As information technology solutions become increasingly important for determining the success of businesses, companies are devoting more and more resources to IT spending and hiring, according to a study by CompTIA, the IT industry association.
Give SMB Customers An Enterprise Experience
Providing certified engineers, 24/7 NOC (network operations center) support, and service level agreements (SLAs) are ways this IT solutions provider meets SMBs’ business needs and achieves year-over-year 30 percent revenue growth.
Solving The Enterprise Vs. SMB BDR Sales Dilemma
Four BDR (backup and disaster recovery) experts weigh in on where IT solutions providers should be focusing their sales efforts.
The Smart Way To Land A $100,000 Managed Services Sale
Conducting a network assessment and providing RMM (remote monitoring and management) services were keys to this MSP’s (managed services provider) big IT project win, which included monthly recurring revenue and ongoing upsell opportunities.
Get Answers For System Sizing Of Backup Storage With Data Deduplication
Data deduplication compares each backup to previous backups and only stores the bytes or blocks that change. Employing data deduplication with backup storage greatly reduces the amount of disk storage required and also saves on WAN bandwidth as only the changes are stored, and only changes traverse the WAN to the offsite/disaster recovery site.
Advice For The IT Channel: 4 Ways To Market Your Business
If you ask CEOs to name the most difficult aspect of their businesses, most will say the greatest challenge is reaching and retaining customers. The best way to educate your customers about your brand and the services you offer is through a strategic and coordinated approach to marketing.
The Top Objections To Cloud Security — And How To Overcome Them
Using the cloud for business is still an unknown frontier for many businesses. Regardless of their size or the markets they operate in, very few organizations understand the cloud well enough to leverage it to their advantage. That may also explain why IT providers run into so many objections relating to its security. People don’t trust what they can’t see, especially with data breaches jumping onto the priority list of most managers and owners.
Must-Haves Mobile Device Features For Manufacturing And Warehousing
Mobile devices are well on their way to becoming integrated into almost every industry, providing new ways to capture data in real time and speed up the process of overall productivity. The advantages of mobility in manufacturing and warehousing applications are continually expanding.
5-Second Rule: Why Prioritizing Web Protection Shouldn’t Take A Moment Longer
Malware is more menacing than ever. While antivirus and patch management are known needs, an equally critical third component for defending your IT clients is required. As MAXfocus Security Lead Ian Trump explains, it’s time to incorporate a security, monitoring and filtering solution.
WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES
The Perfect Prescription: Backup & Recovery In Health Care IT
Of all the vertical industries of interest to the channel, few hold more broad promise and greater opportunity than health care. Thanks to new targeted products, evolving standards of care and an increase in federal government incentives, the health care IT market is witnessing substantial spending growth.
ConnectWise Evolves Their Sales Quoting Process And Grows One Product’s Sales By 3,328%
ConnectWise is an enterprise software company serving the unique needs of technology companies such as IT solution providers, system integrators, and software developers. In the last 10 years, ConnectWise software has become the premier business operating system for technology companies and the company has experienced rapid growth that required an efficient sales team to maximize on their market potential. As everyone at ConnectWise pushed full-steam ahead, the sales quoting process was lagging behind.
Data Projections Creates ‘100% Better-Looking’ Sales Proposals
Texas-based company, Data Projections provides businesses, schools and governmental agencies with audio-visual solutions and collaboration tools ranging from video conferencing for conference rooms, board rooms and classrooms to network operating centers.
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Networking refers to the range of hardware, software, processes, regulations, and protocols that make up computer and other networks. A network is a telecommunications system that allows connected devices to exchange data via cables or wirelessly (Wi-Fi). Networks provide shared access to systems, services, applications, and devices such as the World Wide Web, servers, printers, storage devices, email, messaging, and many more.
Security on networks is controlled by a network administrator through a set of provisions and policies that prevent unauthorized access to the network and network-accessible resources. Access to secured networks requires authentication usually via username and password (one-factor authentication), but can be augmented to include additional steps based on something a user 'has' such as generating a code via a security token, card, or mobile phone (two-factor authentication), and further augmented to include something a user 'is' such as a retinal or fingerprint scan. Firewalls enforce access policies on the network and anti-virus software or intrusion prevention systems (IPS) help to detect and inhibit malware and other potential threats.
Networks can be connected by electrical cable, radio waves, and optical fiber which are defined as layers 1 (physical layer) and 2 (data link layer) in the OSI model. Types of wired technologies include twisted pair wire, coaxial cable, ITU-T G.hn, and optical fiber. Wireless technologies include terrestrial microwave, satellite, cellular and PCS, radio and spread spectrum, and infrared. The basic hardware components of a network include network interface controllers (NIC), repeaters and hubs, network bridges, network switches, routers, and firewalls.
Ethernet is the most widely-adopted and used family of communications media used in local area networks (LAN), encompassing both wired and wireless network communications. IEEE 802 defines the standards and protocols that enable networked device communications. Networks can be classified by physical capacity or purpose such as personal area networks (PAN), local area network (LAN), storage area network (SAN), wide area network (WAN), virtual private network (VPN), and others.
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CloudFounders Equips MSPs To Offer Cloud Solutions
At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Jonathan Kos, VP of sales at CloudFounders, tells how managed services providers can leverage CloudFounders’ white-labeled products to offer privately hosted cloud solutions.
WorldPay Tells How Payment Solutions Can Lead To Recurring Revenue
At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Chester Ritchie, senior VP of strategic partnerships at WorldPay, displays payment solutions and discusses how solutions providers can establish recurring revenue streams.
GFI MAX Demonstrates Patch Management Feature
At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Nadia Karatsoreos, community manager for GFI MAX, introduces sales engineer Andrew Crihfield who demonstrates the platform’s patch management feature.
Plantronics Displays Headset Options At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit
Brad Barnes, sales manager of specialized channels for Plantronics, displays USB-based, wireless, and Bluetooth headsets at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions magazine on August 21, 2014, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.