Technology has become a key component of nearly every business on the planet. It doesn’t matter what industry your business is in, if you don’t use technology wisely, you may be losing a great competitive advantage.

But that doesn’t mean you have to deal with technology on your own.

Information Technology evolves quickly. It just makes sense to consult with an experienced IT services provider that can help your Orlando business get the most out of your IT spending and in particular, your Cisco products.

Security and Networking should be carefully planned and executed. Cisco products and consulting on the use of those Cisco assets help your employees collaborate securely and efficiently.

Let’s face it.

Security incidents can be very expensive.

A study from Kaspersky Lab found that the average cost of a security incident for a small to medium-sized business was $117,000.

Research from the National Cyber Security Alliance found that 60% of small to medium-sized business that suffered a cyber-attack, were out of business six months later. So, it’s important that your business has IT consultants on your side that have a strong background in supporting your Cisco products and leveraging them for your security.

Another vital area of technology that has been quickly evolving over the past few years is networking. Faster connection speeds have enabled seamless collaboration throughout organizations large and small by the use of technologies like wireless networks, video-conferencing, and instant messaging solutions.

A company that is at the center of Security, Network and Collaboration solutions for businesses is Cisco. With thousands of customers worldwide, Cisco offers a wide array of products aimed at helping organizations optimize and secure their IT infrastructure.

In this article, we’ll show you some of the Cisco technology that can help you gain a competitive advantage in your business, top questions to ask your Cisco service provider, and how Lan Masters can help you to ensure a successful implementation of Cisco technology.

Cisco Solutions That Can Help Your Business

Cisco solutions can be categorized into four groups:

  • Security

Protecting your business and your data is critical. As we showed earlier, failure to do so can be high risk and expensive. Cisco provides a set of firewalls and security appliances that can help you secure your data. One line of such appliances is Cisco Next Generation Firewalls. Cisco Next-Generation Firewalls provide a set of security features like Anti-Malware, Deep Packet Inspection (DPI),  Intrusion Prevention System (IPS),  and Quality of Service (QoS) that create a strong layer of protection against potential intruders.

  • Collaboration

Effective collaboration is key to the performance of every team. One easy way to increase the efficiency of your organization is the implementation of collaboration tools that make it easier for employees to share and work together. Cisco offers a set of solutions that enable seamless collaboration inside and outside the organization.

Cisco Unified Communications offers an integrated set of products and applications to enable voice, video, and data collaboration – enabling more secure and effective communications to transform the way in which your employees collaborate.

  • Networking

With the explosion in the volume of data available and the need for increased collaboration, network speed has become a critical aspect of doing business. Cisco offers a comprehensive offer of network devices including switches, routers, and wireless access points to help you implement a state of the art network that can adapt to today’s challenges.

For the last few years, Cloud Computing has been drastically changing the way in which companies buy and consume IT services. Companies are leveraging cloud computing as a way to optimize IT spending and to gain flexibility and agility in the deployment of new services. If your company has not yet entered the cloud computing era, Cisco HyperFlex may be the right option to do so.

Cisco HyperFlex systems are described by Cisco as a platform that combines “software-defined storage and data services software with Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), to create a converged infrastructure system that integrates computing, networking and storage resources to increase efficiency and enable centralized management.”

5 Questions to Ask Your Orlando-based Cisco IT Consultant

Do you have experience working in this industry?

In today’s highly competitive environment you have to partner with industry experts that can prove not only technical expertise but also an in-depth knowledge of your business processes and industry nuances.

How can I optimize my overall costs?

Managing an outdated multivendor IT infrastructure can be more expensive than managing an integrated end-to-end Cisco solution. An experienced Cisco service provider should be able to assess your current infrastructure and propose a solution that can satisfy your current needs and provide the flexibility to adapt to future requirements while achieving cost optimization. Within this process, it’s also important to asses all the costs involved in a technology upgrade. Indirect costs such as additional software licenses and training costs for staff are often neglected and can have a big impact on the overall cost of the project.

How can I improve my current infrastructure?

If you don’t want to do a full technology upgrade, an experienced Cisco IT consultant here in Orlando can help you do an assessment of your current infrastructure and identify potential improvements using Cisco products. They can help you design and implement a solution that can fulfill your current business requirements and also grow with your business over time.

What level of support can I expect?

Ask your service provider what level of support they can offer you once the sale is made. Do they offer post-sales support? Is the support included in the contract? Are there any specific service level agreements? You want to make sure to work with an IT service provider that can provide you with extended support once the sale and the implementation project are finished.

How do we prepare for the project? 

You should ask your service provider what information about your network and current IT infrastructure do they need to plan any upgrade or migration properly.  Ask them what the estimated time frame for the execution of the project is and if there are any expected service interruptions during the execution of the plan. Also make sure they have a contingency plan in place for the migration or upgrade, in case anything unexpected happens.

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