We hear daily reports of challenges in supply chains and opinion suggests that it will get worse before it gets better.
Users of IT hardware are increasingly frustrated that IT has shifted from a short lead time to a long lead time commodity and seek new partners to help them access what they need, when they need it. The core challenge remains the same; maintain network infrastructure, plan for upgrades and refreshes, keep network infrastructure working for longer and design and implement major network migrations.
Our unique position as partner to the original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) and to enterprise customers means we get visibility of both challenges.
Take for example . OEM’s are advising of a 6 month wait. Nexus datacentre equipment has been quoted as having wait times of up to 180-200 days. The ongoing Chipageddon crisis is causing 7-12 month lead times and models in the CAT9K family have reached a 400 day wait for some models.
At a time when businesses are rapidly digitalising, the immediate availability of networking infrastructure hardware is a frustration for those trying to source it and a business risk for businesses who are relying on it to optimise their networks.
This frustration provides an opportunity to change how IT is sourced, procured and used. There is way to overcome these supply chain disruptions – choosing authorised remanufactured technology.
What is authorised remanufactured technology?
Remanufactured technology provides a solution to supply chain resiliency by utilising items that already exist. This is where used technology – either returned by customers, end of life products, or overprovisioned stock from suppliers – is fully remanufactured and prepared for use once again. The products are tested by the original manufacturer (Cisco, Dell, HPE) for functionality and possible defects, worn components are replaced, and any data stored is safely deleted. These are then supplied good-as-new with the manufacturers full warranty and associated software licenses. Authorised remanufactured technology really is as good as new. What’s more ever major technology vendor, names such as Cisco, Dell, HPE, etc, has a refresh or remanufacture programme.
Crucially, authorised remanufactured technology is not just a temporary, short-term fix, it offers a long term solution to an ongoing solution- it’s a more resilient supply chain, it’s faster to source and it’s more sustainable. For many, utilising remanufactured IT means speed and agility- teams are already trained on the equipment so integration is seamless and fast.
For years we’ve helped customers evolve their supply chains by designing and deploying solutions built on authorised remanufactured hardware, and we’re proud to have supplied over 800 tonnes of remanufactured technology to date- this has prevented this 800 tonnes from becoming eWaste by extending its life. We’ve deployed remanufactured technology in defence, the finance sector, the public sector and in enterprise accounts.
What are the benefits?
There are a number of benefits to choosing remanufactured technology, both for your business, and for the planet, but one of the most topical is product availability. Remanufactured technology provides an immediate solution to the supply chain challenge. It’s also more sustainable.
With the ongoing supply issues we’re seeing, including delays with components such as transistors, processors, and semiconductors, new technology simply isn’t available in the quantities required. But with authorised remanufactured, the resources and components required are already available within existing hardware, meaning there are no delays and the technology you need is accessible today.
You can access a more resilient supply chain, with blended solutions built on the technology your people already know and love. No issues with compatibility or additional training for your team.
As a Cisco Refresh partner for the last 13 years, we’ve built extended supply chains to help us access authorised remanufactured CAT9K, Nexus and ASR hardware, good-as-new and ready to be shipped within just a few weeks – a fraction of the expected lead time for new products.
Even better, authorised remanufactured network technology typically costs 20% less than new, a significant saving that helps your stretched IT budget go further.
Cistor is here to help
We’re experts in authorised remanufactured technology, and our strong relationships with leading vendors such as Cisco mean that we can source and supply remanufactured technology that simply isn’t available as new.
We’ve deployed remanufactured technology in mission critical environments like the UK defence sector and the London Stock Exchange, along with large enterprise customers and the public sector. What started as a ‘fix’ to supply chain disruption has become a way of buying and using IT that is more resilient, faster to source and better for IT budgets.
To learn more about Cisco Refresh, authorised remanufactured networking technology, or how we can help you navigate global IT hardware issues, talk to us today.