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Global IT Lifecycle Management that Scales with You

Fundamentally, your business relies on the optimization of your IT infrastructure. This means that you need engineering talent to maintain the hardware and provide full IT lifecycle management—and you need high-quality talent across all of your sites. Staffing fully functional IT teams at each of your data centers is unrealistically expensive, and so is flying them all over [...]

Knowing Your Options for Cisco Nexus 7000 End of Life

It seems like just yesterday that your Cisco Nexus 7000 was a brand-new product, but EOL for the Nexus 7000 was announced back in August of 2013, and EOSL was called the following year. More recently, it was announced that the last day to renew your support contracts was mid-November of this year, and the last day that [...]

#CommonSenseIT: From a Litany of Vendors to the Right Vendor

Design, procurement, installation, integration, maintenance, and disposition—IT lifecycle management is difficult already. However, between your hardware OEM, the monitoring and servicing provider, your downstream recycling partners, and outsourcing and billing vendors (among many others you have on your payroll) you face a new logistical challenge altogether: managing and paying a litany of vendors. This is where vendor consolidation [...]

#CommonSenseIT: Top 3 Secondary Market Misconceptions

Misconception 1: The Secondary Market Is Just About Hardware. We don’t just stop at hardware. Our secondary market involvement has created a space for increasingly adaptable IT solutions. As a third-party vendor, CentricsIT (and other similar companies) had to build an extensive global network of strategic partners to facilitate their secondary market resale and procurement processes. As a [...]

Quick and Effective Ways to Spend Surplus IT Budget

This post was contributed by CentricsIT Account Executive Davis Fisher. Davis is a data center solutions expert who specializes in cost reduction and IT lifecycle optimization. He works from the CentricsIT office in Charlotte, NC (USA). Are you reaching the end of your budget period with leftover funds left to spare? As IT buyers, it makes sense to use [...]

#CommonSenseIT: SmartHands Engineering for PTO Backfill

What to Do When You’re Short-Staffed and Your Employees Need a Vacation Gartner has established the ideal end-user-to-IT-employee golden ratio as 70:1; however, the current corporate average is actually closer to 200:1. Meaning that, if you wanted to go by Gartner’s recommendation and fully cover your company’s day-to-day help desk demands, you would need to hire an average [...]

Common Sense IT: Why CentricsIT is Smarter than SMARTnet

This post was contributed by CentricsIT Account Executive Michael Sulka. Michael is a data center solutions expert who specializes in third-party maintenance and cost optimization throughout the IT lifecycle. He works from the CentricsIT office in Charlotte, NC (USA). What is Cisco SMARTnet Support? When purchasing equipment from Cisco, companies also must also procure SMARTnet support. These contracts are typically [...]

Common Sense IT: Rental Hardware for Short-Term Needs

This post was contributed by CentricsIT Account Executive Davis Fisher. Davis is a data center solutions expert who specializes in cost reduction and IT lifecycle optimization. He works from the CentricsIT office in Charlotte, NC (USA). Do I buy or go for IT rental hardware?  It’s an age-old question, and the decision hinges on several considerations ranging from financial [...]

Five Spooky IT Facts

This Halloween, learn what might be haunting you and your data center. Read our Five Spooky IT Facts Infographic below. 1. Your data center sucks energy like a vampire sucks blood It's close to midnight, and something evil is lurking in your data center, accounting for 25% or more of your total energy costs. 2. Oracle's answer to Sun [...]

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