Peplink – Business Continuity

Business owners are finding that popular cloud computing apps like those available from,, and Google Docs are increasing sales and improving efficiency. In addition, Internet applications like Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, Voice over IP (VoIP), remote collaboration services like GoToMeeting and WebEx, and remote support applications like LogMeIn and GoToMyPc have all gained popularity.


Businesses Need To Review Their Internet Contingency Plan.

With increased dependency on Internet applications comes the need to ensure business continuity during ISP outages. Most businesses still depend on a single service provider for Internet access in their home and branch offices. With increasing dependency on Internet access, any service interruption can bring catastrophic results.




Peplink Balance Multi-WAN router lets you connect new low-cost Internet links to your existing network transparently. Outgoing and incoming traffic are load balanced optimally by our intelligent algorithms 

100% Internet Uptime.

Peplink Balance multi-wan routers can provide your business with 100% Internet uptime! Business owners can now add commodity Internet services like Cable and DSL and end up with cost-effective Internet service redundancy. The high-performance Peplink Balance routers let you combine as many as thirteen different Internet services that will detect when any service has gone offline and automatically switch to available services. The highly reliable Peplink Balance will ensure that your business always has Internet access.

You Can Never Have Too Much Bandwidth.

Businesses that migrate to cloud computing and other Internet apps soon find themselves needing more and more bandwidth. Peplink Balance can satisfy your bandwidth-hungry network by load balancing across multiple Internet services. Our patent-pending VPN Bonding feature will even allow high speed uploads and downloads by aggregating the available bandwidth into one larger connection. With aggregated bandwidth, remote office staff can instantly access information on centralized servers.

Don’t Fall Off The Cloud.

Peplink Balance routers are the best way to guarantee your company always has the Internet access it needs to take advantage of cloud computing. Order a Peplink Balance router to ensure continuous access to the Internet applications your business depends on!


Contact Green Apple IT for your business continuity solutions.

Peplink – MPLS/Leased Line Alternative

Quality Network Comes at a High Cost.

Leased line Internet services, private network such as IPVPN, MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) network technology, are popular options for building corporate network. These services provide business owners with stable bandwidth, 99.5% reliability, and quick recovery times.

The only real challenge is the cost: with leased line Internet service costing over $300 per megabit of bandwidth per month and MPLS service costing over $1000 mb/month, leased line service is 15 to 100 times the price of business class DSL or cable modem Internet service!

Save Money Now.

The Peplink Balance Multi-WAN routers can provide significant monthly savings by allowing business owners to replace leased line service with multiple business-class DSL or cable Internet services. Replacing leased line Internet service can cut bandwidth costs in half, and replacing expensive MPLS service with our SpeedFusion Site-to-Site VPN Bonding would save tens of thousands of dollars per year.


Changing from MPLS to SpeedFusion  VPN Bonding can improve coporate network’s bandwidth and reliability at a fraction of the original cost.

Corporate Networking for Less Money.

In addition to tremendous savings, business owners will enjoy more total bandwidth and simple bandwidth scalability – just add up to 13 commodity Internet services as your demand increases. Patent-pending Site-to-Site VPN Bonding provides fast and secure service between offices, and our automatic failover provides 100% network uptime for maximum reliability.


Lower costs. 100% Uptime. More Bandwidth.

The Peplink Balance allows for substantial savings on recurring network costs while providing more bandwidth and 100% uptime.

Contact us for your tailor made solution and start saving today.


Peplink – Wireless Hotspot Service

Better brand visibility. Introducing a little corner of the Web to call your own.

Easily give your customers high-speed, high-quality Wi-Fi access and promote your brand with Peplink’s new captive portal/Wi-Fi hotspot feature, available now as a low-cost upgrade on the Peplink Balance 380 Multi-WAN router and above.

Peplink’s captive portal feature allows you to provide customers and employees a company-branded, commercial-grade Wi-Fi hotspot — simply, without the administrative hassles, weak signals, poor security, and other problems that come along with consumer-level wireless equipment.

Make a splash with customers. Without getting in over your head.

Peplink Wi-Fi hotspots with captive portals are reliable, fast, and simple to manage. They’re easy to customize with your own splash screen and terms and conditions page. And all you need to get started is a Peplink Balance 380 or above with WLAN control enabled and at least one Pepwave AP One Wi-Fi access point.*

With Peplink’s new wireless hotspot solution, you don’t need expensive technical assistance to set up your system. Just plug in your devices, specify a few simple settings, and you’re ready to go. Your customers and employees get a great-looking, high-speed portal to the Web, and your brand stays front and center.

Peplink WLAN Controller has built-in Captive Portal and User Login Database, allowing you to control Wi-Fi service access


Plug and play. Not plug and pray.

Peplink Wi-Fi hotspots with customized captive portals are as easy to manage as they are to set up. Monitor device performance and guest usage from a single screen. Create multiple wireless networks for secure internal and customer use in only minutes. Modify splash screens and other branding options with a few clicks of the mouse. What used to require programming, juggling lots of complex devices, and professional tech support becomes plug-and-play with Peplink.


Your signal says a lot about you. What’s your hotspot saying?

Attract customers and encourage them to stick around with a wireless signal that’s strong and clear and fast — no matter where your customers are located on your premises. Thanks to the extended wireless range provided by Pepwave AP One access points, your customers get more signal — and more satisfaction — with fewer pieces of equipment. You look great while spending less on wireless infrastructure.

*License required to operate three or more Pepwave AP One access points. Please contact Green Apple IT for details and pricing.


Peplink – Inbound Load Balancing

Reliable Internet Connectivity for Hosting Servers.

Many companies choose to host their web, email, and application servers in-house, potentially creating many connectivity challenges. Network connection may go down, and the bandwidth may not be able to catch up to growing demands. Insufficient bandwidth reduces server availability under peak loads, resulting in customer support calls from frustrated users. Some companies choose to have their servers co-located in a datacenter. While most datacenters offer scaleable bandwidth, it often comes at a premium price and is still delivered through one WAN connection, representing a single point of failure that can take all servers offline.

 With models that provide as many as thirteen WAN ports and 1.5 gigabits per second throughput, the Peplink Balance allows companies to easily add bandwidth as business expands. Sufficient bandwidth sourced from multiple ISP’s will increase capacity and reliability to provide a better web experience and result in happy customers.

Better Web Experience.

When used with multiple Internet service providers, the Peplink Balance utilizes its built-in authoritative DNS server to manage Inbound Load Balancing.  The Peplink Balance distributes traffic over your available Internet services, easing the bandwidth bottleneck. Customers experience faster response times, which drives sales and confidence in your company’s services.

Flexible Bandwidth Options at Reduced Cost.

 The Peplink Balance gives you the flexibility to accommodate any in-house or co-located servers while keeping bandwidth costs under control. By utilizing multiple Internet connections you can add or remove Internet bandwidth at any given time according to your needs. This allows you to cut your expensive leased lines and maintain the same level of network performance.


Datacenter Grade Reliability.


 More ISPs mean more reliability. All Internet services automatically back each other up, achieving 100% Internet uptime. When any service becomes unavailable, the Peplink Balance delegates web requests through a healthy link to prevent service interruptions.

Contact us for your custom Peplink solution.


Green Apple IT Partners with Apple


Green Apple IT has partnered up with Apple Inc to provide leading Apple technologies to its clients.

We now offer the following Apple Products : (Click image for more products / models)



Green Apple IT is proud to announce their partnership with Dell

Dell, Inc. is an American multinational information technology corporation based in 1 Dell Way, Round Rock, Texas, United States, that develops, sells and supports computers and related products and services. Bearing the name of its founder, Michael Dell, the company is one of the largest technological corporations in the world, employing more than 103,300 people worldwide. Dell is listed at number 41 in the Fortune 500 list. It is the third largest PC maker in the world after HP and Lenovo. Dell has grown by both increasing its customer base and through acquisitions since its inception; notable mergers and acquisitions including Alienware (2006) and Perot Systems (2009). As of 2009, the company sold personal computers, servers, data storage devices, network switches, software, and computer peripherals. Dell also sells HDTVs, cameras, printers, MP3 players and other electronics built by other manufacturers. The company is well known for its innovations in supply chain management and electronic commerce.


Desktops / Laptops




For more information, please get in touch with us at 011 234 4711 /

Outsourcing – know your options


Cloud computing is the latest buzzword to hit the IT industry the world over. However, due to connectivity and infrastructure issues locally, this model has been slow to take off, as cloud applications tend to be bandwidth intensive and South Africa’s networks have not been able to support them.

However, cloud computing is only one type of outsourcing of IT services, and there are a number of other models that could be more applicable in the local market, including full outsourcing, co-sourcing, and managed and hosted services; each of which offers different business and strategic benefits.

Full outsourcing

This scenario involves completely handing over control of the entire IT environment to an outsourcing provider, from the desktop to the network through to connectivity. The client does not have to manage the complex IT infrastructure and places the implementation, maintenance and control of the environment in the hands of a vendor.

This model is particularly useful for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as it removes the need for them to spend large amounts of capital outlay when deploying, maintaining and upgrading their IT infrastructure. It also gives smaller enterprises access to a wide range of specialised skills that they could not afford to hire on an in-house basis.

The main benefits of this scenario are significantly reduced IT cost, access to a range of skills and resources, and reduced lead times when implementing or maintaining, as the business only needs to deal with one supplier. The relationships that outsource vendors have with their suppliers can also be leveraged, as they can often get reduced costs and pass these savings onto the client.

One thing to bear in mind is that when looking for an outsource vendor, a business needs to ensure they can deliver as promised and support the organisation’s requirements. Otherwise an enterprise may find itself locked into a contract with a supplier that cannot deliver, causing major problems for the business as well as additional expense.


The co-sourcing model involves having some internal capabilities and resources and then outsourcing one or several aspects of the IT environment. This may be useful for organisations that have a certain level of skills but need to bring in specialised resources for certain tasks, or for businesses that have very specialised skills and wish to outsource the more labour intensive tasks such as desktop support. This scenario is well suited for medium to large businesses that have some in-house IT resources and wish to outsource others.

Co-sourcing enables organisations to reduce head count in terms of in-house IT resources, as well as better utilise skilled resources when and where they are needed while the rest of the IT work is covered by an outside vendor.

When using this model, however, it needs to be ensured that there is no overlap in terms of skills, as using both in-house and outsourced resources for the same tasks is unproductive and inefficient. The process also needs to be well managed to prevent breakdown in communications between the teams resulting in slow response and resolutions.

Managed Services

Managed services take place on the infrastructure side. The outsourcing supplier will provide technical expertise in areas that are required to be up, running and available at all times, such as data centres, networking equipment, servers, backup and so on. The vendor will provide 24/7 monitoring of these environments and proactively fix problems to prevent downtime.

This model is ideal for large enterprises that cannot afford downtime and the risks and cost associated with it. There is also a cost saving aspect as the company does not need to purchase and maintain expensive monitoring equipment and software. There is a reduction in risk resulting from downtime and access to specialised skills.

This type of outsourcing requires careful consideration, as valuable processes are handled by the vendor. Businesses need to select the right partner – if an unreliable outsourcer is selected it could cause large and costly problems for the organisation.

Hosted services

Hosted services may be Software as a Service (SaaS) or hosted hardware services. This model offers a variety of services to businesses as a hosted option, meaning that the organisation ‘rents’ the service from a provider that has the infrastructure. This means that there is no need for large capital outlay in order to take advantage of the services.

Hosted services are useful to any size business depending on the organisation’s needs. Some examples of hosted services are website hosting hosted email environments and application services.

The major benefit of this model is a major reduction in capital outlay, and the ability to run IT infrastructure through operational expense instead of capital expenditure. It is also a very flexible solution that can be implemented on demand. The possibility exists to have the entire environment hosted, which would be a good option for businesses that have a large mobile workforce, allowing the business to reduce office size and save money.

Once again it is necessary to select the right supplier to ensure quality of service. It is also important to bear in mind that hosted services are entirely dependent on third party connectivity suppliers so when fixed ADSL lines go down the quality of service may be affected.

To conclude

Outsourcing of IT services has many applications and many different models that can provide a host of benefits to businesses of all sizes. With so many different models to choose from an organisation should select the option that best suits their business model.

By Dawie Bloomberg, Managing Director at Green Apple IT

Can I really recover data from my backups?

Statistically 25% of all PC users suffer from data loss each year

Are you willing to risk your business with these odds?

In a day and age where we all depend on servers for storing our business data we need to ensure that our data is safe. You would normally leave this up to your support company to handle, but the customer needs to also take responsibility in ensuring their data is being backed up.

Get your Support company to retrieve files from the backup on a regular basis to make sure that the backups are running.

You also need to ask yourself – Has your backup solution moved with the times… ?

At Green Apple IT we provide cost effective, robust backup solutions for all business requirements. Contact us today to assist with your backup solution before its too late!

Big Business Server solutions for the SME

Designed and priced for small businesses, Windows Small Business Server 2011 is an affordable server solution to help your business run more efficiently. It provides core functionality for:

  • Networking
  • Server and PC Backup
  • Security
  • Advanced e-mail and calendar capabilities
  • Database and line-of-business support
  • Document and printer sharing
  • Remote Access

Windows Small Business Server offers you a server solution with reduced complexity and increased manageability over traditional enterprise servers, helping you to focus on running a more efficient business.

Small Business Server Solution


Simplify Small Business IT
Simplified Purchase and Setup. Identify, purchase, install, and manage multiple components and technologies together in an interoperable single-server experience.
Simplified Management. Reduce administration costs by using an intuitive management interface, one that presents relevant system information and a matching set of tasks.

Increase Business Productivity
Remote Web Access. Remote Web Access provides a single, simple, consolidated, and highly secure entry point into a small business network. Access files and documents from inside and outside the business through any common web browser.
Desktop Synergies with Windows 7 and Office 2010. By combining Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 with Windows Small Business Server 2011, you will have the IT foundation you need to be more efficient and effective, to easily collaborate with your peers, to work remotely, and to feel confident that all your critical business data is protected.
Mobile Device Support. Integrated setup features configure collaboration services so that you can easily add Windows Phone or other Internet-enabled phones.
Run Business Applications. Supports critical line-of-business applications and runs them on a secure award winning platform.
Tailored to Online Services(1). Provides a cross-premise solution, allowing small businesses to retain core infrastructure and enables simple, single sign-on experiences with cloud-based services.

Help Protect Business Data
Simplified Backup for Business Data. Businesses can easily backup server and client data to external and/or internal hard drives.
Network-wide Protection. Complete, network-wide security with integrated state of the art protection technologies.
Client Protection. Monitors client computers for antivirus status, update compliance, and overall security health.
Full Client Backup. Performs a daily, automatic, backup of every computer on a network and the server itself.

Greater Business Insight
Information Organization. Streamline document access and control information sharing using a centralized data repository that can be accessed from any computer on the network.
Enhanced Support and experience for Line-of-Business With Premium Add On Applications. Run a vast number of line-of-business applications on a second server, and enjoy a powerful data management and analysis

Contact us to start enhancing your IT experiance

Desktop Support Solutions

Remote Desktop Support
Desktop support when you need it most by someone that actually knows how to help, remotely without you having to wait.

On-site Desktop Support
When you need that friendly face, helping you through the frustrations you may be facing, we will assist.

Server & Infrastructure support
Preventative maintenance to look after the most important IT hardware in your business.

IT Service Management
What would all of this be with out structured management of the service? Best practices in the IT industry ensure that you and your business interests.