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  • 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

  • Need repair service for the Cisco ASR 9000 series?

    World Data Products is your test/repair resource for cards and components in the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers. Our repair department has a Cisco ASR9010 router chassis as a platform to test and repair line cards, power supplies, and fans. We work on Trident-based, Typhoon-based, and Tomahawk-based line cards. Need help identifying which type of Ethernet line card you have? Check this page on Cisco’s support website or contact us with questions.

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    Here is a small sampling of Cisco ASR 9000 feature cards and power supplies that we troubleshoot and repair:photo of a Cisco ethernet router for data centers
    Cisco Part Number Description
    PWR-6KW-AC-V3 AC power supply 6000W
    PWR-3KW-AC-V2 AC power supply 3000W
    ASR9010-FAN FAN TRAY 2 per Chassis
    ASR-9010-FAN V2 FAN TRAY 2 per Chassis
    A9K-MOD160-SE Mod160 Modular Line Card
    A9K-40GE-SE 40-Port GE Line Card

    We work on all types of line cards and modules, to discuss service or maintenance for your Cisco ASR 9000 networking equipment, contact our Parts and Repair Department at 1-888-210-7636 or complete our online request form 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.

  • 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.

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