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From the category archives: Managed Network

As a managed network company, we write quite a few blog posts about managed network services. Get our thoughts on the latest industry trends along with hundreds of different reasons to outsource some aspects of your IT operations. Read more below!

What Star Wars Can Teach Us about Better Network Management

star-wars-network-managementIn case you haven’t heard, there’s a new Star Wars film coming out this holiday season.

Star Wars has been one of the most iconic cinema franchises of the past 50 years. What’s not to love? There’s action (countless light saber duals and battles), romance (Han Solo and Princess Leia), family conflict (Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father, after all), Political corruption, and an underlying plot of good versus evil.

Here are five lessons Star Wars can teach us about better network management.

 

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How Cheap IT Will Cost You

Your business is an investment, and we know that investing in inferior products is never a sound business decision.

Yet, business leaders continue to under-invest in IT, take shortcuts, hire the lowest bidder and allow goats into their workspace

Going the cheap route on IT and Managed Services severely limits your ability to reach business transformation goals, and often times results in overspending on other areas of your business. Business owners are always looking to cut costs, but in this age of technology, underspending on IT is not the answer.

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Don’t Be Held Hostage by Your IT Guy

Business owners, is your IT guy or Managed Services Provider holding you hostage? Do they have full control of your domain name and key operating systems making it nearly impossible to sever a relationship with them should something go wrong? 

Eric Aguado, COO and Partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss how a company can avoid a potential hostage situation with an employee or current MSP vendor.

First, Aguado said a business should be listed as...

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Understanding the Economics of IT

Are you confused about how much you should spend annually on IT? Does your budget allocate too much or too little for IT support?  

In part one of a two-part series, Eric Aguado, a partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss how a business can create a baseline to plan for annual IT expenditures.

Aguado cited a study from Gartner, the large research firm, which released a report called Gartner IT Metrics Data. The survey details by industry the percentage of annual revenue a company spends on tech support.

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Three Scary Network Killers

Are you aware of the three scariest concerns that could bring down your computer network?

Todd Budde, Virtual Chief Information Officer (VCIO) with ThrottleNet appeared on TNtv to discuss the three most harmful scenarios he has seen that can quickly turn your IT network into a total disaster. 

The three include...

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Virus Protection: Do I Need An Anti-Virus Solution For My Business?

do i need an anti virus solution?Some small businesses think they can get away without utilizing virus protection or anti-virus solutions on their machines. “My business is too small to be compromised,” they say. “I don’t have that much information, anyways,” “Virus protection is too expensive.”

They ask “Do I need an anti-virus solution?”

The fact is, yes. All businesses, regardless of size need some type of anti-virus solution in place to keep business operations running smoothly and productivity high.

The next time you wonder about virus protection, remember this. Hackers are after one thing: data. It doesn’t have to be big data, either.

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How to Avoid IT Gimmicks

Is your IT company trying to lock you in on a three year contract? Do they ask you to pay a premium for the privilege of speaking to the owner of the IT firm?

Mike Heil, a partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss how to watch for unnecessary gimmicks as IT firms attempt to secure your business. 

His tips include…

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Three Important Benefits of Virtual CIO Services

virtual cio servicesNot all small businesses can afford to carry a dedicated Chief Information Officer on payroll. While many small businesses do realize IT is important to their day-to-day operations, the IT department is often one person wearing many hats, including the role of a CIO.

Wearing many hats can make the life of an internal IT person very hectic. First it’s an issue with the server. Then it’s trying to resolve an issue with an employee’s workstation. Then it’s tracking down a license to add a necessary software component to another employee’s workstation.

At the end of the day, this model isn’t efficient.

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Is Your Network Overweight?

Does your company utilize its PCs to mainly access corporate programs and information via web browsers?  Could your firm benefit by utilizing a less expensive infrastructure that still produces the same results?

Eric Aguado, a Partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss how utilizing a thin client infrastructure could be a real benefit for many types of organizations.

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It’s Your Network, Not Theirs

Does your IT vendor believe they “own” your network? Do they offer a one-sized fits all solution without understanding the nuances of your network and your business goals? Mike Heil, a Partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the need for business owners to thoroughly analyze their technology needs before investing in any type of hardware upgrade or change in their IT service plan.

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