Why WAN Matters – Thinking Beyond your Network

These days, chances are good that a significant portion of your company’s network is not completely under your control. The explosion of software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud storage and remote workers means network managers have to think outside the LAN. A mix of LAN and WAN infrastructure has implications for multiple aspects of your business, including bandwidth […]

Staying on Top of Configuration Changes

Change management can be an under-appreciated part of network management. Meticulous documentation is not always a favorite task for most network administrators. It’s usually worth the effort, though, because it can save you a lot of trouble over time. Today’s post talks a bit about the benefits of tracking configuration changes and why it’s important […]

VLANs: 5 Types and Benefits

Virtual (or software-configured) local area networks can make network management simpler for you and improve the experience for your end users. If you’re new to setting up VLANs, you’ll want to start by getting an understanding of the different types you’ll need to create and some of the benefits it can have to your business. […]

The Need for Speed: Transitioning to 10 Gigabit Ethernet

The need for speed is growing rapidly in businesses of all sizes. More data, graphics, and video usage are combining with high performance expectations across departments. A network that isn’t keeping up can mean that the business isn’t keeping up with customers or competitors. Your company may be getting by on Gigabit Ethernet speed for […]

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 […]

3 Common Network Expansion Mistakes to Avoid

Your company is rapidly growing, and you’re planning a significant network infrastructure expansion to support a burgeoning workforce, new location, need for increased connectivity, or all three. You may have already developed a solid, scalable plan based on a thorough assessment of your current network and expected future needs, or you may just be getting […]

Networking for the Virtual Workforce: A Short Guide

The landscape of the modern workplace is ever evolving. Technology now guides everything from the way meetings are held, decisions are made, and offices are laid out, to the way business is conducted, financed, and optimized. And while the idea of working remotely is not a new one, it is more popular than ever. This […]

Learn On Your Own Time With A CCNA Home Lab

If you’re a network professional looking to prove your skills by getting Cisco certified with your CCNA (or other Cisco credentials like a CCNP or CCIE) that can translate to more pay and better job opportunities for your future, you may find yourself overwhelmed trying to fit in the necessary time to study and get […]