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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, 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.

  • 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.

  • Sell Used Cisco Equipment Today

    Sell Used Cisco Equipment TodayDid you know that there's an active market for your used Cisco networking hardware? It's true. You can sell that stack of surplus or decommissioned Cisco routers, switches, and firewalls to World Data Products!

    IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) has never been easier. Plus, if the hardware still has value, your company can make money with our networking hardware buyback program.

    Update 2017 - 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.

    Ready to sell your surplus or used Cisco equipment today? Here's what you need to do:

    1. Make a list of all the networking equipment you want to sell. The more detailed your list is with part numbers, the faster we can respond with an accurate offer. Include the entire Cisco part number when possible, for example: WS-C2960X-48FPS-L
    2. Fill out our contact form to sell hardware and a Cisco Networking Specialist will get in touch with you to review your list.

    It's that simple. Whether the package is a few switches or an entire data center, World Data Products will make the process of selling your hardware a breeze!

    Call 888-210-7636 or use the form to contact a Cisco Networking Specialist today!

  • How to Dispose of Cisco Networking Equipment

    Looking to sell used Cisco switches and routers?

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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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