Choose the Right Data Network Solution for Your Business

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The data network selection process must incorporate a number of variables that go beyond basic technical considerations. Others include budget, security, compliance, and business requirements. This article will provide a list of questions to help you identify the right network solution. Then it will describe the key differences between data network configurations, including point-to-point WAN, point-to-multipoint WAN, and scalable Ethernet services.

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Topics: Network

Oxford Networks Merges with FirstLight Fiber, Part 2: Sovernet Joins

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

In our last blog, we announced the merger of Oxford Networks and FirstLight Fiber, which was made possible when Oak Hill Capital Partners acquired Oxford Networks. This development is great news for Oxford customers because it enables us to combine our resources and expertise with those of FirstLight and continue to exceed client expectations. 

In this blog, we share the next step in our business transformation – a collaboration with Sovernet Communications. We will also introduce you to all of our new partners, including FirstLight, Sovernet, and our owners, Oak Hill Capital Partners. 

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Topics: Data Center, Oxford Networks, FirstLight Fiber, Fiber-optic cable, Acquisition, Merger, Data Center Expantion

Oxford Networks Merges with FirstLight Fiber, Part 1

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

 

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Topics: Data Center, Network, Oxford Networks, FirstLight Fiber, Fiber-optic cable, Acquisition, Data-Center Expansion, Merger

Why We Love Disaster Recovery (And You Should, Too)

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

 

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

4 Signs It's Time to Invest in Virtual Desktops

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

Virtual desktops have been around for a while now, but adoption rates have been slower than many analysts originally predicted. For those who are not familiar, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) refers to a desktop operating system that resides in a virtual machine that’s run on a centralized server. 

In the past, VDI was too expensive and complex for many organizations. However, recent developments in VDI technology and service delivery have made virtual desktops more affordable and simple to manage. In turn, VDI has become a much more attractive investment for many enterprises. Technology research and advisory company Technavio recently estimated the VDI market will reach more than $14 billion by 2020. 

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Topics: Virtual Desktop, VDI

The Ultimate IT Checklist for 2017

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

 

Our Ultimate IT Checklist for 2016 was one of our most popular blogs last year. Since you found our checklist so helpful, we have decided to give it a re-boot for 2017. Use this list as a starting point when planning your initiatives and milestones this year. 

IT Housekeeping 

Business continuity is the foundational objective upon which all your other goals and objectives are built. Before you can begin your plans for new objectives, you should make sure that your current systems are up-to-date and in good working order. This will go a long way toward ensuring that your business will run disruption-free in 2017. Following is the list of systems that you should check. 

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Topics: IT Investment, IT Budget

How IoT Could Affect Your IT Budget

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

 

When you think about the Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of a business setting, do you picture a large enterprise or a small or medium-sized business? Many of us think of the enterprise. This may be because SMBs have been slow at reacting to IoT compared to enterprise businesses. In fact, one recent survey found that roughly twice as many enterprises have deployed IoT compared to SMBs.

There are a number of reasons that SMBs have been slower. For example, some IoT solutions are costly unless you purchase them at scale. Additionally, setting up the infrastructure that allows you to get the maximum benefit of IoT—such as deploying analytics solutions for IoT-generated data—can be costly.

The truth is, though, that IoT offers significant opportunities to SMBs. IoT devices and services enable new operational efficiencies for SMBs. IoT solutions also offer SMBs potential new revenue streams. Here are a number of ways IoT can affect SMB IT budgets.

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Topics: Budget, IoT, IT Budget

3 Pivotal Ways the Cloud Is Shaping Disaster Recovery

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

 

By the year 2020, a recent forecast from CIO predicts that the disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) market will grow to $12 billion dollars. CIO also forecasted that SMBs would contribute 40% to the projected growth of the global DRaaS market. If you are weighing your disaster recovery options, it might make sense to study current trends and see how other businesses are investing their disaster recovery budgets. 

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, SaaS, DraaS

3 Trending Disaster Recovery Solutions

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Disaster recovery (DR) is one of the biggest reasons that organizations are migrating to the cloud in record numbers. Organizations stand to gain great benefits when using a cloud-based DR solution, such as the ability to store data at a remote location. By using a cloud service provider, companies also have access to technology experts who will take care of business data. 

Recent developments in technology have added new and promising disaster recovery capabilities for cloud-based DR and have helped to fuel the recent growth in the popularity of cloud-based DR solutions. In this article, we will examine three of these trends and see how they may influence your DR strategy. 

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

Why You Must Have a 2017 Cybersecurity Action Plan

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Cybersecurity has become such an important topic that it was a key platform issue in the recent U.S. election. During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump characterized the scope of the nation’s security problem as enormous. While it is likely to be several months before we know specifics about the Trump administration’s position on cybersecurity, President-elect Trump has called for a thorough national security review with the goal of making all government systems as secure as technology will allow. 

Mr. Trump is not the only presidential figure to view cybersecurity as an important federal priority. In February of 2016, President Obama launched a Cybersecurity National Action Plan. Several initiatives were laid out in the plan, such as investments in national security infrastructure, expansion of the national cybersecurity workforce, and increased levels of general IT security across the country. 

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Topics: Cloud