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How Ironclad is your DDOS Protection?

Posted by Jason Blalock on May 26, 2016 6:00:00 AM

There are four letters which will cause dread in practically any network administrator:  DDOS, or a Distributed Denial-of-Service attack.  It's one of the most common forms of malicious attack against websites and other online entities, and also one of the hardest to defend against.

The basic theory behind a DDOS is quite simple:  Get a whole bunch of computers  to send a huge number of requests simultaneously to an online server.  Since any server is going to have a maximum threshold for the number of connection requests it can serve at once, the DDOS overwhelms it and prevents it from doing its normal job.  Or else it simply sucks up all the bandwidth before employees and customers can use it.

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Topics: Network Security

Happy Geek Pride Day! Test Your Level of Geekiness

Posted by Justine Shaffer on May 25, 2016 10:44:46 AM

Today is the day to let our geek flags fly. Happy Geek Pride Day to all of our fellow geeks! While everyday is Geek Pride Day for us, May 25th is recognized as the day to celebrate geeks everywhere  for three reasons:

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Topics: For Fun

SDN, NFV: Better Together

Posted by Jason Blalock on May 24, 2016 6:00:00 AM

There are two acronyms which, when taken together, may represent the future of networks for the rest of the 21st Century:  SDN and NFV.

You've probably come across these terms referenced in articles, but may or may not have paid much attention.  When they first started getting thrown around a couple years ago, they seemed pretty pie-in-the-sky.  Things are much different today, however.  Newer brands like ADTRAN and Meraki are actively -even aggressively- pushing SDN and NFV solutions, and there's a growing coalition of both hardware and software vendors looking to standardize and embrace them.

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Topics: Business IT Network, Meraki

How VoIP is Changing the Insurance Industry

Posted by Justine Shaffer on May 19, 2016 7:00:00 AM

In the insurance industry you have to be ready for anything anytime. That’s why it’s imperative to have reliable small business phone systems in your agency to connect you with clients. The insurance industry stands to gain the most from this technology than virtually any other industry. VoIP can help you to stay connected & communicate through everything insurance agents face.

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Topics: Phones

Introducing Meraki Communications, Multigigabit and More

Posted by Justine Shaffer on May 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Cisco Meraki made some exciting announcements today introducing a whole new line to their portfolio and major expansions to their current lines. They introduced Meraki Communications which brings all the things you love about Meraki cloud management to VoIP phone systems.

They also announced the release of  two new 802.11ac Wave 2 Meraki access points with multigiabit capabilities that will be able fully take advantage of the high performance of Wave 2. The Meraki switch line received two additions today as well, the MS350 and the MS425.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Phones, Meraki, Meraki Switches

4 Tips for a High-Density WiFi Design

Posted by Jason Blalock on May 17, 2016 6:30:00 AM

There is a definite art to WiFi design, especially if you're dealing with a high-density network environment.  There are a huge number of factors which can affect the performance of a WiFi access point, and those factors have to be balanced for every AP in your network if you're going to have a truly robust and user-friendly wireless setup.

However, that does not mean it's impossible to DIY your WiFi design.  Plenty of businesses have successfully implemented WiFi, even across large locations, without having to call in specialist help.

So we've got a few tips to get you started.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Network Equipment, Wi-Fi Signal Strength

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