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Need review/comparison website for small business and enterprise technology needs

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I've been searching high and low on the internet for a good current review and comparison of SERVERs, switches, SMB routers, enterprise routers, access point, SME/Enterprise, networking anything and everything technology connected to small, medium and large businesses, I have a project to submit . I don't mind a paid services like EE, but need something that says, this is the best for this budget and for this purpose, something similar to what's readily common in consumer reviews. Thank you. Waiting website links.
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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If you know enough to search for something vs something else, you will find comparison reviews pretty easily. While there are lots of sites for consumer grade "what's a good home access point" type things, there isn't really such a thing for the enterprise. I believe this is because there are too many variables for the needs of a specific business.

Additionally, most gear is easier to work with when you stick with the same brand, and advice often ends up with "pick the one you are familiar with" because you will be better with it. For example I wouldn't buy a juniper firewall because I'm very familiar with somicwall and they are similar products. For some people the converse is true, and they are both great brands.

All the major brands have such wide product ranges that the differences frequently come down to opinion and your experience.

EE is great for when you have questions about the differences between brands or help figuring out model numbers and building a quote from a vendor.

Many VARs are also good at assisting with this sort of thing, personally if a VAR can't give me this sort of advice I wouldn't use them.
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by:damola1
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Well, you are right, but right now. I have a project that requires comparison of ip phones, best option for who, what and why?... How do you suggest I go about it, same for Servers
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Aaron Tomosky earned 2000 total points
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If the ip phones have to be compatible with your current phone system, that would narrow it down.

For servers just start somewhere like dell, design the specific one that fits your needs, write it down. Them goto hp and do the same. If you dont need that level of support, and have good people, look at supermicro.

Honestly unless you can be much much more specific with your requirements you should probably contract someone to walk you through all this.
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by:DanielleITCentralStation
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You can find real user reviews and comparisons for a wide range of enterprise technology solutions at IT Central Station. As an example, in our "Rack Server" category, you can find reviews for all the other major server options, including Dell Poweredge and IBM Rack Servers: https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/rack-servers 

According to the IT Central Station user community, HP ProLiant is currently ranked the #1 rack server. You can explore what real users have to say about HP here: https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/hp-proliant-dl

I hope this was helpful.
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