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  • Avoid the "Biggest Rip-Off in Networking" with help from World Data Products

    As IT expenditures continue to grow, swelling up to 6% of revenue for many corporate clients, technology decision makers are looking for options to maximize their budgets. For 30 years, many of these buyers have looked to World Data Products, Inc. for help through multiple budget friendly options such as: refurbished IT hardware, asset disposition services, and third party maintenance solutions.

    The latest trend in IT cost reduction for the savvy IT decision maker is the procurement of networking optics, from sources other than the manufacturers and their channel partners. As described by Gartner, a leading IT consulting firm, in a report titled “How to Avoid the Biggest Rip-Off in Networking” (August 2017)

    "Networking transceivers make up 10%-15% of enterprises’ networking capital spending, and most suppliers excessively overcharge."

    Imagine the last time you bought a new television from your local big-box electronics store. You had done your due-diligence in advance and were confident you were getting a great deal. But at checkout, you realized that you had a cart full of HDMI cables priced at $60-$80 each. Some buyers will continue the purchase out of convenience or feeling of obligation, but others look elsewhere to buy those cables for a price that they are worth, $10-$15 at most. This high profit add-on technique is not limited to this example – it happens every day in the corporate world, to IT buyers at small businesses and large enterprises. The OEMs simply overcharge for a product that has a very low cost to manufacture.

    Nearly all of the large network hardware OEMs outsource the manufacturing of optical transceivers (GBICs, SFPs, etc.) to others and merely rebrand them, before they add a mark-up of several hundred percent. By bypassing the OEM and partnering with manufacturers like these, WDPI is able to provide the same quality product at a fraction of the price.

    In its report, Gartner mentions World Data Products as a supplier for both OEM branded and third party optics. World Data Products can save customers up to 80%-90% vs. the OEM list price. WDPI’s optics are fully tested in a proof-of-concept lab, 100% compatible, and include an advance replacement lifetime warranty.

    According to the report, “We've observed that network OEMs and their channels use aggressive sales tactics to scare enterprises away from third-party optics, claiming it is ‘illegal’ to use them, or that it will ‘void the warranty.’ This is simply not true.” So whether you are an average Joe or Jane buying a new television, or an IT Director for a large corporate enterprise, remember that in addition to a responsibility to your bottom line, you have options. Look to World Data Products for help.

    See our Optics Contact Page, "Getting the best deal on Networking Optics"

  • 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.

  • Recycling Used Servers

    ITAD and selling used serversWith the growing emphasis on reducing an organization's carbon footprint, today's IT professionals are responsible for finding ways to dispose of used servers in ways that are more friendly to the environment.

    Often, a data center that needs to get rid of servers no longer in use, will contact a company that specializes in ITAD (IT Asset Disposition). Recycling a decommissioned server generally involves parting out the hardware to components including the drives, memory, fans, power supplies, and network adapter cards that can be used again. If the chassis or board is too old for resale, it is recycled responsibly with a qualified electronics recycling vendor.

    Is there way to recycle used servers for free? Yes!

    World Data Products has a used server buyback program. We buy packages of server and networking equipment from data centers. If the list of hardware has enough value left in the components, we coordinate and pay for shipping to our facility. If the hardware is too old and would cost more to ship than the components are worth, we will recommend local disposal with an electronics recycling firm. Brands we look for include used Dell, HP, IBM, and Cisco UCS servers.

    Here's how it works:

    1. Create a list of the server hardware you wish to recycle. Be as specific as possible, how many, which kind, and capacity of drives? How many and which processors? How much memory is there in each server, power supplies etc.?
    2. Assess your company's data security policy. Will your company be responsible for data destruction, or will World Data Products need to provide data/media destruction or shredding services? We perform a thorough audit of the equipment, resetting the configuration back to its original factory settings. All drives are tested and formatted. Additional erasure or destruction requirements must be agreed on in advance.
    3. Get the specifics on shipping. World Data Products arranges and pays for the shipping. We can even coordinate packing when necessary. Is the data center on the 12th floor with no access to packing materials? If there is enough value in the equipment, we can get it done.
    4. Send us your list. Upload your list in one of these document or spreadsheet formats (xlsx, docx, txt, rtf), or just paste the text into our "sell servers" contact form.

    Recycling is a great way to keep old hardware out of the landfills. Selling decommissioned equipment to an ITAD professional enables your department to recycle server equipment and potentially make money at the same time.

    World Data Products buys 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.

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

  • 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!

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