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Switch Layer Levels

When trying to understand and select the right switch for your needs, you will need to know which layer it will operate on and what functionality is available for that layer. There are seven layers in the open system interconnection (OSI) model of networking framework. These layers are: Physical Data Link Network Transport Session Presentation […]

Top IT Job Growth Areas

Information Technology jobs are among the fastest growing in the country. That trend is not slowing down anytime soon and we’re excited about that. Being in the IT industry means constantly being open to technological changes and advancements. This makes IT an exciting industry, but with this fast-pace comes challenge and high skill requirements. There […]

Diagnosing Mystery Network Issues

Is a specific service or protocol running slow? Are certain online services not working correctly? Can some users not connect to WiFi? Is one specific area of the network dropping packets at an unusually high rate? Sometimes issues come from places we can’t put a finger on. So, what do you do when issues are […]

Avoid Price Increases by Buying Used

With the recent price increases announced by Cisco on October 20, 2018, it’s important to remember that you have options when it comes to buying Cisco equipment. There are several reasons why buying used equipment can be the right financial decision. Tariffs and Fluctuating Markets Prior to the recent tariffs announced, the tech market had […]

The Evolution of IT Jobs

If you were in IT in the 1990s or early 2000s, you could probably tell some stories about things that have dramatically changed. Today’s opportunities and challenges in tech careers were virtually impossible to imagine before the Internet was widespread, before smartphones existed, and before connectivity was expected everywhere we go. Recent Bureau of Labor […]

Tools for Monitoring Global Network Health

Your enterprise depends on you to keep the network running smoothly and securely. But, in our increasingly connected world, your enterprise may have cloud services and other systems connected to the global internet. With this connection there can be issues or outages, such as DNS outages, denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, that can bring your enterprise network […]

What GDPR Means for Business Networks

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 […]

Common Network Issues and How to Avoid Them

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 […]

Stacking vs. Chassis: What to Consider

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 […]