The global chip shortage continues, and in this highly-digitized world where chips help power essentially everything—from cars to IT devices, to everyday appliances, and even toothbrushes, no industry has remained unscathed from the adverse impact of the chip shortage crisis.

Tiny Chips, Huge Crisis

According to a Semiconductor Supply Chain report released by the US Department of Commerce in January of this year (2022), the average inventory of chip-utilizing manufacturers has plunged from a 40-day supply in 2019 to a less-than-5-day supply in 2021. While for the average consumer, this will simply mean longer waiting times and higher prices for devices, the ill effects are more consequential for enterprises.

For instance, the drastically reduced chip inventories of manufacturers would mean that, if for some reason production in a semiconductor facility is halted even for a couple of weeks, the lack of chips could cause the shutdown of a manufacturing site elsewhere, putting numerous jobs at risk. The data center industry looks pretty bleak as well. Network equipment vendors such as Cisco Meraki and Juniper estimate a 12- to 18-month impact on availability, while the delivery of router orders could be delayed by 60 weeks.

Will the Chip Shortage End Soon?

In the midst of managing the negative effects of a lengthening chip shortage, the question on everyone’s mind is: how long will the shortage last?

When it comes to forecasting the end of this shortage crisis, different sources have varied takes on the matter. Gartner’s prediction last May 2021 was that the shortage could continue until the second quarter of 2022—which is actually quite soon. Forrester, on the other hand, sees the crisis go well into 2023, an estimate shared by CEO Jean-Marc Chery of chipmaker STMicroelectronics and Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger.

While possible ease into normalcy isn’t too far off in the future (if we are to believe these estimated dates), there is still no guarantee that this will happen. In the meantime, there is a now to deal with where the chip shortage is still very much felt.

Dealing with the Chip Shortage

Escalating costs, loss of revenue and business opportunities, lengthening OEM lead times, and hardware surcharges are only some of the consequences that businesses have had to deal with during this time. As demand remains high and supplies low, expect issues on availability and price increases to persist even more.

To ensure that critical IT infrastructure can be maintained despite the shortage, organizations should identify the essential components of their equipment that would be significantly impaired if a replacement part was not supplied immediately and ensure the availability of these components. With the problem in the IT supply chain leading to ever-increasing OEM lead times, one option for businesses is to diversify their supplier base and explore partnerships with secondary market providers.

How CentricsIT Can Help

Partnering with a reseller and considering refurbished hardware for your replacement components can help mitigate the risk of non-availability of parts as well as cushion the considerable price increases and surcharge costs.

CentricsIT provides both new and refurbished spare parts globally, mostly shipped same-day, so your IT equipment won’t be left out of commission for long.

However, while we have ample supply at the moment, this will not last very long considering the current chip shortage. Plus, while our stocks cost less than those sourced from OEMs, the high demand could eventually drive prices up. It’s best to get the supply you need while we have the stocks on hand and at relatively lower costs.

Below are some of the most in demand items we have in stock currently.

Part Number Description
Cisco C9300-24P-A Catalyst 9300 24-port PoE+, Network Advantage
Cisco C9300-24S-E Catalyst 9300 24 GE SFP Ports, modular uplink Switch
Cisco C9300-24T-A Catalyst 9300 24-port data only, Network Advantage
Cisco C9300-24T-E Catalyst 9300 24-port data only, Network Essentials
Cisco C9300-24U-A Catalyst 9300 24-port UPOE, Network Advantage
Cisco C9300-24UX-A Catalyst 9300 24-port mGig and UPOE, Network Advantage
Cisco C9300-48P-A Catalyst 9300 48-port PoE+, Network Advantage
Cisco C9300-48P-E Catalyst 9300 48-port PoE+, Network Essentials
Cisco C9300-48T-E Catalyst 9300 48-port data only, Network Essentials
Cisco C9300-48U-A Catalyst 9300 48-port UPOE, Network Advantage
Cisco C9300-48U-E Catalyst 9300 48-port UPOE, Network Essentials
Cisco C9300-48UXM-A Catalyst 9300 48-port(12 mGig, 36 2.5Gbps) Network Advantage
Cisco C9200L-24T-4G-E Catalyst 9200L 24-port data, 4 x 1G, Network Essentials
Cisco C9200L-48T-4G-E Catalyst 9200L 48-port data, 4 x 1G, Network Essentials
Cisco ISR4221/K9 Cisco ISR 4221 (2GE,2NIM,8G FLASH,4G DRAM,IPB)
Cisco ISR4351/K9 Cisco ISR 4351 (3GE,3NIM,2SM,4G FLASH,4G DRAM,IPB)
Cisco ISR 4351 (3GE,3NIM,2SM,4G FLASH,4G DRAM,IPB) Cisco ISR 4431 Sec bundle w/SEC license
Cisco ISR4451-X/K9 Cisco ISR 4451 (4GE,3NIM,2SM,8G FLASH,4G DRAM)
Cisco ASR1001-X Cisco ASR1001-X Chassis, 6 built-in GE, Dual P/S, 8GB DRAM
Cisco ASR1002-X Cisco ASR1002-X Chassis, 6 built-in GE, Dual P/S, 4GB DRAM
Cisco N9K-C9236C Cisco ISR 4221 (2GE,2NIM,8G FLASH,4G DRAM,IPB)
Cisco N9K-C93180YC-EX Nexus 9300 with 48p 10/25G SFP+ and 6p 100G QSFP28
Cisco N9K-C9332PQ Nexus 9300 Series, 32p 40G QSFP+
Cisco N9K-C9336PQ Nexus 9K ACI Spine, 36p 40G QSFP+
Cisco N9K-C9348GC-FXP Nexus 9300 with 48p 100M/1GT, 4p 10/25G & 2p 40/100G QSFP28
Cisco N9K-C9372TX Nexus 9300 with 48p 1/10G-T and 6p 40G QSFP+
Cisco N9K-C9372TX-E Nexus 9300 with 48p 1/10G-T and 6p 40G QSFP+
Cisco N9K-C9396TX Nexus 9300 48p 1/10GBASE-T & additional uplink module req.
Cisco N9K-C9504 Nexus 9504 Chassis with 4 line card slots

Storage

NetApp

Part Number Description
NetApp X426A-R6 1.8TB 10K 2.5” SAS – Spare HDD
NetApp DS2246 w/24x X426A-R6 DS2246 24x 1.8TB 10K SAS (X426A-R6)
NetApp DS4243 w24x X411A-R5 DS4243 24x 450GB 15K SAS (X411A-R5)

Brocade

Part Number Description
Brocade BR-DCX8510-2148 48-port 16GB Blade w/ 16GB SWL sfps (FC16-48)
Brocade BR-DCX8510-2102 32-port 16GB Blade w/ 16GB SWL SFPS (FC16-32)
Brocade DCX8518 8510, 8-slot, director; no blades; no SFPS
Brocade BR-7800 7800 EXT, 6x 8GB FC ports, 2x 1GB XGE ports
Brocade BR-6510-24-16G-R 6510 24P w/ 16GB SWL SFPS
Brocade BR-6510-48-16G-F 6510 48P w/ 16GB SWL SFPS
Brocade DS-6520-96-16G-R 6520 96P w/ 16GB SWL SFPS
Brocade 57-0000088-01 16GB SWL SFP, 1-PK
Brocade 57-1000027-01 SFP, LWL, 8G, 10KM, 1-PK

IBM V3700 GEN1

Part Number Description
IBM ACMD/00MJ154(REF) 200GB SSD, 2.5″ HDD, 12GB/s
IBM ACMG/00WC014(bulk) 1.6TB SSD, 2.5″ HDD, 12GB/s
IBM ACLM/00MJ149 (REF) 1.2TB SAS, 10K, 2.5″ HDD 12GB/s
IBM ACLB/00MJ141 (REF) 300GB SAS, 15K, 2.5″ HDD
IBM ACLT/00MJ151 (REF) 1TB NL-SAS, 7.2K, 3.5″ HDD
IBM ACKB/00MJ127 (REF) 3TB NL-SAS, 7.2K, 3.5″ HDD

IBM V5000 GEN1/2

Part Number Description
IBM 2078-224 (REF)  V5KG2 Controller 24slot, 2.5″
IBM 6536-HC6 (REF) V5KG2 Controller 24slot, 2.5″
IBM 2078-24F (NOB) V5KG2 Exp 24slot, 2.5″
IBM AC0B/01DC659 (REF) 16GB FC 4-Port HBA
IBM AC6A/01AC598 (REF) 1.8TB SAS, 10K, 2.5″, G2, HDD 12GB/s
IBM AC62/ (REF) 1.2TB SAS, 10K, 2.5″, G2, HDD 12GB/s
IBM AC60 (REF) 600GB SAS, 10K, 2.5″, G1, HDD 12GB/s
IBM AC71/ (new bulk) 2TB NL-SAS, 7.2K, 2.5″ ,G1 HDD 12GB/s
IBM AC3A (REF) 6TB NL-SAS, 7.2K, 3.5″ HDD 12GB/s

IBM V7000 GEN1/2

Part Number Description
IBM 2076-324 (REF) Storwize V7K Disk Controller, 24slot, 2.5″
IBM 2076-212 (REF) Storwize V7K Disk Exp, 12 slots, 3.5″
IBM 3512 (REF) 200GB Flash Drive, 2.5″ SSD
IBM 3542 (REF) 1.2TB SAS, 10K, 2.5″ HDD
IBM 3549 (REF) 900GB SAS, 10K, 2.5″ HDD
IBM 3546 (REF) 600GB SAS, 10K, 2.5″ HDD
IBM 3303 (REF) 3TB NL-SATA, 7.2K, 3.5″ HDD
IBM 2076-524 (REF) Storwize V7K Controller G2, 24slot, 2.5”
IBM 2076-24F (REF) Storwize V7K Disk Exp, 24slot, 12GB/s
IBM AHE1 (REF) 300GB SAS, 15K, 2.5″ HDD 12GB/s
IBM AHF3 (REF) 1.2TB SAS, 10K, 2.5″ HDD 12GB/s
IBM AHF4 (REF) 1.8TB SAS, 10K, 2.5″ HDD 12GB/s
IBM AHH2 (REF) 400GB Flash Drive, 2.5″ SSD, 12GB/s
IBM AHHB (REF) 3.84TB RI Flash Drive, 2.5″ SSD, 12GB/s
IBM AHD3 (REF) 4TB NL-SAS, 7.2K, 3.5″ HDD 12GB/s
IBM AHD5 (REF) 8TB NL-SAS, 7.2K, 3.5″ HDD 12GB/s

IBM 820/840/900/V9K

Part Number Description
IBM 9843-AE2 Model 900 All-Flash
IBM AF24/00DJ363 2.9TB IBM MicroLatency Mod (900/V9K)
IBM 00DH520 Canister/Controller assembly (840/V840/900/V9K)
IBM 00DH516 Fan (840/V840/900/V9K)
IBM 44T0833/4 900GB SAS, 10K, 2.5″ HDD

Here is a list of the servers that we are actively selling.

New, Certified Refurbished, and Used

Dell PowerEdge Products

Part Number Description
Dell R640 PowerEdge R640
Dell R650 PowerEdge R650
Dell R740 PowerEdge R740
Dell R740XD PowerEdge R740XD
Dell R750 PowerEdge R750

HPE Products

Part Number Description
HPE DL380 DL380 Gen10+ (end users only, NEW)
HPE DL360 DL360 Gen10+ (end users only, NEW)
HPE DL380 DL380 Gen10 (NEW)
HPE DL360 DL360 Gen10 (NEW)
HPE BL460c BL460c Gen10 (REFURBISHED)
HPE DL380 DL380 Gen9 (REFURBISHED)
HPE DL360 DL360 Gen9 (REFURBISHED)

What we’ve listed above is merely a snapshot of what we have available so please contact us directly for any requests or inquiries.

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