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Will 2017 Be The Year Of SD-WAN?

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jan 17, 2017 6:45:00 AM

It's been awhile since we've talked about SD-WAN, aka Software Defined Networking or SDN.  That's mostly because there just hasn't been much movement on it, aside from incremental upgrades from companies like Meraki and ADTRAN which have been active in developing SDN ideas.

However, it's starting to look like things are changing.  Recently, Gartner made the rather startling prediction that investments in SD-WAN installations are going to increase tenfold in the next four years, describing it as a "highly disruptive force that is dramatically reshaping the enterprise router market."  Likewise, Cisco also seems quite bullish on the future of SDN, in a blog post outlining what they soon expect to see from the technology.

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Topics: Wireless LAN, SD Wan

Meraki MR33 and MR30H Review: Putting the H in Hospitality

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jan 10, 2017 6:25:00 AM

There's rarely any lack of new technology from Meraki.  In fact, we can think of few networking companies who are so steadily pumping out new hardware to keep their product line ahead of the curve.  Likewise, they're also more willing than most companies to depreciate older hardware specifically to keep their product line as a whole modernized.

That is exactly what we see in the latest access points from Meraki, which they've for some reason decided to announce at the very end of the year.  There's the MR30H, focused on hospitality applications, as well as the new Meraki MR33 which is an energy-level general purpose 802.11ac Wave 2 device.

Let's take a look.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Meraki

5 Tech Trends for 2017 That You Need to Watch

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jan 4, 2017 6:27:00 AM

Looking to get a head start on your 2017 IT upgrade wishlist?  Or looking into what tech trends you may need to start planning around in your own strategic thinking?

The progress of modern technology continues to accelerate, for better or worse, but that does come with an interesting side benefit:  At this point it's entirely possible to predict with quite a lot of accuracy what technologies are going to be important in the next year or two.  After all, some standards are planned out nearly a decade in advance of their actual implementation.  True tech bombshells being dropped without fore-warning are few and far between these days.

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Topics: vWLAN (Virtual Wireless LAN), Network Security

Tech Gift Guide 2016: What to Get the Techie In Your Life

Posted by James Lay on Dec 13, 2016 6:46:00 AM

The holiday season is finally here – a time to spread the love by having fun together and exchanging gifts. Last week we talked about what to purchase for your company as a whole, today let's look at individual presents for members of your team (or yourself). The problem is – techies can be a difficult lot to shop for. They probably have it all or have seen it all. Even the latest innovations rarely surprise them.

So, what can you get your IT friends and family?  

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Topics: Fun

What to Spend Your End of Year IT Budget On: Presents For The Company

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

Are you on a "use it or lose it" budget?  Are you concerned that failing to spend your available money could result in lower budgeting for the next year?

If so, now is definitely the time to look into spending down the rest of what you have, before it's too late.  Of course, in IT there is always something you could be spending money on, whether it's infrastructure upgrades, pieces of equipment you think would be useful in years to come, or just tools to make your own life easier.

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Topics: Network Security, Network Upgrade

Best Network Switch for Your Data Center

Posted by Jason Blalock on Nov 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Top-line options for heavy-duty data center switching work continue to expand.  If the needs of your users or your clients are growing, and your data centers are struggling to keep up, which brands are worth investing in?

With a load of new options available in 2015 and 2016, it's definitely time to revisit this topic.  We've had an opportunity to try out all the current top-line network switch options in our own clients' networks, and we've definitely got a few opinions on the best options for investment.

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Topics: Switches, Data

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