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Energy Efficiency Extends to Your Network: Choosing a switch with power-saving features can save you money and protect the environment

Small businesses in the U.S. spend more than $60 billion annually on energy, according to Energy Star, a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Although there are many steps you can take to reduce your company’s power consumption, have you considered building energy efficiency into your network?

Whether you’re just starting to build your small business network or expanding it to accommodate your growing company, a “green” switch can help save money on your utility bill as well as contribute to a cleaner environment. Here are some features to consider when shopping for an energy-efficient switch:

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Unified Communications = Freedom to Roam

Never miss an important call, no matter where you are!

I love my smartphone. It wasn’t too long ago that I was lugging around separate devices for my contacts, calendar, music, photos, and Internet access. Now I can surf the Web and access everything I need on a single device. And it makes phone calls!

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Use IP Video Surveillance to Gain a Strategic Advantage

Does your business use video surveillance? If not, why not?

It’s funny; when we introduce a product we think we know what it does and how it will be used.  By that I mean we spent time, money and thought looking at what people do at work and how we can make it easier.  When we launched IP Video Surveillance we thought “Cool!  Now people can have their surveillance cameras on the network, they can look at their business from anywhere and we have a storage device that makes it easy to go back to review tapes if you need to.  Wow, we’re awesome!” We had barely considered the possible uses.

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Which Switch Is Right for Your Small Business?

Learn the difference between managed and unmanaged switches to choose the best device for your business

I talked briefly about the advantages of managed switches for your small business network, but in this post I’ll give you more information about both managed and unmanaged switches, so you can decide which is best for your company.

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What is a Channel Partner?

I’ve been with Cisco 11 years.  Sometimes I forget that companies, much like families have their own language.  I can look at my husband at any time and say “Baxter, you ate a whole wheel of cheese?  I’m not even angry I’m impressed!” and he laughs.  He not only knows I’m trying to break the tension, but it takes us back to our first date (It’s a quote from Anchorman, the Legend of Ron Burgandy). Within my Cisco family I can say SBCS and people know exactly what products I am talking about and which products I’m not talking about.  Truth is, those four letters are a complex communication and sometimes we forget as Cisco-ites that we have our own language.

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