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  • Where do refurbished servers and switches come from?

    This is a common question in our industry. Here’s one way that IT hardware finds its way into the refurbished equipment market:

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    A data center leases or purchases a server or enterprise router and uses it for 2-3 years. The useful life of most IT hardware is 5+ years, but many organizations continue to refresh based on the schedule suggested by the manufacturer.

    When it’s time to upgrade to the latest version, the original equipment is returned to the leasing company. The leasing company then sells the hardware to a third party reseller. It is also very common for the original owner to sell the equipment directly to a reseller.

    A reputable reseller cleans, tests, restores the hardware and software to original factory defaults, and finally sells the equipment to a new organization for a fraction of the original cost. The hardware lifecycle starts over, creating value for the new owner, and another server is kept out of the landfill. It's a win for everyone.

    What does "refurbished" actually mean?

    It's important to recognize that there's a difference between refurbished IT equipment and untested used hardware from the auction site. While all refurbished equipment is, by definition, used, not all used equipment is refurbished.

    Refurbished equipment is inspected for authenticity, cleaned, tested, repaired as needed, returned to “like-new” condition, and covered by a warranty. Reputable resellers offer warranties on their refurbished equipment, and often extended maintenance programs that rival the service of the original manufacturer. Used IT hardware can be in any condition and often does not have any guarantee to function.

    Is there an advantage to buying refurbished equipment? It depends on the requirements of the application. Every piece of software or workload has a recommended amount of processing power or memory for optimal performance. If the server configuration worked perfectly for the application in the last data center, it will work in yours. Better yet, the hardware has just been rigorously tested and possibly upgraded to your custom configuration. If you can accomplish the same task at half the price, there is an obvious advantage to using refurbished hardware.

    Interested in learning more about how refurbished hardware can maximize your IT budget? Click here to request a quote for a server with your custom configuration, or here to shop our Dell, HP, IBM, or Cisco UCS inventory.

  • 7 Reasons to Buy Refurbished Servers

    Performance

    7 Reasons to Buy Refurbished Servers

    Refurbished servers perform like new servers, sometimes faster depending on the configuration of processors, memory, and drives. Many IT departments refresh their hardware every three years out of habit, or because a service agreement with the manufacturer requires it, not because the gear is worn out. Today’s servers can be upgraded and function without issues for 5-10 years.

    Cost

    A refurbished server costs less than new hardware and has a higher return of investment over time. For many companies, the primary reason to buy refurbished equipment over new is cost. Refurbished servers from World Data Products provide exceptional value and can maximize the IT budget.

    Return on Investment

    Refurbished IT products stretch your IT budget. In today’s business climate, getting the most value out of every dollar and maximizing your IT budget is a high priority for your organization. Buying refurbished costs less and that’s an opportunity for more of your budget to be spent on other strategic initiatives.

    Reliability

    Every refurbished server from World Data Products has been tested multiple times. First, at the manufacturer’s factory before it shipped. Then, a second test when a data center buyback package is received in our audit center. Finally, a third test once the customer configuration is installed before shipping to you, the customer.

    Easy to Maintain

    Refurbished servers enable component replacement with parts that are readily available across the marketplace. The more common and successful the model, the greater availability of affordable replacement parts. In addition, because refurbished servers are so affordable, many IT departments keep key replacement components in stock, or a hot spare on the shelf or in the rack, ready to use.

    Scalability

    When hardware is so affordable compared to new, the data center can respond quickly to requests for virtualization, new applications, or changes in workload.

    No Waiting

    Buying refurbished servers will help avoid lengthy lead times compared to buying new. How many times have you placed an order for a new server or switch only to find out that you won’t get it for a few weeks? Choosing a refurbished model, perhaps just one or two generations back from new, can eliminate the wait. If we have the components in stock, it will ship same day depending on the time when you place the order. Many items can be shipped to arrive next day.

    Click here to request a quote for a server with your custom configuration, or here to shop our Dell, HP, IBM, or Cisco UCS refurbished server inventory.

    Click here to learn more about World Data Products’ refurbishment process.

     

     

  • Free disposal of used servers

    Free Server DisposalYou ordered new hardware but the data center is full of used servers, and you're not sure how to recycle them? IT professionals are faced with the task of keeping the rack refreshed with high-performance hardware, and getting the most out of the asset recovery process when the time comes to sell or recycle.

    What if we told you that there is a way to get rid of decommissioned servers safely for free? Better yet, you could make money by selling those used servers, drives, and processors?

    That's right! You can sell used servers and make money in the process by partnering with a reputable company like World Data Products. After all, we've been helping companies like yours for nearly thirty years.

    Are you saying that I should sell my old servers?

    Yes, and here are some good reasons to consider: When you sell your decommissioned hardware rather than paying for it to be put in a landfill, you’re helping to recycle those components. At the same time, you’re enabling another company to find the legacy servers or refurbished parts that they need. As a bonus, you may be able to put money back into your budget and increase the return on your investment. Sometimes, a company like ours will even pay for servers or networking gear with broken components to salvage the parts that still have value. Best yet, the gear is gone, your problem is solved.

    What about data security or total data eradication services?

    Questions about data security are becoming more common every day in our business. Selling your old servers to a reputable IT reseller is very safe. Depending on the quantity, type of drives, and security requirements of your business, it's possible that your company will want to wipe the data at your facility. In some buyback situations with high quantities of drives or projects where sensitive data is involved, data eradication can be purchased as an optional service. World Data Products can manage onsite or offsite data eradication or destruction. Whatever works best for your department, we can help!

    Why select World Data Products as your IT buyback partner?

    For nearly thirty years, World Data Products has been helping organizations capture more return on investment from IT assets. Plus, we make the process easy! Are the servers wrapped on a pallet at your dock? No problem! Need help with optional packing services to get the shipment ready to go? We can do that too!

    Fill out the Sell Hardware Form or give us a call at 1-888-210-7636. When it's time to sell used servers, we can help!

  • World Data Products Releases 2017 Tape Buyback Models List

    tape_buyback_list 2017 Tape Buyback List

    2017 is here and we are looking for the following models of used or surplus new tape. Please provide your contact information using this form and we will get in touch to discuss your disposal or data eradication requirements. More information regarding our Tape Services and available inventory is here.

    We buy tapes made by many manufacturers including Dell, Fuji, HP, IBM, Imation, Maxell, Quantum, Sony, TDK, & Verbatim. We are looking for the following models, see the complete buyback list with part numbers here.

    T10000 T2 5TB T10000 T1 500GB T-10000 Tape Cleaning Cartridge LTO-7 Ultrium Tape 6TB/15TB LTO-6 Ultrium Tape 2.5/5.0TB LTO-5 Ultrium Tape 1.5/3.0TB LTO-4 Ultrium Tape 800GB/1.6TB LTO-3 Ultrium Tape 400/800GB LTO-2 Ultrium Tape 200/400GB LTO Universal Cleaning Cartridge 3592 JK/JC 500GB/1.5TB Economy 3592 JJ 60/180GB Economy 3592 JC 4/12TB 3592 JA 300/900GB 3592 Extended JX/JB 700GB/2.1TB WORM 3592 Extended JB 700GB/2.1TB DAT 320 Data Cartridge Tape- 160/320GB DAT 320 Cleaning Tape Cartridge DAT 160 160gb Data Cartridge 80/160 GB 8mm X23 VXA 230m 80/160GB Tape Cartridge 4mm DDS/DAT-72 Head Cleaning Cartridge 4mm DAT72 Tape-170M 36/72GB MLR / SLR Cleaning Cartridge

  • Selling surplus IT hardware in 2017?

    Surplus or decommissioned IT hardware?

    Surplus IT Hardware We'll Send the Truck!

    We can help!

    World Data Products buys used switches and routers, servers, storage arrays and enclosures, computer tape, drives, and entire tape libraries. For nearly thirty years, we have been helping organizations capture more return on investment from IT assets. Plus, we make the process easy!

    Here is how it works:

    Click here to send your equipment list in our contact form. Please include as much detail as possible regarding quantities and configuration. After a quick review, we will send an offer or contact you with any questions. Once there is an agreement on the equipment list and package price, we coordinate and pay for shipping to our facility.

    Our core brands are Cisco, Dell, HP, UCS and IBM. We also buy and sell IP phones, wireless access points and controllers.

    Whether the package is a few servers or an entire data center, World Data Products will make the process of selling your hardware a breeze!

  • Total Data Eradication for Computer Tape

    Recycling used or new surplus computer tape has never been easier. Not only is it environmentally friendly, selling old or surplus tape has another benefit: Instead of paying for disposal, companies can profit from the sale of decommissioned tape.

    Best of all, World Data Products guarantees total data eradication.

    Not all computer tape resellers have the standards required for total data eradication. Some companies simply rewrite the tape header. In this case, the tape drive will consider the tape to be empty because the header is clean, but the data is still there. This means that there is still a chance the data on the tape could be read. Other companies overwrite a portion of the tape but don't erase the entire tape from end to end. Data Erasure is a time-consuming process that can take up to two hours per LTO tape.

    This is our process at World Data Products:

    1. Audit the tapes by Volser. This audit is compared to the list of tapes that are approved to be destroyed. While this might seem to be an unnecessary step, we can assure you that many tapes are accidentally destroyed when an audit is not performed.
    2. Overwrite each tape from end to end.
    3. Read and write each tape from end to end.
    4. Provide a certification letter. This will serve as proof that the data on the tapes was completely eradicated, tracing each tape by Volser.

    To learn more about the World Data Products Total Data Eradication Guarantee, request a short consultation with a Certified Tape Specialist. Also, take a look at our other Tape Library Services including data migration and secure transportation.

     

  • Dispose of Old Servers for Free

    Every few years, the IT department is tasked with the responsibility to dispose of decommissioned or surplus server equipment. Many companies pay an electronics recycling company to take away the old gear instead of handling disposal themselves. Electronics disposal can be expensive and there is a better way.

    What if we told you that you could get rid of your old servers quickly, and potentially make a profit in the process? If it's old, like, really old, there may be no value left for resale. We will help you determine which hardware can be resold, picked up at no cost to you, or sent to your local recycling company if that is the only option left.

    Choosing the right server reseller is the key to success. For nearly thirty years, World Data Products has been helping organizations capture more return on investment from IT assets. Plus, we make the process easy!

    To learn more about how to sell your used server equipment and avoid paying a disposal company to haul it away, request a free, no-obligation consultation with an IT Hardware Specialist today!

  • Choosing a Vendor for Computer Tape

    You’ve done the analysis and made the decision, you’re going to buy certified computer tape to both save money, and increase the reliability of your library. Your next task is to select a vendor. You will find that there are many tape suppliers but only some provide Certified tape. How do you determine which reseller has the quality of tapes that your department requires?

    When choosing a tape vendor, consider the following questions:

    1. How much time is spent eradicating data and certifying each tape? This question serves as a quick litmus test that can help you gauge what kind of company you are working with. For instance, it can take up to two hours to eradicate data from an LTO4. If you get a super-short time estimate, move on.
    2. What is your certified tape guarantee? If a company won’t guarantee its products, it’s time to find another vendor.
    3. How many errors are allowed? The answer to this question should be “zero permanent and gross errors”. However, not all vendors adhere to the same standards. Knowing how many errors a company allows gives an indication of the level of quality.
    4. What is your data eradication process? While there are variations in the eradication process within the industry, vendors should include the following steps to ensure the quality of a certified tape:
    • End-to-end tape rewrite and read/write testing on all data tracks. Companies that don’t specify an end-to-end rewrite or that provide vague answers to this question should be avoided as it is likely that sensitive data will remain on their tapes. Beware of any company that won’t guarantee a complete end-to-end tape rewrite and read/write testing.
    • Data eradication by Volser. Computer tape that is scheduled to be eradicated should be tracked and audited at the Volser level. This ensures that the reseller, and you, know exactly which tapes have been destroyed.
    • Letter certifying total data eradication. This is a written guarantee that states which tape data was destroyed on which day, by whom, and the method. Keeping this letter on file for future reference is a best practice so you can prove exactly what data was eradicated.

    Conclusion

    Certified tape does not mean trading quality for cost savings. Savvy IT professionals know that certified tape from World Data Products can perform better than new for less money. See our Certified Tape Guarantee here.

    To learn more about how certified computer tape can benefit your business, request a complimentary consultation with a Certified Computer Tape Specialist.

  • What is Total Data Eradication?

    Are you considering Certified Computer Tape for your organization and wondering how a tape reseller can guarantee that all of the sensitive data has been removed? Or, perhaps you are looking to sell old computer tape and want to be confident that your data will be eradicated before the tape is resold. The answer is Total Data Eradication.

    What is Total Data Eradication and what does it involve? Total data eradication is a comprehensive data removal process used by the most qualified tape services companies to erase information. It's important to recognize that not all tape resellers use the total data eradication method to ensure that tapes are in like-new condition. Total data eradication is a multi-step process that includes the following steps:

    • Onsite tape audit. The total data eradication process starts with an onsite audit of Volser numbers on the tapes you wish to sell. A list of audited tapes is compared with the list of tapes you intend to sell and wipe clean to ensure there aren't any discrepancies. Once the reseller is certain that they have the right tapes, they transport those tapes in a secure truck or shipping container back to the warehouse. Tapes that are waiting to be destroyed are kept in a safe and secure location until they are ready to go through the data eradication process.
    • Warehouse tape audit. Once the tapes arrive at the reseller's warehouse, they are audited a second time to ensure that all tapes are accounted for and that only the right tapes are scheduled to have their data destroyed. The second audit list is sent to the client for data eradication approval. Once approval is received, the data eradication process begins.
    • Tape overwriting. Many of today's high-tech tapes cannot be degaussed (erased) to remove data. Instead, these tapes are overwritten with generic data to wipe out any proprietary data that might exist on them. It is essential that the overwriting process be completed from end-to-end on each tape. This process may need to be repeated multiple times to ensure complete overwriting of the original data.
    • Read and write testing. After a tape is overwritten in the total data eradication process, it is necessary to test that tape to make sure that only the overwritten data remains. To do this, each tape is read to make sure that all sensitive data is removed. If a tape is found to contain bits of the original data, the tape is run through the overwriting and reading steps again.
    • Testing for errors. The final step in the total data eradication process is to test each tape for errors. Quality Certified Computer Tape that has completed the total data eradication process will not contain any permanent or gross errors, a fact that even new computer tape can't boast.

    Total data eradication is what makes the difference between quality certified computer tape and the other used tape products. More about Total Data Eradication by Volser here. We also offer media destruction and onsite erasure services as well.

    To learn more about how computer tape from World Data Products can benefit your organization, request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a Certified Tape Specialist today!

     

  • How to Dispose of Cisco Networking Equipment

    Want to Sell Used Cisco switches and routers?

    Have Cisco hardware in the rack that you want to sell or recycle? Not sure what to do with them? Today, we’re going to discuss options for disposing of that surplus or decommissioned Cisco gear. Let's get started!

    Option #1: Do nothing. OK, that’s a bad option. Hiding old Cisco equipment somewhere around the office or the data center storeroom isn't really a way to get rid of the problem.

    Option #2: Pay a company to dispose of your old Cisco equipment for you. A fairly common way of getting rid of old networking equipment is to pay an electronics recycling company to take it away. While this definitely gets rid of the problem, this service comes at a price and doesn’t do anything to help the bottom line or increase the return on investment.

    Option #3: Sell your gear on your own. Is your company a sales organization? Do you have the time to deal with listing, marketing, selling, and shipping equipment?

    Option #4: Sell your used Cisco equipment to World Data Products! Hint: This is the best option. Why?

    1. The old gear goes away within days of contacting us.
    2. Your company can make money in the process.
    3. It’s easy, we take care of the logistics.

    Disposing of used networking equipment doesn't have to be hard, expensive, or time-consuming. Selling your used Cisco gear to World Data Products can save you time, money and the hassle of other disposal methods.

    To learn more about how to sell used Cisco equipment, request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a Cisco Networking Specialist today!

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