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WAN Router Lifecycle Strategy

WAN Router Lifecycle Strategy

Many businesses are in a cycle where it’s time to replace the majority of their routers. Typically, these routers are the ISR G2 (2900 and 3900 series). These products have been solid, battle-tested and reliable, but are soon end of life – the absolute last date of support is December 2022. If you haven’t already, …

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Cloud Migration: A Path to the Future

Cloud Migration

In today’s corporate IT landscape, every organization (whether they admit it or not) operates a hybrid-cloud architecture.  As more organizations migrate traditional platforms running in an on-premises data center to a public cloud provider, there are many aspects that needs to be considered to minimize the financial, operational, and architectural impact such a migration might …

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SD-WAN: Defining Your Future Network Strategy

Defining You Networking Strategy

We’ve worked with several of our customers recently on WAN refreshes. Some are looking to embrace SD-WAN. Others are just looking to replace EOL gear. And some are looking to dip a toe into the SD-WAN world. All of the major network manufacturers have integrated SD-WAN into their offerings – see the likes of Cisco …

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Exploring a NAC Maturity Model

Network Access Control

As our current technical service models stabilize during this work from home transition, we’ll take a minute to visit strategies for improving our user experience for the future return of employees to the office. Today, we explore a Network Access Control (NAC) maturity model and the maturation of the deployment within our ecosystems. NAC Maturity …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Azure Network Design

Cloud-based networking principles

The Fundamentals for a Beginner’s Guide to Azure Networking Good networking practices are still fundamental, whether on premises or in the cloud. Often times, new terminology is used, but what network engineers are used to calling one thing just has a new name. A VRF is similar to a VNET in Azure. A VLAN is …

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Exploring Your Technical Options after a “Work From Home” Mandate

Creating a strategy your work from home user base.

It’s finally happened…your company’s leadership came to you and asked what it will take to enable your entire workforce to work from home for the foreseeable future due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  How are you going to provide a computing environment for all these remote workers, and fast?  Let’s talk through the benefits associated …

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Cloud Readiness: Today’s Technical Elements to Prepare You for Tomorrow

Focus on your direction to be intentional about the journey.

So that’s it…you’re going to the cloud. This may not be your decision. It may be directed by a suit in an office somewhere. Other cases see operationally minded CIO’s acting quickly to ensure their technical teams are best aligned for the road ahead. And yet, others have done their homework and have determined a …

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Leveraging Microsoft’s Identity Management Platform to Secure Your Business

Avoid a tangled web of chaos by being intentional with your Identity Management

Over the past few weeks, we’ve covered a broad range of security-focused basics that you can implement to strengthen your security posture. Today, we’ll dive deeper into strengthening your security posture via the Microsoft’s Identity Management platform. As the Microsoft toolset used to manage Identity has evolved over the past few years, the ease of …

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Incorporating Modern Network Design Principles

Incorporating Modern Network Design Principles

Several of our clients have come to us recently seeking help with network design. Be it a new facility, or a simple refresh of their switching environment, the questions and desire for support is all the same. As the technology stack changes, our need to align to modern network design principles must shift with it. …

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Considerations When Deploying Network Access Control

Who has the keys to access your network?

Network Access Control Overview Today we look at deploying Network Access Control (NAC) and five considerations to explore before implementation. Network Access Control is a solution that applies and enforces network access policies. In its most basic implementation, NAC is the decision maker of what devices are allowed on the network. NAC is implemented in …

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