Happy Halloween! The Scariest Things Your Company Faces without High Speed Internet

The spookiest holiday of the year is drawing closer as the fall season continues to unfold. Amidst deliciously baked apple pies, steaming cups of hot chocolate, trees brightly coated with oranges leaves and pumpkin picking is Halloween, or what many consider to be the pinnacle of the delightful fall spell. For those who celebrate, it’s that time of the year again for haunted hayrides and trick-or-treating; however, for IT managers, it could be one of the scariest times of the year for an entirely different reason if they don’t have guaranteed high speed Internet performance.

In our opinion, the following risks and consequences of poorly performing Internet are scarier than Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Leatherface combined.

1.     Plummeting Revenue: Seeing a significant drop in revenue should strike more fear into a business leader or IT manager than even the most haunted graveyard. This is especially true as businesses kick off the last quarter of the year and start comparing profit to their competitors. Need we remind you of the horrifying outage Amazon experienced this summer, of which industry analysts predicted cost the company over $66k per minute?  

And that was after research estimated that the company could lose up to $1.6 billion per year if its Web page was delayed by just one second.

2.     Lost Prospects: Aggregated data from an infographic created by OnlineGraduatePrograms.com shows that one-fourth of people abandon a Web page if it takes more than four seconds to load. And this goes for mobile users, too; 50 percent abandon a page if it takes longer than 10 seconds to load, with the majority saying they wouldn’t return to that site afterwards. The importance of this grows tenfold for retailers; not only do 79 percent of mobile Web consumers use their phones for shopping, but 40 percent of mobile shoppers say they will abandon an e-commerce site that doesn’t load in three seconds.

Think about it…every single prospect who has abandoned your Web page had the potential to skyrocket your profit – especially for retailers during this busiest time of the year. So (unfortunately) a loss in prospects subsequently means loss of profit. We’d rather be confronted by Jason’s iconic hockey mask than face that harsh reality.

3.     Compromised Security: Poor Internet performance means more gaps and hazy areas for hackers and fraudulent individuals to slip in and steal your data. While the importance of data security is vital for companies across every industry, it is even more so for those entrenched in confidential sectors such as healthcare, finance and law. According to Ponemon Institute and Symantec’s “2013 Cost of a Data Breach: Global Analysis” report, the average total cost per company that reported a data breach in 2012 was $5.4 million. Even worse, this is reportedly an improvement from years prior, where the total was even higher.

4.     Loss of Productivity: Loss of productivity has a pretty steep price tag, and it’s definitely not one you want your company to pay. Employees need to check e-mail, conduct research via search engines and download and share necessary documents and projects; the last thing you need is wasted time spent on preventable IT-related issues. Research from the aforementioned infographic shows that if Google slowed its search results by just 4/10ths of a second, it would reduce the number of searches it encountered by 8 million a day. Just the thought of the Internet crashing for an extended period of time sends shivers down our spine.

This Halloween, treat yourself to the high speed Internet you deserve and, in doing so, trick your competitors. Click here to learn more about how Wolfe can help.

365 Main Adds Wolfe Internet Services to Seattle Data Center

365 Main Inc., a leading data center developer and operator, today announced the addition of Wolfe Internet Services, a Seattle-based Ethernet solutions provider, to 365 Main’s Seattle data center.

“365 Main understands that the growth of cloud services requires fast Ethernet, and we’re impressed with the service Wolfe has provided to the Seattle area and beyond,” said John Churchill, 365 Main VP of sales. “This partnership will benefit our Pacific Northwest customers, many of which have multiple locations, by giving them easy access to our complementary offerings.”

The partnership brings 365 Main’s co-location services to Wolfe customers and Wolfe’s Internet protocol and transit services to 365 Main customers. Currently, 365 Main and Wolfe serve some mutual customers, who will gain enhanced benefits and ease of service from the partnership.

“As we continue to expand our service footprint nationwide, it’s important for us to have an experienced data center as our point of presence in new locations, both to help foster growth and to meet our immediate needs,” said Deon Hines, Internet Sales Manager for Wolfe. “365 Main more than fulfills that role, and we look forward to expanding our business with them as we move into new markets.”

Customers at 365 Main’s Seattle data center will also gain the option of selecting a blended solution from Wolfe, meaning that data can travel on several different networks, bypassing congested networks to take the fastest available route. This option is also often less expensive, bringing cost savings opportunities to 365 Main customers.

About 365 Main Inc.

365 Main was founded by industry leaders Chris Dolan and James McGrath in 2002. They began with a single data center based in San Francisco and grew to five facilities nationwide with 39 megawatts of power under management. These data centers were developed and certified to the highest industry standards and compliance requirements. Today, 365 Main operates 17 data centers nationwide, having earned an industry reputation for high touch customer service, satisfaction and retention. With its years of experience in modern data center development and operations, 365 Main has proven its capability of managing customers with a broad range of requirements ranging from retail colocation to build to suit. 365 Main is a privately held company based in San Francisco. Its financial partners include Housatonic Partners, Crosslink Capital and Brightwood Capital. More information is available at 415-901-5700 or 365Main.com.

About Wolfe

With a focus on delivering world class service to customers, Wolfe is providing companies across the United States with high performance, innovative Ethernet and internet solutions to help meet business connectivity needs including Ethernet Transport Service, Metro E, VPLS, IPVPN and Wolfe Business Internet. Our service offers blazing fast speeds from 10 Mb/s to 10 Gb/s, a reliable, secure connection, and scalable, customized solutions.   Wolfe’s affordable suite of services provides secure transport and seamless, dependable connectivity. For more information, please contact 1-800-WOLFENET or visit http://www.wolfe.net.

Why You Should Partner with Wolfe

Research from top industry pundits continues to reveal the cutting edge benefits of an IT partnership program for service providers. For those who may not know, an IT partner is a person or organization that provides a service or sells a product for a carrier or vendor. Partners can include value added resellers (VARs), master agents, managed service providers (MSPs), solution providers and system integrators.

At Wolfe, we know the value of forming a strategic technology partnership program. That’s why our partner program is designed to reward partners who utilize Wolfe’s advanced fiber-Ethernet services. The Wolfe Channel Partner Program works with partners to determine and implement the best network solution at the best pricing points for prospects and clients. The end goal is to keep our partners’ clients’ budgetary requirements met while, at the same time, increase productivity and, ultimately, lock in more sales than ever before.

Commenting on the success of Wolfe’s Partner Program, our very own Channel Manager Michael Alexander explains:

We see Wolfe growing and expanding with the help of our unique partner-base. This is truly an exciting time for the Wolfe Channel Partner Program; in selling Wolfe services, our partners are accelerating business, maximizing revenue and seeing higher customer retention rates. We look forward to bringing on more partners as the program further develops.

Our partner program is unlike the majority in that it also offers aggressive agent payouts. In fact, the benefits would be a greater percentage of winning deals due to Wolfe’s distinct access to wholesale buying rates, which are typically 20-30 percent lower than if you were to buy direct.

Our unique partnerships with both Tier 1 and regional providers enable us to create customized and truly out-of-the-box, high speed Internet solutions. Moreover, the processes we have in place allow for increased responsiveness and more seamless provisioning, deployment and customer service divisions within the company. 

Click here to learn more or to send your information to become a part of Wolfe’s Partner Program.

The Results Are In: Businesses Are Hungry For More Bandwidth

Have you ever played the game “Hungry Hungry Hippos?” The purpose of this Hasbro game is for each of its four players to try and maneuver his or her colorful hippo in an effort to swallow the most marbles in the quickest amount of time.

As crazy as it may sound, the state of high speed bandwidth isn’t all too far from the concept of this popular 1970’s children’s game. After all, there are plenty of players in the bandwidth game, all who are trying to swallow as many “marbles” as they can to gain the largest competitive advantage. The consensus seems to be that companies across every vertical want and need higher performing bandwidth.

Wolfe has without question seen the emergence of this unparalleled business need and, as a result, now offers 100G, completely customizable service. We take pride in being able to offer an affordable suite of high-performing Internet that provides secure transport and seamless, dependable connectivity. What you’ve already come to know and love from Wolfe has been taken to the next level with our all-new 100G speed.

“Wolfe has undoubtedly taken notice of the need for more bandwidth among companies nationwide, and we are aggressively focusing on giving our customers what they want and need to conduct business faster and more efficiently,” our very own General Manager Michael Scott recently explained. “To provide a solution to this ever-growing business need, we have now introduced 100G high-speed Internet.” 

The last thing you want to be doing is losing your marbles. Click here to request a consultation with the Wolfe team.

Top Considerations for Selecting an Ethernet Service Provider

The Ethernet service provider market is set to boom over the next five years. In fact, Ethernet service providers are a part of an industry that is slated to make over $370 billion over the next five years, according to Infonetics Research. With a 13 percent worldwide increase in revenue last year and a projected $56 billion by 2017, it’s more than clear that demand for Ethernet services is reaching an all-time high.

But higher demand and projected revenue means more players looking to get in the game. For the end user, this can feel like navigating through murky waters. So, what should you be looking out for as you survey today’s spectrum of Ethernet service providers? Below we offer you some insight.

Fast Speed: But not just fast speed. We’re talking about blazingly fast speed – the kind that simply cannot go compromised when it comes to shortening data transfer time, increasing productivity and, as a result, augmenting revenue. Speed is undoubtedly the top reason why companies invest in Ethernet technology; if your service provider isn’t providing you high-performing, blazingly fast speed, then it’s time to reconsider.

Customization: It’s your Ethernet, so why let another company tell you how to set your network and use it? The ideal Ethernet service provider will give you complete network configuration control so that your IT team can control how it routes, manages and prioritizes applications. But that’s not all. The provider should furthermore empower you with a custom-built solution that is tailored to your exact specifications and needs. Your business certainly isn’t run of the mill, and so you can’t have Ethernet that’s a one-size-fits-all package.

Class of Service: You deserve the class of service that works best for your business. This means your company should be able to access multiple classes of service that are 100 percent customizable to your needs.

Reliability: In a still stabilizing economy, your company can’t afford to compromise the reliability of its Ethernet connection and, in turn, risk business continuity. The absolute last thing your company needs is for service to go down when you need it most (which, mind you, is 24×7).

Network Security: Last, but certainly not least, is security. A top priority of your network should be shielding it from prying eyes and viruses. Your provider should enable you to bypass a public network so that you can rest assured that your system is safe and secure.

If you’re looking for all of the above but are still struggling to accommodate your company’s budgetary requirements, then Wolfe’s newest Here We Go promotion could be a perfect fit. Connect locations point-to-point seamlessly with Ethernet transport service by December 31, 2013 and take advantage of seriously low prices that are being exclusively offered until the end of the year.

We invite you to celebrate with us as we grow from coast to coast, and that means phenomenal savings. Click here to request a consultation with Wolfe now.