Used and Refurbished DELL server and networking hardware

Alta Technologies now has two dedicated DELL buyers.  We are always looking to build new relationships with suppliers of used and refurbished equipment.  Here are a couple tools for those of you newer to the Dell server marketplace.

How To Manage Dell Servers using OMSA – OpenManage Server Administrator On Linux

View DELL Service Tag and Express Service Code From Linux and Windows

Need to lookup your Service Tag or Express Service Code?  (Dell Website)

Whether you are looking to SELL YOUR DELL or looking to BUY DELL SERVERS AND SPARES these are the folks you need to meet.  Give us a call!  We can assist you with all of your DELL server and networking equipment needs.

Matt Claseman – EMAIL ME

DELL Product Manager


Vadim Nevelskiy

DELL Account Manager

EMAIL ME  800-546-2582


What is an HBA (host bus adapter) and what does it do?


An example of an IBM QLogic HBA

OK, so you may live your entire life without needing to know what a HBA is.  In truth, most people live without that knowledge, and live happily I might add.  For those of us who through either desire or necessity must develop an understanding of this part, let’s continue.

First off, you may have heard many different names for the same type of adapter.  Let’s simplify.  A Host Controller = A Host Adapter = A Host Bus Adapter (HBA).   Each computer, server, or storage device needs a way to connect or communicate with a network.  This network could be either local or global, and there may be certain firewires, USB, SATA, SCSI, or IDE connections available.

Here is a more technical explanation of how this works:

“A host bus adapter (HBA) is a circuit board and/or integrated circuit adapter that provides input/output (I/O) processing and physical connectivity between a server and a storage device. Because the HBA relieves the host microprocessor of both data storage and retrieval tasks, it can improve the server’s performance time. An HBA and its associated disk subsystems are sometimes referred to as a disk channel.”

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What this means, is that the adapter frees up the processor to work on other tasks while it offers some processing and connection between a server or computer and a storage device.  As you can see from the image attached, there is a circuit board on this card which allows for the processing of data between the server and a storage device.  Depending on the I/O slots available on the system board of the server or computer you may be using, the interface to connect may be PCI, AGP, or PCI Express.

If you are searching for more detailed information or further explanation, wiki is always a good place to start.


How to Make Social Media Work For Your Business

How to Make Social Media Work For Your Business

If you haven’t been keeping up on how to maximize your social media efforts, or if you don’t really have a grasp on what exactly is even included by the term “social,” then you should take a quick peek at this article by Forbes.  Think of your own purchasing experiences.  Where do you look for information?  A phone book?  Your laptop?  A mobile device?  Check out this quick article for a quick reminder on exactly what you need to know about being “social” and give your customers, or potential customers, a reason to check you out!

What is a stocking reseller and what do they do?

A stocking reseller is any company that buys and sells equipment that was previously owned.  The condition of this equipment may still be new in its original box.  It may be new with an opened box, or it may be used/refurbished equipment.

Some “resellers” will then buy this equipment and keep physical inventory, a.k.a. “stocking reseller.”  Now there are many resellers out there who will buy equipment in this manner, however not all of them actually take those items into inventory.  They may just drop ship them from one seller to the buyer’s location.

Especially when it comes to used IT and Networking Equipment, a potential buyer will want to be sure that the company they are purchasing from has an actual on site data center where the opened and used equipment can be tested and restored to its original functional condition.

This way, the buyer can better avoid issues with non-functional equipment.  Since so many IT budgets have been drastically reduced over the past five years, IT administrators have to do more with less.  Sometimes, this means that they are sourcing used equipment for spare parts rather than paying full retail price purchasing directly through distribution channels.

At times a stocking reseller or a VAR (value added reseller) will be able to assist a company in sourcing quality used and refurbished or even new hardware this way.  So how do you find one of these companies?

The truth is that they may sometimes be tough to find.  Often, your best bet is to perform a Google search for the type or brand of equipment that you are seeking and to include the term reseller in your search keywords.  Keep in mind, a company who specializes in this space is paying to make sure that they show up in your search results.

The more specific your request for results, the more likely you may actually find what you are looking for.  Here is an example of terms you could use in a Google or Bing search in order to find a stocking reseller who has the inventory you are searching for.  Let’s say that your company has IBM servers and you are looking to replace a failed hard drive.  Your search terms could include, “ibm hard drive reseller.”

Now you have narrowed down your search results to a more targeted list of where to start.  Good luck in your search.  Hopefully you now have a better idea of what a stocking reseller really is.

For more information – contact us at Alta Technologies toll free at 800-546-2582 or direct at 763-475-2900.  Or visit our website at

A little humor for a change

We pride ourselves on providing up to date technical information and tools to keep you current on trends in our business sector.  Today however, we just had to share this funny video we all had a good chuckle at.

Have a great day!!!!


First Commercial IBM Hot-Water Cooled Supercomputer to Consume 40% Less Energy

MUNICH – 18 Jun 2012: The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), in collaboration with IBM (NYSE: IBM), today announced the world’s first commercially available hot-water cooled supercomputer, a powerful, high-performance system designed to help researchers and industrial institutions across Europe investigate and solve some of the world’s most daunting scientific challenges… READ ON & VIEW VIDEO

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Why Buy Used?

I get this question all the time – so here are a couple of our thoughts on WHY you would consider buying used and refurbished equipment…