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