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An interesting article on Buying Refurbished IT Hardware
Posted by Pepe Bermudez on August 15th, 2013
This is yet another interesting article Mario found on 'The IT Hardware Forum' Posted by Rachel Rodenborg on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013.

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7 Differences Between Used and Refurbished IT Equipment



This is a Quote... Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a “used server” and a “refurbished server?” What about the difference between "used networking equipment" and "refurbished networking equipment?" If so, you aren’t alone. While the terms used and refurbished indicate two very different equipment standards, some companies use the two terms interchangeably, leaving you wondering which is which.

It’s important to understand that used and refurbished IT hardware aren’t the same thing. Used hardware was owned by someone else while refurbished hardware is pre-owned hardware that has been submitted to rigorous testing, inspection and has been reset to the original factory settings. So, in side-by-side comparison, refurbished servers trump used servers. Likewise, refurbished networking equipment trumps used networking equipment.

Want more specifics? Let’s look closer at the seven key differences in what you get (or don’t get, as the case may be) when you buy refurbished servers rather than used ones. (Keep in mind that these differences apply to refurbished and used networking equipment as well as for storage gear.)

Authenticity. Anytime you buy a server that isn’t brand new off of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) factory line, you should question whether the item is authentic or not. Unfortunately, counterfeit electronics is big business and no one wants to purchase a second-hand component only to find out that it is not what it was billed to be. Established refurbishment companies take great pains to verify the authenticity of the used servers they refurbish and sell. With this in mind, you are safer buying a fully refurbished server rather than one that is simply billed as “used.”

Physical condition. One of the first things that makes refurbished servers different than—and superior to—used servers is physical appearance. Refurbished servers are cleaned and painted to look like brand new. There will be little, if any, physical indication that the server is, in fact, refurbished. With used servers, it’s possible to get a piece of equipment that looks like new, but it’s more likely that you will be able to tell that the server isn’t new just by looking at it.

Factory settings. During the refurbishment process, servers are returned to the original factory settings. Each server is returned to like-new condition—in looks (as noted above) as well as in how it performs. From this point the server is, for all intents and purposes, “new”—other than the fact that it was owned and used by someone else already. When you buy used servers, you get what you get—and it’s unlikely that the server will be returned to the original factory settings.

Testing. Refurbished servers are rigorously tested to ensure that it is reliable and works as promised. In fact, most refurbished gear is tested multiple times—when it arrives at the refurbishment company, during the refurbishment process, before it’s put into inventory for sale, and again before it ships to the customer. The only testing that a used server is likely to get (if any at all) is whether it lights up when the power button is turned to “on.”

Warranty. This one is a biggie when it comes to the differences between used servers and refurbished servers. The long and the short of it is that quality refurbished equipment will come with a warranty. End of story. Used servers are sold “as-is” and are unlikely to come with a warranty of any kind.

Support and maintenance. Quality refurbished servers will be eligible for OEM and third party support and maintenance programs. Refurbished server eligibility is determined by the quality of the goods provided by the refurbishment company—so who you partner with matters. Since used servers are not tested, cleaned, or returned to the original factory settings, they will not be covered by most maintenance and support programs.

Recourse, if needed. Nothing about used IT hardware is guaranteed, so if you inadvertently buy a dud, you’re stuck with it. What’s worse is that you probably don’t have much recourse with the seller. (Certainly you’ve heard of “Caveat emptor?” Buyer beware and all that jazz?) When you purchase refurbished servers from a reputable source, your purchase is guaranteed to perform and in the unlikely event that the equipment doesn’t perform (remember all that testing?), a reputable seller will work with you to ensure you get an adequate replacement.

In summary, refurbished gear from a reputable source always trumps what you’ll end up with if you buy used IT hardware. By ensuring that your server, storage and networking gear is refurbished rather than used, you can stretch your IT budget without sacrificing reliability.

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For more information on the Author, Whitepapers, World Data Products, Inc. please visit the original Article at:
http://blog.wdpi.com/blog/bid/276299/7-Differences-Between-Used-and-Refurbished-IT-Hardware

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An interesting article on Buying Refurbished IT Hardware
15/08/201307/09/2018
This is yet another interesting article Mario found on 'The IT Hardware Forum' Posted by Rachel Rodenborg on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013.

This is a Quote

7 Differences Between Used and Refurbished IT Equipment



This is a Quote... Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a “used server” and a “refurbished server?” What about the difference between "used networking equipment" and "refurbished networking equipment?" If so, you aren’t alone. While the terms used and refurbished indicate two very different equipment standards, some companies use the two terms interchangeably, leaving you wondering which is which.

It’s important to understand that used and refurbished IT hardware aren’t the same thing. Used hardware was owned by someone else while refurbished hardware is pre-owned hardware that has been submitted to rigorous testing, inspection and has been reset to the original factory settings. So, in side-by-side comparison, refurbished servers trump used servers. Likewise, refurbished networking equipment trumps used networking equipment.

Want more specifics? Let’s look closer at the seven key differences in what you get (or don’t get, as the case may be) when you buy refurbished servers rather than used ones. (Keep in mind that these differences apply to refurbished and used networking equipment as well as for storage gear.)

Authenticity. Anytime you buy a server that isn’t brand new off of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) factory line, you should question whether the item is authentic or not. Unfortunately, counterfeit electronics is big business and no one wants to purchase a second-hand component only to find out that it is not what it was billed to be. Established refurbishment companies take great pains to verify the authenticity of the used servers they refurbish and sell. With this in mind, you are safer buying a fully refurbished server rather than one that is simply billed as “used.”

Physical condition. One of the first things that makes refurbished servers different than—and superior to—used servers is physical appearance. Refurbished servers are cleaned and painted to look like brand new. There will be little, if any, physical indication that the server is, in fact, refurbished. With used servers, it’s possible to get a piece of equipment that looks like new, but it’s more likely that you will be able to tell that the server isn’t new just by looking at it.

Factory settings. During the refurbishment process, servers are returned to the original factory settings. Each server is returned to like-new condition—in looks (as noted above) as well as in how it performs. From this point the server is, for all intents and purposes, “new”—other than the fact that it was owned and used by someone else already. When you buy used servers, you get what you get—and it’s unlikely that the server will be returned to the original factory settings.

Testing. Refurbished servers are rigorously tested to ensure that it is reliable and works as promised. In fact, most refurbished gear is tested multiple times—when it arrives at the refurbishment company, during the refurbishment process, before it’s put into inventory for sale, and again before it ships to the customer. The only testing that a used server is likely to get (if any at all) is whether it lights up when the power button is turned to “on.”

Warranty. This one is a biggie when it comes to the differences between used servers and refurbished servers. The long and the short of it is that quality refurbished equipment will come with a warranty. End of story. Used servers are sold “as-is” and are unlikely to come with a warranty of any kind.

Support and maintenance. Quality refurbished servers will be eligible for OEM and third party support and maintenance programs. Refurbished server eligibility is determined by the quality of the goods provided by the refurbishment company—so who you partner with matters. Since used servers are not tested, cleaned, or returned to the original factory settings, they will not be covered by most maintenance and support programs.

Recourse, if needed. Nothing about used IT hardware is guaranteed, so if you inadvertently buy a dud, you’re stuck with it. What’s worse is that you probably don’t have much recourse with the seller. (Certainly you’ve heard of “Caveat emptor?” Buyer beware and all that jazz?) When you purchase refurbished servers from a reputable source, your purchase is guaranteed to perform and in the unlikely event that the equipment doesn’t perform (remember all that testing?), a reputable seller will work with you to ensure you get an adequate replacement.

In summary, refurbished gear from a reputable source always trumps what you’ll end up with if you buy used IT hardware. By ensuring that your server, storage and networking gear is refurbished rather than used, you can stretch your IT budget without sacrificing reliability.

...

This is a Quote

For more information on the Author, Whitepapers, World Data Products, Inc. please visit the original Article at:
http://blog.wdpi.com/blog/bid/276299/7-Differences-Between-Used-and-Refurbished-IT-Hardware

Trade Safe!

Pepe Bermúdez
Marketing & Sales www.TheBrokerSite.com
Phone: +31 765658275

LinkedIn Profile: http://nl.linkedin.com/in/pepebermudez
MSN-Skype & Trillian: www.TheBrokerSite.com
AIM & G-Talk: Pepe@TheBrokerSite.com
Yahoo! Messenger: Pepe_TheBrokerSite
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