Avoid Price Increases by Buying Used

With the recent price increases announced by Cisco on October 20, 2018, it’s important to remember that you have options when it comes to buying Cisco equipment. There are several reasons why buying used equipment can be the right financial decision. Tariffs and Fluctuating Markets Prior to the recent tariffs [...]

By |2018-11-05T23:12:37-06:00November 5, 2018|Networking, Uncategorized|

Common Network Issues and How to Avoid Them

Managing your network is a full-time job but understanding common areas of concern and knowing how to avoid network downtime can make it easier. First we’ll cover some common network issues and then we’ll discuss some simple things can help you avoid them. Common Network Issues Downtime isn’t the only [...]

By |2018-09-28T18:07:35-05:00September 28, 2018|Networking|

Stacking vs. Chassis: What to Consider

Your network has grown beyond the point where non-stacking switches don’t make sense anymore. You need a lot of ports, and managing all of those switches individually is getting to be too cumbersome and time-consuming. You’re now looking at investing in one of two options: either stacking switches or a [...]

By |2018-09-28T14:52:27-05:00September 28, 2018|Networking|

Software-Defined Networking: What is it and is it right for your business?

Software-defined networking (SDN) has been touted as the future of networking in an increasingly decentralized environment. SDN is a network management approach that uses programming to create an efficient network configuration that improves network performance and monitoring. SDN makes network control directly programmable and abstracts the underlying infrastructure from applications [...]

By |2018-09-21T13:22:02-05:00September 20, 2018|Networking|

What to Consider When Choosing a Colocation Facility

Many businesses are looking for ways to get the most out of their IT infrastructure. The need for an always available and always on environment may create a need that the physical location of the business isn’t able to handle. This leads to looking for a colocation facility. If you’re [...]

By |2018-09-17T13:49:41-05:00September 17, 2018|Networking|

Prioritizing Network Traffic

Knowing how to prioritize and keep network traffic running smoothly for everyone is an important responsibility as a network administrator. There are several things you can do to prioritize network traffic: Reserve Bandwidth for Business-critical Applications Slow Non-essential Traffic Manage Latency Schedule Network Intensive Processes Traffic Shaping Because network bandwidth [...]

By |2018-08-22T18:51:45-05:00August 22, 2018|Networking|

Product Comparison: Cisco 2960S, 2960X, and 2960XR

It’s been a few years since Cisco announced the end-of-sale and end-of-life for their 2960S switches. Much of the routine maintenance and support for the product has already been phased out, and by the fall of 2020, the 2960S will be considered obsolete. As you prepare for this inevitability, you [...]

By |2018-08-10T22:22:20-05:00August 10, 2018|Networking|

How Will 5G Impact Enterprise Wireless Networking?

With major wireless carriers announcing the launch of 5G later this year, you may be thinking it’s time to put your current network plans on hold and wait for this cutting-edge networking innovation. 5G networks are the latest generation in wireless technology (3G, 4G, LTE, etc.), touting faster speeds and [...]

By |2018-06-14T15:25:50-05:00June 14, 2018|Networking|

Designing Your Network Backbone

Designing your network backbone is a big undertaking, and one that will affect business operations for years to come. If implemented well, you’ll save yourself and future network managers time by building a core that is easy to manage, expand, and keep secure. You’ll also ensure your business continues to [...]

By |2018-05-16T16:09:12-05:00May 16, 2018|Networking|
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