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December 1, 2017
25 Things IT Pros Should Consider at Year-End

25 Year-end Considerations for IT Pros

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.

November 28, 2017
Can Wave 2 handle the wireless tsunami heading toward us?

There seems to be a shift in our industry from wireless N to AC as we have seen large leaps forward in bandwidth and client saturation handling. With the growth of wireless options going in the workplace, widespread connectivity continues to rise and wireless requirements are becoming greater and greater.

November 16, 2017
How come the power cord plug for my network appliance won't fit the outlet that I have?

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...

Tags: network advice, networking equipment, Networking, Cisco 6509
November 2, 2017
Clear your mind of sticker shock

I had a customer ask for pricing on a high-end router recently. The sticker shock threw them into a panic. Have you ever been here? You’re looking for reliable network hardware equipment, but the price resembles your house payment. Now is the time to take a step back and evaluate what your true needs are.

Tags: Cisco routers, Cisco, buy network hardware, network hardware, networking
October 26, 2017
Stack to the Future

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.

Tags: Cisco switches, stacked switch, chassis switch
October 17, 2017
The King is dead?! Heck, no!

Editor's note: This blog first appeared on the Network World website. It's part of Frank's SWITCH IT UP colum.People in the industry have been talking, tweeting and writing about the demise of the venerable Catalyst 6500 chassis family for years. 

But don’t worry, the King is not dead.

 

October 11, 2017
Multi-gig delivers the speed needed for BYOD, IoT, PoE, and more

HPE/Aruba’s 802.11AC Wave 2 access points offer extra features - multi-user MIMO and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) being some of the most notable, but also allows users to take advantage of the new IEEE 802.3bz standard for multi-gig Ethernet.

September 26, 2017
Insights from the Gartner IT Financial, Procurement & Asset Management Summit 2017

Our team had the opportunity to exhibit at last week’s Gartner IT Financial, Procurement & Asset Management Summit. The summit featured a very engaged audience – everyone there was looking to improve their technology strategies in some fashion. Here are several of the major recurring themes we saw addressed at the summit.

Tags: TPM, third-party maintenance, third-party maintenance, ITAD, IT asset disposition, Gartner
September 14, 2017
Stackables or Chassis on the Edge?

When considering adding switches to your edge, many people often assume stackables are the only way to go. However, there is another option - a chassis solution. We take the time every day to help recommend what may be best for anyone's unique network. In the Cisco world, you may be considering a member from the 3750 or 3850 family, but don’t forget the 6509E chassis is always an option.

Tags: Cisco 6509, Cisco 6500 Series, Cisco 6500
August 29, 2017
Is 802.11ax the "Next Big Thing" in Wireless?

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.

Tags: wireless networks, wireless networking, wireless, wireless AX, 802.11ax, wireless LANs, wireless AC
July 25, 2017
Powerful and Versatile and Dependable – Oh My!

For those of you that have purchased Cisco Catalyst 6500s, you know how powerful, versatile and dependable they are. But there’s yet another reason to be happy about your purchase; you don’t have to ditch an expensive chassis system when Cisco lists it as end of sale (EoS). Cisco has created a path forward to their 6807 chassis!

Tags: Cisco 6500 Series, Cisco 6500, Cisco
July 20, 2017
Building a Better HPE Network with Throughput and Capacity

When you compare throughput and routing/switching capacity within the HPE switch lines, making a decision on what to buy can become less about cramming as much as possible into your shrinking budget and more about designing a better network.

Tags: HP switch, HP chassis
July 6, 2017
CXtec: Helping customers exert their independence!

Independence is not something to be taken lightly. I think of independence as the ability to do what you wish, what you feel is best for you, as opposed to what outside forces want you to do. Working for CXtec, a leading provider in secondary market networking equipment, puts me in a unique position to help customers exert their independence. We call it Technology @ Your Pace®.

Tags: networking equipment, Networking, network hardware
June 28, 2017
Playing with Fire... Walls (And Not Getting Burned)

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.

Tags: VPN, firewalls, security
June 20, 2017
What does the HP 5400 Chassis have to do with E3?

On June 11, Microsoft announced its latest product in the Xbox series - Xbox One X.           Previously referred to as Xbox Project Scorpio, Xbox One X will be in stores on November 7 but is already receiving a lot of buzz.  With all this hype around the new release, it made me wonder if it was time to upgrade to the next generation in the Xbox One family. This is the same decision HP customers are facing when they look to upgrade or purchase HP 5400 chassis equipment.

Tags: HP 5400R, HP 5400 zl, HP switch, HP chassis
June 8, 2017
Don't Let the Shift to -B Domain Cisco Access Points Confuse You

When the FCC released its official document (FCC 14-30A1) in April of 2014, wireless manufacturers were given two years to cease the sale of the old standard 5 Ghz radio spec. This is what led Cisco to shift from the -A part number to the -B part number now present in their wireless access points.

Tags: wireless networks, wireless networking, wireless, Cisco wireless
May 30, 2017
How to Assign DHCP Options to Avaya 96XX and 46XX Phones

You know how important it is to set up a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for your IP network. It can greatly increase your efficiency by eliminating the need to manually configure every device. If you're assigning DHCP options to Avaya 9600 Series or Avaya 4600 Series phones, we have a resource that can really help you out.

Tags: Avaya DHCP, Avaya 4600 Series, Avaya 9600 Series, Avaya Phones, Avaya
May 23, 2017
Grow Your Wireless Network the Wise Way

Is your wireless network growing? Of course it is; isn’t everybody’s? As this happens, you’re forced to add access points and purchase more licenses to handle that larger quantity of APs. Which is fine, but it’s important to consider the strategy you use. Making a smart decision can allow you to potentially save big budget money.

Tags: wireless networks, wireless networking, wireless, Cisco wireless
May 10, 2017
How to Find the Right Cisco Compatible Optical Transceivers

Compatibility is an important concept. Most people can relate! You want a job that’s compatible with your skill set, and a partner whose interests match yours. It just makes sense. When it comes to technology, compatibility is a must to ensure that systems run smoothly. Brand-name SFPs from Cisco can be extremely costly, creating a challenge when you’re trying to stay on budget. Luckily there is an alternative: Cisco compatible SFPs.

Tags: compatible transceivers, compatible SFPs, compatible GBICs, Cisco compatible SFPs, compatible optics
May 4, 2017
Support Avaya Infrastructures After Chapter 11

Recently, Avaya announced its plan of reorganization meant to reduce its debt by more than $4 billion. For those looking to support Avaya infrastructures in their network, this is a good sign. But it’s just the first step. In this time of uncertainty, we’ve been advising everyone we speak with not to panic.

Tags: Avaya