Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cloud Computing Explained (By Kids)

Trying to define cloud computing? The folks at Accenture had a brilliant idea: Ask the current and future users of the cloud – kids – what they think cloud computing is. Accenture captured the answers in this video, which is nothing short of brilliant. Take a look and here's some background.

Call them millenials, digital natives, future customers – whatever moniker you want – the kids Accenture interviewed to get their thoughts on the cloud were spot-on in their explanations. Not only that, it was clear they understand the benefits of the technology and firmly believe the cloud will be the de facto way of storing and accessing data and applications moving forward, in both consumer and business settings.

“In cloud computing, information’s not stored on my computer, it’s stored in the cloud,” said one savvy preteen. “And this cloud can be accessed by any computer, anywhere in the world.”

“It takes the work off a computer so it’s not bombarded with all this work and stuff,” noted another. “For a company, if they have all these different people working on computers, they can all log into one database that has all the programs they need to do their jobs.”

These explanations of the cloud, distributed workload and 24/7 collaboration may seem simplistic, but they’re in fact about as exact as you can get without a master’s degree in computer science. The fact these kids – who, as the video pointed out, have never experienced a world without iTunes or Amazon.com – “get” the cloud speaks volumes to the ubiquity and longevity of a technology that, all told, is maybe three years old.

From TalkinCloud.com

And of course....there's always this version too. Kids say the darndest things ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bandwidth Cap, Meet High Def 4K Video

As new technologies that more seriously consume bandwidth reach the market (like Google Glass), they are of course going to run full speed, face first, into the slow expansion of broadband usage caps. One of those technologies will be higher definition 4K video streams, which will of course be borderline gluttonous when it comes to bandwidth. Sony is preparing a 4K online video service and their new Playstation 4 will support it -- but the company states the videos themselves will clock in at over 100 GB each. That's something Sony says will create "challenges that we have to work through" but that the company has "some very good ideas that will make that a comfortable consumer experience."

Read more, including some (ahem) "interesting" opinions ... here:

4K Video Plan Faceplants Into Broadband Cap...Oh My

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Telarus Selected as Top Master Agent of 2012 by the Telecom Association

Telarus wins ten 2012 TA awards including Partner's Choice for Top Master Agent for the fourth consecutive time.

Published: February 26, 2013

Sandy, Utah Telarus, Inc., the premier telecom master agent and patent holder of real-time carrier quotes, today announced that it has been selected as the top Master Agent of 2012 by the members of the Telecom Association, a professional membership organization of telecom and technology consultants, agents, brokers and sales partners founded in 1996. The selection for the Association's highest honor in the Master Agent category consisted of validated reviews from TA's 3,800 members. The win marks the fourth straight year that the members of the Telecom Association have chosen Telarus as the top Master Agent.

"Our association members are seasoned technology industry consultants and channel sales partners that have experienced first-hand the differences between Master Agents," stated Telecom Association's Executive Director, Dan Baldwin. "The fact that they continue to review Telarus as their preferred value-added distributor of carrier services is a clear indicator that being different and creating real value for partners is winning them lots of fans. In fact, this year, Telarus' margin of victory for the top Master Agent award widened significantly from previous years."

Telarus also won the top spot for TA Partner's Choice Awards for best in class multi-location research tools, wireless and mobility management, and CRM.

"We are humbled, excited, and honored to receive this award from the members of the Telecom Association again this year," added Patrick Oborn, co-founder of Telarus. "It's a distinction that we will never take for granted and is clear signal that our significant investments in support staff, GeoQuote software, and lead generation technology is paying dividends. We will remain committed as a company to working toward our goal helping our partners find and win more data, voice, and cloud opportunities; greater revenue for our growing partner base is what it's all about."

About Telecom Association

Founded in 1996, Telecom Association is a professional membership organization of 3,800 individual members and over 50 telecom and technology vendors that help businesses with their telecom, Internet, data network and technology integration needs. For more information about Telecom Association please contact Dan Baldwin, Executive Director 31500 Grape Street #3-307 Lake Elsinore, CA 92532 (951)251-5155, Dan@TelecomAssociation.com

About Telarus

Telarus, Inc., a value added distributor that holds contracts with the world's leading commercial telecommunication carriers, makes it easier and more profitable for solution providers, VARs, and MSPs to sell and source voice and data WAN solutions. Our patented GeoQuote platform combines real-time carrier pricing with advanced research features and branded proposals. Telarus' experienced Sales staff is strategically focused on enterprise WAN and high-capacity bandwidth solutions, making it easier to find the best offer, every time. For its part, Telarus has been named the top Master Agent by the members of the Telecom Association in each of the past three years, the first and only company in the carrier channel to accomplish this feat. Whether you are a top producer or a voice-and-data expert just starting out on your own, there is a place for you in the Telarus community. For more information on the Telarus partner program, please visit www.telarus.com or call the new partner hotline at 877-346-3232.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

5-Minute Tour of GeoQuote and Ethernet Fiber Maps

See the patented GeoQuote system in action, see carrier fiber maps for ethernet service, learn what it can do and see just how easy your life can be working with Telarus for your commercial telecom needs.

To take advantage of the unique capabilities of telarus for your business, simply request a free quote here....

Ethernet Service And More

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Custom Network And Managed Services

NetWolves Corporation is a global telecommunications and internet managed services provider. Their solutions aggregate multi-carrier and multi-vendor networking sources into a single network and single invoice for over 1,000 customers. NetWolves’ principal activities are to custom design and deliver intelligent Managed Network Offerings that enable companies to focus on their business, not their network.

What You Should Know About NetWolves

NetWolves is an FCC-licensed and tariffed carrier in all 50 states, offering multiple services on a single invoice. NetWolves has strategic agreements with over 160+ underlying telecommunications providers, including Sprint, Level 3, AGSI, Verizon, Qwest, Covad, Road Runner, Cox, Charter, and Spacenet.

NetWolves consolidates the best carriers through their Bonded Broadband product by combining four circuits of diverse types from different carriers. It supports DSL, Cable, Fixed Wireless and VSAT (and even a T-1, etc.) simultaneously. It will to operate, though at lower speed, even when it loses one of the underlying circuits. It provides a level of high availability with diversity that is unique and valuable.

Bonded Broadband always includes 1 static IP. This static IP is associated with the virtual bonded circuit. Additional static IPs can be ordered for the virtual circuit. No static IPs are required on the underlying circuits being bonded to provide static IPs.

NetWolves can provide IP Voice services that include....

* A robust IP-optimized network
* Redundant state-of-the-art soft switches and a distributed architecture to ensure network resilience
* A carrier-class NOC
* 24/7 technical support
* Technical planning and project support

NetWolves provides network security solutions coupled with network management and communication services worldwide. NetWolves operates in three segments: Voice Services, Managed Services Charges, and Equipment and Consulting.

The Voice Services segment provides voice services, including voice over Internet protocol, switched and dedicated inbound/outbound long distance, travel cards, and conference calling data services; and data services comprising IP dedicated and dial-up services, broadband services, frame relay, and private line.

The Managed Services Charges segment provides network and security technology and various recurring managed data services. This segment provides system solutions to organizations needing network security features, such as firewall, virtual private networking, routing, intrusion detection, content filtering, and email.

The Equipment and Consulting segment engages in the design, development, marketing, and support of information delivery hardware products and software, as well as in the provision of consulting services

To take advantage of what NetWolves has to offer simply request a free quote here...

Network And Managed Services

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fixed Wireless Service

Airband Communications (now part of USNi since 2013) is the largest fixed wireless provider serving businesses in the United States. Airband delivers a comprehensive portfolio of high-bandwidth Internet access, point-to-point private line services and managed solutions over one of the industry's most scalable last-mile networks.

What You Should Know About Airband

Airband’s suite of services is based on fixed-wireless technology. Airband offers a wide-range of business-class network services designed to meet bandwidth requirements for companies of all sizes, with up to Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) speeds. The fixed-wireless technology they use is different than Wi-Fi, in that it can provide more bandwidth, across a larger geographic area, with quality of service guarantees.

In each market Airband builds base stations in order to broadcast and receive data through Access Points. The signal is received by another radio – Subscriber Units (SUs) – at the customer’s location. Each base station covers up to a five-mile radius, approximately 78 square miles of coverage.

Airband services run over their own network to bypass the local phone and cable companies, providing customers with faster install times, scalability and complete path redundancy from the traditional wireline infrastructure. Airband's network supports both Layer 3 and Layer 2 traffic.

For customers who require higher bandwidth or dedicated connection between two locations, Airband deploys point-to-point service in both the licensed and the licensed-exempted spectrum. Point-to-point service can reach up to 20 miles with clear line of sight. Unlike wireless broadband services for residences, Airband’s high-speed data and VoIP services travel securely via Airband’s private network, ensuring that Airband customers are receiving true, business-class service that is both safe and secure.

Target Customers....

* Demands rapid installation of services, sense of urgency to meet bandwidth needs

* 3-20 Mbps bandwidth requirement

* Needs to minimize their capital investment while increasing bandwidth

* Requires or desires a scalable solution

* Saving money for multiple bonded T1s

* 10 – 500 Employees

* Vertical markets looking for path diversity and business continuity includes the following

Customer Markets....

* Hospitality
* Commercial Construction
* Residential Construction
* Retail Services
* Professional Services
* Healthcare

Available Markets (so far)....

* Phoenix, AZ
* Ft Lauderdale, FL
* Dallas, TX
* Los Angeles, CA
* Atlanta, GA
* Ft Worth, TX
* Orange County, CA
* Philadelphia, PA
* Houston, TX
* San Diego, CA
* Baltimore, MD
* San Antonio, TX
* Miami, FL
* Austin, TX
* Las Vegas, NV
* Des Moines, IA

For free quotes and advice on how Airband/USNi fixed wireless solutions can help your business meet it's technology needs AND save money, simply ask at the link below. Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Fixed Wireless Network Solutions

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Saturday, April 06, 2013

Call Center Solutions

inContact owns the largest market share of virtual call center solutions in the world. The company's services and solutions enable call centers to operate more efficiently, optimize the cost and quality of every customer interaction, create new pathways to profit and ensure ongoing customer-centric business improvement and growth.

What You Should Know About inContact

inContact’s sophisticated cloud-based technology gives call centers many advantages not available with traditional premise-based systems. Aside from being far more cost effective, inContact allows call centers to create a differentiated and profitable customer experience. inContact enables call centers to understand their customer preferences, touch points and channels; optimize the mix of self-service and agent-managed contacts; and deliver customer-centric business insights.As a complement to the company’s call routing and agent optimization solutions, inContact has built inUnison, a powerful ecosystem of alliances with leading solution providers that are easy for customers to buy and implement. The inUnison is aligned by vertical and customer need and offers an intelligent workflow between the platform and applications.

The inContact platform includes an ACD with skills-based routing, IVR with speech recognition, CTI capabilities, reporting, WFM, eLearning, hiring and customer feedback measurement tools. Together, the inContact platform creates an integrated, all-in-one solution for operations seeking to support call centers, including those with a distributed workforce – either at-home or multi-site.

To take advantage of free assistance designing the right solution for YOUR call center simply click the link below and ask....easy as 1, 2, 3.

Call Center Solutions

Watch this video to learn more....

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Is Your ISP Delivering Advertised Speeds?

New FCC Data Names and Shames Under Performers Like AT&T.

Back in 2011 the FCC began collecting real-world user broadband data from customized routers, then issuing reports on which ISPs were failing to deliver advertised speeds. It's one of the few FCC policies in recent years that has truly paid dividends for consumers. The first report "named and shamed" several larger ISPs like Cablevision for offering horrible peak performance, offering less than 50% of advertised sustained speeds at peak hours. The tactic did wonders -- by the second report Cablevision had boosted that performance to 128%.

Today the FCC released their third annual report naming and shaming ISPs whose peak bandwidth performance isn't up to snuff. According to the latest FCC data, just four ISPs tracked by the agency managed to deliver faster than advertised speeds during peak hours: ViaSat (137%) Verizon FiOS (118%), Cablevision (115%), and Comcast (103%).

As three of these companies attest, the FCC's practice of naming and shaming works -- if there's regional competition. Verizon FiOS and Cablevision in particular have spent the last few years trying to one up one another in terms of offering speeds faster than what is advertised on promotional materials.

The FCC says they're now including satellite broadband in their study for the first time; ViaSat only cooperating after they launched their faster Exede service. HughesNet's Gen4 service is not included in the rankings -- probably a good thing for HughesNet considering the massive complaints we've seen about under-performing connections from the company's newest Gen4 offerings. Satellite's advertised speed rankings of course don't take into account the often draconian daily usage limits these users face, or some of the compression used by these operators.

As for the rest of the ISPs in the FCC's study, most are at least getting close to what they advertise in terms of speed delivery. Cable offered 99% of advertised speeds at peak times to 85% for DSL. As the chart above illustrates (click to enlarge) there's several notable under-performers, including AT&T, Windstream, CenturyLink, and other telcos with little to no competitive incentive to upgrade their networks. The lone exception appears to be Frontier who, after getting slammed in the first two reports has made significant performance gains -- though still only offering an average of 87% of advertised speeds at peak times.

According to the FCC, the agency plans to expand the tests to include additional metrics and other technologies like wireless. The agency historically has avoided naming and shaming carriers on price, as the industry violently fights the FCC on collecting and publicizing that data for obvious reasons. As the ViaSat Exede example obviously highlights, collecting data on which ISPs impose usage caps would also be invaluable.

You can read more here....

ISP Advertised Speeds

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