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Ask Cisco: What networking equipment should I buy for an easy-to-maintain, reliable network?

As a small business owner, there’s no end to the questions you need to address—and you may not have the answers for all of them. Where technology is concerned, we can help. Ask Cisco is a new series in which we answer a question from small business owners like yourself about networking-related issues that have you stumped.

As always, we’d love to hear from you about the new series. You can post your thoughts in the comments section below.

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IT Company Provides Personal Touch

In this final installment of our four-part customer testimonial, we take a look at Valley Sleep Center’s relationship with Invision Technology Solutions. The Cisco certified partner took the time to educate Valley Sleep Center employees about the latest technological innovations while also understanding their needs to build the right network. To further optimize the buying experience, the partner helped Valley Sleep Center utilize advantageous Cisco financing options. As a result, the company was able to upgrade affordably. We hope you enjoyed this customer case study. What can the right network do for your business?

Part One of the Valley Sleep Center

Part Two of the Valley Sleep Center

Part Three of the Valley Sleep Center

Watch Part Four>>

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Network?

Answering these six questions can point you in the right direction

Most small companies invest in the very best networking equipment they can afford when they first build their network, choosing a router, a switch, and a server that will support the business they envision growing in the near future. But has that future come and gone for your company? Even the best small business networking gear needs to be upgraded at some point—the trick is knowing when that time is.

Here are six questions to ask yourself about your network. If your answer to any of the questions is “yes,” then it may be time to upgrade.

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Technology Roundup: Voice

Need a new phone system? These resources can help

A phone system is critical to your company’s success. Without it, your business would be, well, out of business. A voice system that is cloud-based or that runs over your existing IP network provides several advantages over a traditional private branch exchange (PBX) system—from improving customer service and increasing employee productivity to saving your company money.

In this last installment of our Technology Roundup series, we provide resources that can help you choose the voice system that best fits your small business.

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Protecting Your Business With a Service Contract

You may need more than a warranty to realize the full return on your technology investment

These are challenging economic times for small businesses. You need the latest technology in order to grow your business. But you also need peace of mind knowing that you’ll get the most value from that technology investment.

You probably believe that a warranty will provide that protection should something go wrong with one of your network devices, such as a switch or router. Not necessarily.

A warranty is not equal to technical support. Most warranties only guarantee against a defective product and provide limited support.

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