December 19, 2016
To Gig or Not to Gig

Burger King or McDonald’s, Pepsi or Coke, Kirk or Picard? Choices are part of life. Like anything else, your network also involves a lot of choices. Speed in particular is a hot button topic. With all of the increases to 40G, 100G, and beyond, it can be difficult to decide which speed is the best option for your organization.

December 7, 2016
The ABCs of UPS

“Just quote me a UPS.”

All too often this is what we hear when we ask people about power protection. Unfortunately, it just isn’t that easy, although we all wish it was.

Tags: APC, ups
November 28, 2016
5 factors to consider when deciding between the Cisco Catalyst 6500 and 6800 Series

Are you trying to decide between the Cisco Catalyst 6500 and 6800 chassis systems? There are many factors to consider, but don’t go down the rabbit hole and get lost in minutiae. Here are the major factors to consider up front.

Tags: Cisco, Cisco 6500, Cisco Chassis, Cisco 6500 Series, Cisco 6800 Series
November 17, 2016
Not all compatibles are created equal

In today’s day and age, more and more businesses are using compatible optics in their networks. The reason is simple and easy to justify – the cost savings are tremendous.

Tags: Cisco compatible SFPs, compatible optics, compatible transceivers, compatible GBICs, compatible SFPs
November 3, 2016
Top 3 Cool Features of Juniper

All network hardware manufacturers have their pros (and cons) that set them apart from their competition. Understanding these differences will help guide you to make smart decisions on how to justify your technology investments. If you’re considering Juniper hardware for your network, check out these three really cool features.

Tags: Juniper, Juniper Networks, network hardware, Networking, networking equipment
October 28, 2016
Building the Perfect Maintenance Monster

In the Halloween season, we’re reminded of history’s great ghouls, goblins and monsters. And with the way our minds work here at CXtec, we then think of how these monsters would look in the technology world. In that spirit (pun intended), we’d like to weave a tale for you so horrifying, so absolutely scarrific, that you won’t sleep for weeks!

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.