that will ensure that your business’ network is secure from cyber-thieves.

No matter how strong “the Interwebs” is, no matter how many functions it may serve, it will always be vulnerable. There will always be that Kryptonite to penetrate its forces. Just take a look in the news at the cyber battle between South and North Korea and you’ll see what I mean. There have been many efforts to strengthen the durability of the Internet, but there are clearly a few weak spots. If you own a business, get your network on-point and secure!


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The Masters of IT Hardware

 c3750, cisco systems, dell, dell poweredge, hewlett-packard, hp, it hardware, masters, poweredge, startup, tech startup, technological innovation, the mastersWith the world’s greatest golfers taking the stage at Augusta National this week, I thought it was perfect timing to compare some of IT hardware’s biggest players side-by-side and give a little history on these companies. Just like Tiger woods, Phil Mickleson and young-gun Rory McIlroy are in a constant battle to hold the grandest of golf titles, the same goes for Cisco, Dell and HP. Some of these companies, just like these golfers, have bigger budgets and resources than others. Sure, they are all on the same playing field, but Cisco is the most recognizable name in the industry, just like Tiger Woods has been called the “world’s most marketable athlete” and has endorsement deals in the 100 million dollar range. I’m going to compare Dell and HP to Rory Mclrory and Phil Mickleson as Dell is the youngest of the three just like Rory and HP being the oldest like Mickelson who is five years Woods’ senior. Now, after doing a little research, I’ve found in fact that HP has the highest revenues of the three, followed by Dell, with Cisco coming in 3rd. I was surprised by these results, but then again we are not here to discuss how these companies have handled mergers and acquisitions, but more so to give a little history of how they came about in the IT hardware industry.

Fun Fact: Cisco Systems, Inc.’s  sole industry is networking equipment, whereas  Dell and HP focus on computer hardware, software, IT consulting and IT services.

Cisco Systems, Inc.  was founded in 1984 by a married couple who worked at Stanford University.

Move forward to March of 2000: the company is now public, the married couple has been gone for years, and Cisco is the most valuable company in the world. Meanwhile, Tiger has won all 4 of the different majors tournaments in a row from 2000-2001 with a world ranking of #1 as well. He is still the only player to have accomplished this. Today, just like Tiger, Cisco has dropped down in world rankings over the years but has fought its way back. One of Cisco’s 3 market segments consists of small businesses. Products that are needed for small businesses include: switches, routers, voice, conferencing, wireless access points and network storage systems.

Dell was formed in 1984 by Michael Dell while he was a student at the University of Texas.

By 1985, Dell had dropped out of school and his company grossed more than 73 million in its first year of operation. In 1992, Michael Dell becomes the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Rory McIIroy wasn’t even born until 1989 in Northern Ireland and by the age of 22 had claimed the #1 world ranking.  Dell also has different market segments and their small business products include PowerEdge Serves and PowerConnect Switches.

From humble beginnings in a garage in Palo Atlo, CA, Hewlett-Packard (HP) was officially founded in 1939 by two Stanford alumni with an initial capital investment of $538 dollars.

HP is another company that, like Cisco, began with the creative minds of people from Stanford University. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard flipped a coin to see whose name would come first, and by 1957, the company had gone public. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that HP came out with a business computing server. Moving right along into 2009, HP acquired 3Comm and made a move into the networking gear market that had been dominated by Cisco. HP’s networking business unit, ProCurve, is responsible for the family of network switches, wireless access points, and routers. Much like HP, Phil Mickelson has come up under the radar; despite winning many PGA events, he was often described as “the best golfer to never win a major.” He had many 2nd and 3rd place finishes in major events but could never seem to break away as the victor. Finally, in 2004, he won at the Augusta National after sinking an 18-foot putt, marking his first Major Championship. He has since gone on to win a number of Major Championships despite never holding the #1 world ranking.


All in all, these golfers have shaped the game, just as these companies have shaped and changed the IT hardware industry forever. Some are front-runners that focus simply on networking equipment like Cisco, but Dell and HP are staying relevant by turning their attention to other areas of the so-called IT world. They are in a constant battle to compete with each other and provide the best to the consumer. The same goes for us here at planIT HARDWARE: we are dedicated to providing our customers with the most diverse selection of new and used networking equipment out there. From buying new Cisco equipment, like a WS-C3750-24FS-S, all the way down the line to a refurbished POWEREDGE M1000E from Dell, we offer 60-90% discounts and can in most cases provide same-day shipping. In the end, all of our products come with a warranty and can suit every customer depending on what their needs are. As the PGA says about its players, the same can be said for us: “These Guys are Good.”

Huge F***ing Router

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What comes to mind when you hear the words, ‘Huge F***ng Router’? A router so big that it takes up an entire office building, like way back in the day when a computer took up an entire room? For me, personally, I think of a little kid looking up at a computer tower the size of a skyscraper.

In today’s IT world there is no piece of equipment that is going to take up that much space. The Carrier Routing System (CRS) is a large-scale core router that was developed by Cisco Systems. These systems have the capability to combine multiple line card chassis which, in turn, allows one unit to replace a cluster of Internet core routers in a single site. While this device was in development, it was known by the code name, HFR, or, Huge F***ing Router. For the sake of keeping swearing down in offices across the globe, they later renamed it Huge Fast Router. This falls in line with the naming of Cisco’s previous service provider router (GSR 12000 series) whose developmental name was BFR (Big F’n Router). The BFR even had a logo of a giant fist punching through a globe. When this CRS-1 was launched in 2004, it became the largest production router to date, toppling one developed by Juniper Networks, an arch-enemy of Cisco. Besides being twice as fast as the competition, the CRS-1 had many more advantages that included software support and remote process placement.

Flash-forward several years later to 2010, and Cisco’s CRS now has two families: the CRS-1 and the CRS-3. CRS-3 has three times the switching capacity, with each switch-fabric line being able to process 140 Gb/s instead of the 40 Gb/s that it could process in its previous model (CRS-1). Cisco claims to currently have the fastest- and highest-capacity core routing platform in the world with the CRS-3.

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