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  • 7 Reasons to Buy Refurbished Servers

    Why do so many of our data center customers buy refurbished servers?

    Performance

    7 Reasons to Buy Refurbished Servers

    Refurbished servers perform like new, sometimes faster depending on the configuration of processors, memory, and drives. Many IT departments refresh their server racks every three years due to agreements with a manufacturer, not because the equipment is worn out. Most servers are very reliable and can be maintained and upgraded without issues for 5-10 years.

    Cost

    A refurbished IT hardware item costs much less than new, and has a lower total cost of ownership over time. For many companies, the primary reason to buy refurbished servers over new is cost.

    ROI

    Stretch your IT budget! In this business climate, getting the most value out of every dollar and maximizing the budget is likely a high priority for your organization. Buying refurbished provides an opportunity for more of your budget to be spent on other strategic initiatives.

    Reliability

    When a customer buys a server from World Data Products, the server has been tested multiple times. First, at the factory. Then, 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.

    Maintenance

    Parts for servers one or two generations from new, 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. Third party maintenance plans can cover refurbished servers and networking equipment.

    Scalability

    When pre-owned servers are so affordable compared to new, a data center can respond quickly to requests for virtualization, new applications, a sandbox for testing, or changes in workload.

    Leadtime

    There is generally no significant lead time. World Data Products has an extensive inventory of refurbished Dell, HP, IBM, and Cisco UCS components. That means we can receive orders and sell server configurations that can often ship same day, or within a few days at most. Need something fast?

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

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

     

     

  • 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.

     

  • Free disposal of used servers

    Free Server DisposalYou ordered new hardware but the data center is still 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 World Data Products. After all, we've been helping companies with IT Asset Disposition for 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 recycling those components. And, 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 investment for the IT department. For some server packages, we will even pay for servers or networking equipment 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 security and data destruction 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?

    Since 1987, 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!

  • 5 Ways to Reduce Network Hardware Maintenance Costs

    5 Ways to Reduce Network Hardware Maintenance CostsLooking for ways to lower your Cisco networking maintenance costs? Many IT departments are doing the same thing. Network hardware maintenance can take a big bite out of the annual IT budget. Plus, the network is mission critical so most companies require some type of maintenance plan. Here are 5 ways to reduce the cost of maintenance without sacrificing quality:

    Shop Around: Getting quotes from multiple potential vendors is one of the easiest ways to cut costs out of your IT budget. By shopping around, you can get a better sense of what a reasonable price is for the level of coverage you need. As with anything, if a particular estimate seems too good to be true, it probably is.

    Consider a third party maintenance provider: Third party maintenance providers can offer maintenance plans that provide similar coverage for a fraction of the price. Plus, a third party provider has greater flexibility to tailor a plan to your needs. Concerned about quality? It depends on the organization. However, sometimes the manufacturer uses the same third-party provider to handle some of their maintenance coverage.

    Ask for the best possible deal: Rates are negotiable! Always ask, "Is this your best price?"

    Avoid automatic renewal clauses: As you read your contract, keep an eye out for auto-renewal clauses and do your best to avoid them. Automatic contract renewals might be positioned as a benefit for you (no lapse in coverage) but without an end date in sight, you may lose the opportunity to ask for better pricing or better coverage.

    Consider locking in your annual rate for three to five years: One of the best ways to save money on your maintenance program is to negotiate a set rate for the next three to five years. This will eliminate the need to renegotiate each year and will make budget planning simpler. But be sure to arrange for the opportunity to negotiate a new contract at the end of the term of the agreement.

    Networking equipment maintenance is often an important necessity, but there are ways to lower your costs. Shop around, and you're on your way to significant cost savings!

    World Data Products offers basic networking maintenance services as well as custom-designed options to meet your organization's needs. Our Worldtech™ programs utilize certified technicians to deliver fast resolution to keep everything running smoothly, or repaired/replaced as quickly as possible when that is necessary.

    Questions? Call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our Networking Maintenance Specialists today for a free consultation.

  • 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!

     

  • Alternative to Cisco Networking Maintenance

    Alternative to Cisco Hardware MaintenanceIt’s no secret that Cisco Smart Net Total Care is expensive, but IT departments continue to buy Smart Net coverage because it works and provides peace of mind. What if you could obtain a similar maintenance program complete with options for next business day replacement, but for a lot less money?

    It's like this: Network maintenance programs are a lot like car insurance. You need to have it but only use it once in a while. Like car insurance, you can pay a range for the same coverage depending on which provider you choose. The good news is that Cisco is great networking equipment and very reliable. The other good news is that it's often mission critical and there has to be a plan that includes a spare on the shelf or in the rack, or at least next business day replacement.

    Imagine paying 50% less for the same network hardware coverage and working with a trusted company that has been in the IT hardware industry for thirty years and has thousands of networking items in stock. The Worldtech™ maintenance program from World Data Products provides the peace of mind you need, at a price that is well under the OEM, and very competitive when compared to other third party maintenance providers.

    Here is how a third party network maintenance program can be a benefit to your department:

    Third party network maintenance offers considerable savings versus OEM plans. The biggest reason that companies use third party maintenance is because of the significant savings. Who wouldn't be interested in a plan that offers most of the coverage options that the OEM offers, but at half of the cost?

    Third party plans can cover legacy products no longer supported by the OEM. IT hardware manufacturers encourage or require upgrading to their newest equipment on a schedule, roughly every three years. As a result, it can be difficult to maintain support for legacy hardware that is working just fine. Third party maintenance providers are much more flexible with the hardware that can be covered, this extends the life and return on investment for gear that is stable and working.

    Third party maintenance works well side-by-side with OEM program. Maintenance plans are not an “all or nothing” proposition. You can keep your OEM coverage on some of your networking gear and have third party coverage on other components. Whatever makes the most sense for your department and your budget.

    Excited to learn what the Worldtech™ third party network maintenance program can do for your company? Request a complimentary network maintenance cost analysis or call 1-888-210-7636 to speak with one of our Worldtech™ specialists today.

  • How to Sell Used Networking Equipment

    photo of used Cisco switchesDid you know that you can sell your used networking equipment? Of course you did, that's why you're here!

    It's true, you can, and it's not even difficult. Your department has used or decommissioned networking equipment in the data center that you want to sell because your IT department knows how to get a greater return on investment. Plus, every few years you refresh the Cisco rack with new or refurbished switches and routers, and paying an electronics recycling service to dispose of network hardware that still has value is potentially expensive and wasteful.

    It's easy to sell used Cisco or other networking equipment, especially when you work with a company that has thirty years experience in ITAD (IT Asset Disposition). Here is what you need to know:

    That's it!

    Questions? Call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our IT Asset Disposition Specialists today for a free consultation.

  • Hardware Emergencies: Hot Spare or Maintenance Program?

    Fighting Fires How to Handle Server Hardware Emergencies

    You are on the team that is responsible for data center performance and reliability, that means putting out server or networking fires. Is your strategy dependent on maintenance programs, hot spares in the rack or on the shelf, or some combination of both?

    Server hardware failure. It happens all the time. Server components such as power supplies or drives will fail eventually.

    Fire Extinguishing Tip: Be prepared. Make sure you have spares for your key server components available onsite. If you don't keep spares on hand, World Data Products offers maintenance programs to provide replacements when you need them most.

    The key to putting out most IT hardware fires is to develop quality relationships before the emergency so when your next hardware fire pops up, you'll be ready.

    Questions? Call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our IT Hardware Specialists today for a free consultation.

  • How Is Certified Tape Better Than New Tape?

    Certified computer tape

    is available from World Data Products and several other providers. Some companies claim that their certified tape will perform better than the same tape in new condition. How can they can claim such a thing? How is it possible that previously used, certified tape could be superior to new tape?

    two data tapes New or Certified Computer Tape?

    First, what do we know about new magnetic media tape? "New" backup tape may be recently manufactured or a new-old-stock product that has never been deployed in a tape library. New tape is typically batch tested after the manufacturing run.

    Batch testing backup tape

    involves pulling a few random tapes from a batch that could be hundreds or thousands of items, and testing those tapes. If the selected tapes pass quality control testing, it's assumed that all of the tapes in the batch are good and they are packaged for sale. Only a few tapes were tested for performance and reliability and that most of the new tapes have not, which could mean that they won't perform as well as the test tapes.

    Certified tape starts its life like any other new tape, it is manufactured, sold for use in tape libraries, and mounted to backup important data. At some point due to a hardware or cartridge change, the tapes are sold to a company such as World Data Products as used tape. Here is  where and how a used tape becomes a "certified" tape: A USED tape is an untested tape that has not been cleaned up or refurbished to like-new condition. It may or may not have data on it. It may or may not have been partially erased or even degaussed. Most data tapes that have been degaussed cannot be reused. A CERTIFIED tape from World Data Products has been cleaned, and tested 100% from end-to-end, certified to be error-free with no permanent or gross errors. This means that the tape has been checked in real time from beginning to end and passed quality assurance testing. It is a time-intensive process and the only way to guaranty that the tape will function as intended and be reliable.

    Not all vendors have the same process to test and certify tape

    Notice that during our tape certification process, every used tape is erased and tested for performance and reliability. This is one of the significant differences between certified tape and new tape. With new tape, it's possible to purchase a tape with a manufacturing defect and not know until it fails when deployed in the tape library. With certified tape, you are confident that every tape from World Data Products has been tested.

    So, is certified tape better than new tape? It can be. A certified tape that has been tested end to end can be more reliable than a new tape.

    Still have questions? Call 888-210-7636 and ask for tape services, or use this form to request a complimentary, no obligation consultation with a Certified Computer Tape Specialist today!

  • Cisco Networking Third Party Maintenance Alternative

    Wishing you had a more cost-effective alternative to Cisco Smart Net maintenance? Most IT departments want a plan that includes next business day replacement, or at the very least, a spare unit on the shelf. However, many people are surprised when they learn how much of their budget goes to maintain networking equipment after purchase with a Cisco Smart Net maintenance contract. What you may not know is that third party maintenance (TPM) coverage can supplement or replace your Cisco Smart Net coverage at a fraction of the cost—and, without having to sacrifice network performance and reliability.

    Third party network maintenance offers considerable savings versus original equipment manufacturer (OEM) maintenance plans. The number one reason that a company would entertain the idea of using a third party maintenance company is because of the significant savings TPM offers over OEM plans. TPM offers all of the same features and coverage benefits as OEM maintenance, but at a significant discount. This means you get all of the performance and reliability you require at about half the cost (or less) of buying OEM coverage.

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