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.

Meet the Man Behind the Stache

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I’d like to introduce you to the man with all the big ideas around here. We fondly refer to him as Mr. Mustache, although his real name is Carl.

Carl “Mustache” Lundquist grew up in Bethesda, MD, with all the pomp, commerce and crab cakes the area had to offer. The son of a keyboard manufacturer, Carl often spent Saturdays deconstructing old Casios just to see how they worked. He soon began gutting out PCs and taking electronics (some not that old) off the streets of his affluent neighborhood on “large garbage” nights. Deconstructing was the easy part, but it was the rebuilding that Carl began to enjoy. He soon started custom-building PCs, optimizing their hard drives, processors, and RAM. He made a killing in high school not only by selling these units to the few kids of his district whose parents didn’t turn their nose up at the notion of buying refurbished, but also by repairing older units for the elderly around the block and the pawn shop guy off Old Georgetown Road.

In a few years’ time, he would be accepted into MIT, drop out after 3 semesters, work as the lead technician for a top IT hardware manufacturer and quit because of a disagreement about his grooming habits. After moving down South, he would come to work for planIT HARDWARE, where he was lovingly accepted for both his extraordinary expertise and facial hair.

It’s true, I mustache him a few questions, but I’ll shave them for later (har har har). “Please don’t ever say that again.”

Monsieur M. is an avid drinker of dark roast coffee, likes it with a splash of cream: “UPS Brown.”

He refuses to talk about the weather. “Hail no,” he says when asked if he checks it daily.

Lately, he’s been jarring his own peaches with some help from Owen. Peach season is ending here in the Peach State, and those Mason Jars are good for more than a quaint drinking glass. “I need a napkin whenever I have a drink of any sort…a mustache napkin, for wiping off after each sip. It’s a lot of work having this thing.”

He only dons the finest of threads. “I buy all my clothing from Brooks Brothers and Brooks Brothers only.”

Does he have any tattoos? “Just one. A little mustache the runs lengthwise on my pointer finger.”

Hipster girls love him. “They’re always busting out their mustache wallets or flasks that they got from Urban Outfitters. It’s flattering, I suppose…although I don’t understand the fascination.”

Who are his closest friends? “Rich Uncle Pennybags, you know, the Monopoly guy…he and I are pretty tight. Also, Tom Selleck. And Steve; oh, he’s just a fellow IT hardware broker with a killer ‘stache.”

Mr. Moustache is an excellent salesman, as well as an experienced IT technician. He used to work in the northeast, but quit after he was constrained by his employer to shave the ‘stache. “I moved to the south, where that sort of thing is more acceptable in the workplace. Asking me to shave is like asking me to cut my head off…and that’s just not gonna happen.”

He knows how to save money and is a guru in the virtues and benefits of buying refurbished. “In this new economic culture we’ve all been adapting to the last few years, beards have become more popular and fashionable once again—people don’t want to waste money or time on shaving anymore. ‘Stop shaving and start saving,’ is what I always say.”

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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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planIT Powerhouse: Our Warehouse Has It All

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Intense, right?

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.

Cicada Season: A New Brood of PowerConnect Switches Emerges

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It’s been said that some areas can average up to 1.5 million cicadas per acre; that’s a lot at once. Here at planIT, we’ll occasionally get large, incoming swarms of IT hardware, both new-in-box and new-out-of-box and also refurbished.

Recently, we received a brood of Dell 3548 PowerConnect 3500 Series Switches.

Locust? More like, low cost. We’re fully stocked with these bad boy switches, and since we’re planIT HARDWARE, they’re going to be about 80% less than the list price. The 3548P is a 48-port stackable switch that is capable of supplying power to PoE-enabled devices like WiFi access points. So what are you waiting for? Come plague us with inquiries and orders!

Cisco UBR-MC20X20V-20D Just Landed

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Just Arrived

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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.

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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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