Posts Categorized: Technology News

A Broader Look at Managed Services

Managed Services, powered by the cloud, can changed the way you do business.

Managed IT Services are taking the business world by storm. According to a recent report by Markets to Markets, the Managed Services Industry is set to grow over $100 billion dollars in the next five years, and a similar study by CompTIA found that nearly two-thirds of organizations are using Managed Services for at least one IT function. OTELCO has posted a lot about our new services as of late, and what they have to… Read more »

Tech Tip #2: Employ the Cloud

Cloud Computing is taking over the tech world

This time last year we brought you three of our five Technology Tips for Small Businesses. This month we bring you the remaining tips, starting with Cloud Computing and how it can benefit your small business. What is the cloud? In today’s technology driven world you hear about “the Cloud” constantly. The cloud, or cloud computing, is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process… Read more »

Should you outsource your IT to a Managed Services Provider, or keep it in house?

Many businesses, often those that are experiencing growth, find themselves at a turning point where they must decide whether to hire a full-time IT professional, expand their department, or turn to outside professionals for Managed Services. In our previous blog posts, we’ve discussed the pros and cons of the IT break-fix model. Today, we’re talking through the benefits and disadvantages of keeping your IT in-house vs. outsourcing to an MSP (Managed Service Provider). Understanding Managed… Read more »

One Net Neutrality Battle is Lost, but the War Continues

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Today, the FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to roll back the 2015 net neutrality regulations put in place by the prior FCC. It was a disappointing, but not an unexpected outcome from our point of view.   On the one hand, we have always believed that Internet access meets the definition of a common carrier service and should, therefore, be regulated in a similar fashion to common carrier services. We also agreed with the… Read more »

IoT Gifts Tips: What you need to know before you give a Smart Device as a Gift

Whether you’re giving or receiving, you need to see this. So-called smart speakers and activity trackers have become extremely accessible as this year’s holiday shopping season got off to a tremendous start between Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Thanks to the crazy sales, Internet of Things, or IoT gifts like the Google Mini could be purchased for as little as $10, and activity trackers like Fitbit were offered for as little as… Read more »