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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 / Modern Furniture / CC BY-ND

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

802.11ac Wireless Access Point Wave 2 Improvements Explained

Posted by John Ciarlone on May 14, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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If you have a WiFi focused network and are starting to feel the data pinch as too many users are fighting over too little bandwidth, it may be time to start thinking about a 802.11ac access point.  It's the current state-of-the-art in consumer and business WiFi, and it's set to get better yet sometime this year.  (We hope.) 

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Topics: Wireless Access Points

Passpoint WiFi Helps A Wireless Network Up Its Game

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on May 12, 2015 6:00:00 AM


In many ways, the evolution of the cellular network and WiFi network couldn’t be more different. That’s a bit ironic, because WiFi is looking more like cellular and, as time passes, the two wireless networking techniques will increasingly interoperate.

Cellular, of course, was built for global communications. In this country, it uses licensed -- and therefore expensive -- spectrum. WiFi, on the other hand, uses spectrum that is free. Until relatively recently WiFi was more an enabler than a major platform. Its goal was to traffic data around homes, businesses and other isolated venues.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Wireless LAN, Wi-Fi Signal Strength

Cisco Refresh: A New Way To Think About Refurbished Cisco Switches

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

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Hummingbird Networks has long been proud to serve as Cisco Certified Partners, so we're happy to tell you about a new initiative from Cisco that might lead you to rethink Cisco networking!  

If you've wanted a Cisco switch, but thought it wasn't in your budget, the new Cisco Refresh program may be just what you need.

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Topics: Cisco Switches, Switches


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