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CyberPower Power and Rack Solutions

Posted by John Dowd on May 22, 2017 2:00:10 PM


CyberPower are an American manufacturer of power systems and currently second only to Schneider in the USA for marketshare in the SMB UPS market. They recently presented a round-up of their latest products to us and talked about their successes in supplying UPS and power protection equipment to some of Australia’s largest retailers for their Australia-wide branch rollouts. I was also surprised to learn that their range now extends from small UPS up to 400kVA three phase systems. Seems like they are constantly innovating and bringing a steady stream of well-priced solutions to market – including some neat solutions for branch offices.

In the lead up to the end of financial year, BES IT Systems is running special bundles until June 30 on the products mentioned below.  Contact us on (07) 33405555 or log a web enquiry for more information.  


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Topics: UPS, power protection, Remote Office

Skype for Business - Conference Solutions

Posted by John Dowd on Apr 11, 2017 10:08:17 AM


If you are looking for good Skype for Business room conferencing solutions consider the Logitech console and the Biamp Devio systems. Each one addresses a different requirement.

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Topics: Conferencing, Boardroom, Skype for Business

Simplify Data Centre Operations with Cumulus

Posted by John Dowd on Nov 5, 2015 1:29:04 PM


BES IT Systems have just been appointed a Cumulus Networks Reseller and Partner. 

Cumulus Networks simplifies data centre operations by delivering operating system products that run on industry standard Ethernet switches. 

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Topics: networking, Network Switching, Switching for Data Centres

Do you have a backup strategy in place? How to know what your business needs!

Posted by John Dowd on Nov 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Offsite Backup is a hot topic for businesses of all sizes. Securing reliable data backups is vital to the business continuity of every business. Most data loss is caused by hardware problems, system issues and human error. Do you have a backup strategy in place to secure your data? 

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Topics: Offsite Backup, Automated Offsite Backup, Offsite Backup for Small Business, Brisbane Offsite Backup, Disaster Recovery, server image, Data Archival

How To Manage BYOD And Wireless Networks

Posted by John Dowd on Aug 4, 2015 10:53:00 AM
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Topics: BYOD, xirrus, High Density Wireless Network

Switching For Your Network Update

Posted by John Dowd on Jul 10, 2015 3:40:56 PM

If your network is due for a refresh what brand would you choose? Which is the best switch brand for a 600 port network? We recently sold 20 Juniper switches to an independent school in Brisbane and I’ve analysed why they choose Juniper over the other major brands. The first question we asked of course was “What are you looking for?”

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Topics: Network Switching, Switching for Data Centres, Juniper

11 Advantages to Your Business with IT Hosting

Posted by John Dowd on May 25, 2015 10:47:00 AM

In this day and age, our businesses rely on IT. If the internet goes down, if our computers act up, or the server fails, business can grind to a halt. Unfortunately the great enabler of business, IT, is a nightmare for some. When I talk to businesses about their IT issues, I am struck by how painful they find the whole IT experience. Their problems are generally a combination of old PC’s running old un-refreshed, virus-ridden copies of Windows, Server problems and Internet issues. On top of those issues they are also stuck on the server upgrade merry-go-round, where every 3-4 years a new server and all the server software needs to be purchased because either the server or some software is not supported any more. Together with a server upgrade they also find their new software needs new PC’s. Most businesses spend around $20,000 on that exercise. The Microsoft server software alone can be almost as much as the server hardware. A recent quote had the server at $10,000 and the Microsoft server and email software at around $8,000.

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Topics: hosting in the cloud, IT hosting, IT hosting in logan city

Collaborate Using Your Graphics-Intensive Applications From Anywhere

Posted by John Dowd on May 14, 2015 5:32:00 PM

How much more competitive would our businesses be, if we could harness the skills of staff members around the world to work on projects?

What if we could use staff in different time zones to rush work out to clients faster than our competitors?

Collaboration is getting easier; Skype for Business, Webex. We can meet up virtually to talk. We can send emails, chat, work collaboratively on Word or Excel documents - but real-world applications that businesses rely on do not necessarily lend themselves to a collaborative work place environment.

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Topics: Nutanix, VDI, Internet speeds, hyperconverged, graphics applications, virtual desktop server farm, autocad

High Density Wireless Network Design

Posted by John Dowd on Apr 16, 2015 3:27:00 PM

Question: What is the most high performance yet cost-effective wiireless access point for environments like classrooms, meeting rooms or auditoriums?

One of our customers recently carried out exhaustive tests to answer this question. Their high density requirement was for classrooms full of students carrying 802.11”ac” capable tablets with 2x2 MIMO antennas built in. Every classroom had an existing old wireless access point which was not keeping up with demand and needed to be replaced.

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Topics: wifi, Wireless Network Design, High Density Wireless Network, Xirrus wifi, high density wireless network design

Lenovo Ultra High Definition Display vs 4K - What's The Difference?

Posted by John Dowd on Aug 6, 2014 2:36:00 PM

With Ultra High Defintion TV’s hitting the retail stores I thought it would only be a matter of time before computer monitors offered the same resolution.

It looks as if that time has arrived with 28” monitors from both Samsung and Lenovo being available for about $799 inc GST.

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Topics: Lenovo

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