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​COVID-19 creates new demand for refurbished servers and storage in traditional data centers

July 14, 2020

Nearly all sides of the enterprise server and storage market are feeling the impact of COVID-19 as the global pandemic interrupts manufacturing and supply chains and raises prices on components and equipment. The pinch is being felt equally by IT departments now contending with tighter budgets and growing business challenges.

Forrester, looking at several disruptions, including the pandemic as well as tariff and trade disputes, is now forecasting growth for the global tech market will dip from a peak of 5 percent in 2018 down to 3 percent this year. Meanwhile, growth in spending for tech consulting and systems integration services is expected to increase by 3.2 percent. This equates to less money for hardware and more for brainpower.

As server and storage hardware becomes harder to get, and as IT budgets tighten, some IT professionals who support global data centers are considering white-box, commodity servers and storage. However, as we’ve recently seen with government restrictions on Asian white box suppliers, white-box servers aren’t the perfect fix either.

But there is another way forward that gets you great pricing, leading capabilities, and immediate access to a massive stock of servers in Houston, Texas.

ServerMonkey provides refurbished hardware that’s a great way to get Tier 1 server manufacturer features and reliability at white-box prices. Refurbished servers and storage offer a way for businesses to buy the latest hardware from trusted brands such as Dell EMC and HPE, for less money without sacrificing quality. The cost savings can then be applied to resources needed to support cloud initiatives and innovation programs.

ServerMonkey works directly with industry-leading providers of server and storage solutions like HPE, Dell EMC, IBM, Cisco Lenovo, and Veeam to equip data centers with refurbished equipment that is tested, custom-configured and under warranty to meet stringent budget and performance demands.

Reduce costs without the risks

Refurbished equipment has always been a low-cost alternative to new or white-box products. But you have to make sure the equipment you're buying is updated, tested, and validated for use. It’s common for issues and defects to appear after several months of use, exposing critical applications and data to costly downtime and repairs.

ServerMonkey removes the risks of using refurbished equipment through extensive inspections, evaluations, upgrades, and testing to ensure the products meet factory requirements. All ServerMonkey refurbished equipment undergoes a five-step quality program certified to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, and OHSAS 18001:2007 standards to ensure optimal performance for the long haul.

The five-step program ensures products are tested with an application process that confirms quality, and visual inspections to assess the product’s external condition. The products are then configured to meet your unique specifications.

ServerMonkey technicians run full diagnostics on servers and update the firmware on RAID, NIC, and DRAC, and BIOS. They are then re-tested to verify functionality. Products are then passed through a final outbound inspection before shipping.

Customized to meet your needs

There’s no need to pay for more than what you need. ServerMonkey customizes its Dell EMC and HPE servers and storage solutions to fit your needs. With refurbished hardware, you can tailor your solution to match your specifications. This customization level includes CPU, memory, hard drives, RAID controllers, optical drives, network cards, rails, and power supply units.

In addition to servers and storage, ServerMonkey also offers everything you need to build out the rest of your system, including software from VMware and Cisco's line of networking equipment.

Installation and Data Services

Instead of paying an outside source to set up and install your data center, ServerMonkey offers a team of experts to help install new equipment or upgrades. We can install everything from mounting servers to cable management. Once the installation is complete, we verify that everything is working and in order. We can also perform additional software installation and testing per your request.

Warranty and Customer Service

Used or white-box equipment sometimes carries the risk of outdated warranties and lack support. Or you could be forced into buying an OEM warranty. ServerMonkey offers TekShield, a maintenance services program that helps you manage your IT equipment, protect your hardware, and receive support when you need it. The program can be customized to meet your specific environment and includes 24x7 support to most locations around the world, saving you up to 80 percent compared to programs provided by major original equipment manufacturers.

TekShield ensures response times from 15 minutes to an hour during business hours and most parts can be delivered the next business day, depending on your support level.

One-Stop-Shop for New and Refurbished

Whether you need refurbished or new data center equipment, ServerMonkey is also an authorized reseller of HPE and Cisco SMB and enterprise products. This enables you to buy servers, networking equipment, software, and accessories in one place and receive support across your entire system, saving time and money.

Contact us today to learn more about our capabilities!

ServerMonkey Elevates Its Enterprise Hardware and Services Portfolio as a New HPE Reseller

April 27, 2020

HOUSTON, April 27, 2020 – ServerMonkey, an IT service provider that specializes in new and refurbished enterprise and SMB IT hardware, today announced it has become an Authorized Business Partner with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The new reseller partnership enables ServerMonkey to sell the latest HPE enterprise IT hardware as part of its complete, end-to-end business solutions.

How to Reduce IT Costs for Your Company: 2 Strategies Businesses Use

March 4, 2020

How to Reduce IT Costs

With growing cybersecurity concerns and economic uncertainties, many businesses from small companies to enterprises are looking for ways to reduce operational costs, which includes IT budgets. Even businesses planning to increase their IT budgets in 2020 and beyond are looking for ways to cuts costs through more efficient spending. So, how do you reduce IT costs for your company while remaining competitive without sacrificing quality, security or performance?

Consider buying refurbished servers and using VMware, two smart strategies used by many companies today that will cut your IT costs.

Refurbished Servers Reduce IT Hardware Costs Without Sacrifices

If your company only purchased new IT hardware in the past and you’re unfamiliar with buying refurbished equipment, you may not have considered this cost-effective option. Now is the time to do so.

Many businesses have discovered they can buy refurbished servers, including the latest hardware from top brands such as Dell and HP, at a fraction of the price without sacrificing quality. The key is to purchase your refurbished equipment from a reliable source.

Simply searching for the cheapest servers can be a costly mistake, but buying guaranteed refurbished hardware from a trusted seller with the benefits that brings can be a smart decision for a business of any size. You can read about four reasons to invest in refurbished equipment here.

ServerMonkey Raises Money to Help Combat Blood Cancer

February 21, 2020

Earlier this month, ServerMonkey employees spent time bringing awareness to blood cancer by hosting a bake sale and participating in several themed days. Through the bake sale, ServerMonkey employees ended up donating over $200 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! Check out some photos from the week below.

Giving cancer “Double Trouble”

Bashar Hindi Named CEO of ServerMonkey

February 13, 2020

Houston, TX -- ServerMonkey, a full-service IT partner, today announces the appointment of Bashar Hindi as CEO. In this role, Bashar will execute on the next phase of ServerMonkey’s growth and manage the company’s warehouse and operations.

Bashar has a strong background of sales and market expertise that will underpin his new role. In 2011, he joined ServerMonkey, where he worked as an account representative before being promoted to Sales Manager in 2013 and Vice President of Sales in 2016.

​ServerMonkey Sponsors and Will Exhibit at Texas Technology Summit 2020

February 11, 2020

Houston, X, February 11, 2020 -- ServerMonkey, a full-service IT partner, is proudly sponsoring the 11th annual Texas Technology Summit, the largest regional IT and security conference in Houston. The summit, which will feature informative sessions and multiple giveaways, will be held on February 12, 2020 at Houston’s NRG Center. The conference is a prime gathering for those interested in learning more about technology and how it is constantly changing. This year’s focus – "2020: The Age of SkyNet" – explores how IT professionals can balance revolutions in technology with continually evolving security concerns.

ServerMonkey, the event’s Happy Hour Sponsor, will exhibit at booth #403 in the exhibit hall at NRG Center, where company representatives will showcase ServerMonkey’s enterprise IT products, services, and solutions. ServerMonkey will also give away a $100 gift card and $500 ServerMonkey credit to a lucky winner!

Data Privacy Day Reminder: Protect Data with Drive Shredding & Wiping Service

January 23, 2020

Data Privacy Day Reminder: Protect Data with Drive Shredding & Wiping Service

Observed annually on January 28, Data Privacy Day is the designated day to think about the importance of data privacy and promote the protection of private information in our digital world. Businesses and organizations host events throughout the month to help raise awareness about current privacy issues and best practices for safeguarding data. People learn more about how personal information is collected, stored, used and shared. The day promotes dialogue and encourages action to bring real change.

Take the time each January to celebrate National Data Privacy Day by promoting privacy awareness, but when the day passes, remember that respecting and protecting data is not a one-day or even one-month occasion.

As the number and size of data breaches continue to grow, businesses must make data privacy protection a continuous effort, and be transparent about those efforts. If you collect consumers’ personal data, be honest about how that information is collected, used and shared. Keep it secure, protected.

What Makes ServerMonkey Different

January 22, 2020

What Makes ServerMonkey Different from the Many Server Stores?

As technology continues to grow and the demands of up-to-date hardware and software increases, ServerMonkey prides itself on selling the latest IT products and solutions, including cost-effective, high-quality refurbished servers. Our company and a few others provide refurbished servers, but what makes ServerMonkey stand out from the rest?

We Guarantee the Quality and Assurance of our Refurbished Server

New servers can cost businesses a lot of money, so many look into purchasing refurbished servers. ServerMonkey ensures that all servers go through a rigorous testing process for refurbishing. Our processes are certified to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, and OHSAS 18001:2007 to ensure that you are receiving the highest quality in products and services.

Not only do we offer low prices for like-new servers, but we also provide many levels of customization to fit any business need. If during the process of customizing you ever have a question, our sales staff will be readily available to assist you throughout the entire process.

When to Replace a Business Server: 5 Signs It’s Time

January 13, 2020

5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Business Server

Business servers are vital to a company’s operations, so it is important to know when to replace one before failure results in a significant loss, but with various industry recommendations found online, how do you know when it’s time to invest in a new or refurbished server? Consider these 5 signs:

1. Customer Feedback / Diminishing Performance of a Server

If you are experiencing diminishing performance, your server is slow and no longer keeping up with the workload, it may be time to replace it. Maybe you haven’t noticed any issues, but according to your sales team, customer feedback indicates a problem.

Upgrading the CPU, replacing hard drives and adding more memory can help improve performance, but these and other upgrades may not provide the boost your server needs. In many cases, it is more cost-effective to replace the server, especially an aging one.

ServerMonkey donates toys to Blue Santa Houston

December 18, 2019

Every year we love to spread Christmas cheer by donating to a local toy drive or charity to help our littlest neighbors in need celebrate the season. This year we partnered with Blue Santa Houston to help stock their Santa's Workshop!