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Polycom and Mitel: What will the New Mitel Phone Strategy Look Like?

Posted by Jason Blalock on May 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Recently, we wrote about how Cisco has been on a buying spree lately, but that one has been fairly public.  As the biggest player in business networks, anything Cisco does gets a lot of press.

Now, there's another company that's gotten seriously interested in mergers and acquisitions which has flown largely under the radar:  Mitel.  Mitel phone systems has been quietly buying up brands which are well-known, and this could have a major impact on business telephony all over the planet.

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Topics: Phone Systems, Phones

Star Wars and Network Security: Is Your Network Using the Force?

Posted by Justine Shaffer on May 4, 2016 9:53:41 AM

As true technology geeks we're all big fans of Star Wars here at Hummingbird Networks. With today being "Star Wars Day" we thought it would be a great time to share what we have learned about cyber and network security from the Galactic Force. The Empire had a pretty weak security infrastructure, I mean the Death Star was taken down by a small security gap.  They failed to take the proper risk assessment and underestimated the power of security threats, not to mention their lack of BYOD security. 

If you think about it R2D2 was just one big USB stick that was plugged into the Empire's network and able to access the most private information. The Death Star plans R2D2 was able to display weren't even encrypted ultimately leading to the demise of the Empire. There was also an apparent lack of information verification required in order to gain access to what should be secure areas. One of the biggest mistakes the Empire made was to underestimate the skill level of their attackers. Similarly to many corporations, the Empire under invested in their cyber security  and were sub sequentially taken down by a small group of "hackers". 

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Topics: BYOD, Network Security

SMB Cloud Firewall Comparison: Meraki MX vs Cisco ASA with FirePOWER

Posted by Jason Blalock on May 3, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Just a few years ago, Cisco didn't have much of a reputation in the small-business market.  They made hardware for big companies, with relatively few offerings for SMBs that were all overpriced compared to their competitors in that arena.

But not any more!  Between their acquisition of Meraki and their new push for better and more value-packed SMB hardware in their main Cisco line, Cisco is now positioned to be a strong competitor among lower-end buyers.  Even better, if an SMB invests in a Cisco brand from the beginning, they know they're working with networking hardware which can grow and scale with them no matter how large they become in the future.

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Topics: Cisco Equipment

How Cisco Meraki Mobile Device Management Can Help You to Manage BYOD

Posted by Jason Blalock on Apr 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Let's be honest:  Unless you've specifically prohibited outside devices, your workplace is probably already a Bring-Your-Own-Device environment.  In just a few years, people have become so reliant on their smartphones and tablets throughout their day that the idea of NOT bringing them to work is practically unthinkable.

This, of course, has put a lot of new demands on IT staff dealing with BYOD.  There are undeniable security issues, as well as training to be done, and the ever-present question of employee privacy and app restrictions in BYOD policies.  In general, it's been a headache for admins.

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Topics: BYOD, Meraki

Cloud Management Platform Comparison: Which one is Right for You?

Posted by Jason Blalock on Apr 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Are you thinking it's time to move towards a next-generation network with a single unified cloud management platform for administration?

It's a great time to be investigating.  Cloud-based network management has reached a point of maturity and stability that makes it a safe bet for SMBs to invest in.  With more networking companies jumping onboard every year, it seems that unified cloud management is the current future of the industry.

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Topics: Adtran ProCloud, Meraki, netgear

The Changes to Cisco Spark: Even More Awesome

Posted by Jason Blalock on Apr 21, 2016 7:00:00 AM

If you hadn't heard of Cisco Spark before, it's not entirely surprising.  Cisco's attempt to take on Skype and similar collaboration services flew somewhat under the radar, and didn't attract as much attention as some of their other recent ventures.  

Spark originally had some very cool features - like seamlessly switching between voice and video, or transferring live calls between multiple devices - but it just didn't stand out.    Basically, it had a hard time distinguishing itself in a field that's rapidly becoming cluttered with too many options that all provide very similar voice\video functionality.

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Topics: Cisco Unified Communications, Cisco Equipment

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