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Seminary Sees Improvement to Network Issues after Upgrade

Posted on: July 5th, 2017 by Jessica Diehl No Comments

“We partnered with The Network Team to overhaul our network infrastructure at our main campus. It was a decision we have not once regretted,” said Cliff Singletary, IT Manager of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary after The Network Team helped fix network issues.

The Problem

Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary is a four-campus seminary with just over 2000 students.  The professors at the seminary were the driving force for a recent network infrastructure upgrade. They wanted to modernize how they taught class, including having other students call in, or having classes across multiple campuses.

When The Network Team initially approached Singletary, he mentioned wireless network issues as a possible pain point and potential for upgrade. However, when TNT engineers looked deeper, they discovered that it was the wired network that was the culprit to blame for the pain the users at Gordon-Conwell were experiencing. Additionally, even if Gordon-Conwell’s wireless network was upgraded, the outdated wired network would not be able to suitably support it.

“We wanted our network to be something we did not think about, opening opportunities that were not available beforehand,” said Singletary.

The Solution

Gordon Conwell does not have a large IT staff, and therefore needed a system that does not require a lot of management and administration.  The Network Team recommended a Cisco network with 6800 Instant Access infrastructure.  With the 6800 Instant Access infrastructure, the primary configuration takes place at the core of the network, meaning administrators don’t have to touch all the individual access switches when configuring or updating.

Singletary notes that once the new network infrastructure upgrade was implemented, network speed and access increased, and the IT department has been able to support new initiatives.  “Since implementing the Cisco solution for our entire network, we are no longer concerned with our infrastructure holding us back. We are not limited in the possibilities we can pursue.”

TNT is now working with Gordon Conwell on moving entire systems to the cloud.  According to Singletary, it’s a necessity.

“In today’s rapidly changing technology landscape, the ability to be agile and quickly adapt is essential to not only excelling, but in surviving.  This type of agility presupposes a rock-solid infrastructure, and Cisco has been the cornerstone of that solution for us.”

 

Networking Security Lessons Learned from a Planned Walmart Heist

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by Jessica Diehl No Comments

The Department of Homeland Security says Cyber crime is the biggest threat to the American Economy.  Networking Security can help keep your network safe.

A burglar alarm on your building tells you in real time if and when someone is trying to break into your business.  And a security officer can help stop the attack while it's happening, before the thief gets away.  But burglary and theft are not the biggest threats to your business.

The Department of Homeland Security claims the greatest threat to the American economy is not the theft of money and property, but cyber crime.   It is attackers with no face, name or even traceable citizenship attacking our digital assets. They take our customer information, employee confidential info, and trade secrets and convert the commodities in a market that we don’t know anything about. We never get to see a face, and we get little to no help from law enforcement in finding and prosecuting them. They attack daily, and we don’t even know they are there on most days.

In this video, TNT president Jeff Gaura explains what networking security you need to protect your data using the example of a planned Walmart Heist.

Find the holes in your network, and engage The Network Team to help close them.  Contact us today to learn more.

 

Upcoming Webinar: Modern Networking Security Advances

Posted on: October 14th, 2016 by Jessica Diehl No Comments

Networking security advances can protect your data better than ever before, much like security guards protect your physical business.

Anytime you see a security guard outside or inside a building, there is a story in hiding.  No “normal” business person wants to commit to a recurring cost of a security service or security employee that he/she KNOWS will not add to the bottom line.  Yet, most folks consider it, and many do it.

The hidden story is always tragic.  It includes tales of theft, loss and damage, with an attached sidebar conversation that answers the question, “what can we do to prevent this from happening again?”  It is a story of reaction that nearly always includes lost money and even sleep.

The Department of Homeland Security outwardly states that the greatest threat to the American economy is cyber crime.  It isn’t bad guys breaking in though the fence or back door.  It is attackers with no face, name or even traceable citizenship attacking our digital assets.  They take our customer information, employee confidential information, and trade secrets and convert the commodities in a market that we don’t know anything about.  We never get to see a face, and we get no help from law enforcement in finding and prosecuting them.  They attack daily, and we don’t even know they are there, on most days.  They grow in numbers and in sophistication hourly, and they are committed to a life of learning from mistakes.

Too bad you don’t know about them.  They are inside your buildings, and you have no idea who they are or if they can be stopped without disrupting your business.

The Network Team is hosting a free educational webinar, Networking Security: Kindergarten through PhD, to discuss modern networking security options.  It is Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 2:00PM-3:00PM.  

In this webinar, we will use the English language and videos we film to help you understand the security story and what a good response to this threat looks like.

We won’t talk about hardware types, software code or even how any of it works, but we will talk about the details of threat and what you should do to stay out of the rent-a-cop business.

Learn more and register for the webinar by clicking here.

 

by: Jeff Gaura, President

TNT’s New Website Highlights Outsourced IT Services

Posted on: April 27th, 2016 by Jessica Diehl No Comments

Things that are no more.

  • New York City used to experience total blackouts during the day, as the passenger pigeons flying above the city were so numerous they would block out the sunlight.
  • The Sears catalog used to have a greater publishing volume than any other printed item in the United States…for over 50 years.  Now, it is an online only document.

Jessica Diehl, our marketing director, and I decided that the TNT website was on the same path that the passenger pigeon and Sears catalog had taken.  There was a time when our website accurately described who we were and what our service offerings are.  Alas, that day has passed.  As TNT moves more into the realm of outsourced IT services, our website had to catch up. We hired Big Ring to help design a new website.

Managed IT Services

TNT continues to perform project-based work and on-going support for customers of all sorts and sizes in and around the Carolinas. However, our business now includes an ever growing number of managed services/ outsourced IT services customers who want All-You-Can-Eat IT services for their user communities.  As such, we have placed much focus on this new area.  As you can see from the chart below, we anticipate that we will continue to add more services.Outsourced IT Services

More User Friendly

The website is more user-friendly as well, allowing visitors to pick the path that best suits their needs right from the home page. We can be your IT and take your technology hassles off the hands of your IT staff so they can focus on improving your bottom line.  Or, if you simply need help with an IT project, our highly trained engineers can come alongside your team to assist.

Take a look around, and let us know how TNT can simplify IT for you.

 

by: Jeff Gaura, TNT President 

The Network Team