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Offers up to 90 Percent Savings for Network Edge and End-of-Life Equipment Support Compared to OEM Warranty Programs

London, UK - 22nd April, 2008 - Network Hardware Resale (NHR), the leading provider of pre-owned and new networking equipment, today launched its NetSure™ maintenance programme in the UK and rest of Europe, as well as the Middle East and Africa regions. NetSure is an innovative hardware maintenance program that provides substantial savings over traditional manufacturer maintenance with unprecedented flexibility to meet varying network support requirements. The enhanced service offering is available for most currently deployed network gear throughout Europe.

With NetSure, companies have access to 24x7 technical support and advanced hardware replacement at 50-to-90 percent off OEM contracts like Cisco’s SMARTnet service. Replacement is next-day for many parts of Europe (regional exceptions exist where there are local freight carrier or customs restrictions). Around-the-clock support is provided by a team of Cisco-certified technicians that provide customised coverage of network core, distribution and access layers. NetSure also provides an extra layer of protection for previous-generation gear and end-of-life network equipment, such as Cisco’s 6500 Series Switches, which boast an installed base of more than 350,000 units but are no longer eligible for new SMARTnet support contracts.

According to Mike Sheldon, president and CEO of Network Hardware Resale, the exorbitant costs of OEM maintenance often results in safeguarding core equipment only, leaving the rest of the network vulnerable to catastrophic failures. “NetSure provides the freedom to choose the level of support that makes the most technical and financial sense for the entire network, without compromising proficient, responsive service,” he says. “Moreover, NetSure helps organisations avoid forced upgrades by extending the lifecycle of viable equipment that has reached OEM end-of-support and can no longer be placed under manufacturer maintenance.”

Enhanced NetSure support includes installation assistance, configuration review and advanced troubleshooting for rapid issue resolution on a variety of platforms. Additionally, NHR provides a single point of contact for multi-manufacturer networks, including highly-trained experts on Cisco, Juniper, Foundry and Extreme technologies. NetSure support is available on a module basis, enabling companies to tailor their support for specific locations or portions of their networks.

NHR serves more than 10,000 customers worldwide, including Global 1000 organisations, small and mid-sized enterprises, government entities, educational institutions, healthcare organisations and telecommunications service providers. The company currently offers a full range of used, new-surplus and new network equipment for production networks, disaster recovery, testing and sparing. In addition, the company’s expanding service offering includes asset recovery solutions, technical support, maintenance and warranty optimisation services.

About Network Hardware Resale

Network Hardware Resale (NHR) is a leading provider of high-performance, pre-owned Cisco, Extreme and Juniper networking equipment. The company also is an authorised reseller of resilient, massively scalable networking gear from Force10 Networks. Founded in 1986, the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based organisation has been recognised by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States for four consecutive years. NHR provides global sales and technical support from its California, New York City metro, Amsterdam, London and Singapore locations. More than 10,000 organisations worldwide purchase quality networking equipment from NHR, including Global 1000 companies, small and mid-sized enterprises, government entities, educational institutions, healthcare organisations and telecommunications service providers. For more information, visit www.networkhardware.com.

For more information, visit www.networkhardware.com.

Paul Shlackman +44 (0)1628 673007, paul@bondpr.com
Sarah Beene, +1-805-690-3701, sarah@networkhardware.com


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