August 23, 2013
How to Leverage Used Network Hardware To Help Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Disasters can arise anywhere, at any time. Nuclear disasters, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods are all threats that you need to be aware of to ensure the constant protection of your data center’s servers, network hardware and sensitive fiber optic cabling infrastructure.

By Rick
August 21, 2013
Five Things Your Hardware Vendor Might Not Tell You About Buying Cisco Hardware

It’s a pretty common scenario. You’re considering implementing Cisco hardware in your infrastructure and you talk to a vendor who pushes a shiny, new, cutting-edge solution on you.

By Jake
August 19, 2013
Bacon Recipe of the Month for our Friends in IT - Louisville Hot Brown

As a gift to our friends in IT, we are once again sharing a recipe for a delicious dish that features bacon.  For this recipe we are going back to the 1930s.  It was a created back at the Brown Hotel in Louisvile, Kentucky.

By Rick
August 9, 2013
What Confucius, Benjamin Franklin, and Aristotle Can Teach IT Pros About Disaster Recovery

IT professionals all over the world read trade magazine, watch YouTube videos, or even attend talks from experts to learn about disaster recovery. There is no doubt that these IT pros will get tons of useful information from these sources. However, with much of what is talked about in the IT world, often it seems that some fundamental and vital lessons are left out.

By Rick
August 2, 2013
48% of World Population Will Be Online by 2017. What Does This Mean for Network Speed?

Whether you are trying to get to work in the morning or purchase a stick of cotton candy at your local carnival, traffic is everywhere.  And according to Cisco, on the Internet this isn't going to change any time soon.

By Rick
July 31, 2013
Cisco News for July 2013

Here at CXtec, we sell Cisco network hardware. And since our customers are so invested in this space, we thought it would be helpful to look back at the past month to see what Cisco has been up to. As we prepare to turn the corner into August, here is a look at what the company has been producing over the past month:

By Rick
July 29, 2013
Cisco ASA: Answers, Sources, Helpful Links

So, we thought we’d follow that up with a simple post with a collection of resources, answers, and helpful links for the Cisco ASA all in one place.  It’s nothing fancy, but it’s one of those blog posts that, if you bookmark it, you will have a handy reference tool on the Cisco ASA that you can use as a resource whenever you may need it.

By Rick
July 24, 2013
Wireless Radio Patterns - tec Tips Video

Ever wondered how your antennae are picking up signals, and what some of the obstacles to getting the clearest signal possible might be? Nathan, CXtec's Wireless Product Manager, explains antennae placement and wireless radio patterns, including omni-directional and yagi/directional patterns.

By Jake
July 22, 2013
The Shocking Truth About Network Hardware Failures (and a Proven Way to Protect Yourself)

When it comes to building your network, you don't want to take any chances. Network hardware failures mean lots of lost money and major stress and are the last thing anyone wants! Therefore nothing but the most reliable network hardware will suffice.

By Rick
July 19, 2013
CXtec and TERACAI Help Grant Nicholas' Wish

This week, CXtec and TERACAI teamed up with Make-A-Wish Central New York to help make a 10-year-old boy's biggest wish come true. Nicholas, who suffers from a compromised immune system, has always wanted to meet his favorite NFL team - the Minnesota Vikings. On Wednesday, we surprised Nicholas with a Vikings-themed party to celebrate with him and his family.

By jking
July 17, 2013
Company Have A Tight Budget? How Do You Increase Network Security?

Your company invests a lot into its network—from fiber cables to Cisco switches to VoIP phones. But how much effort does it put in to ensure its safety?

By Rick
July 8, 2013
3 Big Takeaways From the 2013 NY Tech Summit

Hundreds of IT professionals made their way to Verona, N.Y., a few weeks ago for the 2013 NY Tech Summit. After two days filled with a keynote address, a panel discussions, networking, interacting with exhibitors, round table discussions, and classroom sessions about everything from Architecting the VDI Profile to a Road Map for Successful Virtualization to How To Extend the Life of Your Data Center, one message rang loud and clear; the summit was the place to be for technology experts.

By Rick
July 3, 2013
Happy 4th of July! (With Awesome Fireworks Video)

Hey everybody. It's hard to believe that it's July already. Tomorrow is July 4th, 2013...the day we celebrate Independence Day in America.

By Rick
July 1, 2013
Product Brief: Cisco 3750 Switches

The Cisco 3750 Catalyst Switch is a staple of the Cisco product line.   IT Pros and IT departments in all kinds of companies have chosen the Cisco 3750 switch. Let’s take a look at the Cisco 3750 Switch and what it can do for your organization’s network.

By Rick
June 28, 2013
Comfortable With Your Business Model? Time to Get Uncomfortable

By the time Travelocity Founder Terry Jones took the stage for his keynote address at the 2013 New York Tech Summit, the packed conference room was buzzing. All of those in attendance had one question in mind: how would Jones’s lessons learned at Travelocity apply to the tech sector?

By Rick
June 27, 2013
Cisco Completes Deal for Ubiquisys. What Does This Mean for My Network?

These days, everyone wants a hand in cloud technology. And Cisco has taken a big leap into the cloud market with its latest acquisition, Ubiquisys.

By Rick
June 26, 2013
Power over Ethernet - tec Tips Video

This may seem like a pretty broad and basic topic, but we get all sorts of questions about Power over Ethernet (PoE) every day. In this short video, Nathan, CXtec's Cisco Product Engineer, explains some basic factors involved in Power over Ethernet (PoE), including classes and the 802.3af standard.

By Jake
June 24, 2013
2013 New York Technology Summit: Some Things You Missed in the Classroom Sessions

For an industry built on electronic communications, taking time to get together and share ideas in an intimate, face-to-face setting from time to time is VERY important. So on June 20-21, IT leaders gathered in Verona, N.Y., for the NY Tech Summit for two days of brainstorming, networking, and comprehensive educational IT training on everything from VoIP phones to SAN fiber to network security.

By Rick
June 17, 2013
Is the NY Tech Summit on Your Calendar This Week? If You're in the IT World, Better Add it

It’s just a matter of days before Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., is bustling with activity—and it won’t just be because the poker tables are packed and thousands are trying their hand at roulette. Rather, the NY Tech Summit is about to kick off, bringing together hundreds of IT professionals with one common goal—doing a deep dive into the IT, networking and programming spaces.

By jking
June 3, 2013
Wireless N Technology - tec Tips Video

Thinking about upgrading to wireless N? Wondering what the differences are between A, G and N or the difference going to N could have for you? In this short video, Nathan, CXtec's Wireless Product Engineer, explains some of the factors involved with wireless N technology and breaks down a few things you should know.

By Jake