October 25, 2016
E! True Hollywood Story: Bob the Switch

Meet Bob – he's an equal2new® switch. Bob started life in a fancy financial institution, processing thousands of transactions every day. But one day, things changed for Bob. He was sold to CXtec and he began a new adventure!

Tags: network hardware, switches, equal2new, Networking, networking equipment, refurbishing
October 11, 2016
Does the "R" Stand for "Required" in the HP 5400R Chassis?

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) made an announcement in September 2015 that they would end-of-sale the HP 5400 zl Switch Series on December 31, 2015. At the time of the announcement, HPE encouraged its customers to migrate to the HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series chassis.

Tags: HP switch, HP chassis, HP 5400R, HP 5400 zl, HP 5400R zl2
June 24, 2016
A Love Letter Honoring the Cisco Catalyst 6509-E

Some people enjoy fine wines, and some are connoisseurs of artwork or antiques. And that’s all well and good. But here at CXtec, every now and again we like to proclaim our admiration for certain pieces of technology. Yes, network technology is what captures our hearts. In this edition, we’re extolling the virtues of the Cisco Catalyst 6509-E chassis solution.

Tags: Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst 6500, Cisco 6500, Cisco Catalyst 6509, Cisco 6509, Networking, networking equipment
June 16, 2016
Is the Cisco 6500 Series invincible?

We posed this question in a recent article on Network World. It certainly is a subject matter that many have been discussing recently. The answer may not be entirely clear, but one thing seems to be certain: the 6500 Series is going strong and shows very few signs of going away any time soon.

May 5, 2016
What is Third-Party Maintenance (TPM)?

Third-party maintenance (TPM) programs are hardware support solutions provided by vendors independent of the OEM. TPM is a subject matter that is garnering a great deal of attention in today’s climate of discovering creative ways to extend technology budgets. TPM offerings are essential in a hybrid support model – which entails using a mix of OEM support, TPM and sparing strategies where each is appropriate.

Tags: third-party maintenance, hybrid support, TPM
March 25, 2016
Enterprise Connect 2016 - Don't Forget the Hardware That Powers the Cloud

The CXtec team explored the Enterprise Connect 2016 conference in Orlando, Florida on March 7-10. Here is a recap of our adventures!

March 17, 2016
Network Hardware Quality: It's Not About Luck

Typically, around this time of year we hear luck being tossed around playfully as "The luck of the Irish" or the lucky leprechaun with his pot of gold. In reality, luck doesn't always have a happy ending.

February 9, 2016
"Magic" Formula to Heal the Heart of Your Network

High-quality, reliable network hardware and cabling are requirements for a high-performing technology infrastructure and a successful IT team that helps drive more business. It’s the heart of your network.

Tags: network hardware, network cables, structured cabling, it budgets, TCO
October 5, 2015
ShoreTel Phones Testing Process

Every equal2new® ShoreTel IP phone is backed by a true lifetime warranty, as well as a 99.51% reliability rating.

August 6, 2015
Cisco 1850 Access Points and You

We discuss the recently introduced Cisco 1850 access point (AP). This is the first native 802.11ac Wave 2 device Cisco has released. So what's the big deal? This AP can reach speeds up to 1.7 GB!

July 14, 2015
How much could a hybrid maintenance solution save you?

Hybrid maintenance is a smart way to lower operating expenses (OPEX) and maximize your uptime. CXtec recently took part in a project that illustrates the benefits of hybrid support.

Tags: RapidCare, hybrid support, TPM, third-party maintenance
July 10, 2015
A hybrid support solution can make you the next Avenger

Many organizations’ budgets are being squeezed so hard, that they are foregoing support contracts altogether – a risky proposition. However, there are alternatives that can save significant OPEX budget and still provide the support you need.

June 19, 2015
Ways to Successfully Navigate the Secondary Market of Used IT Equipment (a.k.a. the Wild, Wild West)

Navigating the secondary market for used IT equipment can be tricky. There are a number of potential pitfalls to look out for – sometimes it might even feel like the Wild, Wild West to IT professionals trying to make their way through. But the value provided by this market can be undeniable, which makes it a worthwhile effort to learn the tricks of the trade.

May 19, 2015
Learn how to maximize organizational efficiencies at NY Tech Summit

Are you looking for innovative ways to maximize your investment in technology? It’s a wise decision to continue learning and expanding the strategies you use to gain competitive advantages in your business.

April 10, 2015
3 Lessons for Success in Life and IT

It seems that the technology industry moves at a faster pace than nearly any other. This is apparent by the rate of new technologies to market (wait, there’s a newer iPhone already?) in addition to our rate of adoption of these technologies. For perspective, here’s a look at some of the top technology trends in 1995 vs. 2015.

April 2, 2015
Peeps in Jeeps: Joining Forces with equal2new Troops

You know it’s Springtime when the Peeps show up. This year, the beloved Peeps are lending a helping hand to our equal2new troops to help defend your technology investment.

March 27, 2015
Is the End of the Desktop Phone Drawing Near?

Unified communications could transform the traditional concept of the desktop phone. Will office desks look different in the future? Of course they will, but will there be a telephone – as we would currently define one – on those desks?

March 25, 2015
Are You Risking A Security Breach?

How well is your sensitive information protected after you sell your technology?

March 11, 2015
7 Reasons Why Our Customers Sell Us Their Used Network Hardware

Looking for some extra money? You should really give us a call. Here’s why. If you’re familiar with CXtec, then you’ve certainly heard about our certified pre-owned hardware we call equal2new. Well, did you know that equal2new would not even be possible if it wasn’t for the surplus gear you’re not using?

Tags: used network hardware, used network hardware, used network hardware, used network hardware, used network hardware, used network hardware, used network hardware
March 4, 2015
Don't be Caught Unprepared for 802.11ac

Wave 2 of the 802.11ac wireless standard is coming soon, and there are several factors you’ll need to keep in mind to make an informed decision on whether you want to migrate to it or not.