Rob Williams

Rob Williams is Oxford Networks’ Product Development Manager. He has over 15 years of experience in cloud services and telecommunications, developing solutions to meet the needs of SMB and Enterprise accounts. Rob believes that technology is an engine for companies to become more productive, and he seeks to create solutions that can help companies transform their business through adoption of cloud and unified communication solutions.

Recent Posts

Why Wavelengths Matter in Fiber Optics

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 12:40 PM

When we talk about the merits of fiber optics versus those of copper wire cable, the discussion often takes a technical turn and words like wavelengths, attenuation rates, and multiplexing will appear in the conversation 

In fiber-optic communications, what factors make a difference? Do wavelengths matter? And if they do matter, why?  

This article will give an overview of fiber-optic cable and how it works. Plus, it will explain how wavelengths factor into signal strength and quality in fiber-optic cable. 

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Topics: FirstLight Fiber, Fiber-optic cable

A Primer on Fiber-Optic Internet Connectivity

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 11:43 AM

Many businesses are turning to fiber-optic connectivity because it is cost-effective, scalable, and agile. Although the United States has been a leader in the development of the internet and related technologies, many parts of the country still lack access to fiber-based high-speed internet. In the absence of a nationwide fiber-optic network, organizations are turning to regional and local fiber-optic providers like FirstLight to fill their need for broadband business communication.

What Are Fiber Optics?

Fiber-optic cable is made up of hundreds of strands of glass, each no thicker than a strand of human hair. Data is converted into laser-generated light pulses that are transmitted over the fiber-optic cable. Once the data reaches its destination, it’s converted from light pulses back into ones and zeros.

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Topics: FirstLight Fiber, Fiber-optic cable

What’s New for VoIP in 2017?

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 09:08 AM

Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) has transformed the way companies work by enabling fast and reliable internal and external communications through a broadband internet connection. Efficient communication means improved workflows that result in increased productivity and profit.

The workplace dynamic is changing in ways that demand more from VoIP technologies. Employees are spending more time working outside of the office. In its State of the American Workplace report, a performance-management consulting company found that employees spend 60% to 80% of their week working remotely.

Employees are also spending more time collaborating on projects. A Harvard Business Review study found that time spent on collaborating activities has increased by 50% over the last two decades. Today, 80% of employee collaboration is done over phone or email, or through video conferencing.

Recent breakthroughs in VoIP technology are spawning the next generation of VoIP products and solutions for businesses, including unified communications (UC) platforms and UC as a Service (UCaaS). These developments make business collaboration easier in a distributed workforce environment.

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Topics: VoIP

3 Trends in VoIP for 2017

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Mar 07, 2017 @ 08:48 AM

New technology trends are creating unprecedented opportunities for organizations to communicate more effectively, securely, and efficiently. This article will explore 3 trends that are extending the capabilities of VoIP for business with unified communications, custom VoIP networks, and cloud-based firewall.

1. VoIP as Part of Unified Communications

Voice communications were comparatively late to the game in leveraging the internet. Email was well established and pervasive before VoIP technologies began to emerge. Now, however, VoIP is considered a mainstream technology, and is ready to participate in a blooming web-enabled evolution: unified communications.

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Topics: VoIP

Wide Area Networks: The Pros and Cons

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Keeping your data flowing, and your business humming, requires a secure and reliable connectivity solution. A local area network (LAN) works well for a single location business. However, as your business grows, expanding into new areas and new locations, connectivity becomes more challenging.

A wide area network (WAN) can provide fast and secure communication between offices, even if they are located far away from each other. Certain aspects of a WAN can be costly, but there are ways to trim those costs so that they are affordable. This article will discuss the pros and cons of wide area networks.

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Topics: Network

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