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Refurbished Networking Equipment Offers An Extra Measure Of Protection

Refurbished Networking Equipment Offers An Extra Measure Of Protection

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Network managers turn to refurbished Cisco products
Network managers turn to refurbished Cisco products

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Published by: nhrglobal on May 30, 2008
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Effective Equipment Replacement Strategies
 January/February 2007
By Mike Sheldon, President and CEO,Network Hardware Resale 
Network managers are turning to the secondary equipment market as an extra measure o protection rom disasters and downtime. Te daunting task o en-suring uninterrupted access to networks with ully-redundant equipment con-gurations has proven beyond the reach o budget-constrained I departments. As a result many companies have resorted to protecting only routers and switches at the network core, leaving the edge and remote oces vulnerablein the event o a major disaster or mundane outage. Te risks ar outweigh therewards in this scenario as a simple equipment ailure at a remote site can causea devastating ripple eect throughout the entire organization.In an eort to improve company-wide preparedness or disasters o any kind,growing numbers o organizations are embracing more cost-eective equip-ment sourcing and fexible sparing solutions. It pays to have a backup plan orequipment procurement and today’s secondary market providers oer a variety o options or helping companies saeguard their networks.Since pre-owned gear typically oers savings o up to 90 percent o list prices,companies seeking a ully-redundant conguration can more aordably deploy a one-or-one sparing solution. An even more cost-eective alternative is a one-or-many strategy, acquiring a spare or every three to ve identical network elements.O-site spares depots are particularly appealing to rms with multiple locationsthat don’t have sucient space or an ideal central site or storing replacement equipment. Secondary network providers oten oer warehousing options to ex-pedite equipment availability and shipment. Similar rapid replacement warran-ties oered by OEMs oten cost many times the value o the covered equipment. Another reason or maintaining a supply o pre-owned spares is that it lets com-panies quickly apply a temporary x or unexpected problems. Te secondary market’s ability to provide a wide range o equipment with expedited shipping helps maintain maximum uptime. In contrast most OEMs typically need at least our to six weeks to deliver new gear.
Mike Sheldon
President and CEO,Network Hardware Resale

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