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5 Tips To Save A Bundle On Switches
Last Updated on Tuesday, 5 November 2013 11:07
Written by jj
Saturday, November 9th, 2013

This article by Jennifer Minella originally appeared in Network Computing.

Don’t fall into the vendor trap of buying more than you need. Follow these rules to avoid overspending on your network gear.

We joke about those $200 hammers the government buys, but did you know your organization could be falling victim to the same overspending on network devices? Vendors tend to oversell their customers on the latest-and-greatest technology, often disregarding the customers’ needs and taking advantage of their budgets.

Here are some tips for how to shop for the right switch, and advice to stop overspending on your networking gear. From my experience, following these five simple rules can save you about 60%.  (more…)

The 10 Deadliest Networking Mistakes
Last Updated on Tuesday, 5 November 2013 11:01
Written by jj
Friday, November 8th, 2013

This article by Jennifer Minella originally appeared in Network Computing.  

We all make mistakes, but some networking mistakes wreak more havoc than others. Avoiding a few common errors will drastically increase your LAN uptime and decrease your troubleshooting time and frustration level. Here is a top 10 list of errors, omissions, misconfigurations and points of confusion that lead to network mayhem. (more…)

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5 Basic Switch Settings You Must Know
Last Updated on Tuesday, 5 November 2013 11:19
Written by jj
Saturday, October 5th, 2013

This article by Jennifer Minella originally appeared in Network Computing.

There are five configurations a network administrator should apply to a newly provisioned switch or router. Although application of these configurations may seem like common sense, 90% of devices I see are missing at least one of these settings, and about 75% are missing two or more. Use this checklist as an action item to verify your existing devices have these settings, at minimum, and integrate these in to any templates or provisioning documents you use. You’ll appreciate the results of the consistency this adds to your network management and monitoring. (more…)

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Consumerization is not BYOD, and what that means for security
Last Updated on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 04:15
Written by jj
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

…and BYOD doesn’t necessarily mean consumerazation. Here are some key differences that affect how we’ll manage and secure devices following these two trends. (more…)

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HP ProCurve 5400zl Modules- Minimum Firmware Reference
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 12:28
Written by jj
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

With HP’s newer v2 modules for the HP 5400 series chassis switches, we’ve received a lot of calls from customers who experienced a conflict when adding newer modules to a switch. (more…)

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