Things to consider when buying a wireless routers for your small business.
We live and work in an untethered world, and your small business is no different. When you initially built your network, you may not have seen the need for wireless. Now that your company has grown and your workforce has become more mobile, you may be considering adding wireless to your network. Wireless offers a lot of benefits, such as allowing your employees to work from anywhere and providing Internet access to visiting guests.
If you’ve been looking at adding wireless connectivity to your company’s network, you know it can be confusing. There’s the alphabet soup of standards—“b,” “g,” “n”— and terms like “dual-band,” “selectable,” and “two radio.” What does it all mean? Below, I explain the basics so you can better understand which wireless router best fits your needs.
A faster switch can provide the speed and reliability you need to support your business needs and help keep your company competitive.
When all you needed your network to do was connect devices and provide access to some applications, you could get by with an entry-level switch. But times have changed. The applications and tools you use to run your small business have gotten more complex, requiring more bandwidth, and the need for reliable access has increased. Fast Ethernet may no longer be fast enough for your small business. If your network can’t keep up with today’s web-based applications, video and data-intensive business tools, it may be time to upgrade to a Gigabit Ethernet switch.
I have the pleasure of sharing with you a YouTube video of the “Printemps des Femmes”/”Women’s Spring Forum” a gender diversity event, initiated by Cisco and co-organized by 9 companies which took place in France on March 21, 2011.
The idea for this event came from Cisco. Sandy Beky, a Business Operations Manager in Cisco’s European Services organisation and an Inclusion and Diversity Ambassador, attended the 2010 edition of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting where she met many diversity leads from other corporations. Sandy felt that these diversity events often attracted the same attendees and wanted to create an event to provide women (who contribute to gender diversity related employee resource groups) the opportunity to network with other women to share and exchange their corporate best practices in the area of gender inclusion and diversity.
In true diversity style, nine different companies -- Areva, Bain&Company, Cap Gemini, Cisco, Deloitte, Lathams&Watkins, Nissan, Orange et Sodexo – worked together to virtually organise the Women’s Spring Forum. Between 10 to 15 female representations from these companies attended the afternoon event, which began with a plenary session facilitated by a well known speaker in France; Veronique Preaux Cobti, Founder and Managing Director of DIAFORA which specialises in promoting gender diversity in corporations. Veronique gave her audience top tips on how they can widen their professional and personal network, explained about the importance of networking and the barriers women can impose on themselves. This plenary session also gave women hints and tips on effective networking; for example how to introduce oneself at the event and how to continue networking after attending an event like this one, and Veronique encouraged women to practice this both during the event and after the event too.
Following this session, attendees were encouraged to attend practical workshops on the following topics: Personal Branding, Mentoring, Telecommuting, Assertiveness and Leadership. Each workshop gave women tools that they could immediately implement and take back into their everyday life. Feedback from the event was extremely positive – 88% of the women scored the event 4 or 5 on a scale from 1-5.
As a young female employee of Cisco, I cannot stress enough the importance of networking events like the Women’s Spring Forum. Cisco is founded on the principle of networking -- Welcome To The Human Network after all! And although women make up approximately 60% of graduates, there is still a shortage of women going into the technology sector. Networking events like the Women’s Spring Forum show the opportunities technology companies like Cisco can offer to women. I myself do not have an engineering degree and if you asked me to fix your computer or explain to you how a computer works, I wouldn’t be very useful! However, Cisco has provided me the opportunity to not only put my strength -- including creativity, interpersonal skills and being able to take a complex idea and make it simple – to good use but also do what I love the most – communications. And Cisco has also opened my eyes to new opportunities like Inclusion and Diversity. It is one of my goals in Cisco to share my experiences with other young women and to encourage more females to apply for jobs in technology.
Expandable network storage takes the pain out of record keeping for a growing dental practice.
Small businesses depend on information. If you can’t access the data you need you need when you need it, your business comes to a standstill. And if you can’t serve customers, you’re losing business. Having reliable network storage to both store and serve data helps contribute to your company’s success.
Skye Cosmetic Dental Center —our fourth small business profile for Small Business Week—knew that to offer the best in modern dental care, it needed a business-class network with fast, reliable access to data. Using a Cisco NSS 300 Series Smart Storage device to store critical data, including patient records, the practice has quick access to information, reducing costs and improving productivity and patient care. In addition, having a digital, paperless record system helps Skye Dental make a positive impact on the environment.
Watch the video to learn more!
Expandable network storage takes the pain out of record keeping for a growing dental practice
La Petite Baleen keeps its network operating swimmingly and has grown the business with the help of a Cisco Partner.
When you’re running a small business, you can’t do it all, like managing your own network. And, oftentimes, you can’t justify the cost of an in-house IT staff. This is when having the right IT partner can help keep your business running.
Our third small business in the spotlight during Small Business Week isLa Petite Baleen, a swim school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Not large enough to support an in-house IT person, co-founder John Kolbison turned to IS-WORKS, a Cisco certified partner. As La Petite Baleen has expanded from one location to three swim schools, IS-WORKS has helped the company grow, connect, and manage its network. This partnership helps keep La Petite Baleen’s business afloat by improving productivity and minimizing network downtime.