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After agonizing and researching and fighting bouts of indecision, you finally decide to go through with the process of purchasing some new network equipment, maybe a Cisco 6509 chassis, or maybe even an APC UPS to protect your expensive network!
Joy and jublication set in as you received your shipment of equipment! You unpack it, you install it into your rack and then, the final step, you go to plug it into an available wall outlet – but wait...
In general, there are three types of switching solutions: standalone, stacked, and chassis. As the middle child, I’m biased towards a stacked switching solution – my reasons may be skewed, but even within the stacking world there is stacking and then there is true stacking. One of the major benefits to all stacking is simplified management. Before stacking came along, you had to daisy chain multiple switches together and configure them separately by logging in with a different IP address one by one.
Star Wars is a great movie. An instant classic. Only a few short years after the release of the original, The Empire Strikes Back took something great and made it even better. This isn't always the case with movie part two's (maybe because Empire is actually Episode V), but in the world of wireless sequels, this trend continues to ring true.
Just like dealing with fire, there are some important factors you’ll want to think about before you get into the business of protecting your network. If you don't, it could get out of control and all go up in flames.
While we can’t advise you on which streaming service to use (although season one of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is now available on Netflix… by the power of GreySkull anyone?) or which kitchen gadget is the best, we can talk switches. We think the new Nintendo Switch is pretty sweet, but at CXtec our true expertise lies in networking technology.
You have your network up and running, and you’re seriously considering your recovery plan and your maintenance options. Who do you turn to? The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or a third-party maintenance provider?
Power over Ethernet, or PoE, is the ability to pass both power and data over twisted pair Ethernet cabling. The first PoE standard - 802.3af - was introduced in 2003 and was quickly adopted all over networks because of its usefulness.
2016 has had its fair share of news, both good and terrible (Gene Wilder, David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman? All that on top of the NES Classic shortage?! Come on 2016!). Amongst all of the major pop culture events, some of the more obscure headlines went largely unnoticed except by the more tech savvy. One of those was the FCC regulation change on 5 Ghz wireless radios (US only).
Burger King or McDonald’s, Pepsi or Coke, Kirk or Picard? Choices are part of life. Like anything else, your network also involves a lot of choices. Speed in particular is a hot button topic. With all of the increases to 40G, 100G, and beyond, it can be difficult to decide which speed is the best option for your organization.
Third-party maintenance (TPM) programs are hardware support solutions provided by vendors independent of the OEM. TPM is a subject matter that is garnering a great deal of attention in today’s climate of discovering creative ways to extend technology budgets. TPM offerings are essential in a hybrid support model – which entails using a mix of OEM support, TPM and sparing strategies where each is appropriate.