The Walking Dead of IT Hardware

walking dead, IT hardware, used cisco reseller, planIT hardware, refurbished network hardware, eol, eol network hardware, discount cisco “Walkers” is what the show calls them. The increasingly popular, ratings-record-breaking AMC horror-drama series, The Walking Dead, has just returned to television with a season premiere that has become the most-watched cable entertainment show of all time. For a show about zombies, it’s got a lot of people looking alive every Sunday night.

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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Cisco UBR-MC20X20V-20D Just Landed

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New and Used UBR-MC20X20V-20D

Just Arrived

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.

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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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How Can 3750X Switches Support Demanding Applications?

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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:

Name Age Rank
3750x New or Refurbished #1 in (QoS)

  •   Prioritizes business-critical traffic, such as   video, with Strict Priority Queuing
  •   Validates network readiness and simplifies   troubleshooting with Mediatrace and Traffic Simulator
From Weight Record
Cisco 18 lbs Lower Cost of Operation

  •   Reduces operating expense and increases   corporate sustainability with Cisco EnergyWise power management
  •   Simplifies deployment, configuration and control   with Cisco Catalyst Smart Operations
Leadership
Power over Ethernet (PoE) Leadership

  •   Supports up to 48 PoE+ ports, each delivering   up to 30 Watts

Visit planIT Hardware for more information on the 3750X, or visit the links above.

Rest Assured: Product Testing for Refurbished Network Equipment

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.

Gameplan: Buying Network Hardware on eBay

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.

So, eBay took a big, long bath and has come out looking fresher than that guy from Bel-Air. Stop by Gameplan Technology’s shop and check out all the fine wares, stranger!