Posts Categorized: Networks

Break-Fix Vs. Managed Services

Managed Services can cover everything from software solutions to security.

The Break-Fix model refers to the practice of only calling in professional IT services when there is a problem, or when an upgrade is needed. While this may seem reasonable to some, the fact of the matter is the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. It is universally agreed upon in the IT industry that the Break-Fix model is outdated and ineffective. In fact, according to information gathered by Clutch, 59% of IT providers have moved from… Read more »

Software Defined Networking:
The uture of Secure, Efficient, Connectivity

Software Defined Networking or SD networking is expected to grow at warp speed in the next couple of years, and here’s why. Today’s current enterprise networks are becoming convoluted as many businesses continue building out their connectivity using legacy technologies (i.e., Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)), requiring additional hardware at each location to maintain network efficiency. Cloud and Managed Services have altered traffic flows within distributed organizations. Remote users require significantly more bandwidth (e.g., when using… Read more »

Top Technology Tips:
#1 Don’t be intimidated, Embrace Technology

Man and woman working behind the counter in a clothing store

Recently we started a discussion about technology tips for small businesses.  This week we will look at the most challenging of them all: Technology Tips: #1 Embrace Technology– Like there’s a choice in the matter. Computers, Internet, phones, fax, the Internet of Things, whether you’re a financier or a farmer, you can’t get by without technology.  The key is to know what technology to employ, and more importantly, whether you’re up to the task of… Read more »

LAN WAN or OTELCO SiteLink? What’s right for your business?

Do you need a LAN WAN or something else to connect your business? A LAN, or Local Area Network is a private computer network that connects computers in small physical areas such as a single building or a business, university, or hospital campus.  A WAN, or Wide Area Network, is a network that connects computers in different geographical locations over the public Internet. Sometimes LANs and WANs are used together.  An example is a state… Read more »

Can a Home VPN Protect Your Internet Privacy When the FCC Won’t?

Internet modem

A home VPN is one way to ensure your privacy on the Internet — especially now that the government has ended privacy rules governing ISPs. A Virtual Private Network or VPN is exactly what its name says.  It’s a secure private network in the cloud, meaning it’s virtual.  Many businesses employ VPNs to provide network security and ensure that employees can securely work from remote locations. A home VPN alters your Internet footprint. Without a… Read more »