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  • 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 Dispose of Cisco Networking Equipment

    Looking to sell used Cisco switches and routers?

    stack of refurbished cisco switches Used Cisco switches ready to be refurbished in our tech center

    Do you have Cisco networking hardware in the rack that you want to sell or recycle? Not sure how to dispose of it? Let's take a look at the options for disposing of that surplus or decommissioned Cisco gear. Here we go!

    Option #1: Do nothing. OK, that’s a bad option. Hiding used Cisco products somewhere around the office or the data center storeroom isn't an effective solution for the IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) problem.

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

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

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

    1. The used switches, routers, and wireless products go 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.
    4. With thirty years of experience, we are reliable and one of the most active used Cisco equipment buyers in the industry.

    Disposing of used Cisco IT assets doesn't have to be hard, expensive, or time-consuming. Selling networking or server equipment to World Data Products will save you time, money and the hassle of other disposal methods. We have been doing this since 1987, let's get it done!

    We are currently seeing a lot of buying and selling activity for the following used Cisco Catalyst switch models: 2960 and 2960x, 3560, C3560x, C3750g, the 3750 and the newer 3850. 2900 series routers, and Adaptive Security Appliance firewalls such as the ASA 5505 and ASA 5506 are popular as well.

    To discuss how to sell used Cisco network equipment, use our form to contact a Cisco Networking Specialist  or call us at 888-210-7636 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.

  • Buying Used Server Racks

    Are you in the market to buy or sell a used server rack? You’re in luck! As an ITAD (IT Asset Disposition) services provider, we buy decommissioned data center equipment, sometimes still installed in the rack. We mostly buy used servers made by Dell, HP, IBM, Cisco UCS, and others. Every piece of used IT hardware is audited for quality and condition, then goes through our refurbishment process, and is finally offered for sale as refurbished equipment.

    Today’s post provides some tips on available features and buying used server racks.

    Server Rack Sizes and Features? Customers value a server rack that is well built, has good cable management, ventilation, and can be secured. Data center server racks come in many sizes, 36U and 42U are common, with 42U likely being the most common height. Cabinet features vary by manufacturer and can include a built-in PDU for power distribution and surge protection, cable management, locking doors, adjustable mounting solutions, casters, leveling feet, and secure side panels depending on the security requirements or cooling and ventilation needs of the hardware.

    Warranty? Like most refurbished products, any used server rack that you purchase should come with a warranty. Reputable hardware resellers stand behind their products, and nothing conveys confidence in the quality of a product like a warranty.

    Maintenance Plan? Some used server racks are eligible for OEM and third party maintenance.

    Return on Investment? Buying previously owned, or refurbished IT hardware can be a great way to leverage your IT budget. Getting nearly the same quality as new but spending only a fraction of the cost is a way to dramatically lower the total cost of ownership.

    Availability? Our inventory of used server racks is constantly changing, give us a call at 888-210-7636 or Contact one of our IT Hardware Specialists today to discuss your requirements or ask further questions. If you have surplus-new, or used servers to sell, please use our Sell Hardware form and let us know what you are looking to sell.

  • 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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  • Dispose of Old Servers for Free

    Every few years, IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) professionals are tasked with the responsibility to dispose of decommissioned or surplus server equipment. Many companies pay an electronics recycling company to take away used servers instead of handling disposal themselves. Electronics disposal can be expensive and there is a better way.

    used servers IT Asset Disposition made easy!

    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 thirty years, World Data Products has been helping organizations capture more return on investment from IT assets. Plus, we make the process easy!

    We buy used servers, networking equipment, and storage from many brands including Cisco, Dell, HP, UCS, IBM, Super Micro, EMC, NetApp and others. We also buy and sell IP phones, wireless access points and controllers.

    To learn more about how to sell used servers and avoid paying a disposal company to haul it away, call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our IT Hardware Specialists today for a free consultation.

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