By The Team at CXtec

Is the Global Chip Shortage Affecting Your Ability to Get IT Hardware? You Have Options.

The global microchip shortage is a big deal. In fact, the global chip shortage is causing all kinds of problems and disruptions for companies, consumers and the economy. The information technology industry is no exception. 

supply chain, microchip shortage

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Dave McCormick

Why you should be buying compatible optics

Network hardware manufacturers will do their best to lead you to believe that third-party compatible optical transceivers void existing OEM service contracts and warranties. While making a claim like this is to their advantage, it simply isn’t true. ...

compatible transceivers,compatible optics

Comparing the HPE 2930F Switch to the Cisco 3650 Switch

Let's do a quick comparison of a specific Cisco switch and its close HPE equivalent. In this instance let's compare the Cisco WS-C3650-48FQM-S 48-port switch with full PoE and 4 SFP+ ports with the HPE JL558A - 2930F 48-port PoE+ switch with 740W power and 4 SFP+ ports. ...

HP switch,Cisco switches,HPE

Understanding HPE Switch Categories

The HPE switch portfolio is vast, so understanding it can be a challenge. But upon closer inspection, we notice that generally all the switches fall into three distinct types of categories: Data Center, Campus, and Small Business. To make the offerings even more clear – HPE further splits those switches ...

HPE,HP switch

3 Frequent Cisco Switch Questions

A lot of people use Cisco to help their networks run well. Those same people have a lot of questions regarding Cisco, so we're here to help clear up the three most common. ...

PoE, stacking switches

When It Comes to Hardware, Can You Spot a Counterfeit?

In this world of “too good to be true” prices and “trust me” guarantees, as buyers, we must always beware of fraudulent products. Today, counterfeiting in the networking world is becoming more prevalent, more sophisticated… and a whole lot harder to spot. With years of expertise in vetting out real vs. fake, ...

counterfeit, hardware

The Complexity of Licensing for Cisco Products

In today’s day and age, companies are constantly working to processes quicker, simpler and more transparent. So why are some businesses like Cisco still making confusing contracts and licenses? ...

Cisco, Licensing

Cisco 2960-S Product Overview: Staying Relevant in the Shadow of the X

The Shadow of the X … No, it’s not the new X-Men movie. Although that does look pretty cool. It’s more about how the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S must be feeling right now. ...

Cisco 2960S,Cisco

Network Security Principles You Need to Know

Cybersecurity is a subject matter on everyone’s minds these days. Seems like every day we see news stories and articles warning us of the dangers inherent out there in the world. This article provides an overview of some principles it makes sense to be aware of. ...

cybersecurity,network security,security

The importance of IoT as a business driver

After attending the Gartner Catalyst conference, I was amazed to learn how much the Internet of Things (IoT) is continuing to grow and becoming a more prominent factor in our customer's business. It’s important for all of us to stay current on this trending technology. ...