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Wireless: How reliable do you need it to be?

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In this final post of our “Is Consumer Grade enough for your business?” series we’ll look at the difference in Wireless solutions. Wireless isn’t really in the same category of Computers, Operating Systems, or Firewalls. It probably isn’t a necessity for you to have wireless capabilities for your business to continue operations. It is however becoming more and more common in small businesses across the country and more people are beginning to rely on it in order to get their job done more effectively or conveniently. Notebooks, smart phones, and tablets are all becoming more common in the workplace, and…

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Firewalls: Don’t skimp on your business’s security

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In this third installment of our “Is Consumer Grade enough for your business?” series, we’ll take a look at firewalls and the differences in the protection they provide your business. Note: We are a SonicWall Gold Solutions Provider, so when any Business Grade features are discussed, we’re referring to the SonicWall product line. Security is quite possibly the most important concern for any business. You need to know that your critical data – both internal data and customer information – is secure. If that information is hacked or accessed by the wrong person, you may be opened up to a…

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Operating Systems: Why Windows Home Edition won’t cut it

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In this second installment of our “Is Consumer Grade enough for your business?” series, we’re going to look at the Windows operating systems. This comparison really goes hand-in-hand with our post on computers, as Consumer Grade computers generally come with Windows Home versions pre-installed. Most small businesses with more than a few computers have them connected to a server, creating a network. The majority of these servers run Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS), which includes Windows Server and Exchange software. This allows the network to communicate with all of the components that are connected together, i.e. other computers, data…

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Computers: Is Consumer Grade enough for your business?

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Sure, it’s enticing. You’ll save money right now if you run out to your local big box store or hop online and purchase that computer or that combo firewall/wireless router that’s on sale. But is that money saved really worthwhile for your business in the long run? They say that a penny saved is a penny earned, but when it comes to your businesses technology, that penny saved may cost you a lot more later on down the road. The main reason is that the majority of equipment sold at the big box stores are for home users and aren’t…

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