IT Solutions

ServersRoutersNetwork SwitchWorkstationsFirewall & FilteringBackup & Disaster Recovery

Server Basics

A server might look like a glorified desktop PC, but these machines are designed for very different tasks. A desktop computer is for one user to operate and run desktop applications such as Word, web browsers and email. A server runs a specialized operating system designed to support many users. A server makes it easy for employees to share and collaborate. It can host a company intranet, for sharing information with your employees quickly and economically.


You can set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN), and you and your employees can access the data on the server remotely from home or anywhere you have internet access. On top of that, a server can automatically back up your desktop and laptop systems, so you’ll never loose critical data if one machine fails, or is lost or stolen.

Servers are designed to be reliable, secure and fault-tolerant, with redundant storage options.


Routers

Purchasing a router for your small business network is not the same as purchasing one for your home. While consumer based routers have tremendously improved over the years, they’re not well suited for the needs of a small business.

There are certain basic features that every business router should support. These features increase network performance and help ensure a secure and efficient network. Here are several things to look for when purchasing a router for your business.

  • Gigabit Ethernet switch: most consumer grade routers come with an integrated 10/100 fast Ethernet switch, capable of operating at a max of 100 megabits per second. A router equipped with Gigabit Ethernet significantly increases the speed of data transfers over your small business network.
  • Guest Network: It’s very common for visiting guests to want to access your wireless network. However, giving them wide access to your inside network can pose a potential security risk. The guest network feature allows you to provide wireless access for guests while still restricting access to your company’s private network.
  • Quality of Service (QOS): This feature can prioritize internet applications and minimize interruptions in service when your broadband connection is busy. Especially important for VoIP implementations.
  • Content filtering / site blocking: One of the greatest challenges in the workplace today is keeping employees focused and not visiting sites they shouldn’t—or visiting sites with potential viruses. A router with built-in content filtering lets you limit employee access to these sites.

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Network Switch

A network switch is a computer networking device. It is used to connect many devices together on a computer network. Switches manage the flow of data across a network by only transmitting a received message to the device for which the message was intended.

  • Unmanaged switches: This is the most basic type of switch. It provides basic connectivity between network devices such as PCs, servers and storage at low cost. However, these are set-it-and-forget-it switches that aren’t capable of changing settings or functions. They tend to be easy to used and best for simple connectivity.
  • Web-managed switches: These switches also considered “smart-switches,” are for networks with up to 200 computers. They have a graphical user interface (GUI) with easy to understand controls and are managed via a web browser. They provide a lot of guidance to users and are designed for those who have no advanced network training. They can support a limited number of VLANs.
  • Fully managed switches: These switches also have a GUI and use a web browser, but they also have a command line interface, which allows network engineers to create scripts to program and manage multiple switches. Fully managed switches have a full suite of capabilities including link aggregation, traffic prioritization and security features that can be used to shape the behavior of traffic on the network.

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Workstations

Why buy a custom built computer over a national store brad?

  • Custom-built computers are fully upgradeable and can be built for your specific needs.
  • Most mass-produced computer systems claim to be upgradeable, but you are stuck with a proprietary motherboard design that won’t allow for upgrades, or else make it difficult and costly to upgrade.

With custom-built computers from CTA, you will get full disclosure of all major components

  • RAM
  • CPU
  • Hard drive
  • Case
  • Motherboard
  • Sound
  • Memory
  • Power Supply

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Firewall & Filtering

Enterprise-level security for small businesses

Protect your employees and network by preventing questionable and unsafe content from entering your IT infrastructure.

With content filtering solutions, you can have precise control over where users can go. Block inappropriate website content effectively without keeping staff from the sites they need. You get peace-of-mind knowing your infrastructure is being protected and managed.

Other security solutions

  • Anti-virus
  • Anti-malware
  • Spam protection
  • Virtual private networks (VPN)
  • Backup & disaster recovery

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Backup & Disaster Recovery

Is your data secure? Would it survive a disaster? Can you afford to take a chance?

A computer technician will tell you there are two types of hard drives—those that have failed and those that will. The only question is when. CTA can help you to have peace-of-mind knowing all your data is continuously archived, redundant and ready to restore at a moment’s notice.

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