Cisco6500: Obtain Maintenance for the Most Prolific Selling Switch

Cisco 65xx Series Switches has been the best-selling switch for well over a decade. Cost of maintenance on these series of switches has been a pain point for many organizations. List prices for SNT (8x5xNBD) and SNTP (7x24x4) prices are the following:

  • SNT $6,825
  • SNTP $10,920

Catch The Newest Tech Trend - Third Party Maintenance Agreements

In IT, if you're not aware of the latest trends, then you're bound to be left behind. Whether it's keeping up with the chatter on Reddit, or doing your own research, third party maintenance providers are one of the fastest growing sectors. As organizations are looking for new ways to efficiently maintain their complex IT infrastructure, third party maintenance is quickly becoming the wave of the future. With extensive service loopholes to jump through, organizations are growing tired of waiting for immediate and expert IT support for their IT assets. It is no wonder that Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) are losing ground to innovative third party maintenance providers who are able to provide exceptional customer service at affordable rates. Companies that were losing tons of time waiting for service from their OEMs are now riding the new wave and achieving significantly better resolution times, without sacrificing coverage by partnering with companies like XSi. And, organizations are able to reclaim control over how their IT assets are managed and streamline maintenance to be done faster, without adding extra tasks. It is estimated that by 2020, most organizations will be using some form of 3rd party IT maintenance arrangements.

How a Major Bank Saved Over 65 Percent On Their IT Maintenance Through Third-Party-Maintenance Solutions

In a large and mission critical infrastructure such as this financial institution, there are numerous time and cost saving benefits of leveraging the services of third party maintenance providers. Organizations can bypass OEM forced obsolescence by exploring alternative maintenance agreements to achieve a longer product life cycle with improved levels of service.

Large Federal Agency Achieved Over 25 Percent Reduction in Annual IT Maintenance Costs with XSi

With the growing complexities of business, federal agencies have to deploy multiple IT assets at once and juggle how to maintain all systems and ensure they are all covered for service. This increasing challenge of managing the upgrades, installation, and decommissioning of many IT assets within a larger, more interconnected IT infrastructure is a real concern for organizations in every industry. For a Federal agency, remaining compliant with regulations can add an additional layer of complexity and cost to IT maintenance and support.

Updated for 2017: End-of-Life Cisco Switches and Routers: Now What?

In 2017, IT investment is projected to be one of the fastest growing costs for small and large businesses. This is not a new trend, but since 2010, the need for new technology has become integral to a business’ success. In fact, experts estimate that technology spending will increase 5% each year, quickly surpassing 2.7 trillion by 2020. Despite this projected increase in spending, Chief Technology Officers (CTOs), now more than ever, have to be financially conscience and look for ways to get the IT hardware they need, without breaking the bank. Cisco has long been a preferred manufacturer for switches and routers, but even Cisco products are not immune to end-of-life hurdles. End-of-Life refers to the practice that manufacturers use to restrict service for software or hardware. When an IT component is declared end-of-life, the manufacturer is signalling that they will only offer repair or maintenance services for that component for only a few more years. This common practice can be devastating for an organization that relies on these now seemingly obsolete components. We have refreshed this blog to give you updated insight into how to handle end-of-life IT assets to maximize their life without having to spend thousands on new parts and installation that may not be immediately needed.

Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Break Up with the OEM for Maintenance and Support

They're just not that into you.

In the beginning, they seemed so loving and caring. As time passed, they became more and more demanding of your time and money.  They started draining you of your resources. They started making ultimatums. Does this sound like the relationship between you and your original equipment manufacturer (OEM)? Read on to find out the Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Break Up With Your OEM for Maintenance and Support.

Cisco Plans to Lay Off 5,500 Employees

Cisco announced on Wednesday that they wll be planning on laying off up to 5,500 employees that pertain to their network and router hardware. Previous to the announcement, Cisco was rumored to layoff 9,000 to 14,000 employees globally, who were being offered early retirement packages. 

Determining When to Upgrade Your Cisco 18xx / 28xx / 38xx G1 Routers to G2 Routers Cisco 19xx / 29xx / 39xx

Cisco is ending support for hundreds of thousands of Cisco 18xx / 28xx / 38xx:

Arista Networks Files Antitrust Claims in Countersuit Against Cisco Systems

On Monday, January 25, 2016, Arista Networks alleged that Cisco Systems is engaged in anti-competitive practices. Arista claims that Cisco has been price-gouging customers that purchased alternative network switches by charging higher fees through SMARTnet maintenance.

The four big opportunities for new Cisco CEO

Chuck Robbins has some pretty big shoes to fill.

The Cisco Systems Inc. CSCO, +0.12% chief executive has taken the reins from John Chambers, who led the company through the dot-com boom and bust, and now into another tech boom. After 20 years at the helm, Chambers has moved to the executive chairman seat and left the little-known Robbins to lead Cisco.

Robbins takes over at a critical time for Cisco. The company’s networking equipment helped fuel the Internet boom, and it has continued to lead the field despite challenges from waves of upstart rivals.Technology is a rapidly changing field, however, and Cisco must navigate those challenges and still find growth to sate investors.

Chambers has set up Robbins to succeed, FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives said recently.

“When you look at large-cap, traditional IT stalwarts — Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, H-P, SAP, etc. — the only two that have differentiated themselves in a positive way, especially in cloud, has been Microsoft and Cisco,” Ives said.

Robbins must continue that momentum to capitalize on Cisco’s growth opportunities if he wants to experience similar success to Chambers. The executive’s biggest opportunity yet to define how he will accomplish that task will come at Cisco’s Global Editors Conference on Monday, when Robbins is scheduled to give his first major external keynote address since taking over as CEO (unless you count his “Happy to be here!” appearance at Salesforce.com Inc. CRM, +1.40% Chief Executive Marc Benioff’s Dreamforce keynote last month).

MarketWatch tech editor Jeremy C. Owens will be in attendance at the speech, so follow him on Twitter for live updates Monday morning starting at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

Here are four potential growth opportunities MarketWatch expects to hear about from Robbins.

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