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400G Networking: What You Need to Know

Move over 100G, 400G is here! Just as we’ve become accustomed to (or are still waiting for) the power of 100G or 200G, vendors began premiering 400G capabilities and networking equipment last year. Our insatiable hunger for bandwidth has led us to constantly push for more to power our video and on-demand consumption. The rise […]

Best Ways to Avoid IP Fragmentation

IP fragmentation occurs when packets are broken up into smaller pieces (fragments) so they can pass through a link at a smaller maximum transmission unit (MTU) than the original (larger) packet size. The fragments are then put back together by the host receiving them, or destination host. IP fragmentation can cause problems when fragments are […]

Switch Configuration and Security

When configuring switches, it’s helpful to have a guide that can walk you through the basics. Security is also important, and switches can be configured to be an effective part of your network security. In this post, we’ll cover switch basics as well as some ways to incorporate security in your switch setup. Switch Basics […]

Rack Organization Best Practices

Planning and setting up server racks and maintaining them can be a tedious part of an IT professional’s engineer’s job. If you’ve ever accidentally knocked out power to a rack when trying to maintain it, had to dig through a messy tangle of cables or had to climb over things in your way to access […]

How to Build in Redundancy for a Reliable Network

Hopefully, you’ve built your network to be fast, reliable, and secure. But even the best-laid plans can fall apart. Especially when dealing with natural disasters, power outages, or when the landscaper accidentally cuts through your fiber optic cable. In this post, we’ll cover ways to build in redundancy and failovers for when things go wrong. […]

Planning Your IT Career Path

Defining a career path in IT is not exactly a one-size-fits-all process. There are so many different professions within IT and many different educations and interests that have a place within the trade. There is no distinct path to success, but having a plan will certainly help you along the way. Use these tips to […]

Network Automation Basics

If your enterprise is looking to cut down on time spent on manual work such as reporting, simple but time-consuming tasks, or troubleshooting known issues, network automation can help. There are tools available to help you automate repetitive tasks and reporting to make your staff’s lives easier and save time that could be better spent […]

High-Bandwidth Networking

If your business requires more bandwidth than you are prepared for or you work for a business that uses a lot of bandwidth, there are some things you can do to make the most of the bandwidth you have. There is also technology and hardware available to help you manage high bandwidth use. What Does […]

Mesh Wireless Networking 101

What Are Wireless Mesh Networks? A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a wireless network that is made up of an interconnection of devices such as mesh clients, mesh routers (or nodes) and gateways. Rather than the small number of wired access points used by a traditional network, a wireless mesh network uses wireless mesh nodes […]

Summit’s Guide to the Cloud: Free Ebook

Get our free guide for insight into cloud storage, monitoring, computing, and more. Everything you need for a seamless transition to cloud services is included in our free ebook. From the basic concept of cloud computing to the major players and unique offerings of cloud providers, this comprehensive guide gives you a full grasp of […]