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Network Cabling Types: Choosing The Right Structured Cabling Infrastructure

Technology is moving at a fast pace. Cabling infrastructure must match your company needs. Choosing the best solution for your business in advance saves time and money. Infrastructure performs rather well for an average of ten (10) years and usually, modest cabling supports up to three (3) generations of active electronic devices. But, before you… Read more »

Top 5 Zero Day Exploit Prevention Solutions of 2017-2018

There are ways to equip your organization with increased cybersecurity performance solutions—under budget and within compliance of your firm. Whether your organization focuses on database, network, cloud, mobile security, or all of them integrated together, there are precautionary steps that can be taken. Consider These Top 5 Cybersecurity Preventative Solutions: 1. CylancePROTECT® Cylance developed an… Read more »

Equifax Security Breach: Could It Have Been Prevented?

Zero Day Exploitation, otherwise referred to as Zero-Day Vulnerability, is defined as a security hole in software. Unknown to the software developer vendor, this hole can then be maliciously exploited by hackers before developers have an opportunity to “patch” the attack. Zero Day attacks include infiltrating malware, spyware, or allowance of unwanted access to user… Read more »

SD-WAN Vendor Reviews: CTC’s Top 5 Choices for 2017

Switching to SD-WAN? Countless companies have made the switch from MPLS to SD-WAN, cutting network costs and increasing flexibility, control, visibility and performance. If you’re thinking about joining their ranks and shifting to broadband, it’s nice to know the benefits that come along with transitioning to SD-WAN. But, it’s even better to know which WAN… Read more »

Hiring a Cisco ISE Engineer: Top Ten Questions To Ask

Managing a network that requires workers and guests to connect to routers and wireless access points at their convenience requires a multi-faceted approach. Special considerations regarding BYOD policies, endpoint protection, and quick & efficient network maintenance must be taken to sustain the continuity of your network’s integrity and performance. Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) is… Read more »

Top 5 Qualities to Look For When Hiring An IT Consultant

What are your reasons for hiring a consultant? According to Entrepreneur, the top reasons companies bring in an outside consultant are because they: • Lack specific expertise • Need help identifying problems • Are short-staffed • Need to promote change • Need an objective point of view • Need new knowledge • Want someone to do… Read more »

Why Cisco ISE is the Perfect BYOD Solution For Enterprise

BYOD isn’t an option; It’s a necessity The ubiquitous nature of mobile devices can throw a fork in the road for IT admins, especially those managing larger networks. Segmentation of your WLAN with the proper authentication protocols can be manageable for smaller networks, but what about if your network has hundreds or even thousands of… Read more »

The 5 Wireless Networking Issues Every IT Pro Deals With

Nowadays, enterprise organizations rely on reliable, secure wireless networks to keep their operations going. With the advancements in wireless technology, high-availability WLANs are more common than ever. Despite this, troubleshooting WLAN issues can be a pain for IT pros. Especially network admins of mixed networks. Having worked with companies of all different sizes from a… Read more »

Are Network Access Control (NAC) Solutions Like Cisco ISE Worth It?

Identifying The Need For MDM & Access/Policy Control Mobile devices aren’t just something you carry in your pocket to make calls anymore. Being mobile is a way of life. For organizations that need to keep productivity levels high, a lack of wireless access can put a dent in the way you do business. And it’s… Read more »

Top Five Enterprise Network Switching Solution Providers of 2017

Who Sells the Best Network Switching Solutions for the Enterprise? Like most tech questions, this isn’t a simple one to answer. Simply browsing for enterprise switches won’t do you much good if you don’t also take into consideration your company’s infrastructure, future outlook, budget, size and more when making your final decision. Without getting into… Read more »

Top Five Enterprise Router Vendors of 2017

Who Sells the Best Router for the Enterprise? Like most tech questions, this isn’t a simple one to answer. Looking at enterprise routers won’t do you much good if you don’t also take into consideration things like your company’s infrastructure, future outlook, budget, size and more. Without getting into too much detail, we’ve outlined our… Read more »

Cisco 4000 Series: Pricing, Specs & Review

Cisco 4000 Series: An Overview The Cisco 4000 ISR family delivers application-aware services in the branch-office environment. These ISRs provide up to 2 Gb performance with extensive Layer 7 services, hosted internally, while maximizing OPEX savings. Perfectly suitable for the medium- to large-sized enterprise, Cisco’s 4000 family brings unmatched performance and deployment flexibility to today’s… Read more »

Cisco 1921 Series ISRs for the Enterprise: Pricing, Specs & Review

Cisco 1921 Integrated Service Routers The Cisco 1921 series builds on the best-in-class offering of the Cisco 1841 Integrated Services Routers, bringing 25 years of router design experience to today’s market. Perfectly suited for branch office environments, the Cisco 1900 Series Integrated Services Routers offer embedded hardware encryption acceleration, optional firewall, intrusion prevention and the… Read more »

Nimble Storage InfoSight: A Review for the Enterprise

Predictive Analytics Platform, InfoSight: Powerful & Comprehensive InfoSight works alongside Nimble’s CASL (Cache-Accelerated Sequential Layout), creating a solution that utilizes intelligent data analytics to provide independently-scalable performance and capacity, optimal deployment times, scale-to-fit architecture, and matchless predictive monitoring and support. The future of data storage management is here, and it comes in the form of… Read more »

What Happens if my Nimble Storage Array Disk Drive Fails?

Failures Rare With Nimble Storage Nimble Storage is our preferred vendor for many reasons, one being that failures are few and far between. Should one occur, however, customers are curious what exactly happens next. Keep in mind, we’ve had customers working with Nimble for years without experiencing an actual failure. But, we like to walk… Read more »

Five Network Infrastructure Considerations For Optimal SAN Storage Security

Your Data is Always at Risk. Stay Prepared With Robust Storage Security. We think it’s important for our customers to know that not all thieves wear masks. In today’s digital landscape, enterprise data centers are at an increased risk of attack from anonymous, inconspicuous sources. To protect your sensitive data, you need to analyze, familiarize… Read more »

Nimble Storage as a SAN Disaster Recovery Solution

What happens if your network fails and your IT stops working? If your company is not prepared, not only do you need to outline steps to take in case of a network failure, but you also need to become intimately knowledgeable of how your SAN storage vendor prepares for and handles unforeseen disasters. We believe… Read more »

Nimble AF1000: Pricing, IOPS, Specs and Review

The Nimble Storage AF1000 Nimble’s AF1000 is the entry-level All Flash array for its Predictive Flash platform. This dynamic platform is based on Nimble’s two unique innovations, CASL™(Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout) and InfoSight Predictive Analytics™. Together, these included features create a solution that utilizes intelligent data analytics to provide independently-scalable performance and capacity, optimal deployment… Read more »

Nimble CS700: Pricing, IOPS, Specs & Review

The Nimble CS-Series Arrays The building blocks of Nimble’s Adaptive Flash Platform, CS-Series Arrays are technologically-advanced and flexible enough to meet the demands of any business-critical applications. This dynamic platform is based on Nimble’s two unique innovations, CASL™(Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout) and InfoSight Predictive Analytics™. Together, these included features create a solution that utilizes intelligent… Read more »

The Economics of Enterprise SAN Storage

Enterprise IT companies are turning more to SAN Storage solutions to meet increasingly demanding deployment times and performance needs. End user experience, employee productivity and company growth depend on fully-functioning, efficient business applications. Because of this, gone are the days that companies choose infrastructure investments with a sole focus on capital and operational expenditures. IT… Read more »

Nimble CS500: Pricing, IOPS, Specs & Review

The Nimble CS-Series Arrays The building blocks of Nimble’s Adaptive Flash Platform, CS-Series Arrays are technologically-advanced and flexible enough to meet the demands of any business-critical applications. This dynamic platform is based on Nimble’s two unique innovations, CASL™ (Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout) and InfoSight Predictive Analytics™. Together, these included features create a solution that utilizes… Read more »

Nimble CS300: Pricing, IOPS, Specs & Review

The Nimble CS-Series Arrays The building blocks of Nimble’s Adaptive Flash Platform, CS-Series Arrays are technologically-advanced and flexible enough to meet the demands of any business-critical applications. This dynamic platform is based on Nimble’s two unique innovations, CASL™(Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout) and InfoSight Predictive Analytics™. Together, these included features create a solution that utilizes intelligent… Read more »

Nimble CS235: Pricing, IOPS, Specs & Review

The Nimble CS-Series Arrays The building blocks of Nimble’s Adaptive Flash Platform, CS-Series Arrays are technologically-advanced and flexible enough to meet the demands of any business-critical applications. This dynamic platform is based on Nimble’s two unique innovations, CASL™(Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout) and InfoSight Predictive Analytics™. Together, these included features create a solution that utilizes intelligent… Read more »

Nimble CS215: Pricing, IOPS, Specs & Review

The Nimble CS-Series Arrays The building blocks of Nimble’s Adaptive Flash Platform, CS-Series Arrays are technologically-advanced and flexible enough to meet the demands of any business-critical applications. This dynamic platform is based on Nimble’s two unique innovations, CASL™(Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout) and InfoSight Predictive Analytics™. Together, these included features create a solution that utilizes intelligent… Read more »

Nimble CS210: Pricing, IOPS, Specs & Review

The Nimble CS-Series Arrays The building blocks of Nimble’s Adaptive Flash Platform, CS-Series Arrays are technologically-advanced and flexible enough to meet the demands of any business-critical applications. This dynamic platform is based on Nimble’s two unique innovations, CASL™(Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout) and InfoSight Predictive Analytics™. Together, these included features create a solution that utilizes intelligent… Read more »

Nimble Storage & VMWare: The Perfect Match

If you’re looking to maximize the value of your virtual environment – servers, apps and desktops – there is a dynamic duo in the SAN storage marketplace that you should know about. A “go-to market partnership,” Nimble Storage and VMWare have come together to create a unified, simplified infrastructure that increases efficiency, savings, delivery and… Read more »

Top 2017 Enterprise SAN Storage Solutions

Looking For a New SAN Storage Solution? With so many companies moving or having already made the move to VDI, we get multiple inquiries about SAN solutions on a weekly basis. Looking at the volume of this demand, we decided to comb through our research and compile all of it into this easy-to-digest blog, featuring… Read more »

Hybrid Flash vs. All-Flash Storage: Making The Right Decision

More and more vendors are offering all-flash arrays because demand is increasing and prices are dropping. This change in market landscape is leading several IT managers and professionals to question whether they should make the switch. The question here is if the increasingly-popular all-flash arrays are better than hybrid arrays, and the answer does not… Read more »

Planning a Data Center Migration When Upgrading Your SAN

Data migration can be a tricky business with plenty of pain points and pitfalls along the way. If you’re not properly prepared, an IT upgrade can become cumbersome, time consuming and insecure. Combat best begins with a plan. Planning a Data Center Migration When migrating data center equipment to new facilities, whether because of merger… Read more »

How SD-WAN affects Latency, Packet Loss and Jitter

Are you finding it hard to learn the truth about what SD-WAN does for latency, packet loss and jitter? If you have never worked with SD-WAN before, we’d be willing to bet that you are depending heavily on forums, blogs and reviews to investigate further before making the decision to switch to or integrate your… Read more »

Evaluating VDI Storage Solutions: Five Points To Consider

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: Making the Move If you, like IT professionals at numerous large companies we’ve worked with, currently want to upgrade your server-based computing system to a VDI, there are a few key tips to consider before taking on the migration. During the consideration phase, be sure to analyze each vendor’s solution with the… Read more »

Finding The Right SD-WAN For Your Company Demands

Choosing an SD-WAN Vendor If your company is looking to Software-Defined WAN to support enterprise connectivity, you need to search for a vendor who offers the following base components in its solution: Leveraging various modes of connectivity (i.e. Broadband) Dynamic path selection Zero-touch, centralized provisioning system Quick ROI through reduced CAPEX and OPEX The solution you… Read more »

SD-WAN Pricing: How Much Does SD-WAN Cost to Implement?

When deciding on a new IT solution, most of the project managers and IT professionals that we work with have top concerns surrounding performance, security and cost. Of course, the order of importance differs from company to company. Many of our previous posts have hit on the first two priorities, explaining how an SD-WAN solution… Read more »

5 Ways to Improve Your WAN’s Throughput: Tackling Traffic Problems

Slow throughput is simply not an option for most companies in our modern, fast-paced world. Where network performance fails, user experience fails, and it only takes a few seconds of dissatisfaction for many clients to decide to take their business elsewhere. If patience is a virtue then the Internet is challenging that ideal. But, you… Read more »

Hybrid WAN or SD-WAN: Which is Right for my Business?

If you need IT solutions fast, shopping around the WAN world can be full of heartache. WAN. Bam. Thank you, man. It seems like every day there are new vendors and new solutions each promising to be more desirable than the last. In fact, this industry is now booming with competition, a big change from… Read more »

How SD-WAN Improves Traffic Flow and Network Performance

The idea that SD-WAN can improve the performance of your current MPLS network is a simple idea and one that has been backed with evidence from numerous companies that have made the switch. But, to understand how it improves your network performance takes a little deeper look under the software surface. Here’s the what. SD-WAN… Read more »

Painless SD-WAN Migration is Possible

WAN Migration Doesn’t Have to be Scary. If the reason you haven’t taken the leap with SD-WAN is that you’ve heard horror stories about data migration, we’re here to tell you that you have nothing to fear. Top solutions in today’s market, like Silver Peak’s Unity EdgeConnect, are designed with migration in mind, making non-disruptive… Read more »

Post SD-WAN: Expectations and Management

You’ve Adopted SD-WAN. Now What? No doubt you chose to integrate with or fully switch your network to an SD-WAN solution because you wanted, and needed, to start seeing results quickly. The great thing about a software-defined WAN is that it is extremely simple to implement. Essentially, you’re only a few plugins and reboots away… Read more »

SD-WAN vs. WAN Optimization: You May be Confused

SD-WAN and WAN Optimization These two terms get thrown around a lot in IT blogs, many of which declare that SD-WAN is the newest settlement on the WAN optimization frontier. The thing is, this may be a little over simplistic. WAN optimization and SD-WAN are more like two mates that play on the same team than… Read more »

SD-WAN 101: Software Defined WAN For Beginners

If you couldn’t speak up about SD-WAN at your last seminar or business meeting, this is the article for you. We’ll help you go from SD-WAN dummy to genius so that you never have to mindlessly head nod again while IT gurus discuss packet loss, latency and jitter. To truly understand the in’s and out’s… Read more »

4 Tips to Painlessly Transition Your WAN to SD-WAN

WAN optimization at the forefront of your company’s IT concerns? Most IT managers that our CTC Technologies experts speak with have some sort of issue with their current WAN architecture. Some of the biggest being: Performance Security Cost Latency Visibility A switch to an SD-WAN overlay is a suitable network solution that will combat many… Read more »

Top 6 Things to Consider When Switching to SD-WAN

The MPLS WAN Blues If you leave the office every evening with a sad melody stuck in your head, the culprit could be your MPLS WAN. With quicker-than-ever industry shifts in technology and more businesses moving on up to the Cloud, a legacy infrastructure may not be the most efficient network setup for your company…. Read more »

How Secure is Software-Defined WAN?

Scared of The Cloud? You aren’t alone. Accessing cloud applications is a top priority for several of our clients at CTC Technologies. But after using MPLS-based networks for years and keeping apps in-house in the data center, many business owners are wary of connecting to something as obscure as “the cloud” and switching over to… Read more »

On Cloud 9: The Benefits of Integrating Cloud Applications with Your MPLS Network

Thinking it’s time to upgrade your current legacy infrastructure and integrate more Cloud applications? If so, you’re not alone. Cloud Computing Trends of 2016 reports that “17 percent of enterprises now have more than 1,000 VMs in public cloud, up from 13 percent in 2015 [and] private cloud showed even stronger growth with 31 percent… Read more »

Silver Peak Add-ons: Orchestrator & Boost Packages

Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect: A Quick Overview Unity EdgeConnect delivers an edge-to-edge experience for any combination of connectivity that, in our experience, is unparalleled in today’s market. This dynamic solution leads the industry in performance and capacity, offering 3x that of its closest competitors, and it’s extremely flexible. Customers can replace existing infrastructures in total… Read more »

Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect: Our Preferred SD-WAN Solution

CTC Technologies, Inc. is proud to partner with Silver Peak Systems to offer our customers its intelligent, flexible SD-WAN solution, Unity EdgeConnect. EdgeConnect delivers an edge-to-edge experience for any combination of connectivity that, in our experience, is unparalleled in today’s market. We have deployed a Silver Peak solution for companies that were looking to add… Read more »

Our Preferred WAN Accelerator: Silver Peak Systems

CTC Technologies is proud to offer highly scalable WAN Accelerators from Silver Peak Systems. Let CTC Technologies help you design and install a WAN application acceleration solution today. CTC Technologies can help improve network latency response times with the complete family of Silver Peak WAN accelerators which feature robust management tools that facilitate key IT… Read more »

Three Key Highlights of Palo Alto’s Next Generation Firewall

There are three unique technologies within the Palo Alto Networks’ next-generation firewall that enable visibility and control over applications users and content: App-IDTM, User-ID, and Content-ID. Each of the three technologies are industry firsts and are delivered in the form of a purpose-built firewall platform that helps administrators restore visibility and control. A complete set… Read more »

Five Reasons Why You Should Choose Silver Peak Over Riverbed

Here are a few reasons why: The Silver Peak NX series has proven performance on all WAN links from small branch offices to large data centers. Big pipes,defined as a WAN link with > 30 Mbps WAN through-put, have very different performance, management, and scalability requirements than smaller WAN connections. They involve complex QoS, security… Read more »