4 Reasons it might be time to upgrade your network equipment

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Aug
2015
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How do you know when to upgrade your network equipment
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How do you know when to upgrade your network equipmentUpgrade 

A word that used to represent the luxury of getting something better, something new.   Now, upgrade has become more of an inevitability than a luxury. With technology evolving at the speed of light, upgrading has become necessary to keep all of your devices running on par with the rest of the world.

 

We have all encountered that person who hasn’t upgraded… you know to windows 10, or still runs IOS 6 on their Iphone apalled facesor dare I say still carries a flip phone!   The first thing we say to them is something along the lines of “Why do you still use that? You need to upgrade!”  And you’re right, they do need to upgrade.  Even if they choose not to upgrade now, eventually technology will force their hand and they will have to.

 

In these instances it is obvious to you, the tech savvy individual that these people need to get with the times.   However, not all technologies evolve at the same lighting pace, and sometimes it is not so obvious when an upgrade is essential.   This is especially true when it comes to data center equipment.  Manufacturers like to discontinue or End of Life (EoL) items way before their shelf life is up, blurring the line between when you can upgrade and when you really should.    This makes it much more difficult to recognize when your servers, switches, routers and firewalls really need to be replaced with their later and greater counterparts.

 

Here are a few sure fire indicators that a network equipment upgrade is eminent

 

not compatibleIncompatibility:  One of the first real signs that your equipment has truly become legacy and is no longer relevant to the current technology landscape is when you find that it is not compatible with current technology.  Meaning your router or switch is unable to run the most current software or work with newer equipment.   Once you have hit the wall of incompatibility, your hands are tied and you have to consider replacing the unit with a newer model.

 

equipment failure rates increase as equipment agesConstant failure:  Not only is this a true indicator but it is an irritating one at that.  When equipment starts to get up there in age, you know around 8 to 10 years old, it really starts to show. Unlike the 100 year old type writer in your grandmother’s attic, technology today is not made to last forever.  There is really no need for OEMs to manufacture routers and switches to live forever, when everyone knows that they will only be relevant for 10-12 years at best!  Servers and firewalls that are past their prime will begin to malfunction more and more until you are unable to go an hour without some type of failure.  When this happens, the best thing you can do for your network and your sanity is to upgrade!

 

sold out everywhereInability to find replacements: During the life of your network equipment, you will notice that every router, switch and firewall has a specific period of time, a “golden age” if you will, for finding readily available replacements when they are needed.   Once that period of time ends, and the equipment truly becomes legacy, finding a replacement unit or part for a unit becomes nearly impossible.    If you purchase your equipment trusted network equipment reseller, you will be much more aware of the end of this era than you would if you use sources like Ebay to purchase your equipment.   Your trusted used Cisco Dealer will make it a point to let you know when equipment replacements are becoming scarce and often times offer you an alternative option that will meet all of your needs.

 

scaleMaintenance costs outweigh the cost of buying new:  Every piece of equipment in your data center comes with a maintenance cost.   If you are a diligent buyer, you have already factored that into the total cost of ownership when you purchased the equipment.  However, as your equipment ages, the amount you will spend on maintenance will skyrocket.  Why?  The answer is simple.   The older a piece of equipment is, the more failures it will have.  This equates to more calls to tech support, longer extensions needed on your maintenance contracts and eventually, as they become scarcer, higher cost for replacement units.  When you are spending more money and more of your precious time trying to fix equipment failures that you do running your data center, it is time to throw in the towel and buy some new equipment.

 

The reality about upgrading is that it is no longer something that is nice to have the ability to do.  For many, knowing how and when to upgrade can be tricky and sometimes even a little frightening.   The best thing that you can do in the face of a system upgrade is to arm yourself with knowledge.  Doing research on your equipment; finding out if it has been EoL’d by the manufacturer, what the replacement(s) are and tracking your maintenance spending are great ways to get started.

Remember that there are a number of trusted network equipment dealers who are more than happy to help you in your research!

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Why Used Cisco Equipment is Your Budgets Best Friend

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Oct
2014
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Used Cisco Equipment is great for your IT Budget!

Used Cisco Equipment is great for your IT Budget!If you work in the IT field then you know that Cisco has one of the best reputations around. There is a good reason for that. Cisco is known for making top quality network equipment that covers the spectrum of your data center’s needs. What is the only downside of purchasing it equipment from Cisco? The high price tag of course!

The truth is, if you purchase new network equipment directly from Cisco, you are going to pay a premium because of that outstanding reputation. With IT budgets getting tighter each quarter and the expense of new network equipment steadily rising, it is not surprising that every purchasing manager is looking for a solution.

So how do you get Cisco network equipment without breaking your budget?

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How to get the Refurbished Networking Equipment you NEED

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Aug
2014
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advice for the dayIf you are reading this then you most likely fall into 2 categories. Either you need to purchase refurbished networking equipment and are not sure how to get the equipment you are looking for OR you know how to get refurbished networking equipment and were curious to see what I have to say. Either way you are here so let’s talk about meeting your networking equipment needs shall we?

 

There is one thing that I can assure you is the key to getting the used cisco equipment that you need. PREPARATION! I know it may seem silly for me to even say that, but many IT buyers come to always be preparedsecondary market resellers with a vague idea of what they think they may need. In other words they are not totally prepared for the gambit of questions that the reseller will have for them. Sure after some back and forth, the exact equipment that is needed will come to light, but wouldn’t it be easier to skip all of that?

 

 

So what exactly do I mean by preparation?

It’s simple really. There are some basic things that you need to know about your network needs before you contact your network equipment reseller for a quote. To put some perspective on this, I will go to my trusty car comparison. Buying used cisco equipment is exactly like buying a car! You would never just walk into a random dealership and say “I need a car” but have no idea what kind of car you are looking for. Of course not! You would do your research and prepare yourself. You would know what size car you want, what gas mileage, color, specs and so on. The same thing applies to networking equipment!

Help us to help you get the refurbished cisco you needNow I am not saying that you have to know the exact model of what you are looking to purchase, although if you do it really helps! A good secondary market reseller will be able to guide you to the right cisco switch or router based upon your needs and the specs that you provide. However, without more information than, “I need a router” figuring out what you need will be a long process that will take up way to much of your precious time. So take a little time and prepare yourself by gathering some information about your network needs before you contact your rep!

Here are some things that you should know before you go to your Secondary Market Cisco Dealer

Manufacturer

This one should be a given. If you are building you network from scratch, it is ok to go to your reseller and tell them you need x amount of switches, etc. that can perform x functions and let them direct you to a family of equipment that will best suit your needs. However, if you are already running say primarily Cisco equipment you should probably stick with the Cisco family.

 

Part Number or Series

This one is not completely necessary. Although, if you are looking for a specific unit, it will greatly benefit your refurbished cisco dealer to know the exact part number or series. This will help your dealer get you exactly what you need.

Condition

It is important to tell your network equipment reseller if you would prefer new or used equipment. Yes, resellers can provide new Cisco equipment as well as used. You should request new if you are looking to put the equipment under a maintenance contract. Not specifying new or used condition could mean the difference between a $500 used Cisco switch and a $2500 new Cisco switch.

Specs

No I am not asking you to get super techie on me here. What you do need to know is how many ports you need or what IOS you need to be running. Perhaps how much memory you need your server to come equip with. Specs can again mean a huge price difference. The more specific you can be the better the odds of you getting the exact dell server, or Cisco PoE switch you need.

 

Quantity

You need to let your network equipment reseller know ahead of time how many units you are looking to purchase. Quantity may not only affect pricing but it can also affect the time it takes to get the equipment to you. To receive and accurate estimate of the cost and lead time on the equipment that you need, tell your dealer ahead of time how many units you are looking to purchase.

 

Time Frame

Just as important as the quantity is the time frame in which you need the equipment. If you need something by the next business day, you need to tell your network equipment reseller that right away. Most secondary market resellers can accommodate overnight shipping requests without a problem, if given the proper notice.

 

In short a little preparation will go a long way. As a customer it is important to not only know what you want but ultimately what you need in the grand scheme of things. If you are still not sure what you need or where to start, never fear DNI is here!

 

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What you Need to Know About the Cisco Secondary Market

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Mar
2014
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The IT Equipment Secondary Market is a great place to look when you are looking for Cisco EquipBuy Used Cisco from Data Networks Internationalment without a the large price tag that usually accompanies it.  What is the Secondary Market you ask?  Well, it’s not the scary black market filled with counterfeit equipment that your Cisco Rep warns you to stay away from.  The Secondary Equipment Market is actually a network full of reputable Resellers who buy and sell both new and pre-owned networking equipment at 50-90% off the original OEM prices.

Now, I am not saying that there are not illegitimate dealers out there, or that there are not people manufacturing counterfeit equipment, because there are.  Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can safeguard yourself from ever coming into contact with them. To start, you need to educate yourself on the Secondary Market and how it works.

so……

Before you venture into the world of Cisco Secondary Market equipment, here are a few things that you need to know.

 

The first thing that you need to know about the Cisco Secondary Market;  There are organizations, like the United Network Equipment Dealer Association (UNEDA) that police the IT aftermarket.  Members of UNEDA, most reputable network equipment dealers are members, are held to strict ethical standards and do everything that they can to prevent the sale of stolen and counterfeit Cisco Products.

 

On average buying networking equipment on the Secondary Market will cost you between 50%-90% less than if you bought the product directly from the Manufacturer.

 

Not all of the Equipment for sale on the IT aftermarket is old.  In fact, many resellers can provide new equipment, that is still sealed in the box just as it was the day it left the OEM.

 

Almost all equipment purchased on the Secondary Market has a warranty.   If a dealer does NOT offer any type of warranty, STAY AWAY!

 

All Pre-owned Equipment should be thoroughly tested before it is made available for sale.

Buying Equipment From an Aftermarket Reseller will cut the delivery time of your product from 3-5 weeks to 1-2 DAYS!

 

 

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How Reliable is Your Network Equipment Reseller?

14

Mar
2014
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tipsThe Secondary Market can be frightening.
Let’s face it, if you work anywhere in the world of Information Technology, you have heard at least one horrific tale of someone buying from a network equipment dealer who never delivered the equipment or sold to a dealer who never sent payment.   No wonder you panic at the mention of buying or selling pre-owned network gear, but it doesn’t have to be that way.   There are great Pre-owned Network Equipment Resellers out there!  Really there are!  Let’s look at some clear cut ways to tell if you are working with one of the Best!

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