When Disaster Strikes, How Will Your Business Respond?

When disaster strikes, people usually fall into one of two camps—those who were ignorant to the risk and become paralyzed; and those who were prepared to deal with the circumstances that have beset them and are primed for action.

Which category does your business fit into?

To find out, answer the following questions:

  • Does your business have a continuity plan in the event of power loss?
  • If your network is exposed to ransomware, leaving you without access to critical data, what would you do?
  • If an earthquake hit and destroyed one of your branch offices, would another location be able to step in and quickly fill the void?

Though such scenarios are beyond the scope of your typical day at the office, these questions are necessary to ask and answer because the cost of dealing with disaster recovery after the fact can be dangerous for both your bottom line and your brand image—and it only needs to happen once to alter the course of your organization.

So what kind of measures can you take to ensure preparedness in a disaster? A two-pronged approach, focusing on both network and data protection, is smart. (more…)

Separate Locations Doesn’t Have to Mean Separate Networks

Running a business with two locations can have you seeing double: twice the personnel, twice the supplies and twice the bills. More than that, and you might have the urge to put your optometrist in your speed dial. But if you’re duplicating your efforts when it comes to networking, you’ve got blinders on.

Business leaders tasked with managing multiple locations have a number of explanations as to why they have separate networks for each location. Some operate under the assumption that it is less costly than procuring unified network solutions. Others simply cite convenience. Still others argue that they don’t have the IT acumen to manage a more complex network.

If any of these explanations sound familiar, it’s time to dispel your beliefs about multi-location networking. (more…)

You Can’t Afford to Miss Wolfe at International Telecoms Week

Now in its ninth year, the International Telecoms Week (ITW) conference is heading to Chicago. It is the world’s largest meeting of the global wholesale telecommunications community. Last year’s event included more than 6,000 attendees representing over 1,900 companies from 140 countries—this year, turnout is expected to be even greater!

From May 8 to 11, ITW will be held in the windy city’s Hyatt Regency and Swissotel, and will feature a blend of exhibitions, conferences and networking events. You can see the full agenda for ITW 2016 here.

Of course, at the world’s largest telecom conference featuring industry powerhouses discussing big trends and announcing big news, it would be easy to lose sight of the simple fact that bigger isn’t always better. (more…)

New Reports Reveal 2016 to Be the Year of 100-Gigabit Service

A 2015 fourth-quarter report exploring the demand for Ethernet ports has recently been released by Infonetics Research, indicating that 2016 is likely to be a watershed year for 100-gigabit connectivity.

The report revealed that 100Gb port revenue totaled $45 billion in 2015, more than double the previous year’s total. Even more promising was the worldwide CAGR forecast, which shows revenue is anticipated to grow at 137 percent through 2019. (more…)

Attention Developers and Property Managers: Are You Partnered with the Best ISP?

Whether you’re breaking ground on a new development, looking to fill vacancies in an existing commercial property or you have a tenant whose contract is up with their current provider, selecting the right ISP for your building can make all the difference. These days connectivity isn’t seen as a luxury by your tenants—it is seen as a basic requirement. So when you’re selecting an ISP, doesn’t it make sense to choose a one that will make your tenants feel right at home and meets their business requirements? Here are the biggest benefits you need to make sure an ISP can provide before you select their services for your property:

Exceptional Customer Support: The provider you select to provide Internet or Ethernet service to your building will be a direct reflection on you as a developer or property manager. By partnering with an ISP that puts customer care at the forefront, you will be sending a message to tenants that you have their best interests in mind. What makes for exceptional customer support? Putting customer needs first and foremost thanks to unrivaled responsiveness is a good place to start. This leads to efficient support with a personal touch. If your ISP can promise to do this 24/7, all year long, you’re on the right track. (more…)

Which Network Service Is Best for Your Organization? Take This Quiz to Find Out!

Every modern business relies on connectivity, but business owners can’t be expected to be experts themselves when it comes to understanding and selecting the right service to suit their company’s needs. If you’re in the market for an Internet or Ethernet solution and don’t know where to start, take this one-question quiz. Your answer will direct you to a service option that may best address your business’s network service needs.

Which of the statements below most accurately describes your current situation?

  1. Not only is our business growing, but our employees are increasingly working remotely. We need to scale up in a cost-effective way that will support our mobile workforce no matter where they are.
  2. We’re in an area prone to floods. One hard rain storm and our whole network could be sunk.
  3. We want to connect our two offices so they can file-share and access applications quickly and seamlessly. We need a service provider that can offer scalability and security for our connection, but we have a great IT department that can take it from there.
  4. Our organization has offices all around the city that need to share data reliably, but because they are all different sizes, each location has its own unique needs.
  5. We’re looking to save money and improve access to time-sensitive data by consolidating our multi-location business LANs into one WAN.

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