Product Engineer, Errol McCall explores the mind of famous villains throughout history to understand their take on network administration. He delves into common challenges in the workplace and how choosing the right technology vendor can steer you away from the dark side. Stick with the good guys and your organization can avoid network downtime, going over budget and more.
At CXtec, we've been doing this maximizing value in IT investments thing a long time. 40 years, to be exact. We decided to start writing about it in this blog several years back and it's been a fun ride, to say the least. We decided to gather together our top 40 blog posts to celebrate our 40 years in business.
The right life cycle management approach when it comes to network hardware and data center cabling will help IT organizations do more while optimizing their budget
A VoIP phone system can save an organization a lot of money, but the up-front costs for new equipment can be prohibitive. Instead, consider used phones from a reputable provider.
Are you ready to upgrade your equipment? Is unused equipment collecting dust in a closet? How do you maximize ROI and get the most value for this gear? When trading in your used equipment, it is important to partner with a vendor you trust.
In order to achieve this, make sure you are asking the right questions. Check out these important factors to consider when choosing a vendor.
A couple allegations have surfaced surrounding the Aruba AP-310 series access points in comparison to other AP’s in the Aruba indoor 300 level Wave 2 lines.
What better time to discuss these accusations and take a deep dive into how the AP-310 compares to the 300/320/330.
Software-defined networking is great technology, but the cost of new products is prohibitive for some companies. If yours is one, take a look at the secondary market and pre-owned equipment.
In a previous blog post, 5 reasons to buy refurbished Cisco equipment, I talked about five facts to keep in mind as you consider how to proceed with your Cisco hardware solutions.
Well, my engineering group reminded me of something else to consider for any hardware solution, not just a Cisco solution.
Cisco's Catalyst Multigigabit switches with NBASE-T will help users get more that 1 gig of speed from their existing infrastructure -- without having to rip everything up and replace it.
Over the past year, Cisco has raised prices on a number of networking devices throughout its portfolio. These increases are forcing many organizations to take action – finding a way to stretch your budget has become a challenge. We at CXtec have some suggestions on how you can combat rising Cisco prices.
Back in 2014, CXtec started the “Defend Your Investment” program. The program originally rewarded customers with toy Army men, after purchasing a equal2new® product to signify the advantage organizations have by defending their investment with pre-owned hardware. The Army men have since greeted jeeps, tanks, helicopters, ships, motorcycles and wooden gliders. Pre-owned equipment is an integral piece of maximizing value in a technology investment. Businesses should be rethinking their approach to network hardware as they can save 40% to 90% on network hardware. Here are some things to consider.
Shiny new Cisco equipment is appealing, but it is also pricey and could be overkill. Meanwhile, refurbished network equipment has many benefits you might be overlooking.
"More power" was something Captain Kirk had requested from Mr. Scott on numerous occasions in some form or fashion. "More" is one of many eternal human quests. Bigger, better, faster, now. Power over Ethernet is no different.
We aren't answering a distress call from Outpost 4 or trying to escape a Tholian web, that’s unfortunately true, but we are looking to find enough power so that our devices can operate effectively or in many cases at all.
So what’s the deal with Power over Ethernet or PoE?
Recently, there has been a lot of buzz around the HPE/Aruba M series of switches. Katie Taisey's curiosity led her to look and see what customers would receive from the M version of switches as compared to the F versions of the same switches.
Last month it was Catalyst 9000 switches, and this month its routers. Yes, my project engineering staff have had a surprising amount of inquiries regarding routers.
Have you seen the buzz around the Cisco 8540 wireless controller? The 8540 controller is an impressive unit, featuring Cisco DNA and SD-ACCESS wireless - but with a price to match. Most customers in your shoes do not need DNA and SD-ACCESS wireless. In some cases, buyers don’t even know what this functionality is. If this is the case for you, there are alternative devices that won’t break the bank.
My project engineering staff has been getting more and more information requests for Cisco’s new line of Catalyst 9000 switches, especially the 9300 switch. That has me wondering why.
One of the hottest topics on the minds of our customers for 2018 continues to be their wireless infrastructure. As WLAN 802.11ac wave 2 devices becoming mainstream, Cisco has placed a stake in the ground claiming to be the “value leader.”
The Clash asked the question in their 80s classic, Should I stay or should I go? How often do we ask ourselves that same questions when it comes to wireless equipment? Upgrade? Stick it out? Let me ask you this, Clash vocalist Joe Strummer, if I should go then how far should that be? In Cisco wireless, we have options. N, AC, Waves, Antennae, Multigig. Which way is the right way?
Well that really depends on you. Rather than boil this down to AC wave 1 versus wave 2, let’s talk more about the Cisco 2702 versus the 2802. Certainly wave 1 and wave 2 come into the argument but let’s talk specs.
As the end of the year approaches, the IT professional has a lot to consider. There are lots of tasks and jobs to accomplish by year-end and even more to consider in the coming year. Then again, that’s why IT pros are the unsung heroes in many organizations.
It can be overwhelming to have so much to think about. Take a load off and let us do the heavy lifting for a little while.
With the year-end right around the corner, here is a list all IT pros should check twice.