Winter Storm Brings Metro Atlanta to Its Knees

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Photo Courtesy of Snowed Out Atlanta

It’s been all over the news. On Tuesday afternoon, January 28th, 2014, snow began to fall in Atlanta. What started out as a light dusting continuously came down to quickly form 2 inches…and it stuck. Any snow that ever falls in Atlanta rarely sticks to the ground, as it stays generally pretty warm. However, weeks of below-freezing weather had primed our area for the best (worst?) conditions for the storm dubbed “Leon” to have its reign of terror. Roads began to slush up, and with temperatures rapidly reaching the 20s (and eventually the teens overnight), Atlanta became Rockefeller Center (but without all the cocoa and smiles). Seemingly everyone in the immediate universe left work at the same exact time at about 1pm that day, causing a massive gridlock worthy of Walking Dead proportions.

The chaotic scramble to get home turned into an 18-hour ordeal for some. Children were stuck in schools and, even worse, in buses that were in transit at the time of the gridlock. Little to no preparations were made by the city as far as treating the roads ahead of time (this writer didn’t see a single plow truck or vehicle salting the roads on his 2-hour drive home). As a result, folks abandoned their vehicles (mostly on I-285) and trekked through the snow to find shelter and food for the day. One of planIT HARDWARE’s very own employees, Doug Love, was a victim of this gridlock, and ended up taking part in the exodus (and occasional fun) that ensued. Before finding his own shelter in the form of a friend’s not-too-far house, Doug snapped a few pictures to post on Instagram, one of which became virally shared by publications like Business Insider and Buzzfeed in their coverage of the spectacle.

We’re very proud of Doug for not only surviving (good job, Doug) but also helping others out, having fun and becoming an unwitting Field Correspondent via his snapshot. The silver lining in all this is that this storm brought out the best in people in our community (like the folks who started the Snowed Out Atlanta page on Facebook, which led to hundreds of people connecting and helping one another amidst the crisis). There are many articles from various media outlets highlighting the do-goodery that ensued; I suggest you give it a Google.  

We Want to Thank You…

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Did you hear that we’ve moved into a new location? We wrote about it here.

Yep, we’ve settled in to our official new location in Smyrna, just outside of Atlanta. The warehouse is bigger and comfortably houses all of our inventory (with enough room for a new, half-court basketball setup). There’s a workout room with mirrored walls and a mounted flatscreen TV, a full kitchen with dishwasher (no more pruney fingers for this keyboard) and industrial Keurig machine (“Coffee? Sure, give me 45 seconds.”), and a large open-floor cube farm (hi guys!). On top of this, we’ve got a new, dedicated testing lab that our head technician, Paul Saunders, is quite pleased with. All of these factors add up to one thing: our company is growing.

For those of you who have been following our journey in one way or another, 2014 was a big year, and after two award wins and 2 new hires in 2013 (not to mention our fourth consecutive year of revenue growth), we’re ready to keep growing. Now we have a place to grow into.

Thanks to all of our clients, vendors, end-users, and readers of the blog. It’s one big family at planIT HARDWARE, and we like to think of you all as part of that.

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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planIT Hardware Makes the 2013 Inc. 5000 List

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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.

The Curious Case of Digital Hardware

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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.

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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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