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Designing a Rock Solid Wireless Network

A reliable wireless network is invaluable to businesses as their workforce becomes more mobile. You may be designing a new network as part of an upgrade to 802.11ac technology or as part of a physical expansion of your company. Today’s post provides tips for designing a rock solid wireless network. By building in security, planning […]

Creating a HIPAA-Compliant Network

Network managers in healthcare know that one goal is always at the top of your list: staying compliant with HIPAA. That means you are doing everything you can to secure your patients’ electronic protected health information (ePHI). Penalties for a HIPAA violation can be severe. Factor in the potential loss of patient trust and business […]

Planning for Network Virtualization

Done right, network virtualization can do great things for your business. By simplifying administration, you can save money, improve security, and make administrators’ jobs easier. But the right approach is important to realize these benefits and avoid creating an environment that introduces more problems than it solves. While there are many considerations to make, today […]

Securing Your Storage with RAID

If you’re looking for a way to protect your storage system’s uptime and reliability, then it’s time to consider RAID. RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) arrays consist of multiple disks that act as one in order to provide redundancy and better performance for your storage system. They are typically used in NAS (network attached […]

Keeping a Watchful Eye on Your Network with Software Tools

Preventing problems before they happen is one of the goals of good network management. From bottlenecks to overheated servers, there are a lot of moving parts in your environment that require continual monitoring. Fortunately, you have tools available to help you stay ahead of potential problems or quickly identify an issue before it grows. Today, […]

Summit’s New Ebook: The State of IT Employment

Summit has released our latest free ebook, The State of IT Employment, to help you answer these questions and much more. Every day, we talk to IT professionals like you who are not just managing their companies’ networks and systems. They’re also managing their own careers along the way. Doing that successfully requires some planning, […]

Hyper-Threading Tips and Advantages

Simultaneous multi-threading, known as Hyper-Threading Technology (HT) when referring to Intel’s technology specifically, is not something well understood by many networking professionals. But used in the right way, it can speed up performance for your servers and work stations. If you think of a processor as a highway and the cores as highway lanes, then […]

Tips for a Smooth Storage Migration

Storage migration can be tricky for a lot of reasons. Researching and choosing the right storage system, predicting storage needs, managing downtime, testing, and scheduling each have their own set of important considerations and potential pitfalls. Give Yourself Enough Time for Your Migration Project One of the most common mistakes that managers and administrators make […]

SSD vs. HDD: A Case for Both

There was a time when solid state drives (SSD) were not a technology within reach for small and medium-sized businesses. But SSD performance has dramatically improved in recent years thanks to flash technology. As the performance improves and the price drops, increasingly, companies now wonder whether they should move away from hard disk drives (HDD) […]

Scale, Speed, and Spend: Comparing File Storage Systems

In its early days, your business’s storage needs may have been pretty straightforward. But as teams, data, and computing demands grow, most companies find that they require a more flexible and systematic approach to data storage, backup, and file sharing. If you’ve done a bit of research on your options, you’ve probably seen three acronyms […]