Refurbished IT In the Education System and Why You Should Be Using It

I’m pretty sure that if you had the budget to buy brand new hardware every year, then you probably would. For most, budgets might be a little bit tighter and trying to squeeze what you need out of that might seem close to impossible. Don’t give up yet. Have you considered buying refurbished IT equipment as an alternative? It could solve all your budgeting problems…

Does the frequent requirement to upgrade your hardware put a strain on your budget? Are you under pressure to upgrade even though you don’t need to? Does trying to keep up with your OEM account manager to upgrade at every chance drive you slightly insane? Are you perfectly happy knowing that your current infrastructure is stable and don’t want to jeopardise this?

Well, with refurbished technology you could buy the same servers that you currently use, even after your OEM has stopped supplying them. You can grow with what you know.

Ultimately, the best part is, refurbished hardware comes with a much cheaper price tag and protected by a warranty, just as though it were new.

Now, what’s not to love about that.

If you thought that it couldn’t get any better, you’re wrong. If you spend less, you have more money/budget left to spend on other parts to help better your system. Plus, if you can buy hardware cheaper, you could buy something of a far greater specification with a lower price tag because it’s refurbished!

There are plenty of products available on the refurbished market, it might actually surprise you. You’re not limited to just servers and storage arrays. You can also source expertly reconditioned components that you could use to upgrade or repair your current hardware.

If your OEM stops supplying the components you need, then you might find that your only option is in fact going down the refurbished route. So, don’t let your OEM run your infrastructure. You can actually choose to upgrade when time and budget suits you.

If you choose to use refurbished technology you will discover the many benefits it has to offer. If you haven’t started your refurbished journey yet, then there is no better time like the present.

For further advice and to discuss any queries you may have please give us a call on 01256 808555.

Summer Sale!

Enjoying the great British summer?  Here’s another reason to celebrate.   From Monday 22nd July, until 31st July 2019 we will be holding our largest ever 10-day sale, with prices discounted across the whole of our web store and on pricing via our sales team.  Why?  We have to stocktake in August, and this is a job we really dislike!

Call or email us with bulk enquiries for Supermicro, Quanta, Fujitsu and other branded servers, Intel CPU’s, Hynix, Samsung, Micron and Kingston branded DIMMs, WD, HGST, Seagate, Intel,  and Samsung storage products etc etc – we might just have what you need at an even better price.


Supermicro Brings Unprecedented Performance and Configurability to the Intelligent Edge for New Security, 5G, and AI Solutions English

The Latest Edge Servers Bring Up to 37 LAN Port Software Defined Networking Solutions, and Accelerated AI Inferencing to the Network Edge, Unleashing a New Class of 5G-Ready Solutions

NEWS PROVIDED BY: Super Micro Computer, Inc. 

SINGAPORE, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology reaffirms that its latest intelligent edge platforms are ideal for network security, Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs), and Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) for 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).

solutions for intelligent edge

Supermicro shows new Security, 5G and AI Edge solutions at RSA Asia

Supermicro’s network security edge solutions enable our partners’ networking software stacks, such as low-latency packet management, which is ideal for use in Unified Threat Management (UTM), Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), and other network security applications.

“Supermicro is committed to providing the most advanced edge and data center server solutions to support network security, IoT and MEC for 5G,” said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro.  “Supermicro’s Resource-Saving servers are highly configurable, enabling customers to pick the best memory, processors, connectivity, and software for deployment.”

Supermicro’s latest embedded servers powered by Intel® Xeon® D-2100 series processors, such as the 1019D-16C-FHN13TP, speed up computing and VNFs right where you need them in the micro data center or the intelligent edge, supporting Intel® Select Solution uCPE, 5G Virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN), and MEC. These new edge platforms provide support for GPU accelerator cards or Intel® FPGA programmable acceleration cards to deliver local compute and AI inferencing, virtually converging the edge and cloud into one seamless data processing platform.

Supermicro’s SuperServer 1019D-FRN5TP brings ultimate versatility to your virtualized network edge with Advanced I/O Modules (AIOMs) that can be configured with up to 37 LAN ports to complement the platform’s array of VNF and SD-WAN capabilities. Also, the compact E300 SuperServer packs a lot of capability in a very small footprint – it can be used as security appliance or to deploy VNFs including SD-WAN and is also verified Intel® Select Solution uCPE. These platforms help eliminate complexity, accelerate deployments, and enable developers to focus on the business logic powering 5G and IoT applications and services.

Supermicro will showcase these new systems in Booth 1815 at RSA Asia 2019, July 16 – July 18, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

For more information on Supermicro’s complete line of Embedded Building Block Solutions visit or download an Embedded Solutions Brochure.

For more information on RSA Asia 2019 or to register for an expo pass, please visit

About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI)

Supermicro (SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

Supermicro, Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.

All other brands, names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


SOURCE: Super Micro Computer, Inc.

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Supermicro Introduces Industry’s First Server & Storage Systems Supporting EDSFF – First Compact Open Industry Standard for All-Flash NVMe Optimized Storage

EDSFF’s Higher Density/Capacity and Improved Thermal Efficiency is Available to Customers in BigTwin™ 2U Four-node System and Multiple 1U Petascale Systems

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 25, 2019 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology, today launched the industry’s first family of server and storage systems that support EDSFF (Enterprise and Datacenter Storage Form Factor) NVMe drives.

EDSFF is the first industry-standard all-flash NVMe specification optimized for storage; it propels NVMe to the next level with higher density, improved manageability, and optimal thermal efficiency. EDSFF builds on NVMe capabilities delivering six times more throughput and seven times latency reduction over traditional flash storage. It works with both long (E1.L) and short (E1.S) drives and many drive manufacturers support EDSFF, giving customers broader storage options with up to one or a half petabyte density in 1U.

“Supermicro is the first to market with server and storage systems that support EDSFF,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “Offering the industry’s most extensive line of NVMe, Hybrid NVMe, and SATA systems, the addition of EDSFF continues our NVMe market-leadership position. These optimized NVMe drives will support up to 32 hot-swap drives in 1U, which is ideal for the highest performing workloads or storage specific software optimized for IOPS. EDSFF establishes a common form factor we believe will be predominant in the future.”

“The latest industry standard NVMe storage is a game changer for the market,” said Jake Roersma, VP of Platform Engineering at Netskope. “A form factor that is optimized for SSD has proven to deliver superior performance while simplifying integration using open standards. Supermicro continues to lead the way by providing the deepest portfolio of NVMe products, best cost, and availability.”

Supermicro’s EDSFF family products:


The unique new BigTwin 2U four-node system offers the highest performance (IOPS/GB) with ten E1.S drives plus two SATA M.2 per node. The BigTwin’s industry-leading multi-node efficiency with shared power and cooling is enhanced with the thermal efficiency of EDSFF drives to deliver additional resource savings. With no compromise on features, each node also supports dual 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors up to 205-watts and 24 DIMMs.

1U Petascale Systems

Supermicro’s Petascale line of all-flash NVMe™ 1U storage servers supports next-generation flash technologies with up to 52GB/second data bandwidth, high IOPS performance, NVMe over Fabrics, and ease of maintenance.

The new EDSFF Petascale systems optimize capacity and efficiency ($/GB/Watt) and include the 1U Petascale E1.L with support for 32 high-capacity E1.L drives; the 1U Petascale E1.S, a 30” depth system with support for 32 high-capacity E1.S drives; and, the Petascale JBOF supporting 32 E1.L drives for storage expansion and connectivity up to eight hosts. All of these systems are available now.

Supermicro also offers a 1U Petascale system optimized for NF1 form factor NVMe drives that has been shipping in volume since Q4 2018. Like the EDSFF Petascale systems, the 1U Petascale NF1 supports 32 high-capacity drives.

For more information on Supermicro EDSFF products, visit

Source: Super Micro Computer, Inc.


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More 3Tb, 4Tb, 6Tb, 8Tb and 10Tb HDD in stock

We have a growing choice of refurbished SATA and SAS hard drives in stock at all times.   Latest arrivals have been Seagate Enterprise 10Tb’s, but we stock all sorts.   Have a look at our latest 10Tb drive’s here : Seagate 10Tb

Massive enterprise SSD now shipping. Upto 30.72Tb in 2.5″

We are now shipping Samsung’s latest PM1643 Very high capacity Enterprise series SAS-3 12Gbps SSD drives.   Huge capacity, great performance and endurance with 5 year warranty.


Finance Options


3d Systems have partnered with Reality Finance who are specialists in IT equipment leasing for businesses. Leasing options are available for the latest and greatest server hardware technology. With no upfront costs, 5* service rating and same day credit approvals you won’t want to miss out on the chance to invest in your business.

It lets you adopt emerging IT quickly to drive competitive edge, spread the cost and gives you the use of the asset without depleting cash reserves or disrupting cash flow.

It avoids depreciation and safeguards your business from diminishing IT values and equipment obsolescence. I will allow you to access funds quickly and allow you to get the equipment you need, when you need it. You will be able to plan ahead and with predictable rentals and a payment term tailored to your needs.

Our combined team are on hand to help you choose the best funding for you from a variety of options.

For our customers, Reality Finance can get same day approval for IT equipment and services under £100,000. They are also a principal lender in their own right, bringing you additional flexibility on your leasing options. They can often source leasing options that are not offered by high street banks, and work hard to offer our customers the best deal on the market. Leasing with Reality Finance gives your business the agility to act quickly, seize on new opportunities as they arise, and embrace the latest equipment, all without tying up valuable cash.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us on 01256 808555.

What you need to know about Data Destruction

Data has grown in the past decade. Consequently, it has become more vulnerable to attacks.

There is a demand for data destruction planning and businesses are having to step up to protect themselves. Proper data destruction is essential for data security best practices and integrity. This is essential to prevent any potential disasters.

Many International data standards surrounding data storage exist and, in some circumstances, they have been written into law.

It is important to understand how you can meet your local and overseas’ regulatory requirements. By working with a partner like 3d Systems, who can guide you through the process, you can rest assured that you have taken the correct action in preventing any data security breach.

We can help you understand the different types of common wiping standards and how we can help you apply them to your business or personal circumstances. If you are looking for a total one stop supplier to take care of Data Destruction on all your devices, then this is something we would be happy to assist with.

3d System Sales Ltd offers services both at our own premises in Hampshire where goods will be transported by our own team or on-site at your location using portable equipment.  If required, physical destruction of devices can be carried out, with every step recorded to provide you with evidence of destruction. Not being tied to a single vendors solution means that we will take each project on a case by case basis, offering a time and cost-effective solution for you whether you have 10 or 10,000 devices to process.  This flexibility also allows us to offer you a solution that meet’s your preferred standards, rather than forcing you to compromise to an alternative.

Something to consider.

The service that we offer can increase the value of your devices for resale purposes, helping you to lower your total cost of ownership.  How? As part of the data destruction process, we take the opportunity to test for functionality all the devices and grade them. When these devices are then resold, we are able to achieve a greater selling price for items that have been tested in this manner in comparison to devices that are untested.

Our team would be very happy to help you through this process. To discuss all our data wiping solutions please call 3d System Sales Ltd on 01256 808555 to find a solution that fits your personal or business needs.

More technical information needed?

As we have already said, there are multiple options for wiping devices and we cannot list them all here, but major factors you might have to consider will be how long it may take to wipe the drive and what level of security you desire as they are typically linked.  For example, if you have a large hard drive, to make a very simple overwrite of zeros will take much less time to complete than writing random data (more effective). And the more passes that are required (effectively increasing the level of protection), the longer it takes. Common standards range from as few as 1 passes up to 35 passes.

If the process used also verifies each write at the end of each pass, then the whole process will take longer than using a different wipe method that doesn’t verify at all or waits until the very end of the last pass to verify that the data has been overwritten.

Whichever method you use, they all have Pro’s and Con’s which we would be happy to discuss with you.

Here is a guide to a few of the most commonly recognised international standards for data wiping:

Canadian Standard

RCMP TSSIT OPS-II (Four-pass wipe)

This method uses four different passes. It alternates ones and zeros to write over data on the first three passes, it then writes random characters on the fourth and verifies that step was successful.

This method is similar to a US-based standard which is called NAVSO P-5239-26, defined by the US Navy.

US Department of Defence

DoD 5220.22-M (Three-pass wipe)

US Department of Defence standards are another military-grade option for data destruction. This works very similarly to the Canadian and US Naval standards. It uses zeros in the first pass and ones in the second pass, followed by a random character in the third. The main difference between the Canadian and Navy standard and this DOD is that each pass is verified along the way.


Gutmann, Pfitzner, and Schneier’s Methods

These different algorithms are complex multi-pass overwrites which prevent the extraction of the original data.

The Gutmann Method is one of the most complex and thorough wiping standards. This approach uses 18 to 35 different passes. It uses heavy variations in the overwriting patterns. Random characters are also input at certain intervals and a complex pattern is used throughout the entire overwrite. This method is a good option for older hard drives.

The Pfitzner Method is equally complicated. This method uses a 33-pass option and runs the entire program multiple times. Verification occurs along the way and also uses a combination of random characters for each pass. There is the option for both a seven-pass and 33-pass program.

The Schneier Method has a more complex system than some of the other standard data destruction techniques. It first employs zeros and ones in the first two passes followed by five more random characters. Some software will verify that a character was written, and will then start the process all over again if the verification shows a failure to write the character to the drive.

To discuss data wiping solutions please call 3d System Sales Ltd on 01256 808555 to find a solution that fits your personal or business needs.


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Resell, Refurbish, Reuse

Time to take action

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Global e-waste is due to hit 50 million tonnes this year. 80% of electronic waste ends up shipped to developing countries such as Ghana, China, India and Nigeria.  E-waste is now the fastest growing waste stream in the world and with that comes the need for effective recycling programs.

E-waste poses a great threat to the environment. Electronics contain toxic components such as lead, barium, mercury and lithium. If the heavy metals found in computer batteries are improperly disposed, they can penetrate through the soil and run to streams or ponds. This can result in the death of animals which may exist in these waters. If the contaminated ground water enters the ”soil-crop food pathway” it can persist in that environment for a long time. This increases the risk of exposure to people and livestock.

So, now that you are aware of the dangers of e-waste and the effects it has on the environment, it is time to do something about it. Just like reselling a mobile phone, you can also sell your used server equipment. To minimise any risk of data or identity theft, it is important that your used equipment ends up in the right hands.

By 2020, at least 85% will have to be recycled. It is important to recycle or resell your used equipment and fix and upgrade or buy refurbished in the future.

3d System Sales Ltd provides recycling, maintaining, repairing, upgrading and buy back services for business-critical systems. If you are thinking of selling or buying refurbished server equipment then our sales team are on hand to make this an easy and pain-free experience.


Snow go..


Due to adverse weather conditions, we had to close the office early on Friday 1st February.    We will be answering emails as normal, but phones may be answered.   Hopefully we will be back to normal on Monday.  Apologies to any disappointed customers who are trying to reach us!