Coldwater Vision Center was plagued by an aging phone system and an unreliable network. When the network went down, staff couldn’t access patient records or file insurance claims. Like many small businesses, Coldwater Vision’s network had grown organically with devices from various vendors added piecemeal over time. The solution? An end-to-end integrated Cisco solution, which improved productivity and staff morale.
Building a network from scratch for your small business? These resources can help
There’s a lot involved in starting a small business—from setting up financial accounts and determining your legal structure to finding a location and hiring employees. There’s also the issue of your technology infrastructure; set it up right and it can make your business. Set it up wrong and it could hamper your ability to support employees and customers, inhibit your growth, and create security risks.
Building a network is no small task, especially if you’re not technically inclined. In that case, you might want to consider enlisting the help of a local reseller. Whether you do it yourself or hire outside help, you still need to know what to do, what not to do, and what to consider before putting together your network.
You may have read about Fast Track 2 when I first blogged about ways this new program will help simplify sales transactions, reduce pricing on key product families, and accelerate Cisco partner rewards and incentives.
As of today, there is now a Fast Track 2 Pricing Catalog that includes the AIRxx Product Family, in addition to product SKUs from switches, routers, and wireless families. This new addition will help partners view the Cisco Suggested Reseller Price, inventory availability by distributor, help you close deals faster and drive incremental demand for Cisco solutions.
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.
New cloud-based service offers an easy, reliable way to create offsite backups
Have you seen the latest numbers about small businesses and their disaster recovery plans? They’re pretty scary. In its 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Global Survey, Symantec found that half of small and mid-sized companies are not prepared for disaster. Of those 50 percent with no disaster-recovery plan, only 36 percent intend to implement a plan.
The risks are tremendous—a single disaster could put a small business out of business. In fact, an outage can cost as much as $12,500 a day, according to Symantec’s research. Even if the company gets back online, customers won’t necessarily return if they perceive the company to be unreliable.