Dicar Networks Now Offers Cisco Professional Services and Training

Dicar Networks has partnered with Skyline Advanced Technology Services to offer Cisco Professional Services and Training. 

Skyline is a Cisco Gold Partner and Learning Business Partner providing both Cisco Professional Services and Training.  Cisco hardware is also available for purchase under this agreement.

Dicar Networks, an IT Solution Provider, is focused on making it easier for companies to maintain, improve and expand their network infrastructure.  With this agreement Dicar Networks adds a service that will benefit our current and future customers by allowing them to easily access Cisco support and products from a long standing Cisco Gold Partner.

Give us a call if you have an existing or a future requirement for Cisco or Meraki support and hardware.

 

Dicar Networks Certified As A ‘Friendly Wi-Fi Approved Provider’

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Dicar Networks is proud to support the work of ‘Friendly WiFi’, the world’s first seal of approval designed to verify whether a business’ public Wi-Fi service meets a minimum level of filtering to block out access to pornographic and illegal child abuse websites.

About Friendly WiFi

‘Friendly WiFi’ aims to help parents, children and young people make informed choices about using public WiFi and protects them from viewing inappropriate material. Friendly WiFi was initiated by Government and Industry and verifies whether the public WiFi provided at a venue meets an industry standard for filtering, blocking access to sites containing inappropriate content. We are now encouraging all of our clients to join ‘Friendly WiFi’ and be accredited as a ‘Friendly WiFi’ venue. Current members include Boeing, Franklin County Schools, Starbucks and IKEA, plus many other businesses who offer public WiFi.

How can I join ‘Friendly WiFi’?

Dicar Networks is a ‘Friendly WiFi’ ‘Approved Provider’ this means we are able to provide our clients with products and services which meet the required safety specification, making joining Friendly WiFi possible for Dicar Networks customers.

As Dicar Networks customers you can apply to join and pay an annual licence fee to have your service verified, to ensure that access to pornographic material is filtered and child abuse webpages (illegal content) known to the Internet Watch Foundation are blocked.

Once verified and approved, venues can then display the ‘Friendly WiFi’ symbol to make it clear to their Customers that their Wi-Fi is ‘Friendly’. This also includes the venues being added to the Friendly WiFi search locator at www.friendlywifi.com. The ‘Friendly WiFi’ symbol has been designed to help children, young people and adults navigate their way through the high street and gives them the option to choose and use a ‘Friendly WiFi’ venue, to ensure that the public Wi-Fi that they are accessing is filtered and independently accredited.

To check if the current service we provide to you meets the criteria to join Friendly WiFi please contact us at 408-850-6400 or email sales@dicarnetworks.com and we will be happy to advise and support.

More information about ‘Friendly WiFi’ and how to join can be found at www.friendlywifi.com, or by emailing fw@rdi-online.co.uk

Press Release: WatchGuard Protects Students While Leveraging Latest Learning Technology

WatchGuard Protects Students While Leveraging Latest Learning Technology

Franklin County Board of Education, Chester School District and Portsmouth Grammar School rely on WatchGuard to protect and optimize their learning environments

SEATTLE – May 3, 2016 — Schools, no matter whether they’re pre-K or higher learning, want to accomplish two things: provide the best education possible, and create a safe learning environment for students. That is why so many learning institutions all over the world are taking advantage of WatchGuard® Technologies’ content filtering and secure wireless solutions. A leader in multi-function integrated security appliances, WatchGuard provides wireless access points and firewalls that have had a significant impact on network safety and performance for Franklin County Board of Education (FCBOE), Chester School District (CSD) and Portsmouth Grammar School (PGS) and their respective communities.

Ensuring Reliable and Safe Internet Access for Franklin County Schools, and Residents

Tucked into the hills of rural Northwest Alabama, Internet access in Franklin County is so rare that only an estimated 20 percent of students have it at home. To best serve their community, the board of education needs to provide access to reliable and secure Wi-Fi for their students to keep up with emerging learning trends. FCBOE turned to WatchGuard for a solution that provides security services tailored specifically for their needs.

“The school board can’t afford to hire a huge staff, so it’s essential to have a system and appliances that are easily manageable, and that’s what WatchGuard does for us,” said Tim Burks, network administrator at FCBOE.

With WatchGuard’s firewalls, secure wireless access points, and cloud-based logging and reporting tool, Dimension, they can identify key trends across all wired and wireless activity in the district, providing valuable insight into Internet usage to help prevent student exposure to inappropriate sites. The schools’ perimeter wireless access points (separate from the internal networks) are so reliable that community members throughout Franklin County park on the school grounds to securely connect to much needed Internet access they cannot get at home.

Read the complete case study here.

Better Visibility Means Heightened Security at Chester School District

It’s a story heard in school districts everywhere. In New Jersey’s Chester School District, the IT staff needs to provide Wi-Fi access for more than 1,200 students and 400 staff members, and their many devices. The district must be able to maintain control over web applications, block websites with malicious material and inappropriate content, and stay compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

“The ease of access to information and the intuitive platform provided by WatchGuard has freed up valuable time that, in the past, was spent monitoring and maintaining the previous device,” said Dean Anderson, technology director, CSD. “Now, more time can be spent where it matters—supporting the staff and students.”

Within weeks of deployment, WatchGuard’s reporting tools helped to identify when students attempted to access inappropriate websites and allowed the administration to pinpoint exactly who was involved. Now CSD’s technology team can respond immediately to any security or policy issues they encounter.

Read the complete case study here.

Breaking down walls with Secure Wi-Fi at Portsmouth Grammar School

At Portsmouth Grammar School, students are surrounded by history. Based in former army barracks, the fivefoot thick walls of the former Cambridge Barracks stood through a WWII bombing, but were not designed to allow a modern Wi-Fi signal. These rock-solid walls hampered connectivity and made it difficult to provide wireless access to students learning throughout the school’s 300 rooms. Keeping students’ private data secure and blocking unsafe online content were also major points of concern.

WatchGuard set up a robust wireless network comprised of 136 WatchGuard secure wireless access points spread across the school, with one access point in every third room. This solution ensures a strong Wi-Fi signal across every part of the campus. And because they work in tandem with a WatchGuard firewall, users are authenticated as soon as they reach the school grounds, and administration has control over which websites students can access.

“Having a strong Wi-Fi signal throughout the school now means that tutors, students, and visitors have continual access to key resources and communications wherever they are on campus, helping us to deliver the aims of our curriculum,” said James Priory, Headmaster of PGS. “Thanks to WatchGuard, our pupils’ devices are securely, consistently, and easily connected to the school network.”

Read the complete case study here.

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry-standard hardware, best-in-class security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, but enterprise-grade protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com.

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow WatchGuard on Twitter @WatchGuardTech onFacebook, or on the LinkedIn Company page.

WatchGuard is a registered trademark of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

Press Release: WatchGuard Is Making The Internet Safer For Children Around The World

WatchGuard is Making the Internet Safer for Children Around the World

Friendly WiFi Initiative Recognizes Public Places That Provide Secure and Filtered Wi-Fi

Seattle, Washington, April 6, 2016WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader in network security, is making the Internet safer for children around the world through its support of Friendly WiFi. Initiated by the U.K. Government and managed by the RDI Trade Organization, the Friendly WiFi initiative recognizes public places – including restaurants, shops, hotels, and transportation services – that provide secure and filtered Wi-Fi.

“With Wi-Fi hotspots growing exponentially across all types of public locations, children are becoming increasingly more vulnerable to online threats and inappropriate content,” said WatchGuard CEO Prakash Panjwani. “Enabling Wi-Fi is easy for businesses. Secure Wi-Fi is the problem WatchGuard is solving.”

WatchGuard recently launched its AP300 Access Point, which extends WatchGuard’s best-in-class Unified Threat Management (UTM) features to filter and reliably block inappropriate content at Wi-Fi hotspots. WatchGuard’s recent innovations in secure Wi-Fi led to its accreditation as a “Friendly WiFi Approved Provider” and a partnership that will benefit families everywhere. The Friendly WiFi initiative will be promoted through WatchGuard’s reseller channels and marketing campaigns to spread awareness about the dangers young people face while using public Wi-Fi.

“WatchGuard has been a pioneer in network security for 20 years and is leading the industry with their latest advancements in secure Wi-Fi,” said RDI Spokesperson Mike Davies. “WatchGuard’s expertise and passion for security will strengthen our commitment and make a positive difference in keeping children and young people around the world safe online.”

Join WatchGuard in supporting the Friendly WiFi initiative. Before accessing your next public Wi-Fi hotspot, look for the colorful Friendly WiFi logo, and inform those who do not know about the importance of secure Wi-Fi.

Visit www.watchguard.com/securewifi to learn more about WatchGuard’s latest secure Wi-Fi solutions. For more information on the Friendly WiFi initiative, please visit www.friendlywifi.com.

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry standard hardware, best-in-class security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, but enterprise-grade protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com.

Aerohive Introduces the Most-Adaptable Wireless Infrastructure Available Today for Connected Enterprises

New Products Double Network Capacity with 802.11ac Wave 2 Everywhere and Unified Wired and Wireless Cloud Management

Sunnyvale, Calif. — April 5, 2016 — Aerohive Networks® (NYSE:HIVE) today announced new 802.11ac Wave 2 access points, a new line of switches, and a new release of HiveManager® NG that together deliver the most-adaptable Wireless infrastructure for the Connected Enterprise.

News Facts

  • New high-performance mobile devices and demanding applications continue to change how connected enterprises do business. With a constantly changing client landscape and new Internet of Things (IoT) devices on the horizon, enterprises are challenged to have network infrastructure for the clients and devices of today while anticipating the connectivity needs of the future.
  • To address escalating connectivity demands today, Aerohive is introducing the AP250 and the AP245X, two new cloud-managed 802.11ac Wave 2 access points that are the first to deliver enterprise-class capabilities and uncompromised wireless functionality while operating on existing standard wired infrastructure of 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE). The access points also feature integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Both the AP250 and the AP245X are built on Aerohive’s proven RF-IQ technology to deliver great Wi-Fi. RF-IQ incorporates distributed control radio intelligence, such as automated channel and power selection, load balancing, band steering, and other capabilities that enable complex radio functionality.
  • Aerohive’s new AP250 access point enables the most-adaptable wireless infrastructure. Its software-selectable radios maximize customers’ return on investment by allowing administrators to select transmission at 2.4GHz and 5GHz or to select dual 5GHz. When integrated into overall network design, the selection of the dual 5GHz mode can effectively double network capacity.
  • The AP250 is the only Wave 2 and BLE solution that can operate in dual 5GHz mode with uncompromised performance for increased capacity, without PoE switch upgrades. Aerohive’s patent-pending RF-IQ antenna and the first-of-its-kind network technology provide polarization and spatial diversity which ensures performance even in dual 5GHz mode, delivering uncompromised performance under 802.3af power budget.
  • The AP245X delivers Wave 2 with external antennas and a rugged design for challenging environments, such as warehouses, manufacturing floors, and extreme temperature environments.
  • Both the AP250 and the AP245X access points feature integrated BLE and a USB port to enhance location-driven services and provide additional wireless connectivity options for IoT and other devices.
  • HiveManager NG, Aerohive’s network management platform, is designed for enterprise-grade scalability and is available for private or public cloud deployment. The new release is now architected for on-premises deployments of up to 20,000 access points. The platform offers the centralized management and powerful functionality enterprises need as well as streamlined user experience and simplified troubleshooting.
  • Aerohive is also introducing four new cloud-managed enterprise switches, the SR2208P, SR2224P, SR2324P, and SR2348P. Available in a range of port densities, from desktop to stacking-capable rack mount, the new switches are managed through HiveManager NG.
  • Together with Aerohive’s access points, these new switches enable complete unified wired and wireless cloud network management from a single pane of glass with improved visibility, centralized control, and reduced cost and complexity.
  • Furthermore, Aerohive has extended its unique Private Pre-Shared Key (PPSK) functionality, which enables customers to manage secure access for specific users and IoT devices. This functionality is important for ease of onboarding and control of Bring Your Own (BYO) and IoT devices. PPSK can now support 100,000 keys in a single instance.

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Pricing and Availability

  • First released in March, the Aerohive AP250 is available today for $999, US list.
  • Aerohive’s AP245X will be available in June for $999, US list; antennas sold separately.
  • HiveManager NG for public cloud deployment is available today and can be purchased with 1-, 3-, or 5-year subscription terms. 1-year plans start at $115 per access point, US list.
  • HiveManager NG Virtual Appliance for private cloud deployment is available today with a perpetual license fee per access point, and a 1-, 3-, or 5-year support contract per device.
  • Aerohive’s SR2208P, SR2224P, and SR2324P will be available in April for $999, $1599, and $3299, respectively, US list.
  • Aerohive’s SR2348P will be available in June for $5499, US list.

Comments

“Wi-Fi infrastructure has become indispensable in the day-to-day operations of enterprises around the world, but as new requirements emerge, networks need to adapt,” said Matthias Machowinski, senior research director, IHS. “Aerohive’s most-recent update to its cloud managed wired and wireless portfolio allows enterprises to address new requirements around new applications, IoT initiatives, and high density deployments.”

“The College of William & Mary needs a wireless network robust enough to support the growth in mobile devices, both in the classroom and in residence halls,” said Norman Elton, network engineer, College of William & Mary. “We are eager to deploy the AP250 access points in order to leverage higher density 5GHz coverage. We believe that the software-selectable radio will play a key role in our transition from a network designed for coverage to one designed for capacity.”

“Mobility gives organizations the opportunity to transform how they serve their customers,“ said David Flynn, CEO, Aerohive Networks. “At the same time, new devices and demands often present challenges for network infrastructures. Our new switches, the new release of HiveManager NG, and Wave 2 access points give our customers the performance, flexibility, and power of cloud management needed to adapt to their evolving business demands.”

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding new Aerohive product and service offerings and statements regarding their expected performance, market receptiveness and competitive advantage. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult or impossible to predict. The actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements as a result of these uncertainties, risk and changes in circumstances, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: our ability to continue to attract, integrate, retain and train skilled personnel, general demand for wireless networking in the industry verticals targeted or demand for Aerohive products in particular, unpredictable and changing market conditions, risks associated with the deployment, performance and adoption of new products and services, risks associated with our growth, competitive pressures from existing and new companies, technological change, product development delays, our inability to protect Aerohive intellectual property or to predict or limit exposure to third party claims relating to its or Aerohive’s intellectual property, and general market, political, regulatory, economic and business conditions in the United States and internationally.

Additional risks and uncertainties that could affect Aerohive’s financial and operating results are included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” in the Company’s recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Aerohive’s SEC filings are available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website athttp://ir.aerohive.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. AAll forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and Aerohive Networks disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.

About Aerohive Networks

Aerohive (NYSE: HIVE) enables our customers to simply and confidently connect to the information, applications, and insights they need to thrive. Our simple, scalable, and secure platform delivers mobility without limitations. For our customers worldwide, every access point is a starting point. Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. For more information, please visit www.aerohive.com, call us at 408-510-6100, follow us on Twitter @Aerohive, subscribe to our blog, join our community or become a fan on our Facebook page.

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Press Release: Dicar Networks and WatchGuard Bring Security and Convenience to the Distributed Enterprise

Firebox T30 and T50 appliances deliver high-performance, enterprise-grade security from an easy to configure, deploy, and manage tabletop appliance that is perfect for franchise environments

Seattle, WA – November 3, 2015 — WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in multi-function integrated security appliances, today announced the release of the Firebox T30 and T50 family of powerful, enterprise-strength Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances engineered specifically to address the rapidly changing security threats faced by small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and Distributed Enterprises.

Faster, more widely accessible connectivity is enabling organizations to be more distributed than ever before. In addition to securing the communications between a traditional corporate headquarters and remote employee sites, many distributed enterprises must also support multiple locations which operate like a typical small business. This relationship between a centralized entity and many independent business locations is especially common in the retail, hospitality, medical, and financial industries and creates very unique network security challenges. For these organizations, centralized security policy is critical, as is the ease of deployment of the security solution at the remote business location. The ability to maintain visibility across their entire network is equally as important for compliance reporting, health monitoring, and business intelligence purposes. Access to value-added services, such as secure wireless, is also a huge benefit.

“Organizations are becoming increasingly decentralized and it is our responsibility to deliver security solutions to operate seamlessly within those distributed environments,” said Andrew Young, vice president of product management, WatchGuard. “In addition to consolidating critical network and security functions into a single, centrally managed platform, we’ve made it our mission to make our solutions easy to deploy, easy to manage, and generally accessible to companies of all sizes.”

WatchGuard’s T Series of tabletop UTM appliances are ideal for remote sites, branch offices, and SMBs. Their small form factor makes them easy to conceal in environments where there is most likely not a dedicated datacenter and their new built-in power over Ethernet (PoE) port makes it easier than ever to add secure wireless services with a WatchGuard Access Point.

“NCR hosted solutions leverage WatchGuard for network security and to help ensure PCI compliance for thousands of installations in North America. For NCR, being able to get our hospitality customers up and running quickly and without heavy reliance on technical resources on site is critical,” explains Dustin McCreight, product manager, Network and Security Services, NCR Corporation. “Installations used to take anywhere from 60-90 minutes per site. By standardizing on WatchGuard for network security, we were able to decrease the average installation time by more than 75 percent – now averaging anywhere from 15-20 per site. We just plug the appliance in, it establishes a connection and pulls the configuration file. We are then up and running; and free to focus our time on testing credit card processing and access to approved web sites.”

All of WatchGuard’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances include access to the company’s unique, RapidDeploy feature which enables centralized IT teams to pre-configure appliances for quick and non-technical installation at distributed remote sites. This feature is especially ideal for retailers, hospitality chains, healthcare co-ops, and other Distributed Enterprises. Also standard with all WatchGuard appliances is access to Dimension, the company’s award-winning, actionable threat intelligence platform*. Dimension aggregates data from all WatchGuard appliances across a customer’s network and translates that data into visually rich and actionable information. With Dimension, customers can easily see not only what is going on in their network but proactively take steps, faster than ever before, to update their security policy immediately, right from the reporting dashboards, to stop malicious sites, applications and users.

WatchGuard’s Firebox T30 and T50

WatchGuard Firebox T30 and T50 consolidate the most important network and network security functions in one tabletop platform. Offered as both a wired and a wireless solution, the products provide high-performance, enterprise-grade network security to small and medium sized organizations and distributed enterprises alike.

High Performance – Enhanced firewall speeds up to 1.2 Gbps and UTM security speeds up to 165 Mbps to enable modern encryption and usage trends.

PoE Port for Easy Wi-Fi Upgrade – Eliminate the need to have AC power running to peripheral devices. All T30 and T50 products come standard with one Power over Ethernet (PoE) port, which allows the painless deployment of technology like access points or security cameras.

Integrated 802.11ac Wireless – Enjoy faster, more reliable Wi-Fi with the latest 802.11 ac wireless standard is available on both the T30-W and T50-W models.

Rapid Deploy – Preconfigure appliances for secure branch office/remote deployment without the need for technical staff to travel to deployment sites.

Advanced Malware Detection – Catch malware that signature-only AV solutions miss. Next-generation sandboxing in the cloud with full system emulation (CPU and memory) provides visibility into every instruction that malware executes, not just the operating system calls, to expose evasive behavior that other sandbox solutions do not see.

Actionable Threat Intelligence** – Leverage a centralized, real-time view into all network activity with the power to take immediate action against harmful sites and users.

Crypto co-processing for SHA-2 – Increase performance while meeting compliance standards that require an upgrade from older crypto algorithms like SHA-1.

For more technical information about the Firebox T30 and T50 series of appliances, call Dicar Networks at 408-850-6400 or email sales@dicarnetworks.com

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry standard hardware, best-of-breed security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, but enterprise-powerful protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com.

PRESS RELEASE: Dicar Networks Receives 2015 Best of Morgan Hill Award

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Dicar Networks Receives 2015 Best of Morgan Hill Award

Morgan Hill Award Program Honors the Achievement

MORGAN HILL July 22, 2015 — Dicar Networks has been selected for the 2015 Best of Morgan Hill Award in the Computer Related Services category by the Morgan Hill Award Program.

Each year, the Morgan Hill Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Morgan Hill area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Morgan Hill Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Morgan Hill Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Morgan Hill Award Program

The Morgan Hill Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Morgan Hill area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Morgan Hill Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Morgan Hill Award Program

CONTACT:
Morgan Hill Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardcontact.org
URL: http://www.awardcontact.org

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Press Release: Dicar Networks Awarded 2014 Digium Pinnacle Partner Award

Dicar Networks Awarded Digium® Pinnacle Partner Award
for Outstanding Sales and Service of Switchvox Business Phone Systems
and Asterisk Custom Communications

 Annual Awards Recognize Top Digium Partners Worldwide that Deliver
Unparalleled VoIP Solutions and Services

March 31, 2014, Morgan Hill, CA – Dicar Networks, a leading provider of VoIP business phone systems and IT Services, today announced it has been awarded a 2014 Digium Pinnacle Partner award in the category of Pinnacle Circle of Excellence. These Pinnacle Partner awards are presented annually to leading Digium partners who have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with Digium and driving customer success for either Switchvox Unified Communications (UC) or Asterisk Custom Communications solutions. Dicar Networks is one of the outstanding organizations selected based on annual sales and commitment to customer satisfaction.

“We have seen rapid growth of our Digium business and are honored to receive this award, which recognizes our fast growth status and collaboration with Digium,” said Jennifer Fagan, “Our Company’s VoIP expertise and UC capabilities combined with Digium’s compelling product portfolio has led to our continued growth. By partnering with Digium, we believe we are able to offer customers the greatest value and advanced features for their office communications.”

“Each year, it’s an honor to recognize so many of our channel partners who have committed to servicing their customers and growing their businesses with Digium solutions,” said Jim Butler, director of worldwide channel sales for Digium. “The Pinnacle Awards serve as appreciation for those partner organizations that have helped to expand our worldwide base of customers through the delivery of our affordable, feature-rich Switchvox phone system and custom Asterisk-based communication solutions.”

For more information on how Dicar Networks can help your business improve its business communications, contact us for a free demo or consultation. Learn more about our capabilities at www.DicarNetworks.com or call 408-850-6400.

 About Dicar Networks

Whether it’s getting your new office cabled and setup with phone and internet service, installing a new phone system or wireless network, or ongoing support of your network, security and backup, Dicar Networks is recognized as an industry leader in the Silicon Valley, and supports companies of all sizes and fields.

About Digium

Digium®, Inc. provides Asterisk® software, telephony hardware, and hosted and on-premises Switchvox business phone systems that deliver enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) and UC as a Service (UCaaS) solutions at an affordable price. Digium is the creator, primary developer and sponsor of the Asterisk project; the world’s most widely used open source communications software. Asterisk turns an ordinary computer into a feature-rich communications server. A community of more than 80,000 developers and users worldwide uses Asterisk to create VoIP communication solutions in more than 170 countries. Since 1999, Digium has empowered developers to create innovative communications solutions based on open standards and open source software, providing an alternative to proprietary phone systems. Digium Switchvox Cloud and other cloud-based products and services are offered through Digium Cloud Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Digium, Inc. Digium’s business communications products are sold through a worldwide network of reseller partners. More information is available at http://www.digium.com and http://www.asterisk.org.

Press Release: Dicar Networks Jumpstarts El Toro Youth Center Technology Education

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Dicar Networks Jumpstarts El Toro Youth Center Technology Education

Sophisticated firewall and software keeps kids safer yet allows them to access internet sites for easier, up-to-date online educational opportunities

Morgan Hill, CA – January 10, 2014. The kids at the El Toro Youth Center got a jumpstart in December with the generous donation of new computer and internet technology from Dicar Networks.

Over the last few years, the center’s kids have used this after school program to get help with homework and learn more computer technology skills which increase their hands-on skills, critical in school and many jobs in their futures. But the access to the internet has brought constantly changing challenges and threats as the number of unsuitable websites continues to grow and little was available to easily keep the kids away from those websites. Until now. Now that is changing with the help of Dicar Networks’ sophisticated network service which will help bring safer access for the kids using the Center’s eight computers.

The new system includes a firewall which can block access to unsuitable websites with various levels and reports of where the kids are going while searching online for information. The kids in this after school program can use the center’s computers while researching online for help with homework – anywhere from the capital of Maine to information on the Holocaust, and will selectively block out hate sites and “adult” sites. Various layers of access can be set depending on a child’s age and appropriateness so if junior high student is doing a report on the Holocaust, he might be able to access different sites than a first grader who is looking for information on different animals, for instance.

Dicar Networks owner, Armando Garcia, has become a huge cheerleader for the Center since moving his business to Morgan Hill and looking for a way to get involved with the community. He learned about the El Toro Youth Center which, until last year, had been funded by the Catholic Charities to the tune of about $100,000 annually. Now, the Center has to be self-sufficient.

“After learning about the El Toro Youth Center and visiting them, I discovered that I really supported the work that Alban and the staff are doing,” said Garcia. He continued: “the work they do touched me as I am a high school dropout and could have used these services as a child. I am also concerned that the majority of the population in California will be Hispanic and that we need to provide the best education possible as someday these children will be running the State. I believe that technology along with education is an equalizer and the education portion of the equation is being provided at the Center.”

“Technology allows for more rapid learning and exposure to a greater learning environment. That being said, the Center’s Computer Technology is older than five years. This will not properly prepare or assist the students for entering or completing mainstream formal education programs. The Center has done a remarkable job with the available tools and it can do a greater public service by improving the technology. I believe in the work that is being done at the Center and I believe that the work could be accelerated through a technology upgrade. The students at the Center deserve the best because they are willing to work on bettering their education.”

The Center’s supervisor, Alban Diaz, who is also finishing his undergraduate degree in psychology at San Jose State this year, has been working at the Center for over seven years. “Technology is essential to today’s academic and career success. Most if not all of today’s high level/high paid jobs revolve around computers and technology. This donation will help us incorporate better technology to the center and will allow the youth to develop technological skills that will be essential in their future.”

The Center is in need of more and newer computers than the eight computers it presently has.

About Dicar Networks

Dicar Networks provides a single and simple source in Silicon Valley for Cabling, IT Services, Network Security, Wireless Networks, Phone Systems / VoIP, and Internet Services in the Silicon Valley.

Services range from office cabling and setup with phone and internet service, installing a new phone system or wireless network, and ongoing support of your network, security and backup. Dicar Networks is recognized as an industry leader in the Silicon Valley, and supports companies of all sizes and fields.

For more information, please contact Armando Garcia at agarcia@dicarnetworks.com.

About El Toro Youth Center

The El Toro Youth Center is dedicated to providing services to children from low income families in Morgan Hill. Located near downtown Morgan Hill, El Toro Youth Center is the hub of activity where children and their parents can receive drop-in services.

The center provides students tutorial service with homework, computer literacy classes, arts and crafts, sports, and other recreational activities. Parental classes include training and workshops on topics such as study habits, gang and drug prevention, and other related topics. The program serves nearly 500 youth and parents.

Aerohive & Dicar Networks Keep City of Morgan Hill Residents Wirelessly Connected Across Six Campuses

Customer OverviewAerohive Wireless Access Points

The City of Morgan Hill is located in southern Santa Clara Valley, just south of San Jose in California. The Valley is approximately four miles wide and is surrounded by the Santa Cruz mountain range to the west, and the Diablo mountain range to the east. Departments spanning across five major campuses service the city. These campuses include Information Services, Civic Center, Aquatics Center, Centennial Recreation Center and the Community & Cultural Center. Due to the City’s progressive and forward thinking planning, Morgan Hill is considered a natural setting for business, providing a balanced environment that inspires innovation and productivity.

Challenges

The City of Morgan Hill has an extremely active Recreational program and provides many community services to its residents including sports, aquatics, a fitness center and more. As a result of the mobile device explosion, the city has seen a large uptick in the amount of devices users bring into environments across campuses. Prior to Aerohive, the city relied on a home office network solution to provide Internet access. This product posed several management issues for the IT department working to keep city wireless connectivity separate from public access to minimize security threats. In addition, this home office solution made it difficult to manage capacity due to extreme fluctuation in use across departments and time of day. Above all, the largest challenge was the city’s restricted IT budget and limited staff. Faced with these challenges, the City of Morgan Hill began their search for a commercial-grade, high performance and easily managed networking solution.

Aerohive Solution

Jeff Rosenberger, Information Services Manager with the City of Morgan Hill, worked closely with Armando Garcia at Dicar in Morgan Hill to evaluate three traditional wireless providers including Meraki, Aruba Networks and Aerohive. In an effort to really get a feel for each product, the city tested solution sets from all three vendors. Specifically, engineers were tasked to deploy each product out of the box with little, to no help from the vendor. Aerohive was ultimately chosen for its controller-less architecture, ease of install and configuration and reliable customer service. The City of Morgan Hill is currently utilizing Aerohive’s AP330’s, AP350’s, AP170’s and HiveManager Online.

Why Was Aerohive Selected

  • Aerohive’s ‘smart’ access points are manufactured with built-in intelligence to operate without a controller and reduce the cost and complexity of deployment.
  • Aerohive’s controller-less architecture provides the City of Morgan Hill with the flexibility to actually move access points to support different capacity in higher dense areas.
  • Aerohive’s HiveManager Online is a centralized network management interface that provides customers with real-time topology, performance and client information to simplify troubleshooting and capacity planning. HiveManager Online is ideal for the City of Morgan Hill because it enables IT to manage their distributed environment with ease.
  • HiveManager Online is an enterprise-class management system delivered as a cloud-enabled service. As a result, it easily scales and is extremely cost effective.

“The beauty with Aerohive is the solution is literally plug-n-play. Supplying network access across five different campuses can be difficult to manage when capacity dramatically fluctuates at different times of the day, or year across our facilities. Due to limited budget, we needed a solution that we could start out with as little as one access point and that would cost effectively scale. The Aerohive solution provided us with this option and through our pilot, we were able to justify cost to City Council and move forward with the entire project area that covered our Aquatics, Recreation and Cultural Centers. With Aerohive, we now have the ability to literally relocate an access point from one place to another and provide more coverage where we need it within a matter of minutes. This kind of flexibility is one of the biggest reasons we went with Aerohive, and we are continuing to expand this solution with our Police Department and Public Works Corporation Yards in the next year.” -Jeff Rosenberger, Information Services Manager, City of Morgan Hill