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CT Municipality Implements Cisco Meraki Wireless

Having wireless access at work is no longer a luxury – it is an obligatory type of connection that staff, vendors, and visitors all expect to have when they come into your facilities.  But, there are some different options for how you can deliver that service.  The traditional method is to host all your hardware & software locally in your facility and datacenter, and maintain & upgrade those components as needed.  On the other hand, Cisco Meraki makes Cloud Managed Wireless a very real, and very desirable, option.

In the summer of 2015, CTComp worked with a Connecticut municipality who is made up of several different facilities and sub-organizations, to implement a Cisco Meraki wireless solution.  Starting back in May, Dan Evans – one of our Cisco Certified engineers – surveyed the facilities to find the best placement for the Wireless Access Points, then worked with the CTComp cabling team to have network drops installed to all of those locations.  Once the Meraki WAP’s were installed, the configuration could begin.

Cisco-Meraki_logoPart of the configuration process is setting up separate Secure versus Guest wireless networks, which after being setup, can both be managed from the Meraki Web Portal.  This means that guests can be syphoned off, and only allowed to access a small portion of the bandwidth, ensuring that your resources are fully available for staff first and foremost.

Watch this quick video that explains Meraki and its benefits.

Contact us for a network assessment to setup a Cisco Meraki solution in your environment.

By |October 23rd, 2015|Customer Solutions|Comments Off on CT Municipality Implements Cisco Meraki Wireless

Paessler’s PRTG Monitoring Upgraded for Local Manufacturing Company

paessler_logoThe industry standard in network monitoring, PRTG Network Monitor, the product built by Paessler AG, is synonymous with reliability and ease of use.  In this case our client had been using the product in a smaller capacity for many years, but when CTComp formalized our relationship with Paessler earlier in 2015, the timing was right for them to reevaluate how they use the product.  We processed a new, larger license purchase for them in combination with their planned switching upgrade, and assisted them in the installation and configuration of the sensors on their core network equipment.

PRTG-webgui-new-deviceToday, this customer is self-monitoring with the PRTG product.  Soon, CTComp will be making this functionality available as a managed service.  We’ll keep you posted as that service is turned up in our data center and becomes available.

For a quick tutorial on how PRTG works, check out this video.

Let us know if you’d like more information about Network Monitoring and how it could improve your networks functionality.

By |October 12th, 2015|Customer Solutions|Comments Off on Paessler’s PRTG Monitoring Upgraded for Local Manufacturing Company

Connecticut Healthcare group Expands Their Practice & Their Cisco UC Deployment

BannerV1.0Recently, a long-standing healthcare client of CTComp expanded their practice by folding in another agency.  The most difficult part of tackling a merger like this is assimilating the various technology systems, and telephony services can be an especially large headache.  Unless you are using a Cisco Unified Communications solution in your core network already.

With the help of excellent financing from Cisco Capital, our client installed a Cisco Business Edition system in their network in 2010.  Because of that initial system investment – core phone system, presence server, and voice mail server with hooks into their Exchange environment – they were able to easily turn up a new site with minimal additional investment.  The directory numbers, dialing plans, users and handsets were all provisioned remotely, and the phones were deployed to the end-users.  And last but not least, a gateway for the site was provisioned and installed.

From there, the cutover was scheduled, and they went live with their new site as planned.  The IT staff provided the new users with training on their new phones and software, and the project was complete.

If you would like to learn more about Cisco UC, or about how CTComp can customize a VoIP solution to fit your needs, contact us.

By |September 21st, 2015|Customer Solutions|Comments Off on Connecticut Healthcare group Expands Their Practice & Their Cisco UC Deployment

VNA Community Healthcare uses CTComp for a Successful Desktop Rollout

vna-logoIn the spring of 2015, VNA Community Healthcare purchased new HP ProDesk 400 Desktop PC’s to replace all of their existing desktops.  It had been 4-5 years since their desktops had been replaced, so their existing machines were out of warranty and were becoming more and more expensive to maintain.  The VNA periodically upgrades all of their desktop hardware concurrently, so that they only have to maintain and support a single model desktop throughout their entire network.  But, space constraints at their offices make processing this mass-upgrade very difficult.

“CTComp and crew did a great job making this desktop rollout much easier on our IT team. Every desktop was checked and our image was applied before the machines were delivered to our site, ready to install at the user’s desk within minutes of unboxing.”  -Jim Limmer, IT Manager, VNA Community Healthcare, Inc

CTComp worked with the VNA to determine what their PC needs were, quoted and procured the units, hardware-tested each machine to verify none were DOA, and then pre-configured them with the VNA’s desktop image.  Then, the machines were delivered to each site as the VNA IT team was ready to install them.

Learn more about VNA Community Healthcare.

Contact CTComp to schedule your Desktop Rollout.

By |September 11th, 2015|Customer Solutions|Comments Off on VNA Community Healthcare uses CTComp for a Successful Desktop Rollout
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