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  • How does a used server become a refurbished server?

    used servers compared to refurbished serversIf you're in the market to buy used servers, chances are good that you've run into IT hardware resellers that describe their products as "refurbished." If you're wondering what makes a server refurbished, you aren't alone. Most IT professionals are familiar with two different conditions of IT hardware: new and used. If a server is new, it's never been used. If a server is considered used, you know that another data center owned it before you. Adding the word refurbished can muddy the waters, making it unclear as to exactly what you're buying.

    Today, we will clear up the question of what makes a server refurbished.

    In order for a server to be considered refurbished, the following must be true:

    • The server has been owned by at least one data center prior to yours; and
    • The server must have been returned to a like-new condition before you bought it.

     

    Sounds simple! It is, but there's more to it than that. Here are specifics that you can count on if you purchase a refurbished server from a reputable IT hardware reseller:

     

    • Refurbished servers are subjected to comprehensive testing. Reputable IT hardware resellers are careful to test each component to ensure reliability. If a component fails during the testing process, the technician determines whether or not it can be repaired and if it's cost-effective to do so. At World Data Products, we have a well-managed ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. Components that do not meet our quality standard are scrapped.

     

    • Refurbished servers are cleaned. With refurbished servers you don't have to worry about the dust bunnies that might be living inside the case of the server. Used servers are taken apart and carefully cleaned. The outside is cleaned and painted if required.

     

    • Refurbished servers are reset to original equipment manufacturer OEM factory settings. After a server is cleaned up, tested, and received any necessary cosmetic touch ups, the device is reset to factory settings. What does that mean for you? Well, that refurbished server "thinks" and acts just like a new server--only significantly less expensive.

     

    • Refurbished IT hardware is backed by a warranty. It's no secret that when you buy a refurbished server, you are buying a product that was once owned by someone else. The difference between buying used and refurbished gear is that with refurbished equipment, the IT hardware reseller that refurbished the gear stands behind their work with a warranty to protech you against any future issues. They believe in their work and will do what they can to make it right in the event that you have issues with your purchase. (Chances are good that you won't have any issues at all, but you know you're covered if you do.)

     

    Remember the golden rule of buying refurbished IT hardware: While all refurbished servers were once owned by someone else (a.k.a. "used"), all used servers are not refurbished. When your IT department buys a refurbished server, you're getting the best of both worlds: the low prices of the "used" server market plus the quality and reliability of buying new.

    If your IT department already takes advantage of the savings by choosing previously owned equipment, would you rather fill your data center’s server rack with cheap used servers, or quality refurbished servers offered at a deep discount?

    World Data Products sells used Dell servers that have been cleaned in our refurbishment process, tested, and guaranteed with a warranty. When it comes time to refresh your rack, buy a server from a trusted industry leader. We have deep inventory of blade servers, tower servers, and rack mount servers. In addition to Dell servers, we also buy and sell HP, IBM, and Cisco UCS.

    Why trust World Data Products for refurbished servers and networking equipment? Take a look at this video describing our refurbishment process here.

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

  • New and Refurbished Dell Servers

    Refurbished Dell ServersAre you looking to buy new or used Dell servers? We can help! Dell Servers that have been refurbished by World Data Products perform like new servers, but cost a fraction of the price. That's good value!

    For companies that buy used or refurb servers, here are some reasons to consider refurbished Dell servers from World Data Products:

    • World Data Products is an authorized Dell partner and we are experts when it comes to Dell servers & networking equipment. Our technicians build custom configurations, perform service and maintenance, and troubleshoot as needed.
    • We have a large inventory of refurbished server components and replacement parts. That means that a server can be ordered, configured, and shipped same day, or next day depending on the time of the order. How is that for lead time?
    • Refurbished Dell servers are tested and include a warranty. Every Dell server that ships from our facility has been through multiple tests and is confirmed to be in working order.
    • Refurbished models available include all form factors of rack mount, tower, and blade servers from the 1U PowerEdge R210 or R630, to the 2U PowerEdge R730 and the 4U R930. We will configure your server with the processors, drives, memory, and network adapters that fit your requirements.

    To learn more about refurbished Dell servers, call 888-210-7636, shop our store, start a chat, or use our contact form today!

    Get a quote on one of these refurbished Dell SFF or LFF server models:

    PowerEdge R410 2-socket, 1U rack server PowerEdge R420 2-socket, 1U rack server PowerEdge R510 2-socket, 2U rack-mount server PowerEdge R520 2-socket, 2U rack-mount server PowerEdge R610 2-socket, 1U rack server PowerEdge R620 2-socket, 1U rack server PowerEdge R630 2-socket, 1U rack server PowerEdge R710 2-socket, 2U rack server PowerEdge R720 2-socket, 2U rack server PowerEdge R720XD 2-socket, 2U rack server PowerEdge R730 2-socket, 2U rack server PowerEdge R930 4-socket, 4U rack server

    In addition to rackmount servers, we also buy used servers in tower or blade form factor including the T420 tower server, Dell PowerEdge T410, or PowerEdge M620 blade servers.

  • What’s the Difference Between Refurbished Cisco Routers and Used Cisco Networking Equipment?

    Whats the Difference Between Refurbished Cisco Routers and UsedWhat if someone offered you the choice between a refurbished Cisco router and a used Cisco router? The routers are the exact same model with the exact same configuration. This makes the routers virtually identical on paper. The only difference between them is that one of the routers is sold “used” or "as is". The other router is sold as “refurbished.” Why should you choose one router over the other?

    Is a used router the same thing as a refurbished router? No. The terms “used” and “refurbished” are often used interchangeably but aren't necessarily the same thing. With some sellers calling their networking equipment refurbished without a documented refurbishment process, it’s no wonder that buyers are confused when there is no way to verify the quality of the item.

    While refurbished routers are pre-owned (aka: used), not all used routers are refurbished. At World Data Products, our ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System ensures that refurbished Cisco routers undergo rigorous testing, cleaning, and repair when needed to make them the superior, dependable choice every time. Also, refurbished routers from a trusted reseller will be tested and returned to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) factory specifications. Used gear? Probably not. Our refurbished routers will come with a warranty and performance guarantee, and, the router is more likely to be eligible for Cisco Smart Net Total Care or third party maintenance. If you think you will get this quality guaranty with any used router, think again.

    While used and refurbished routers often look the same at first glance, only refurbished routers will provide a like-new product that you can count on. To learn more about how refurbished Cisco routers, switches, and other networking equipment can benefit your organization, call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our IT Hardware Specialists today for a free consultation today.

    Buy refurbished Cisco routers in our online store here

  • Refurbished optics are a great value!

    Did you know that World Data Products has a comprehensive selection of new and refurbished branded and compatible optics for Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM, Juniper, and other networking brands? Often included in data center buyback packages, we have a large inventory of optics that represent some of the best bargains in refurbished IT hardware. As with all of our hardware, we inspect all optics to verify that they are genuine. And, our quality control process ensures that all refurbished SFPs and GBICs have passed a loopback test.SFP transcievers in a network switch

    Our transceiver and cable inventory includes SFP, SFP+, GBIC, single mode, multi-mode, and an array of enterprise-class networking adapters and modules.

    From your data center’s core switches and routers out to the edge, we have you covered with modules for 1G, 10G, 40G, or 100 Gigabit deployments. And, all of our fiber and copper transceivers have a lifetime guarantee.

    Refurbished and OEM-compatible optical transceivers are an excellent value and one of the easiest ways to save your IT department thousands of dollars.

    Not sure which model you need? Use our Request For Quote Form or give one of our Networking Experts a call at 888-210-7636.

  • 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, and how fast you need the hardware. 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. Finally, refurbished servers and switches are generally in stock and can ship quickly when you need it. Our extensive inventory enables us to receive orders and sell server configurations that can ship same day.

    Interested in learning more about how refurbished hardware can maximize your IT budget? 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 Cisco UCS inventory.

  • IT Hardware Resellers

    What You Need to Know About IT Hardware ResellersThere are two types of IT hardware resellers: original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner organizations and independent hardware resellers such as World Data Products.

    Chances are good that you have done business with both types of vendors. Here is a comparison of the two business models, and why we have leaned towards the advantages of being an independent IT hardware provider.

    OEM Partner Resellers:

    • Has a signed agreement with the manufacturer that states that they will offer the OEM’s line of products
    • May have limitations regarding other product lines or channels in which they may sell
    • Is likely authorized to sell OEM warranties and maintenance
    • Has the rights to use logos and other branding in their marketing
    • May or may not offer refurbished products
    • Probably does not buy used server or network hardware directly from end users

    OEM Partner Summary: Partner resellers are ideal for organizations that are interested in buying new equipment and typically refresh areas of their data center every three years.

    Independent IT Hardware Resellers:

    • Are independent of manufacturers and have no limitations on what they can sell
    • Offer third-party maintenance agreements to service or repair any brand of data center hardware
    • Will find the best possible new or refurbished hardware solutions for your company's requirements rather than being confined to a specific manufacturer's restrictions
    • Can stock or source legacy or "end of life" servers, networking items, and parts
    • Do not sell OEM maintenance and support but offer third party maintenance options at a fraction of the cost of OEM maintenance programs
    • Typically offer buyback programs to purchase used servers, storage, and networking gear directly from the end users
    • May offer additional data center services such as on-site or off-site data erasure or destruction, data migration, e-waste recycling, and other solutions
    • Sell server upgrades and custom configurations
    • Companies that buy and sell used equipment have short lead times. Need something fast? Our extensive inventory enables us to receive orders and sell server configurations that can ship same day.

    Independent Reseller Summary: Independent hardware resellers are a good fit for organizations that seek to fully leverage their IT budget, or are looking for single-source solution providers that provide an array of value-added services.

    There are benefits and limitations with both types of IT resellers. Many organizations rely on both depending on the application. The key lies in choosing a partner that will best meet your company's needs for the project at hand and the budget available.

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

     

  • 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.

     

     

  • 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.

  • Choosing Third Party Maintenance

    Choosing Third Party MaintenanceWhat's the number one difference between a maintenance plan offered by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and one offered by a third party maintenance (TPM) company? Not sure? I will give you a hint: It’s flat and it’s green and you keep it in your wallet.

    Yes—money. The biggest difference between OEM and third party maintenance programs is the cost. Most maintenance plans for servers and networking equipment offered by TPM companies will look and feel exactly like an OEM plan. In fact, OEMs often use TPM companies to fulfill their IT hardware service contracts only they charge you much higher rates than the TPM company would if you did business with them directly. Clearly third party maintenance is an excellent cost-saving option for today’s enterprise organization.

    Are you wondering how to go about choosing a third party maintenance company? Questions you should ask potential TPM partners include:

    • Are your technicians OEM certified? Reputable TPM companies utilize technicians that are OEM certified on the equipment they service. Don’t assume that your TPM uses certified technicians—ask.
    • What types of coverage do you offer? Most TPM companies offer maintenance programs that mirror what the OEM is offering. Some will offer completely customized solutions as well—so if you don’t see a program that will meet your organization’s needs, be sure to ask if they can customize a program for you. Even some refurbished IT hardware can be covered by OEM and third party plans.
    • What’s included in my maintenance plan? Clarify the specifics of each plan you are considering and what services might cost extra. If a server fails, will it be replaced with the same equipment—or better? Will the replacement parts be new or refurbished?
    • What’s not included in my maintenance plan? Can the TPM company cover all of your technological equipment under one plan? (For example, including your printers with your servers and networking equipment?) Is anything specifically excluded from the plan? If so, what—and why?
    • Who will be my point of contact? Will your organization have a dedicated point of contact for maintenance claims? Are you funneled to the next available agent in a massive call center? Who will answer the phone if your network fails in the middle of the night on a weekend?
    • What number do I call? And is there more than one? An often overlooked detail during the buying process, knowing how many phone numbers you will need to wrangle when your network is down is an important consideration. Ideally, you should be able to call one dedicated number regardless of the type of equipment that failed and get the service you need.
    • How do I file a service claim? What do you need to do in the event that you need to file a claim? Is there an online website where you have forms to complete? Paper forms that need to be submitted? Or will a phone call to the claims center suffice? Knowing what hoops you need to jump through to file a service claim before the server crashes will ensure that you get your system back online sooner rather than later.
    • What does the coverage cost? Is your network covered with your monthly payment or annual contract? Or are there additional fees for particular services such as rush requests and sparing services? If some services are available via ala carte pricing, be sure to get a copy of the pricing list before you sign an agreement so that you can consider total maintenance cost against any other full-coverage programs.
    • Is there a satisfaction guarantee? Does the TPM company stand behind its work and guarantee customer satisfaction? How do you report a concern with service or product quality? How are those concerns handled—and how quickly? Does the company have customer testimonials on its website or references you can talk to?

    Third party maintenance is a fantastic way for your organization to fully leverage your IT budget and save money. Most organizations save at least 50% and sometimes up to 80% over OEM maintenance pricing. With that in mind, third party maintenance is a no-brainer, but knowing who you are doing business with and the services they will provide is essential. Do your research. Ask lots of questions. You could be on your way to serious savings.

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

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