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Consumer vs. Business Grade Technology:  The Difference Matters
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Consumer vs. Business Grade Technology: The Difference Matters

Consumer vs. Business Grade Technology:  The Difference Matters

When is the best time to purchase consumer grade technology for your business class tasks?  Never!  

Saving money is always a top priority for any business, and it can be tempting to cut costs on network infrastructure purchases.  Sure that beefy consumer router at your local retail store boasts built-in firewalls, encryption, and high throughput features, but does it have what it takes to connect securely to your network and expand as your company grows?  Having a consumer router, for example, that does not scale to your business expansion may very well cost you more money in the long run.  

You Get What You Pay For

So, here’s the thing.  Security, manageability, and scalability are the significant differences when comparing consumer and business grade devices such as routers, switches, and access points.  Don’t forget that your laptops, desktops and servers need some business class love too.  With security concerns at an all-time high, your business should steer away from using consumer store technology, and also the common devices provided by your ISP (Internet Service Provider.)

Network Apnea – Identifying the Symptoms

Allowing your dedicated IT provider to install appropriate business grade devices is a little like a sleep disorder specialist fitting the correct breathing device to relieve sleep apnea for a good night’s rest.  You may not realize just how many problems you have until they are eliminated when the right equipment has been installed.  

 

ROUTERS

The Challenge

Users are unable to remote into their server, struggling with bandwidth demands and bottlenecking.

The Solution

Install Platinum Systems’ recommended Cisco Integrated Services router(s) for secure voice and data communications - designed for continuity, secure broadband or fiber connectivity.  Professional Cisco configuration allows for powerful management tools to be setup and deployed, giving network managers visibility and control.  

Downtime can be devastating to any business and can significantly affect revenue.  Platinum Systems strongly recommends the appropriate Extended Service Agreement for your Cisco Router.  It will reduce downtime due to issues outside of your control such as hardware failure, power outages, etc.  Cisco SMARTnet Extended Service Agreements are essential to keeping your business functions available with quick technical support, hardware coverage, proactive device diagnostics, and replacement.  Platinum Systems will ensure that the right SMARTnet accompanies your Cisco device.

SWITCHES

The Challenge

Network running out of switch ports for device connectivity.

The Solution

Install Platinum Systems’ specifically recommended Cisco Ethernet Switch(s) for managed high-speed connectivity, voice, video, wireless, and data.  Cisco Gigabit Ethernet managed switches enable IP connectivity for IP phones, wireless access points, surveillance cameras, PCs, and video endpoints.  Platinum Systems will ensure that your business is getting the right product at the onset.  This includes the right SMARTnet Extended Service Agreement that will also ensure that your business functions are at peak performance with fast technical support for troubleshooting.

ACCESS POINTS

The Challenge

Staff struggles with reliable Wi-Fi connectivity for remote access.

The Solution

Enable your staff to do more by installing Platinum Systems’ recommended Cisco Wireless Access Point(s) for Enterprise-Grade Wireless connectivity for all devices.  Cisco WAPs will optimize your network for high-density environments and will protect users and data with strong network-based security.  The right Cisco product also allows scalability without replacing access points.  Simply add another WAP to your network for increased connectivity.  The right Cisco Access Point also allows guest- access to separate visitors from critical network data.  Access Point troubleshooting and technical support?  There’s a SMARTnet for that too!  

High Level Support – Addressing the Issues

Don’t skimp on your network device infrastructure!  Home version software and hardware simply cannot stack up to business network demands and are unable to connect to servers.   Sure the price on that quick-buy router at your local store is appealing, but it may cost more time and money in the long run.  Let your partnership with Platinum Systems provide the right business quality devices for your high level support.  Our network specialists are uniquely qualified to review your business needs, recommend the right products, and install only the best industry-leading solutions available.  If you are experiencing challenges, and need a Platinum Systems network solution, give us a call today!

Enable your staff to do more by installing Platinum Systems’ recommended Cisco Wireless Access Point(s) for Enterprise-Grade Wireless connectivity for all devices.  Cisco WAPs will optimize your network for high-density environments and will protect users and data with strong network-based security.  The right Cisco product also allows scalability without replacing access points.  Simply add another WAP to your network for increased connectivity.  The right Cisco Access Point also allows guest- access to separate visitors from critical network data.  Access Point troubleshooting and technical support?  There’s a SMARTnet for that too!  

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