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Manage your data security like a champion with our glossary of data destruction

Data security is a heavily discussed topic, the reason for which lies in its critical importance. All too common breaches continue to bring the subject back to the limelight with experts and influences imploring businesses to do more to protect their sensitive data stores. This protection shouldn’t end along with the active use of a device. Secure data destruction at the time of equipment decommissioning is absolutely vital to ensure the continued protection of any data. The data destruction and decommissioning process can be a complex one, however, so we’ve put together this glossary of terms to throw some light[…]

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What to do when your OEM issues an EOL mandate on your equipment

When your OEM issues an EOL mandate, it can feel like the pressure is on to upgrade your equipment. Equipment manufacturers encourage us to believe that networking equipment may fail after the standard 3-5 years and is therefore best replaced, but in reality, its useful life is much longer. The introduction of EOL mandates often just signifies that a manufacturer has introduced new equipment into the market and no longer wishes to invest in the older models. Upgrading may turn out to be the best option, but you shouldn’t feel pressured to invest in the newer models if your current equipment still provides[…]

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How to choose an IT equipment repair partner

There are a huge number of potential repair partners out there but it can be difficult to tell the good from the bad in terms of reliability, quality and speed of service. Follow our quick guide to find out what you should be looking for in a dependable partner: Facilities The facilities a repair partner has at their disposal say a lot about their capabilities, commitment and expertise in the area they work. Do they have the capabilities and equipment to repair your kit to a high standard? Another area to look out for is the testing equipment a partner has available. So[…]

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Case Study: Improving the network through asset review

An online gaming company needed to refresh their infrastructure, held at a remote colocation data centre and relocate it to a new facility in another country. The Problem A strategic business decision led an online gaming company to move their operations from one colocation data centre to a new facility in another country. With five racks of equipment, of varying age and condition, the company decided this was an ideal time to review their asset inventory so looked to HardwareLifecycle for help. Key Project Objectives De-installation of equipment in existing location Physical transportation of kit Full asset review Reinstallation of equipment in new location Decommissioning of EOS equipment Destruction[…]

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18 brilliant business benefits of IT equipment refurbishment

IT equipment refurbishment not only delivers benefits to your IT department, but to your business as a whole. Take a look at these brilliant ways your business can benefit: Save money – achieve up to 90% cost savings with refurbished equipment Make equipment last longer – extend the life of your older kit rather than buying new Escape OEM upgrade mandates – third-party support and warranties on refurbished equipment mean you don’t have to follow OEM mandates Consolidate support – bring support for all your equipment, new and refurbished, under one contract, with one invoice and one renewal date Invest at the right time for[…]

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Reverse Logistics: managing the asset lifecycle

Have a read of this blog from HardwareServices for tips on managing the logistics of your asset lifecycle. Finding the right partner can help you remove the pain of managing operations, reduce storage costs and improve your inventory management. Reverse logistics can also cover data security, equipment decommissioning and recycling. Read the full article to find out more: Reverse Logistics: managing the asset lifecycle.   Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Google+ to make sure you never miss a post. About HardwareLifecycle HardwareLifecycle (a division of Hardware Group) ensures complete support throughout the full lifecycle of your IT assets, helping you balance your evolving technological[…]

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The cost effective alternative to annuity-based IT support contracts

It’s impossible to guarantee a 100% operational network, 100% of the time. Faults and problems from time to time are inevitable and, when something does go wrong, you want to be sure it will be fixed in the shortest time possible to minimise disruption and financial loss to your business. Annuity-based IT support contracts work on an annual fee basis providing comprehensive cover across your network with support on hand, as and when you need it, to ensure your network operations are restored within the stated SLAs. Whilst these prove a reliable and cost-effective solution for many businesses, those with a larger[…]

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The importance of timely network support renewals

Much like an insurance policy, IT support contracts are something you hope you’ll never need to use, but if a situation arises where you do need them, they can serve as something of a lifeline for your business. Without a support contract you could be faced with some very expensive system downtime while you try to find an engineer to fix whatever equipment failure has occurred. The engineer in question is also likely to charge a significant per-hour sum in addition to the cost of any new parts or equipment, which will, of course, take extra time to source. A simple[…]

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Truth Or Scare: 9 IT Lifecycle Facts And Myths Revealed – Part 2

Following on from our previous blog post, Richard Johnson, Group Head of Lifecycle Services at HardwareLifecycle, talks us through our final 4 common IT lifecycle beliefs and the truth behind them. 6.    Annuity-based support contracts are a must – SCARE It is impossible to guarantee a 100% operational network, 100% of the time. Faults and problems from time to time are inevitable and when something does go wrong, you want to be sure it will be fixed in the shortest time possible to minimise disruption and financial loss to your business. Annuity-based support and repair contracts work on an annual fee basis providing[…]

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Truth Or Scare: 9 IT Lifecycle Facts And Myths Revealed – Part 1

It’s common knowledge that technical equipment doesn’t last forever but, less commonly known is how long its lifespan actually is. Your equipment still seems to function well but, with technology constantly evolving, manufacturers boasting the benefits of their latest kit and significant investments at stake, it can become confusing and difficult to know the truth about your equipment lifecycle and where your budgets should be spent. Richard Johnson, Group Head of Lifecycle Services at HardwareLifecycle, has 18 years of experience in the networking industry and offers some clarity around this issue, highlighting nine common IT lifecycle beliefs and the truth behind[…]

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