General Computing Executive Commentary
Cat 8 Cable A High-Performance But Economical Solution To Data Center’s Need For High Bandwidth
While “Category 8,” the classification for the next-generation twisted-pair cabling specifications, is still in the development stage, the outlook looks quite positive that it will be specified to 2 GHz, four times today’s bandwidth of 500 MHz, promising a new copper speedway for data centers in the not-too-distant future.
Here’s One Way to Shorten Your Hosted Exchange Sales Cycle
One of the highlights from Ingram Micro’s Cloud Summit event last month in Phoenix for me was talking with managed services providers like Mario Guerendo, president and CEO of LIBANGA Computer Systems, a 19-employee company that’s starting to see a major upsurge in its cloud revenue. Guerendo shared with me that the cloud comprised 25% of his company’s overall revenue in 2012, and he’s projecting that number to reach 45% by the end of this year.
This One Oversight Will Kill Your Chances For Cloud Success
Many VARs and MSPs are trying to figure out how to take advantage of their customers’ inevitable shift from on-premise computing to the cloud. And, even though analyst groups like Gartner tell us that the addressable cloud market is going to reach $35 billion within the next few years, it often seems like the channel companies tapping into this opportunity are in the minority.
10 Things To Look For In A VMS
A video surveillance system is only as good as the sum of all its parts. Make sure you’re customers are getting the most out of the system, starting with the video management software (VMS). A lot goes in to selecting the right VMS, but here are some important questions you should be asking.
3 IP Camera Selection Mistakes You'll Regret
If you're new to the video surveillance game, you should be leaning on your vendor and distributor partners as much as possible for help. Making mistakes is unavoidable, but you can take steps to minimize the severity and frequency of those you do make. In addition to help from your partners, I recently spoke with Thomas McIntyre, National Sales Manager for the US and Canada at Merit Lilin USA who identified three common mistakes you could make when it comes to IP cameras.
3 Reasons IP Cameras Are Better Than Analog
Analog physical security solutions continue to be replaced by more advanced IP solutions. The benefits are clear, and if security dealers arm themselves with the key features of IP solutions, they will be well on their way to migrating their customers over to these productivity-enhancing solutions, while serving as trusted advisors to their customers.
Balancing Service Delivery & Delivering Sales
Resellers are constantly trying to find the right balance of driving higher quality delivery of services and increasing sales. It's a slippery slope and it’s hard to justify investing more time in the selling effort perhaps at the expense of customer service. It’s not that Solution Providers don’t value the role of sales in the overall business process, it’s just not the average resellers sweet spot. Rather, resellers are more typically aligned with the product and technology function and see it being way more constructive to invest their time in development and integration – plus, its just more fun. So, in effect, key partners are looking to reduce the amount to time spent selling and need more time in the day for service delivery.
IP Surveillance and VoIP: Is History Repeating Itself?
As IP-based surveillance systems continue to gain ground, we can’t help but be reminded of the challenges IP telephony – or VoIP – faced 10 years ago.
How To Convince Your Customers To Choose IP Cameras Over Analog
As IP surveillance technology becomes more affordable, it’s also becoming a more attractive solution for smaller installations – installations that used to be the sole domain of analog product. But how do you convince your customers to upgrade their analog to IP, preferably before an incident forces their hand? There are three primary selling points for an IP system of an Analog system – higher resolution, more in-depth analytics, and the ease of new network configuration.
6 Common Lies About IP Video Surveillance
One of the factors holding backing the adoption rate of IP video surveillance is a lack of understanding by IT integrators. Much has changed in the video surveillance world, so without all the facts, IT integrators will be unable to make sound decisions regarding this technology.