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Are You Ready for Cisco Partner Summit 2014? This Checklist Will Help!

March 20, 2014 at 11:06 am PST

Cisco Partner Summit 2014 begins in a mere three days. It’s likely that those of you joining us in Las Vegas have already started a checklist of everything you need to pack. But I have a different checklist for you (and those joining us virtually) that will ensure you are updated throughout the week on important news, conversations, events, and more!

Watch this video to get a checklist of Cisco Partner Summit 2014 essentials.

Keep reading to get links to the checklist items shared in the video and more! 

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IPv6 Hitting Closer to Home. Are You Ready?

Follow these 3 steps for preparing your network for the new Internet protocol

On June 6, currently being referred to as World IPv6 Day, several of the world’s largest ISPs and websites will permanently enable IPv6 —the next-generation Internet. With the explosive growth of Internet-enabled devices, the batch of IPv4 addresses that allows those devices to access the Internet have run out. The new Internet protocol, IPv6, provides a greater number of addresses to support more people, more companies, and more devices on the Internet. Consider this: By 2016, 39 percent of all global mobile devices could be capable of connecting to an IPv6 mobile network—that’s more than 4 billion devices.

Your current network running IPv4-based devices won’t be obsolete for some time. However, if you haven’t already started making plans for the transition to IPv6, you should. The first step you should take is determining how and when to transition to the new Internet protocol based on your business needs. For example, if you do business with others who are already on an IPv6 network, you may decide to migrate sooner rather than later.

Once you’ve made that decision, you can follow these steps for preparing your network for IPv6.

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Need a switch? Here’s our Top 10 list of Features

The ideal switch will protect your small business network and give your company room to grow

A reliable network is the foundation for any successful business; regardless of whether you’re a florist or GM. Your network connects your business to the outside world, allows your employees to be more productive, and gives you low-cost ways to better serve your customers.

A key cornerstone of any network is the switch: It connects all the computers, printers, servers, and storage devices in your office, giving your employees access to shared resources. A switch keeps data traffic moving efficiently, keeps unauthorized users from accessing sensitive data and allows you to add new users as your business grows.

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