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What is SD-WAN & Why are Small Businesses Finally Adopting It?

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 12/17/20 2:29 PM

SD-WAN (short for Software-Defined Wide-Area-Networking) is a technology that has been around for a few years and primarily adopted by large corporations up to recently.  New advancements in SD-WAN has made it realistic and affordable option for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) today 

Simply put SD-WAN is a new way to manage your Wide Area Network (WAN)a new way to connect and secure all your local area network (LANs) and is built for modern businesses with hybrid or cloud-based environments.  SD-WAN replaces your expensive MPLS data circuits with inexpensive internet circuits.  

There are many benefits of SD-WAN technology that small businesses and growing businesses cannot afford to overlook.  

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Topics: Managed Services, network security, IT Strategy, network assessment, IT Network Assessment, modern IT, SD-WAN, network management

What's the Value of an IT Network Assessment?

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 10/17/14 8:00 AM

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Topics: IT Assessment, network assessment, IT Network Assessment, IT Network Assessment Checklist, IT Network Assessment Questions

The Heartbleed Vulnerability and Your Company’s IT Systems

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 4/14/14 12:30 PM

ANP proactively notified our clients twice last week to inform them about a new IT vulnerability that was announced on Monday April 7, 2014 called the “Heartbleed,” vulnerabilty.  For the most part, if you are reading this blog you are likely not a client of ANP’s so I want to take a moment to explain to you (hopefully in a non-technical way) what this vulnerability is all about and offer you some help if you think you might need it!

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Topics: network assessment, heartbleed vulnerability

Is Your Network Security Adequate? Think Again!

Posted by Michael Silverman on 2/18/14 11:06 AM

Back on February 7th, NBC reported on potential security risks at the Olympic Games.  There was a lot of controversy about the article itself, but, accurate or a hoax, IT security doesn’t get the attention it should in small businesses.  More and more organizations, large and small, are being audited either by regulatory agencies or by existing or potential clients.  Years back, news was about virus attacks, followed by malware; today we’re regularly hearing about hacking.  Everyone wants to know their data is secure.

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Topics: data security, IT security, network security, network assessment

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