Eyeing Cloud Communications? Why You May Need to Make a Connectivity Change

The ability of cloud communications to improve core business processes—from instantly scaling to meet higher bandwidth needs to increasing employee productivity and collaboration with integrated applications and systems—is evident from the growth in the cloud communications market. Just consider the findings below from research firm Infonetics:

 

  • More companies are moving their UC architecture to the cloud; by 2016, the majority of respondents to a recent survey said they will be running at least some of their UC applications over either a private or public cloud service.
  • The cloud PBX and UC market is slated to hit an all-time high of $12 billion by 2018.

With automatic system updates, stronger disaster recovery protection, and the ability to enable employees to work from anywhere via any Internet-connected device, it’s a no brainer that cloud communications will only continue to explode as a viable business alternative compared to physical, on-premises communications equipment.

 

Indeed, cloud communications offers many unique competitive advantages; however, organizations won’t be able to reap those benefits with poor underlying network infrastructure, which can cause lag time, stunt business growth and strain finances.

 

To maximize the business value of cloud communications, many organizations are establishing an Ethernet connection, which brings together a number of computer systems to form a local-area network (LAN). This kind of solution is ideal (more…)

How to Handle a Bandwidth-Consuming UC Strategy

Research shows that more organizations are looking to implement bandwidth-intensive applications like video, voice and Web conferencing into their UC architectures to capitalize on a number of competitive and cost-saving benefits. Some of these benefits include reduced travel costs, increased productivity, enhanced team discussions and accelerated decision making, according to organizations recently surveyed by Wainhouse Research and Polycom.

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Making Hospitality Services More Hospitable

360° Hotel Group Saves With Wolfe

When an owner and operator of branded and independent hotels needed a less expensive way to serve up broadband connectivity to a new hotel location (and great customer service to back up the solution), the business turned to an all-optical metro Ethernet solution from Wolfe.

The problem: 

360° Hotel Group, a Lynnwood, Wash.-based owner and operator of branded and independent hotels, required a connectivity solution for a new SpringHill Suites location that it had just opened in Bellingham, Wash. Kevin Eld, vice president of facility management for 360, was not able to find solutions that offered high enough speeds for the value he was seeking. Hospitality companies like 360, Eld said, started to move away from T-1 based solutions from major telecom providers when those operators started charging $1400 to $1500 per month for 10 Mbps circuits. Eld needed a higher-speed, lower cost solution—one from a provider that would back up its offering with superior and responsive customer service in the event of outages and other problems.

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Made-to-Order in the Metro

How customized, all-optical metro Ethernet solutions can improve business productivity, eliminate network downtime and save money in the process.

By Michael Scott

Joe Winn, the technology manager for Sequoyah Electric, a commercial electrical contracting company based in Redmond, Wash., knew he needed a dedicated fiber solution to provide the higher capacity and more reliable bandwidth that would keep his facilities around the Seattle region connected and properly backed up. But he also assumed that upgrading to an all-optical option would be cost-prohibitive.

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