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It is not the quantity of a person’s life that counts, but the quality of it; so it goes for businesses as well. Today is a proud day for planIT HARDWARE. We are pleased to announce that we have been ranked as an Inc. 5000 honoree.
Inc has been exalting privately held companies for the last 32 years and with this has created an exclusive club of which planIT HARDWARE is very honored to be a part. This particular list highlights the fastest-growing private companies in America. According to the business publication, “The Inc. 5000 was harder to get into this year than ever in its history.”
This year’s list was ranked by evaluating revenue growth accrued from 2009 to 2012. Inc. magazine Editor Jane Berentson states that, “now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is.” Qualifying businesses must have been founded and begun generating revenue by March 31, 2009; the minimum requirement for revenue attained in 2009 is $100,000, and this figure needs to have reached $2 million by the end of 2012. Additionally, such companies must have held for-profit, private, U.S.-based and independent status as of December 31, 2012.
“I’m very pleased we’ve been afforded this kind of recognition,” says planIT HARDWARE Founder and CEO Paul Hogg. “It’s both exciting and humbling. planIT HARDWARE has been keeping the momentum going by having a tight team that works closely together. We maintain great relationships with our vendors and clients and treat each sale on an individual level, striving to provide whatever it is that customer needs on this or that particular order. If each transaction is a success, from the sales interaction to the shipping experience, then what we are left with is a series of successes. This makes it easier to refine those things we’d like to grow in as a company, and, as a result, the revenue growth has kept coming.”
Our company is a leader in the new and refurbished network hardware industry. We work with fellow IT hardware brokers and vendors as well as end-users to offer equipment at 60-90% off list prices. Our talented in-house technicians test every unit that comes and goes, our shipping team is flexible and efficient, and our sales force works with a back-breaking zeal to offer the best deals to our clients.
planIT HARDWARE ranked #1185 out of 5000 on the list, placing it also as #5 in the division of Top 100 Computer Hardware Companies.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, originally a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, then a film by David Fincher, tells the story of a man who ages backwards. In the movie adaptation, the seemingly ageless (I mean, c’mon…really) Brad Pitt is the perfect lead as Benjamin Button, a child who is born a small old man, who grows into a middle aged man, and so on, progressively getting younger as time passes. With such a unique and logic-defying concept, we at planIT HARDWARE immediately were reminded of how digital technology and its hardware progresses in much the same way. The first computers took up entire rooms; the first cell phone was as big as its inventor’s head. Now, we have palm-sized devices that fit in our pockets and serve several functions all in one small, sleek unit. From boxy, slow and bulky to fast, compact and sleek: this is the progression of digital hardware, and it bears a striking resemblance to that of Fitzgerald’s character.
Whether it’s new and slim or older and bulkier, we’ve got whatever you need here at our IT hardware warehouse, all in tip-top shape.
With devices like the Apple “iWatch” in development, let’s just hope these technological advancements continue to focus on function and don’t devolve into mere childish gimmick.
The cheetah: he wears sunglasses and sells us cheesy corn puffs, he gets confused for the leopard (and vice versa) on regular basis (I had to Google the difference myself, just to make sure), and he’s wicked fast–the fastest animal on land, in fact. Wednesday, the New York Times reported that a new study has found the cheetah’s greatest advantage to be not so much in its speed alone, but in the versatility of its movements: its agility, its ability to pivot and leap sideways, change directions abruptly and slow down at a rate of as much as 9 m.p.h. in each stride.
What’s any of this have to do with planIT HARDWARE, you ask? Everything—as you’ll see.
Our warehouse is one giant, furry cat with cool spots. Not only do we carry used IT hardware that will produce high speeds for any network, but we’ve got the strength of firewall security devices, the versatility of any number of Cisco chassis, and the craftiness of hundreds of modules that will upgrade your network system into a force to be reckoned with. Let us know what you need and what we can do for you.
Earlier this week, we looked at how the advent of the Internet created an open-source free market of sorts. The Internet gave more power to the people, allowing for sharing and trading from consumer to consumer. Eventually, consumers themselves began starting their own small business within this online marketplace. When you bring a pizza to the party, everyone’s gonna want a slice.
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.
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.
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.