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Protect Your Business From Data Loss With Network Storage

A NAS device can make data backups simple, automated, and secure

Lost data is the stuff of any business owner’s nightmares. The power goes out, a hard drive fails, a laptop gets forgotten at the airport, a hacker breaks through your network defenses; and, in that single moment, data that you rely on to run your small business disappears. Whether it’s a list of new customer leads, this year’s tax documents, or a user manual for a new product, it doesn’t matter—losing that data can be devastating to your business.

Have you lived this nightmare?

You can chase the fear of data loss from your dreams by deploying an automated backup system. Surprisingly, though, many smaller businesses don’t protect their data with regular backups, according to a recent research from Symantec. The 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Global Survey found that half of respondents back up just 60 percent of their data, less than half back up their data every week or more frequently, and approximately 20 percent run daily backups. The survey also reveals that many small businesses don’t back up their most important data: 31 percent don’t back up email, 21 percent don’t back up application data, and 17 percent don’t back up customer data.

Do you have the cold sweats yet?

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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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