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Mobile Device Management: Welcome to the Hybrid Network

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on Jul 28, 2015 6:30:00 AM

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For decades, the corporate LAN was a self-contained entity. What happened on LAN stayed on the LAN. This had its disadvantages – mobility wasn’t easy, for instance – but in many ways made for a network that hummed along nicely. Security, for instance, was nice and simple: Everything (theoretically) was safe and sound behind the firewall, provided appropriate security was in place. Though it didn’t always work out that way, the essential mindset was that IT could account for, track and secure everything.

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Topics: BYOD, Network Security

ADTRAN NetVanta 1550 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Info & Review

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 7, 2015 6:00:00 AM

If you're looking for an inexpensive way upgrade your network switching, or to implement VoIP on a wide-scale basis, the new ADTRAN NetVanta 1550 fully managed gigabit Ethernet switches could be just what you need.

These new 1500 line of NetVanta switches are deliberately built to be light on extraneous features, but packs a heavy punch.  Not that they underperform; it's quite the contrary.  The point is to have lean, mean network machines which are focused on high performance with as little wasted effort as possible.

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Topics: Adtran Switches, Switches

What is my Internet Speed? The Lowdown on DSL vs. Cable

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jun 30, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Among small businesses, the choices for broadband service are often fairly limited - especially if fiber optic delivery is out of your price range at the moment.  Depending on services offered in your area, the two likely choices are DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and Cable Internet.  

Broadly speaking, if cable is an option, it's going to be a better pick for most businesses.  However, let's break this down a bit more and see how DSL stacks up against cable these days.

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Topics: Phone Service, Internet Service

The Cloud and SMBs: Perfect Together

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on Jun 23, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Cloud computing is an old concept. Think of the original telephone system. It is a cloud structure: Intelligence is centralized and rudimentary end points – in this case, simple telephone receivers – are at the edge. Thus, the cloud idea actually preceded the distributed model of intelligence. This started with the explosion of PCs in the 1980s. Since they initially weren’t networked, all the intelligence was in the office and the home.

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Topics: Adtran ProCloud, Network Upgrade

Is Your Cloud Provider Ready To Protect You?

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jun 16, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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At this point, it's nearly indisputable that the cloud is the future of modern business.  But cloud technologies are more complicated than simply buying software - it requires finding a partner you can trust.

Your cloud services provider will effectively be another department in your business, and just as responsible for the safety and security of your data as your own IT department.  In the best cases, you and they can work together to create security solutions that keep everyone secure.

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Topics: Network Security

The Industry Must Pay Attention to IoT Security – and Fast

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on Jun 9, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Security is a hugely important issue for the Internet of Things (IoT). And, according to experts, a lot of work remains to be done.

Julie Knudson, writing at Enterprise Networking Planet, puts the situation in stark terms. She writes that not only are there no universal standards, but that even within individual categories – such as sensors, for instance – manufacturers have taken a proprietary approach to security. This is a yellow flag because it will make it more difficult to universally deploy a specific approach to security once it is decided upon.

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Topics: Network Security

Three Questions Lead You To Effective Security Practices

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jun 2, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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There's simply no overestimating the importance of security practices to ANY business with an online presence, no matter how big or small.  Cybercrime has become the new "boom industry" among the criminal element, and virtually anyone could become a target.

We don't like sounding alarmist, but the plain facts are that it's been rising rapidly in recent years, with no reason to think that trend is going to change any time soon.

So if it's been awhile since you've reviewed your security practices, it's definitely time to take another look at them.  We've boiled it down to three basic questions you need to ask, along with some of the steps you can take to answer them.

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Topics: Network Security

Cisco Refresh: Low Cost Risk Free Refurbished Cisco Router

Posted by John Ciarlone on May 27, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Cisco Networks have long been known for their innovation in the industry, and they're set to turn things on their head yet again.  The new Cisco Refresh initiative brings an entirely new spin on the prospect of buying a used Cisco router.

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Topics: Used Network Equipment, Cisco Routers, Cisco Switches

WiFi Mobility Brings Better Staff Efficiency & Patient Outcomes

Posted by John Ciarlone on May 21, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Real-time data sharing is becoming one of the new must-haves in modern medical facilities.  If you're not looking ahead to cloud-based WiFi mobility options for your hospital or clinic, it might be time to start.

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Topics: Hospitality Solutions

802.11ac Wave 2 Has Big Implications for Wired LANs

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on May 19, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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The speed for a 802.11ac wireless access point continues to accelerate. That’s good news for everyone, from wireless and cellular users to IT departments. But, for the latter group, it means that they have some serious planning to do.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points

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