March 1, 2013
National Pig Day? Hooray for Bacon!!

Today is national pig day.  It's no secret.  IT pros have a wonderful infatuation with bacon.  So, what better time to express our appreciation for bacon?  I can't think of one.

By Rick
February 22, 2013
4 Things You Should Never Buy Used...and 1 You Definitely Should

This post follows the same theme as Friday's post regarding the concept of "used." The word used, by definition, means that something has been previously owned or utilized. In some circumstances it makes sense to be wary of buying things that have already been used by others.

By jking
February 21, 2013
Why the Thought of "Used" Networking Equipment Shouldn't Scare You

We hear from IT professionals all the time who claim that they aren't allowed to purchase used equipment for their data centers. For some reason the word "used" automatically has a negative connotation - if it has already been owned, and well...used, by someone else it must not be as reliable. As we are all well aware, performance and reliability are critical in our line of business. Downtime costs money, and there is really no time or room for error.

By jking
February 18, 2013
Introducing the CABLExpress H+ Fiber Optic Enclosures

Our CABLExpress division has introduced the next generation in fiber optic enclosures. Our innovative new H+ Enclosures have raised the bar, providing the highest port density currently offered in the industry.

By Jake
February 13, 2013
3 Reasons to Buy a Used Cisco Router

When you hear the name Cisco, chances are the first words that come to mind for some are reliable networking and performance. However, not every company, especially SMBs can afford to buy brand new equipment. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t purchase used Cisco routers or switches. Here are three reasons why used is the new, new.

By Rick
February 8, 2013
Busting the Reliability Myth: Why Used Network Hardware is as Good as New

Time and again, we have brought up various reasons why quality used network hardware is as good as new.  When it comes to any network hardware device, the term refurbished might not sound particularly appealing, however, that’s probably because not many people are aware of the stringent process that equipment has to go through before being qualified as a refurbished product. Another term for this process is reconditioning.

By Rick
February 4, 2013
3 Reasons Why Han Solo Would Love Refurbished Networking Hardware

If you’re anything like us here at CXtec, you love two things: refurbished network hardware and, of course, Star Wars. From a cursory glance, these two subject matters seem to have nothing in common. But as we were thinking about it recently, we realized something simple, yet potentially profound. Han Solo would definitely use refurbished networking hardware if he were an IT manager. Why? Let’s look at some evidence.

By Jake
February 1, 2013
CXtec in Atlanta

This week we had the opportunity to leave our snowy home in Syracuse, NY and head down to Atlanta, GA to meet with some of our customers for some learning and fun. We held afternoon educational sessions on a number of topics, including "Stretching Your Budget and IT Asset Disposition," "The Value in Exceeding the Standards for TIA-942 Optical Cabling Infrastructure," and "The Brocade Difference."

By jking
January 28, 2013
3 More Reasons Why Buying Used Network Hardware is a Smart Choice

Still not convinced on used hardware being a smart choice?  Well, we are going to continue providing reasons you should be.

By Rick
January 25, 2013
3 Great Reasons Why Buying Used Network Hardware is the Smart Choice

Let’s be honest, running a successful organization is all about making smart decisions  in order to focus funds on the most important goals of the company. So why take your chances spending top dollar for brand new equipment that can malfunction at any time and have to be serviced by an outside third-party when you can turn to a distributor that does all the heavy lifting for you? Quality used hardware provides a reliable solution comparable to an out-of-the-box device, but at a fraction of the cost.

By Rick
January 14, 2013
Notable CES Gadgets

The buzz surrounding the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was mixed. Some believe that the show has lost its charm, since many big tech companies now launch their products on their own timetable rather than premiering at the show (i.e. Apple, Google and now Microsoft). In addition to this, the online social sphere allows for easier promotion of products and interaction with consumers.

By jking
January 9, 2013
Will Cisco Bring Us Streaming Video Walls?

People have the tendency to take for granted a lot of the modern technology and conveniences we have at our disposal every day. Technology has made our world much more abundant and made our lives easier. We have a level of comfort in modern times that kings couldn't have imagined just a couple hundred years ago (a relative blink of an eye in historical terms).

By Rick
January 4, 2013
Kickoff to 2013

On Thursday, the CXtec and TERACAI teams joined together at our Technology Certification and Distribution Center (TCDC) for the 2013 annual meeting. We spent some time reflecting on our successes in 2012, but focused on where we are heading this coming year.

By jking
December 31, 2012
Happy New Year from CXtec!

We just wanted to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year! As we look forward to 2013, we thought we'd take a quick moment to reflect on our accomplishments in 2012.

By Jake
December 28, 2012
Call for Speakers - NY Tech Summit

Are you an IT professional or industry expert interested in sharing your ideas with hundreds of other experienced IT pros? You're in luck!

By jking
December 21, 2012
CXtec Holiday Hours

To allow us to spend time with our loved ones this holiday season, we have adjusted our regular business hours, keeping in mind that you still need to keep your networks up and running. This post is just a quick reference so you know when to reach out to us.

By jking
December 20, 2012
Cisco SMARTnet Alternative: RapidCare NBD Hardware Replacement

There are people out there who are searching for an alternative to Cisco SMARTnet. Why? Is there something wrong with Cisco SMARTnet? No. Not at all. However, Cisco SMARTnet has the same problem all products and services have. No single product can be everything to everybody.

By Rick
December 18, 2012
Just How Manageable is Your Data Center?

We recently discussed getting optimum performance and design for your data center. The concept of proper design leading to optimum performance carries over to getting ideal manageability as well.

By Jake
December 14, 2012
Adopt a Platoon Program

Every year, the CXtec and TERACAI teams identify and adopt a platoon that is serving overseas. In correspondence with their family members, we have learned how important it is for these soldiers to feel support from all of us back home - to remind them that we are truly thankful for the sacrifices they are making for our country.

By jking
December 10, 2012
The Difference a Well-Designed Data Center Can Make For You

A proper, well thought-out design allows a data center’s structured cabling system to be efficient and clean. That being said though, it’s amazing how often we’ll see customers running into major issues with their cabling because of holes in their data center design.

By Rick