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  • Get a quote for new and refurbished Cisco switches

    So many Cisco switch options in stock to choose from!

    World Data Products has almost 400 models of new & refurbished Cisco switches, line cards, power supplies, modules, and parts available. Need help deciding which Cisco switch configuration is right for your networking application? Chat with us online or call one of our Cisco Networking Specialists at 888-210-7636. We are also extremely competitive when it comes to IT Asset Disposition for used Cisco switches, firewalls, and other networking products from Dell, HP, UCS, IBM, and Arista Networks.

    Shop our current Cisco Switch inventory here!

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    Need more information on a refurbished Cisco router or firewall? See our Cisco router page here for models like the Cisco 2901. We also sell Cisco cables, optics, and more.


  • 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.

  • Cut Your Cisco Network Hardware Costs

    Cut Your Cisco Network Hardware CostsLooking for ways to cut your Cisco network hardware costs? I don’t blame you. Network hardware can take a big bite out of your IT hardware budget—and it’s not like you can simply decide to forego networking gear entirely this year as a cost saving measure. So, what can a budget-conscious network professional do to cut network hardware costs? I’m glad you asked. Today we’re going to look at four key strategies you can use to significantly reduce your network hardware costs.

    Strategy #1: Extend the useful life of your existing network hardware. How much money could you save if you used your current network hardware for another year, only replacing failed components as needed? How much time could your team save by maintaining what you have rather than adding another switch or router to your current technology stack? How much downtime would you save by putting your upgrade off for another year or two or three? Could your team’s time be better spent elsewhere? See if you can’t simply put the upgrade off for a year, bank the savings, and wait it out.

    Strategy #2: Refuse to purchase network hardware based on anything other than actual hardware lifecycles. If I had to wager a guess, I would guess that you are probably upgrading your network every three years or so as recommended by your original equipment manufacturer (OEM). And why wouldn’t you be? The OEM only has your best interests in mind, right?  Quite frankly, the unwritten rule of updating every three years is way better for the OEM than it is for you. In doing so, you’re upgrading before you need to and, quite simply, that means you’re spending a lot of money before it is necessary. Networking hardware isn’t changing as rapidly today as it did fifteen years ago, making the standard three year upgrade schedule obsolete. You’d be better off evaluating your own needs and upgrading your network only when it benefits your organization.( Need help determining whether your networking hardware is obsolete or not? Check out this article.)

    Strategy #3: Standardize and consolidate your networking equipment. It costs more—in time and money—to operate disconnected systems and multiple iterations of hardware. Standardizing your networking by using fewer hardware and software platforms reduces the workload for your system managers and help desk staff. The more consolidated and manageable your IT environment is, the less likely you are to experience outages. With consolidated systems, the network outages you do experience are likely to be less severe as well.

    Strategy #4: Consider alternatives to OEM network maintenance programs. OEM maintenance and service agreements can shred your budget if you aren’t careful. Consider a reputable third party maintenance program instead of the program offered by the OEM and you are likely to lower your maintenance costs significantly without sacrificing network performance and reliability. You might also want to consider consolidating multiple maintenance contracts into one agreement to increase savings based on a higher volume of business.

    To learn more about how to lower your networking hardware costs, call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our IT Hardware Specialists today for a free consultation.

  • 5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Used Network Equipment

    5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Used Network Equipment

    Used network equipment is a great way to fully leverage your IT hardware budget--but there are pitfalls to avoid in the process. In order to make your used network equipment buying experience as positive as possible, be sure to ask lots of questions of your reseller, including the nine questions that follow below:

    1. Where does your used networking gear come from? For many networking professsionals, this is the $64,000 question. Quite often, when a networking pro has hesitations about purchasing refurbished networking equipment, it's because he or she is unsure about where the gear came from, how it was treated, and whether its condition upon resale will meet their business requirements. Rather than ask the reseller, many pros simply walk away from used gear based on what they think they know and lose an opportunity for significant cost savings. Provided that they were dealing with a reputable networking equipment reseller in the first place, if the IT professional had asked about the source of the reseller's networking equipment they would have most likely heard one of two answers: 1) The used networking equipment was acquired when a company decided to upgrade to the latest and greatest network system; or 2) The used networking equipment was purchased from a leasing company when it was time to upgrade.
    2. What diagnostic tests do you run on incoming networking equipment? Reputable resellers will be able to tell you exactly what diagnostic testing is performed on any networking equipment they bring into their inventory. These tests ensure that the used equipment is functional and should also identify any updates or fixes that are required to bring the gear back to like new condition. On the other hand, if you're talking to a reseller that dodges the question or gives unclear answers about diagnostic testing be sure to investigate further before making any equipment purchase. 
    3. What is your refurbishment process for used routers, switches, and firewalls? Resellers of quality used networking equipment will have a clear refurbishment process in place to get used gear up to speed before resale. Asking your reseller for the details of their refurbishment process as well as for their refurbishment standards will help you decide if the reseller's gear will meet your quality requirements. For example, if your reseller resets all network equipment to the original equipment manufacturer's (OEM's) factory settings, you can be confident that you are getting like new equipment for a fraction of the cost of new gear.
    4. What certifications do your network technicians hold? You might think that all resellers use OEM certified technicians to do their refurbishment work, but you'd be wrong. Be sure to ask who the reseller uses to test, repair and configure their network equipment and whether or not they are certified to work on the gear in question.
    5. Does your company conduct on-site repairs? It might not seem super important at first, but knowing whether your reseller partner can handle on-site repairs--preferably at the board level--will make a difference in the quality of the equipment you receive. It will also help to keep the price down. Resellers with internal repair departments are more likely to be concerned about the quality of each repair since any repair failures will point back directly to them. Without a third party repair company to blame, internal repair departments are committed to getting the repair right the first time. Additionally, not having to farm out the repair to a third party eliminates the cost of outsourced repair services--keeping your final cost down.
    Questions? Call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our IT Hardware Specialists today for a free consultation.

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