February 17, 2012
Cisco Concerned With Microsoft's Purchase of Skype

According to a Business Week article,  Cisco is not real happy with Microsoft purchasing Skype.   Why you ask?

By Rick
February 15, 2012
Upcoming Webinar - A Primer on PEPPM: How to Save Time and Money on IT Purchases

PEPPM is a national technology bidding and purchasing program for K-14 schools and agencies, libraries, four-year colleges and universities, state and local government and other non-profit organizations.

By cxadmin
February 13, 2012
The Future's So Bright, Cisco's Gotta Wear Shades!

We’ve been following the Cisco news, as we always do, and the news lately has been very good. But we just wouldn’t be CXtec if we didn’t have an opinion on all that news so we’ll weigh in on some things.

By Jake
February 10, 2012
Get Informed About Cable Standards

Things are always changing. This is true in the world of networking and data center infrastructure.  Yet, not enough people seem to understand or truly appreciate the role of cabling in the data center.

By Rick
February 8, 2012
Upcoming Webinar: Preparing for the Next-Gen Data Center: 16G Fibre Channel

In September 2010, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) ratified the standard for 16Gb Fibre Channel. And while the adoption of new interconnect technology is never immediate, it's important for organizations to begin thinking about how to prepare for this inevitable change.

By cxadmin
February 6, 2012
January IT Reading Recap

We do a lot of reading about IT and networking news and trends around here. January was a pretty darn good month for IT news. January is always a fun month, as predictions for the new year come out and folks are genuinely excited and optimistic about what the year will bring.

By Jake
February 3, 2012
Nortel M3904 Phones - Quick Fixes and Handy Resources

We often talk to people about Nortel M3904 phones and we hear all sorts of questions, both big and small.

By Rick
February 2, 2012
Cisco Announces Bread & Butter Switches Going End-of-Life

One of the things we have talked about on this blog more than once is End-of-Life (EOL) network hardware and how that relates to life cycle management of hardware.

By Rick
February 1, 2012
CXtec to participate in Red Kettle Day during SU Basketball Game

It's no secret we love the color orange, and with our World Headquarters based in Syracuse, we're naturally huge SU Orange fans.

The men's basketball team has been doing amazing things on the court - with a 22-1 record, the Orange spirit has been alive and well within our walls.

By cxadmin
January 30, 2012
Network Hardware: Ways to Save in 2012, Part 2

A few weeks ago, we talked about some ways to save on your networking hardware infrastructure in 2012. At CXtec, our value proposition is all about reducing the cost of our customers’ technology investments. With that in mind, we threw out some great ways to better stretch your IT budget.

By Jake
January 27, 2012
CXtec Joins Great IT Community. You Should Too.

Recently Cxtec joined one of the finest IT communities in the world.

It's a huge community of information technology professionals that tap into valuable resources, help each other solve problems, research projects and network with their peers.  What is this great community?  Spiceworks.

By Rick
January 25, 2012
Want ROI in the Data Center? Start with Cables

Increasing your return on investment in the data center can be as simple as looking at your cabling. Investing in high-performance fiber optic cabling provides distinct advantages over working with standard data center cabling:

By cxadmin
January 23, 2012
The 3 Main Differences Between Avaya 1600 Series, 4600 Series, and 9600 Series IP Telephones

Lately we’ve been fielding a number of questions about the differences between the Avaya 1600 Series, 4600 Series, and 9600 Series IP phones. Of course there are a litany of features that separate each series, and several models within each series. It’s really up to the user to determine which features he/she wants or needs in their business setting, and our specialists would be more than happy to help highlight these features.

By Jake
January 20, 2012
Like Money? Then Get Some For Your Used Network Hardware!

Everyone is always trying to sell you stuff. Heck, we do, too.

We try our best every day to spread the word about how we keep networks up and costs down with our equal2new pre-owned network hardware, our top quality cable products and NBD hardware replacement services.

By Rick
January 18, 2012
Join Us for a Career Open House in Syracuse!

On Tuesday, January 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, we will open the doors of our World Headquarters for you to experience our unique culture. Come speak with us – we’ll be offering tours of our facility, information about our world-class organization, and the opportunity to learn more about a new career with CXtec.

By cxadmin
January 16, 2012
Support for Your Nortel Switch and Nortel Phone Needs

We’ve supported Nortel Networks/Bay Networks/SynOptic customers for more than 15 years, and we partnered with Nortel for over ten years as a Premium Advantage Partner. So we understood customers’ confusion and worry when Avaya acquired Nortel a few years ago.

By Jake
January 13, 2012
Cisco 3560 & 3750 Switches - v2 Or Not v2?

Cisco has created v2 switches designed to consume less power than their predecessors. They have done this for the Catalyst 3650 and 3750 family of switches.

By Rick
January 11, 2012
Nortel and Avaya Equipment: Concerns, Questions and How We Can Help

Our Nortel customers are pretty awesome - they're loyal, informed and maintain a high level of product intelligence. Their Nortel infrastructure is like a badge of honor. So what happens to those customers when there's a market disruption and the future of Nortel is unknown?

By cxadmin
January 9, 2012
Network Hardware: Ways to Save in 2012

We’ve been watching the news, and it’s hard not to admit that times are still tough out there. There are a few bright spots, and we remain optimistic that the economy will start rebounding really soon. But we all have to admit that finding creative new ways to optimize our business spending and get the best return on investment we can are still very high priorities.

By Jake
January 6, 2012
Networks Up and Costs Down: Fiber Cable Pointers

Networks up...costs down.

That is our mantra here at CXtec.  Everything we do is focused on helping our customers get this accomplished.

One very important aspect of achieving maximum uptime and performance while keeping long term costs down is giving the proper attention to cables.  That's right.   Respect layer one.

By Rick