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

5 Ways Oxford Networks’ Cloud May Be More Secure Than Your Data Center

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 @ 09:45 AM

Many SMB owners underestimate their data-security risk because they believe their business does not collect enough data to draw the attention of hackers or cyber-criminals. Yet, in many cases, nothing could be further from the truth. Often, SMBs collect a great deal of valuable data.

Cyber-criminals are well aware of the value of the data collected by SMBs and they are specifically targeting small and medium-sized businesses. According to a recent research report from Keeper and Ponemon, around 50% of small-to-medium businesses had their security compromised in the past year. In fact, the problem is significant enough that cyber security is now a top priority for the House Committee on Small Business.

SMBs are not just vulnerable to hackers and cyber-criminals. Like most other businesses, they are also at risk for a physical break-in or a natural disaster. Whatever the immediate risk, your on-location data center is likely less secure than Oxford Networks’ Cloud.

Our data center is built for security, monitored around-the-clock, and backed up with redundant power and network connectivity. This article will take a look at a specific few of the many reasons why our data center might be more secure than a typical SMB’s data center.

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Topics: Data Center

The Insider Threat: Why 51% of Companies Are At Risk

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 @ 01:51 PM

According to a joint cybercrime study conducted between PWC and Carnegie Mellon University, only 49% of surveyed companies had “a plan to address and respond to insider security threats.”

Despite the fact that 32% of these organizations admitted that inside crimes can be more debilitating than outside crimes (of the digital variety), they haven’t addressed the issue.

Even when these inside attacks have taken place on-premises. More resources have been devoted to locking down logical security elements that protect your network such as threat detection, two-way authentication, and intrusion prevention.

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Topics: Data Center, Security

How to Build Trust with Your Data Center Provider and Facility

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 @ 01:01 PM

Trust is the hallmark of any rock-solid partnership – especially in the business world, between customers and vendors. 

When trust is established early on, the two sides can bring out the best in each other. However, if trust is in jeopardy at the onset, neither side will be able to get on the same page. There can be a constant tug of war of expectations. And ultimately, the progress of the partnership can come to a standstill.

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Topics: Managed Services, Data Center

Infamous Data Center Disasters (And How A Provider Can Protect You)

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Oct 06, 2015 @ 12:15 PM

Some say that the only constant in technology is its unpredictability.

In the data center, you never know what obstacles you will face – from extreme weather events to failed parts, unexpected fires, and beyond. And, through all of this unpredictable chaos, your data and company stability hangs in the balance.

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Topics: Data Center, Disaster Recovery

Tales From the CIO: Real-life Cloud Migration Experiences

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:25 PM

When businesses decide to move some of their day-to-day IT operations and workloads to a cloud environment, it’s not a new occurrence. It happens all the time. 

In fact, there has already been more reliance on cloud to host and manage workloads than on traditional data centers.

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Topics: Data Center, Cloud Computing

3 Things About Your Server Room That Should Scare You

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Maintaining a server room isn’t for the faint of heart. 

Whether there are environmental challenges, security concerns, or inexplicable operational breakdowns that arise, it’s a constant challenge to keep a server room under control. You need a dedicated staff to provide around-the-clock monitoring and maintenance or you’ll run the risk of a server room meltdown.

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Topics: Managed Services, Data Center

Why CIOs Need to Think More Like CFOs to Determine OpEx Value

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 12:43 PM

In the third blog of our series, The 5 Big Mistakes Every CIO Should Avoid, Mistake #3 deals with CIOs that don’t transition to the OpEx model fast enough, opting to take the more treacherous CapEx route instead.

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Topics: Data Center, Cloud Computing, CIO Strategy

The State of Cyber Security in the Digital Age

Posted by Ron Shink on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 06:05 PM

Throughout the month, we’ve been discussing the state of digital advancement and its profound effect on the business world.

Businesses have a unique opportunity to rethink their traditional processes, generate new ideas for improvement, and actually turn those ideas into a full-blown reality. It’s an exciting prospect to be sure. 
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Topics: Managed Services, Data Center, Disaster Recovery