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The New Micro QSFP: A Step Ahead for Networking Equipment

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on Aug 27, 2015 6:00:00 AM

The key to the success of a category – an extremely different thing than the success of a company within an existing networking equipment category – is a general agreement about the structure of the technology. There is no market and no business if there is no playing field.

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Topics: Optical Transceivers

Job One: Keep Network Equipment Secure

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on Aug 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Security probably is the single most important recurring issue for any IT department. From end to end, the absolute necessity is to keep network equipment safe and protected.  Even vital functions such as monetization and providing services needed by the organization come in second to protecting the integrity of data and applications.

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Topics: Switches, Firewalls

Wireless and SMBs: More than Just a Small Business Access Point

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 18, 2015 10:18:00 AM

WiFi connectivity increasingly is table stakes for businesses. The reason is simple: People have access to Wi-Fi in their homes, businesses, stores and transportation. It is an accepted condition of modern life. Businesses that skimp on WiFi are putting themselves at a great disadvantage.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points

The Best Wireless Access Point: Updated for 2015

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 11, 2015 6:00:00 AM

WiFi has become serious business for plenty of businesses, large and small.  With the rise of mobile devices as secondary or even primary work tools among employees and managers alike, WiFi has suddenly gone from being a novelty to a vital component in an organization's network.  In some businesses, WiFi is literally all they want or need.
 
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Topics: Wireless Access Points

Adtran ProCloud: Affordable Cloud Managed Services

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 5, 2015 6:00:00 AM

ADTRAN is one of the brands we recommend most often to startups and other SMBs, for a wide variety of reasons.  Their hardware is powerful but still affordable, with a strong emphasis on simple usability even for networking newcomers.

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Topics: Adtran ProCloud

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

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