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Avoid Costly Networking Mistakes
Posted By Alice Osborn On May 1, 2008 @ 12:00 am In Wireless Networks | No Comments
When small businesses grow, their network must also expand. They know that it will take time and money to set up their network architecture, connectivity, and security requirements.
But before a small business travels down this road, there are many things they need to consider. One of the first will be: should they go with a value added reseller (VAR) or buy the hardware to set up their own network?
To avoid costly networking mistakes with a VAR, small businesses need to know if the VAR is a good match for their business, if the VAR has the necessary experience, and if the support promised is reliable. If the small business chooses a D-I-Y (do-it-yourself) solution, then the D-I-Y route needs to be worth the extra time that could be saved by selecting a VAR.
Reasons for choosing a VAR
Many small businesses decide to buy the hardware and build their own network. This may be a cost effective solution if the owner or staff have worked in the computer industry, but if the time spent on a D-I-Y solution is going to take away productivity from the business, then turning to a VAR to handle networking management may be the wisest choice.
Choosing a VAR to build a company’s network to support high bandwidth and security needs should not be taken lightly. Small businesses should use their own professional networks to discover the right VAR for their segment of industry and one that comes with excellent referrals and testimonials. Companies that use a VAR make an initial investment on the front end, but this investment should be regarded as a way to avoid costly networking mistakes. If the server goes down, so does productivity — using paper and pen won’t keep a business competitive in 2008.
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