When shopping for new gear it can be easy to be persuaded by vendors to jump to the latest and greatest, but it’s not always in the budget. However, used gear is available at a greatly discounted rate compared to new. And, by purchasing used equipment rather than doing a full upgrade when your existing […]
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As of May 25, 2018, businesses that have customers, suppliers, or employees located in the European Union are now subject to the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. If you’re a U.S.-based company, this law lays out rules for how you handle and protect personal data that are likely more strict and far-reaching than anything […]
Managing your network is a full-time job but understanding common areas of concern and knowing how to avoid network downtime can make it easier. First we’ll cover some common network issues and then we’ll discuss some simple things can help you avoid them. Common Network Issues Downtime isn’t the only issue that network administrators deal […]
Your network has grown beyond the point where non-stacking switches don’t make sense anymore. You need a lot of ports, and managing all of those switches individually is getting to be too cumbersome and time-consuming. You’re now looking at investing in one of two options: either stacking switches or a chassis solution. Both will give […]
Software-defined networking (SDN) has been touted as the future of networking in an increasingly decentralized environment. SDN is a network management approach that uses programming to create an efficient network configuration that improves network performance and monitoring. SDN makes network control directly programmable and abstracts the underlying infrastructure from applications and network services. Using SDN […]
In August, Cisco announced their latest acquisition: Duo, a company specializing in zero-trust multi-factor authentication (MFA) for organizations that need a secure means for employees to gain remote access to cloud applications. Many analysts have viewed this as a good strategic move for Cisco, which has been working to expand beyond its traditional networking hardware […]
Many businesses are looking for ways to get the most out of their IT infrastructure. The need for an always available and always on environment may create a need that the physical location of the business isn’t able to handle. This leads to looking for a colocation facility. If you’re not familiar with the term, […]
If you’re actively seeking a new IT position or considering starting a job search, know that now is a good time for it. It’s a job seeker’s market, with companies reporting a competitive hiring environment that has many of them planning to offer extra perks and better pay to attract the best talent. As you’re […]
Summit’s Field Guide to Transceivers is a straightforward guide that covers everything an IT pro needs to know about transceiver technologies.
Knowing how to prioritize and keep network traffic running smoothly for everyone is an important responsibility as a network administrator. There are several things you can do to prioritize network traffic: Reserve Bandwidth for Business-critical Applications Slow Non-essential Traffic Manage Latency Schedule Network Intensive Processes Traffic Shaping Because network bandwidth is limited, it needs to […]