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Facing Upcoming 2020 Cisco EOSL Deadlines

Many organizations have had to tighten their budgets to make it through the current recession and unexpected shutdowns. The OEMs like Cisco, however, haven’t changed their forced refresh cycle in light of companies’ inability to spend freely on their already expensive data centers. Whether you’re ready to invest again in new equipment for your infrastructure or not, 2020 [...]

JUNIPER Announcing End-of-Support (EOS) For SRX240H2 and SRX650

Juniper announced the end of Next Day Support for SRX240H2 and SRX650 on May 1, 2020−soon to be followed by End-of-Support (EOS) for SRX240H2 and SRX650 in the fall of 2020. With OEM supply lines dried up during the current crisis, companies are unable to refresh their critical Juniper equipment before support is lost. However, while OEM lead [...]

Procuring IT Hardware Quickly Amidst Crumbling Supply Chains

With the current virus impacting manufacturing in China, global supply chains in IT have been hit hard. As it stands now, the OEM lead times are so far out, some don’t even have dates for shipments. But the secondary market isn’t disrupted—it’s thriving. Companies are turning to the secondary market for procuring IT hardware quickly and support their [...]

IT Resources for Enabling Telework During COVID-19

Keeping Your Business Up and Running During the Outbreak Even the most comprehensive disaster recovery planning is unlikely to account for a global health crisis like we face together now. The spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has rocked global markets and impacted daily life and business in a way that was nearly impossible to prepare for. While the health [...]

Meraki vs. Aruba vs. Aerohive—Choosing the Right AP

Connectivity is more than just convenience these days. It’s also about security, visibility, and control. This makes choosing the right AP a critical move for your business. So, as you search for the right network solution for your growing company, consider the following AP comparison of Meraki vs. Aruba vs. Aerohive. Diving into Meraki vs. Aruba vs. Aerohive [...]

The Benefits of Working with Licensed Customs Brokers in Supply Chain

International shipments already come with heavy logistical burdens to shoulder in-house. Even the smallest error or miscalculation on your end could cause your time-sensitive hardware shipment to be detained at the border—not to mention the penalties and added fines you could accrue as a result. This logistical burden isn’t one that many companies are equipped to take on. [...]

What Does a Better 24x7x4 SLA Mean for Your Business?

Wear and tear on your hardware is inevitable. That’s why your IT support’s 24x7x4 SLA is so important to maintain efficient operations. How quickly you deal with the consequent breakdowns that occur can be the difference between minimal delays and extensive downtime. And a great deal of your ability to respond well to these issues is the speed, [...]

How U.S. China Tariffs Are Impacting IT Purchasing

This U.S. China Tariffs IT post was contributed by CentricsIT Logistics Manager, Emily Santa Maria. Emily is a Licensed Customs Broker.  OEM hardware prices are still on the rise due to the new U.S. China tariffs that went into effect this year. As technology departments and budgets feel the strain, it’s important to keep track of IT hardware [...]

Hardware-as-a-Service for New Location Rollouts

Your business is expanding, which is a good thing. But with expansion comes a hefty caseload of expenditures, logistics, and IT workforce strain. Hardware-as-a-Service eases the tension in new location rollouts. Rolling out new facilities is no easy task, but your infrastructure should never be the limiting factor in your company’s growth momentum. Your technology supports your business [...]

The Advantages of Hardware-as-a-Service (Rentals)

Despite the industry’s mad dash towards cloud, your company still needs hardware to continue its IT operations and to meet project goals. If you’re not already, you should be considering the advantages of Hardware-as-a-Service. As much as you want to move towards virtualization, you need to continue to be smart about your hardware sourcing and project management strategies. [...]

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