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Get Cash Back When You Upgrade Your Network

Receive as much as $999 in rebates when you trade in your used networking products

Are you considering upgrading your network? If so, you’re among a growing majority. According to the Jan 2011 CDW IT Monitor, 49 percent of U.S. small businesses expect to install new hardware in the next six months.

Perhaps you want to add wireless services to your network with a high-performance switch or you need to bolster network defenses with a security appliance. Whatever your small business’s networking needs, now is the ideal time to meet them. The Cisco Rebate Program lets you trade in your used networking products and get as much as $999 in cash-back rebates when you purchase new Cisco gear. You also have the opportunity to receive three years of Smart Foundation services for the price of one on select Cisco products.

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Cisco Capital Makes 0% Financing Available on Cisco Small Business Voice Solutions

The right technology could help your small business be more efficient and productive, keep your employees connected and enable greater flexibility and security. However, with pressure on cashflow and competing demands for budgets, sometimes funding new technology investment can be a challenge.

Cisco Capital makes it simple. With 0% financing available on Cisco Small Business Voice Solutions, you can now purchase the solutions your business needs, rather than the one which budgets dictate. Now your small business can deploy an affordable, easy-to-manage communications system with Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series for Small Business.

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Should you look for a channel partner who offers hosting?

Guest Post by Contributing Author Ken Presti

While sitting on a plane idly chatting with a small business owner last week, the conversation moved to computers. The guy was in the process of evaluating channel partners, and asked if it was important for a channel partner to offer managed services. My first instinct was to give him the falling-off-the-log obvious answer: “Well, gee… if you’re going to use managed services, then I guess my answer is yes. (Sarcasm sometimes gets the better of me, as you can see)  But then I realized his question actually went deeper than that. Read More »

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Changing Channel Partners, How to Make an Effective Break

January 28, 2011 at 9:12 am PST

Guest Post by Contributing author Ken Presti

There’s an old “Seinfeld” episode in which George and his girlfriend are breaking up. “It’s not you; it’s me!”, both claim. George gets angry. “I invented, “It’s not you, it’s me!”, he insists. Then, the girlfriend stares at him blankly and concedes. “Yes, George. It’s you.”

“Breaking up” with your channel partner doesn’t need to be anywhere near that dysfunctional. But a little bit of consideration and tact can go a long way towards making the transition easier. And I’m not saying that from the perspective of a touchy-feely California guy. I’m saying that because there is a lot that the outgoing partner can do to disrupt your business continuity. And you don’t want that! Read More »

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Connect Employees and Secure Your Network With Affordable New Hardware

The 200 Series Switches and RV 220W Network Security Firewall help make your network safer, more flexible

Many small companies want to give their employees options for getting their work done, especially now that so many people are using smart phones and tablet computers like the iPad to run productivity apps. These options include allowing remote access to the network, adding wireless services to the existing network, or enabling voice services.

This increase in connectivity options, however, comes with a security risk. It’s a balancing act that all companies—regardless of size—need to perform: You don’t want to risk unauthorized access via remote or wireless connections, so your network security measures should keep pace with your connectivity options.

The bottom line is that it all starts with the underlying hardware.

When looking to build out your network, focus on core networking products designed for small businesses, which provide the advanced features you need at an affordable price. These products are also easier to use than those designed for larger companies. (If you’re just starting to build a small business network, this post will give you some pointers.)

Cisco recently released new high-performance products designed to make it easier for you to connect and secure your network—the 200 Series Switches and the RV220W Network Security Firewall.

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