Why your company needs to have a network and infrastructure assessment

Many times, we have been contacted by companies that want us to ‘replace our hyper-visor infrastructure’ or ‘update our server infrastructure’ because of perceived issues in performance or user experience.  Unfortunately, by bypassing the critical step of a full network and infrastructure assessment, companies miss out on identifying the root cause of security issues and network performance.

Do you know all your infrastructure assets and what bandwidth they are using?

What are the critical infrastructure is not longer under warranty or service support?

How much traffic is traversing your branch office internet connection?

Network and infrastructure assessments are not a one time and done process.  Having fresh insight on your network and potential bottlenecks and security issues brings a piece of mind to any IT Manager, CIO and CSO.

Having our team identify and rank your organization’s pain points gives you the tools to apply budget appropriately and meet the growing demand of your companies IT needs.

Covid has changed the way we use the Internet at home

A recent article in the NY Times, highlighted the fact that we have moved away from our phones as the primary mode of interacting with content on the internet, as we sheltered at home.  In addition, there has been a huge increase in the use of video chat, including Zoom, Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams, as we look at ways to perform the face to face interactions that we took for granted, in our day to day lives and work environments.

Working from home has changed many company’s employee interactions with high reliance on the tools that allow them to do their jobs, while still being home to take care of children who are also remotely learning.   As a Managed Service Provider, we have been hard pressed to assist our clients in expanding the availability of remote access to critical software tools, stuck at their corporate offices and co-location facilities.   Companies that readily integrated cloud services, such as Office 365, Google Suite and Egnyte have fared better and been more easily able to transition to this difficult, distributed work force.

If your company has not thought about how they are going to support their home-workers, it is a good time to evaluate the services of a good Managed Service Provider that can help you create a strategic plan to provide services, maintain and support your remote teams.   The home environment adds other security issues as well, with unknown firewalls, wifi and IOT devices with potential access to your company’s data.

If your company is in search of good advice, we’re here to help in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as the Anchorage Metro.

Meraki Wireless Announces New Solutions for Hospitality

Like many other industries, hospitality is undergoing a digital transformation. Guest WiFi access has gone from being an amenity–and something that would simply enhance the guest experience–to being just one of many services that are critical to meeting guests’ needs. Today, properties are swarming with devices, having grown more than 3X since 2012 to an average of 3.5 devices per room. Today, Cisco Meraki is announcing an expansion to our wireless and switch portfolio and solutions designed specifically for the hospitality industry, as well as new products applicable to the broader market.

In hospitality, it’s not enough to simply support the increased device density. Properties must differentiate by developing services such as rapid, personalized check-in, location-assisted experiences, and increased guest attentiveness. WiFi in particular, and the network in general, provide the critical backbone to innovate and deliver these services.

The new Meraki MR30H simplifies wireless for hotels, dorms, and multi–dwelling units. 802.11ac Wave 2 technology delivers robust wireless access in challenging RF environments, and its small form-factor with integrated four port gigabit Ethernet switch enables deployments in a range of environments without the need to deploy an additional tabletop Ethernet switch. Additionally, integrated location analytics deliver insights into client behavior such as foot traffic, dwell time, and repeat visit rates, and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) powers advanced location applications such as those leveraging beacons.

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The new Cisco Meraki MR30H Cloud Managed Wireless Access Point

Along with the MR30H, we are introducing the MR33, an 802.11ac Wave 2 2×2 MIMO access point. It’s similar to the MR32 (including built-in location analytics and Bluetooth low energy), but in a smaller form factor and at a lower price.

Meraki is also announcing a major expansion of our switch portfolio, with the introduction of the MS225 and MS250 families. Available in 24-port and 48-port models, both families support physical and virtual stacking, PoE+, and feature 10 GbE SFP+ uplinks. Both are fully compatible with previous generation Meraki switch families, and additionally the MS250 supports the same layer 3 routing technology featured in the Meraki MS350 line. Naturally, these new switches are ideal to support the increased device density seen in hospitality and many other industries.

All of these new products are available to order today. If you’re curious to learn more about them, register for a wireless webinar or switch webinar and see what they’re all about!

– December 6, 2016

Original blog post here: http://blogs.cisco.com/wireless/meraki-new-solutions-hospitality

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