What is Cisco Refresh

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Cisco Refresh is a category of remanufactured equipment that Cisco has put through their rigorous certification. Designed to extend the life cycle of Cisco technology, it provides a sustainable alternative to new products. But it's not just about the hardware. With Cisco Refresh, you get the same reliability and performance as new products, bolstered by a full warranty and Cisco Smart Net Total Care support. This means every piece of Cisco Refresh equipment is backed just like new, assuring peace of mind with measurable cost savings.


The Remanufacturing Process

Unlike standard ‘Refurbished’ equipment, which may have had a lick of paint and a basic diagnostic test, Cisco takes unused returns and previously used equipment and restores it meticulously. Each item undergoes a thorough inspection, component replacement, firmware update and rigorous soak testing. This ensures that your remanufactured equipment works and performs just like.

Cisco employs the same quality control processes used for their new products. This includes using original Cisco components, adhering to strict Cisco standards for hardware testing, and applying the latest engineering enhancements. The result is a Cisco Refresh product that doesn't just work like new but is backed as new, with full warranty and support options like Cisco Smart Net Total Care. This not only maximises the value but also aligns with environmental sustainability efforts by reducing waste and saving resources.


Benefits of Choosing Remanufactured Equipment

When you opt for Cisco Refresh it’s not just about saving money, it’s also about making a responsible choice. You’ll cut down on costs (typically around 15-20% saving) and reduce e-Waste (59% carbon emission saving and 92% saving in raw materials for 10 average network switches), helping the planet while keeping your tech up-to-date.  

Cost-Effective: Cisco Refresh offers the same solution to acquiring necessary technology, at a lower price than new equipment.

Reliable Performance: Cisco Refresh equipment undergoes such rigorous refurbishing processes that it matches the performance and reliability of new products.

Sustainable Choice: Opting for Cisco Refresh is a proactive step towards environmental sustainability. It reduces e-Waste and conserves the raw materials and energy used in manufacturing new equipment.


Availability of Cisco Refresh Equipment

Cisco Refresh can sometimes significantly shorten the waiting period for essential equipment. While lead times can vary, in some instances, we've seen reductions of up to eight weeks. This is particularly advantageous for urgent projects or when time is of the essence.

For equipment that has reached its end-of-sale date, Cisco Refresh provides an invaluable service. It can rejuvenate your existing network with quality, remanufactured products, keeping your operations running smoothly without the need for a full-scale upgrade.

This blend of availability, cost-saving, sustainability and commitment to quality makes Cisco Refresh a strategic choice for maintaining and enhancing your IT infrastructure.


What hardware is available through Cisco Refresh?

We supply everything from the latest equipment releases to end of sale legacy parts. If you need it, we're committed to helping you source it, and efficiently integrate it into your existing infrastructure. Here's a look at the categories and series of products we frequently handle:

  • SD-WAN
  • Routers
  • Access Networking
  • Switches
  • Wireless
  • Data Centre Networking

We specialise in a variety of series including Cisco Catalyst 8000, Cisco Catalyst 1000, Cisco Catalyst C9000, Cisco 1100 ISR, Cisco ASR 1000, 900, 9000, and Cisco Nexus 9000, along with Cisco UCS.

For those seeking legacy items or hard-to-find technology, Cisco Refresh aligns with the goals of sustainability by keeping technology in use for longer, minimising e-Waste, and extending the lifecycle of vital equipment.

As an example of our capabilities, we successfully provided the UK Ministry of Defence with hard-to-source remanufactured hardware that not only had significant cost savings but also enabled extended operational capability with minimal disruption.

Why buy Cisco Refresh through Cistor?

It’s not just about products; it’s about partnering with a leader in sustainable IT solutions.

Sustainability Champions: Our commitment to Cisco's sustainability vision is at the heart of everything we do. We’re not just suppliers; we’re stewards of a greener planet, ensuring that the products and services we offer mirror this ethos.

Expertise and Support: We have expert knowledge of Cisco’s offerings, reinforced by our certification in environmental sustainability. This expertise ensures that you receive not only the best Cisco equipment but also guidance to help you choose solutions that best fit your IT environment.

Beyond the Product: Our dedication to the circular economy goes beyond sales. We ensure that the technology we provide supports your sustainability targets and contributes to reducing e-Waste significantly.

The Uncommon Inventory: Whether it's the latest technology or hard-to-find legacy equipment, if you’re hitting a wall elsewhere, we excel. Our agile and resourceful approach, backed by our sourcing specialists, means we’re adept at tracking down those elusive pieces of tech.


Spot the Difference?

See for yourself how Cisco Refresh products match up to new ones. They come with all the same accessories, deliver the same performance and carry the same warranty. All this comes with a significantly lower environmental impact and cost. Can you spot the difference?

Ready to get started?

Get in touch with us to explore your options, find hard-to-source equipment, or simply learn more about how Cisco Refresh can benefit you.

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