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Strengthening the IT Environment to Support Remote Work

The response and urgency with which we all had to react to COVID-19 came on quickly. Suddenly, we found ourselves having to ramp up an offsite workforce, testing company productivity, IT teams and infrastructure. While some had remote employees or work from home policies, a completely remote workforce and IT infrastructure operating out of office was not a fully baked plan for most.

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Why Backup Internet is Important for SMBs

According to Gartner, internet downtime can cost businesses an average of $5,600 per minute – which is an astonishing $300,000 per hour. For any business, especially SMBs, a loss that substantial can be devastating and have a major impact on overall revenue. It is important that businesses, no matter what the size, take measures to minimize the effects of internet outages and downtime. The simplest and most cost-effective solution is backup internet.

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It’s Coming – How to Prepare Your Business for 5G

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard that 5G is expected to be a game-changer to the business world, bringing with it significant advantages to organizations large and small.

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Business Ethernet

Enabling IP networks to run on top of layer 2 connections, Ethernet is the most  widely installed LAN and WAN  technology. It is a less expensive and more powerful alternative to traditional connectivity solutions that require T1s and OCXs, with the ability to reach speeds up to 10 Gbps.

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Moving from Coax to Fiber

With the price in fiber having dropped over the past few years, businesses across the country, small  and large are thinking about upgrading. Let’s take a look at the Coax and Fiber landscape, improvements in technology, build outs and serviceability to see if it makes sense to upgrade your customers.

Is fiber replacing coax?
A summary of fiber benefits:
In general, fiber will have SLA’s (uptime and packet delivery) and symmetrical up and download speeds. Whereas cable typically has slow upload and faster download speeds. Fiber has more consistent throughput speeds and latency. And SLA’s ensure a better VoIP experience, holding the carrier more accountable. Overall, the mean time to repair fiber is shorter since it is typically business focused verse residential.
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Technology Consumption and the Changing Landscape

he rise of IoT, emerging technologies, and the increased demand for edge computing has presented new security and data center challenges. As such, conversations about network architecture have taken on  a different shape as of late.

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2019 Network Trends to Watch

A recent analysis from Maverick Research found that  80% of CIOs estimate that more than half of their business will be conducted on cloud infrastructure by 2020, and roughly the same number predicted applications supported by a SaaS platform will support more than half of their business transactions. 

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Overview of Internet-Network-Connectivity

Although the cloud can provide incredible value to organizations by providing cost-effective services and applications, multi and hybrid cloud environments create various network configurations for access and deployment.  

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Hosted Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

Hosted VoIP is a solution where a carrier owns and manages all telephony networking equipment and enables you to make calls over a broadband internet connection. It’s a more cost-effective, multi-functional, and flexible alternative to an analog phone line. 

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