Saturday, February 28, 2015

How Your Company Can Take Advantage Of Business Ethernet For Your Communications Network

It almost goes without saying that businesses today, small and large, need to have a reliable and rock-solid Internet connection to enable them to do business. Choosing the wrong business Internet service provider will do your business more harm than good, and can cost you customers that you can never get back.

A smaller business can usually get by with the reliability offered by T1 or bonded T1, but if Ethernet services are offered in your area, it is definitely something that you should look at closely and consider, as it can be an extremely cost effective solution.

Keep in mind that the Ethernet services being offered here are Carrier Ethernet offerings. The term "ethernet" is tossed around by DSL and cable providers but that is not true Ethernet. The services offered here are Carrier Ethernet offerings, meaning that the service is a dedicated service offered by the actual carrier, not a shared service being resold on someone else's network.

This article will arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision on all the flavors of business ethernet. Covered will be fast Ethernet, GB Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet, Metro Ethernet or Metro-E, Ethernet Over Copper, and MPLS Ethernet.

The Advantages of Business Ethernet

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How To Generate Free Business Bandwidth Quotes

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If you would like more assistance or want one of our network engineers to contact you, all you need to do is enter it in the comments. While our system generates quotes for over 40 carriers, not all quotes can be automated. So if you're really serious please request that we contact you after receiving your quote.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

How To Get Free Quotes For A Multi-Site Computer Network

If you run a business that has locations distributed around town, or around the country, MPLS can help you make more money as an enterprise. Bold statement? Yes. With MPLS you can tie all of your locations together, eliminate carrier hardware in your telecom closet, and prioritize all of your data traffic so that voice and video run flawlessly - even when the network is at its busiest.

Multiprotocol Label Switching is a flexible, cost-effective wide area network solution for linking all of your locations via a secure and scalable network infrastructure.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How To Choose The Right Bandwidth Solution For Your Business Computer Network

The choices of dedicated bandwidth solutions for business computer networks today is as varied as the menu at your favorite fancy restaurant. You could see bonded T1 lines (NxT1), DS3 bandwidth circuits, SONET (Optical Carrier Series such as OC3), Metro-Ethernet (e.g. Business Ethernet at 10 - 1000 mbps), MPLS, and much more.

Making a selection can be just as confusing ….. especially if you really don't understand the language the menu is written in. You're hungry (or in this case your company's data/voice network is) ….. and all you care about is getting that hunger fed!

Besides the variety in bandwidth “menu” items to choose from …. you have to deal with variety of price and performance. Which is “best” for your specific situation? What do you (sic your company) have a taste for AND what are you willing to pay to get that satisfied?

Therein lays the 2 main questions that need to be answered to make the right selection for you. You can narrow your decision making process down to these.

One ….. what network requirements does the bandwidth solution chosen need to meet. And two ….. is the associated cost of that solution within your budget. After all, what you choose has to “fill you up”. Plus, unlike when the cost of your fancy meal exceeds the contents of your wallet ….. you can't work it off “doing the dishes”.

Here's a few tips to help ….

The majority of today's growing businesses can narrow the items they look at on the menu to 2 …. Business Ethernet and DS3 bandwidth circuits. Others may be appropriate under certain circumstances …. but by far these are the 2 best fits for most company data/voice networks. Both of these will meet most any requirement you'll have … and both are very cost effective in today's market (more on that later).

So this makes things simpler …. simply choose between Business Ethernet and DS3 bandwidth for your solution core.

You will obviously want flexibility, simplicity and scalability in your chosen technology enabling you to converge your networks and achieve economies of scale and innovation. This is the requirements that the choice must meet …. or what you pick off the menu must “feed”. Both Business Ethernet and DS3 bandwidth will meet these requirements …. but they still have differences to consider.

Business Ethernet ......

With that in mind …. think of it this way. What DSL did for residential customers, Business Ethernet does for enterprises. Ethernet is broadband for businesses and with it, you'll become more efficient and competitive. Network interfacing and scalability are smoother and more transparent. Business Ethernet also is provided with the same service level guarantees offered with other network bandwidth solutions. Such as the all important SLA (Service Level Agreement) and Qos (Quality of Service).

By far the greatest advantage of Business Ethernet is price. The monthly cost can be as much as one-half of the price of equivalent bandwidth delivered in the form of bonded T1 lines or fractional DS3 circuits. Also, since some configuration options are delivered over regular copper phone lines, they normally do not require build-out. For this reason, they can often be installed for free, whereas other Ethernet options often require build-out for buildings which are not lit. A third advantage of Business Ethernet is that it requires far less sophisticated customer premise routing equipment. An ethernet configuration provides a handoff that does not require expensive CSU/DSUs that are required for customer interfacing with T1 or DS3 lines. Additionally …. depending on the delivery technology used ….. Business Ethernet also can be more reliable and have a greater redundancy than the alternatives.

Now for the caveat ….. all forms of Business Ethernet (e.g. Metro Ethernet) are dependent on local access. The limiting factor is that Business Ethernet requires special forms of wiring, or fiber. Buildings which have this special wiring, or fiber running to them, are referred to as “lit” buildings. To light an unlit building, “build-out” often is needed. Build-out is often extremely expensive. Imagine the costs of running fiber from the local central office (CO) to a specific business location, often several miles. That can quickly run up your bill …. putting you in danger of “washing the dishes”. In rare occasions, some providers will waive this cost in return for very long contracts, or recuperate it with higher monthly costs. If your business location happens to be within a mile of a lit CO, then build-out costs might be justified for very large bandwidth pipes. For buildings which are already lit, and for collocation facilities, Business Ethernet can offer extreme savings per mbps of bandwidth.

The bottom line take-away here is that with the growing availability of Business Ethernet it is the logical choice ….. IF it is available at the location(s) you need serviced. That's a big if …. so make sure you do thorough research on Business Ethernet availability at your desired location(s). Or better yet …. get help to do it.

DS3 Bandwidth .....

As for DS3 bandwidth circuits ….. A DS3 line is an ultra high-speed connection capable of transmitting data at rates up to 45 Mbps. A DS3 line is equal to approximately 672 regular voice-grade telephone lines, which is fast enough to transmit full-motion, real-time video, and very large databases over a busy network. DS3 bandwidth is the common choice by businesses who have outgrown old T1 line networks …. and require high-bandwidth access at a reduced price.

The advantages of a DS3 bandwidth based network solution are that it's widely available, it's a proven technology that is easily integrated into today's newer network configuration options, AND the price has dropped dramatically in recent years ….. making DS3 more competitive on price point than at any time in the past.

Now that you've had the menu interpreted for you ……

To make the best choice you can boil it all down to this decision approach …. if Business Ethernet is available; get it. If it is not available …. opt for a DS3 bandwidth based solution package. We’ll provide you the best pricing on quotes for both via the link below.....FREE

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

MPLS Network...Your Best Choice For A Multi-Site Business Communication Network

Are you familiar with Business Ethernet or MPLS Networks in general? If so, you know that MPLS offers a significantly more cost effective solution for connecting multiple sites than a spider-webbed point-to-point network. The advantages are abundantly clear -- with a point-to-point network, unless you spider-web it so that all nodes can communicate with all other nodes (which is prohibitively expensive), if a link goes down between nodes, then a number of nodes are cut off from your private network until that connection is restored. But with MPLS and the private cloud and intelligent routing it provides, one node being down only affects that particular node, not the other nodes on your private network.

Another advantage of MPLS Networks is that each node can be sized with the appropriate amount of bandwidth. For example, in a point-to-point configuration, if you have a PTP connection between "A" and "B", you must have the same bandwidth at both "A" and "B". But with MPLS you can have an MPLS T1 at node "A", a 50 MB Ethernet MPLS at node "B", a Bonded T1 MPLS at node "C", etc, and it will all work together very nicely.

Like a T1 line or bonded T1 line, you can also have Ethernet MPLS circuits which is generally a much more cost effective option for the same levels of bandwidth on your MPLS network.

Some companies elect to use an enhanced port to allow Internet access and MPLS access on the same circuit. While being a technical reality, the jury is still out on whether or not this makes logical sense from a security standpoint, since without proper safeguards and a secure firewall, having Internet access available on the same circuit that your private MPLS network is operating can represent a security risk, despite the financial advantage of this type of setup.

One thing in particular to note is that MPLS technology is a methodology, and it is NOT a standard. What this means to you is that every carrier implements MPLS differently, and you need to use the SAME carrier at all of your MPLS nodes. While it is theoretically possible to mix and match carriers on your MPLS network, the time, effort, and "technical jury-rigging" is frequently not worth the effort compared to using the same carrier at all of your MPLS nodes.

As long as you are using the same carrier for all nodes, you can mix and match the level of bandwidth at each node according to the type of traffic you expect to have at that node. For example, node A might just be an MPLS T1, while node B might be a 3xT1 bonded MPLS location, node C might be 10 MB Fast Ethernet MPLS, etc. This aspect is significantly different than a point-to-point circuit where the same bandwidth needs to be present at each end of the circuit.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How To Get Free Quotes & Support For DS3 Bandwidth, Business Ethernet, MPLS Networks, Managed Services, Cloud, & More

Every business needs a reliable communication network to gather, share, store, and/or transmit information...whether that be data, voice, or both. To ensure that network functionality and reliability keeps pace with the daily needs of a growing business requires constant vigilance. The time, effort, and cost of accomplishing that endeavor does not have to be overwhelming. In fact, the smart CIO, CTO, or other business person assigned the task can make it much easier on themselves by taking advantage of dedicated professionals to do this for them....at no cost. In a nutshell we offer a free service which advises clients in need of a new or upgraded network system (voice, data, or both) ... as well as network expansions ... on the best options to meet their requirements.

This covers bandwidth circuits (e.g. T1 all the way through OCx), every flavor of ethernet and fiber, multi-site connectivity (e.g. MPLS), business VoIP systems (think enterprise level solutions), cloud networks, managed services, hosted PBX, etc.

Our service includes help in design decisions, fitting the right system to verified requirements, ensuring you get exactly what you need (no more, no less), finding the lowest cost for the right solution (includes a low price guarantee), comparing available providers at the desired location(s) (by cost, quality, capability, and customer service), helping with the paperwork, and providing ongoing consulation throughout the contract with the chosen provider (including renewal, expansion, or provider replacement when desired).

In short...we're similar to a buyer's agent in real estate ensuring clients get the best mix of capability, value, and cost effectiveness in their network acquisitions.

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

How To Design A Multi-Site Computer Network For Your Business

You're tasked with investigating if moving your company's network from a point-to-point T1 WAN architecture to a MPLS (Multi-Site) network architecture makes business sense.

The easy answer here is yes.

But .... why?

In looking at changing your architecture from Point to Point to an MPLS network I suggest starting with the business requirements and tying your network requirements to the business needs. In this manner, you'll have clear business outcomes which you can negotiate back with you're business when you start getting the cost vs benefits discussion in developing your business case for investment.

A robust Total Cost of Ownership model will be needed to understand what the TCO will be gonig forwards. Also, I'd suggest developing a strong understanding of the costs of doing nothing and also the potential savings or new revenue opportunities for your business so you can develop a Net Present Value (NPV) of your network options.

I would also recommend looking at the interfaces you're looking to support in the network. MPLS does enable you to have a common protocol across all your networks and you can effectively establish an MPLS Cross Connect in your network. This will rely on how your local service providers will provide MPLS services to you, if at all. So you would most likely need to purchase either point to point or point to multipoint based transmission services from your provider. We're seeing that many enterprises and service providers are heading towards ethernet ubiquity as a service interface and then offering multiple services ontop of the ethernet interface.

VoIP works well across an MPLS type of network, however it does depend on the services that you purchase off your service provider. As you're looking at MPLS, then I assume that you're looking at buying straight transmission services and then you'll use MPLS to aggregrate traffic into your WAN links. Hence, you're business case is going to be driven by arbitrage opportunities so capture as much traffic as possible onto your network and apply QoS at the edge.

From a QoS perspective, ensure that you can also apply policing to the traffic that goes onto your WAN traffic. I recommend applying Heirarchical QoS as this will enable you to dynamically share the bandwidth in your WAN links.

As you can tell, there are lots of issues and questions that need to be addressed so I'd suggest working closely with some trusted partners and driving towards an outcome based business drivers and commercial outcomes.

We have worked with many customers that have migrated to MPLS from old school point to point. There are a few reasons our customers did this, but let me assure you the #1 reason was cost. A good competitive carrier will offer an MPLS solution that is sometimes less costly than the old point to point type solution ..... with most of the same or more functionality.

But there are some factors:

1. If the point to points are crossing state or lata boundaries ..... or are fairly separated by miles .... you should enjoy considerable savings.

2. If you get a carrier that bundles MPLS with an Integrated Access type solution you will save big money (combination of voice, internet & MPLS delivered on one T1 with quality of service).

Here's some additional points that might help you.

1. Is it redundant? Yes, depending on how you design your network (we can help you of course) sites can network with each other over your wide area network for disaster recovery/ redundancy. Unlike the traditional point to point architecture where you might only be as strong as that single link. We helped a huge national company with a migration from point to point and frame relay to MPLS. The big reason was with so many sites there was an outage almost every day. The network was designed with redundancy as the main driver.

2. Does it work as well? It depends who you ask. Are you talking to a salesman? He will say yes. Let me give you my "consultant" opinion. It works ALMOST as well but there are so many benefits to MPLS that typically motivate a customer to change. For example, if you have Quality of Service (QoS) sensitive applications running accross your WAN then you should consider MPLS. MPLS is a private networking technology similar to the concept of Frame Relay in that it is delivered in the "cloud". The primary difference with MPLS is that you can purchase quality of service for applications across your WAN. During the provisioning process the carrier (or your agent-wink wink) will interview you in order to determine which appications are important to your business, they will then build a QoS template to service these applications on your WAN. These applications will be given priority over all other traffic in times of peak load. MPLS is by far the most costly solution between Frame Relay, VPN and MPLS .... but is the only technology that will support QoS!

But let's put the salesman aside and remember one thing. With MPLS we are using the carrier's private network which is infinitely better than creating your own VPN. But because of some "overhead" and the belief that all carriers over-subscribe somewhat I am convinced that it's ALMOST as good.

So if it's almost as good would it be worth migrating if you could enjoy cost savings & redundancy??? Maybe. But these are the things that are making MPLS the hot ticket now.

3. Does this work well with VOIP? Sure. You can get QoS like I stated above.

MPLS is an IP-based framing technology (at OSI layer 3) that inherently meshes your WAN (this is the redundancy you refer to above). MPLS has a feature called QoS or quality of service. This feature allows both your CPE router and the carrier's network to prioritize data based upon your settings or preferences (carrier's level of support of QoS can be broad) and gives you more "bang for your buck" with the bandwidth that you select for the local loop going to each office. MPLS is made for VoIP like RC Cola is made for Moonpies. Because true "toll quality" VoIP requires prioritization across a carrier network, you (or your provider) can tag VoIP traffic with high priority to easily address the jitter and latency sensitivity inherent in the service.

The other huge advantage you have is that you can add locations with a simple routing table update and maintain a fully-meshed architecture, where with Point to Point circuits, you would have had to add a separate circuit to each location you want to interconnect, making MPLS more and more cost friendly the more locations you add.

Finally, MPLS allows you (or your carrier) to configure network objects (such as servers, VPN concentrators, and Network-Based Firewalls) as nodes on your MPLS network. For instance, with a properly deployed Network Based Firewall, you can provide all of your locations with an internet connection over your MPLS network that doesn't rely on a single location to aggregate the traffic. Some carriers even offer redundant firewalls, meaning that you have redundant Internet connections fully meshed giving you more potential up-time in the case of a single failure on your network.

What do you need to consider? In my experience, the biggest things to keep in mind are:

- Stay away from MPLS enabled Frame/ATM networks with committed access rates (CAR), this committed access rate is often a lower bandwidth than your local loop bandwidth, which can degrade your quality and quantity of bandwidth across a carrier's network (its always in the fine print).

- QoS at the "Edge" and across the "Core" - choose a carrier with both.

- QoS recognition across the carrier network - some carriers will allow customers to mark packets with priority, but will not recognize and uphold that priority, don't fall into this trap.

- SLA guarantees - be sure to choose a carrier that provides acceptable service level agreements for the type of service you plan to push across your network

- Customer Service and dedicated sales rep - you want someone you can reach out to with questions that you can trust - this is the most difficult thing to find.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

How To Get Free Quotes For T1 Lines, DS3 Bandwidth, Business Ethernet, Fiber, MPLS, Wireless, And More

Communications needs for your company may require modifications from time to time for a variety of reasons, including: cost pressures, expansion, downsizing, amalgamation, telecommuting, new technology, relocation, system replacement, and data network integration. FreedomFire Communications can help with transitions in business broadband needs by identifying the optimum package of services to meet specific requirements.

Every business realizes that they derive the most benefit by concentrating their efforts on their core service or product. Most business people simply do not have the time to analyze technology, suppliers and pricing alternatives in today's constantly changing telecom world. We will do this for you .... with the goal of identifying the most beneficial alternatives to include areas of cost saving that won't entail sacrificing service.

Shopping for business class bandwidth solutions and optical carrier products can be a time consuming and frustrating endeavor. But we take the pain out of the process and do all the work FOR you …. FREE of charge …. as well as find you the most COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS from the recognized top tier providers.

What We Do …….

Besides our strength in DS3 bandwidth, Business Ethernet, Multi-Site Networks, and Cloud Computing solutions .... we also offer solutions for data T1 lines (1.5 mbps bi-directional transfer, upload and download, rate), fractional T1 circuits (256 kbps to 1024 kbps), bonded (load balanced) T-1 lines (3 mbps to 12 mbps), point to point private lines, Virtual Private Networks (with MPLS - Multi Protocol Label Switching), wide area network (WAN) configurations, dynamic and channelized integrated T1 lines (both with VoIP and TDM protocols), Local PRI Circuits, SIP Trunking, Wireless Networks, and the list goes on.

We also have experience with enterprise products typically employed by larger corporations and carriers, which include; Gigabit Ethernet, OC3, OC12, OC48, OC192, OC256, and OC768 lines delivered over a fiber optic backbone. Plus ….. many of our carriers and service providers offer free managed Cisco routers for multi-year contracts!

What We Do For YOU ……

We offer the services of over 80 carriers across the US, and some of them can also do international circuits. Since we represent over 80 first tier and top tier carriers for telecom, we are totally unbiased in our recommendations and focus on the most cost-effective solution for you.

One of the very nice things about this, especially from your perspective, is that this allows us to be "carrier agnostic". In other words, we do not push any particular carrier, but rather we recommend the carrier that is going to be the best fit for your particular needs and requirements. As telecom consultants with many years of experience, we can recommend solutions that make the most business sense and explain the "WHY" behind that recommendation.

Through our global networking connections, we are able to stay intimately in tune with vendor deals and specials that others do not know about. Our vendor relationships provide this inside knowledge and ability to offer savings others cannot.

How It Works ……

Based on a combination of the physical street address for the installation location and the corresponding phone number at that location (NOT cellular and NOT VOIP but the real phone number), we can determine which carriers can service that location with what types of circuit and how much it will cost, where pricing varies from carrier to carrier, as well as based on TERM; e.g., 3 year term pricing is more aggressive than 2 year term pricing, which is more aggressive than 1 year terms.

The other benefit to you is that we offer a Low Price Guarantee. In other words, out of the over 80 carriers we represent, we guarantee that you cannot get a lower price from any of those carriers from another agent or even by going to the carrier directly. This guarantee also applies to government. If you DO get a lower price from one of our carriers for the same circuit, term and location, we are more than happy and obligated to do two things:

1. Match that price to the penny upon verification of the lower price quote with the carrier.

2. Upon payment of your first month's bill, we pay you 20% of the invoice amount (excluding long distance usage on a voice circuit), up to $500.

[Note: Please provide complete, detailed, and accurate information (phone, email, install address). Incomplete or bogus RFQs will be ignored (cell phone, residential address, fake email). In other words .... no response or support from us. If you're not serious we won't waste our time. Our service is free so please don't abuse it.]

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