Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cloud Computing Satire {VIDEO}

"Cybersatirist" Bob Hirschfeld lampoons cloud computing and virtualization as a keynote speaker at conferences.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Life Simplified With Connected Devices

A vision of how life is enhanced and simplified by connecting our possessions to the Cloud. The Connected Devices Laboratory at Brigham Young University is bringing this vision to reality.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

How The Internet Of Things Will Change The World

What happens when the Internet of Things goes global, and what will we need to do for us to reach this vision of the future?

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Day In The Life Of The Internet Of Things...Part II

Businesses, governments, and other types of organizations will transform everything about them as they start to reap benefits from improvements and innovation enabled by the IoT. The IoT connects “Things” making them effectively become part of systems and add value to apps, services, and whatever else it is that they integrate. Watch and see how connected things deliver benefits and opportunities for industry to transform.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Business Communications Solutions....For Today's Dynamic Businesses

Today's businesses need communication solutions as dynamic and agile as they are....able to keep pace with a fast moving and disruptive business world. YipTel is that solution...and then some.

What YipTel Delivers

Get complete business communication solutions including Tele Health, Managed PBX, Hosted Video, Hosted PBX, Fax Solutions and more from a company that prides itself in speedy installations nationwide. YipTel delivers all your Voice, Video, and Data needs safely and reliably from the power of the cloud and quality circuits.

YipTel Products and Services

YipTel is a step above the competition and is not another Broadsoft. YipTel provides a higher level of business communications products that deliver powerful Call Recording, Call Center, CRM integration's, Powerful desktop and Mobile applications and is built for custom integration's. YipTel provides unique industry specific solutions for: Banking and Financial, Automotive Dealerships, Government and Municipalities, and many more. The other guys sell phone systems, YipTel provides Business Solutions.

YipTel can deliver solutions from on-premise or hosted from the Cloud. This ability provides our partners with both delivery methods and the client can choose what is best for their needs.

YipTel also delivers the fastest installation turnarounds in the business with an average of 2-3 weeks for deployments and Emergency 72 hours installations are also available.

To learn more and to take advantage of what YipTel can do for your business simply asl here....easy as 1, 2, 3: Business Communication Solutions

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Dot Net Vs JAVA...Funniest Video Ever And A Definite Must Watch

This has got to be one of the funniest techie videos ever....which shows how people are forced to do everything on DotNet. Its a must watch video guys..really it tells how Java is being forced to be neglected. It doesn't matter what your personal developer platform of choice is...you have to admit this is hilarious. :)

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

How To Make Your Contact Center Run As Smooth As A Swiss Watch....Even Better!

For your contact center to truly be an asset to your business objectives it must run smoothly at all times....efficiently and cost effectively. Competition is fierce and you can't afford any issues at any time. Performance, or lack thereof, shouldn't keep you up at night. To the contrary....you should sleep like a baby knowing everything is running like a well oiled machine.

To that end the best decision you can make is to implement a robust cloud based system which covers all your requirements and enables you to not only beat your competition, but to look like a real hero and invaluable asset to your organization's bottom line.

This system should make it easy to cut costs, improve business continuity and support business growth. It should give you the freedom to build your ideal communications solution without having to start from scratch. You should also be able to customize anything it does to fit the exact needs and processes of your business.

To learn more about just what this perfect contact center solution looks like simply watch the videos below.....

For FREE assistance in designing, acquiring, and deploying this customized contact center suite for your organization simply ask here...easy as 1, 2, 3: Customized Contact Center Solution

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Saturday, April 09, 2016

Independent Circuit Monitoring Is Crucial For Carrier Success

Should the carriers really do their own circuit monitoring?

“I’m not sure why your cloud-based phone system isn’t working. What I do know is that it’s not our fault!”

All of us who call ourselves telecom and cloud brokers have heard it a million times: The customer has a bad cloud (hosted voice, remote application, etc.) experience and calls us to complain. We call the underlying service providers, all of whom claim they aren’t the guilty party. The customer doesn’t care. We look like schmucks. And so it goes.

How do we fix the cloud? We can’t control it, we don’t own it, and yet our customers still expect us to stand behind the products we sell.

As the communication world moves to a distributed model, otherwise called the “Cloud,” the overall user experience is affected by multiple provider environments. The carriers play a critical role in connecting Cloud users with their applications, which are hosted in a data center. Many times user traffic traverses many different carriers en route, creating further confusion and finger-pointed when things take a turn for the worse.

Independent Circuit Monitoring is the Answer

Given that the carriers are such a critical cog in the Cloud world, being able to monitor their services, collect data, and analyze their performance is equally important. Circuit monitoring with real-life data takes the guesswork out of troubleshooting.

Carriers that have made continued investments in their properly designed infrastructure have nothing to fear with independent, third-party circuit monitoring. It’s the carriers who are on the threshold of having a major outage who should be worried.

Much like a major earthquake, networks often give warning signs when they are on the cusp of failure. Ping times become longer. Traceroutes show a growing number of hops to reach the end destination. Often these warning signs happen right underneath the nose of the customer and the carrier, especially if the customer isn’t spending a fortune on the service. Knowing when the network is showing signs of weakness is critical to avoiding a Cloud disaster.

And when disaster does strike, time converts into money. Quickly solving the problem is the name of the game, and having analytics that point directly to the culprit becomes invaluable. With historical performance reports, we have the ability to point the carrier’s technical support group directly to the problem, promoting us from the ranks of the outside observer to the ranks of the super-hero fix-it man/woman.

The age of the Cloud is here. The age of “it’s not our fault” has passed with the rise of the third-party circuit monitoring package, via FreedomFire Communications, powered by VXPulse. This service is included for free in all our bandwidth sales regardless of carrier. Bad broadband quality, lack of stability, and service outages have nowhere to hide.

Buh-bye dark carriers! Hello, transparency.

To take advantage of the independent circuit monitoring we offer with all our bandwidth circuits (FREE) simply ask here....easy as 1, 2, 3: Business Bandwidth With Free Circuit Monitoring

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Software Defined Networking Explained

Tyler Smith of Telarus dives deep into Software Defined Networking below to help you better understand why it is becoming all the rave as of late and how to leverage it.

Traditional WAN Challenge

People lean towards an MPLS network because it provides interconnectivity with Quality of Service and Security. The other consideration is the cost. It is probably the most expensive bandwidth you can buy. For instance, a T-1 MPLS might average around $300 for a single meg and a half.

Internet with VPN Challenge

Some folks have turned to Internet as a solution with VPN over the top of that. This solution does solve some of the bandwidth constraint problems, as you can bring in more internet access and have additional bandwidth and layer on VPN to securely get traffic from one location to another. The challenges are the inability to protect certain types of traffic over anything else when it is Internet based. Firewall, router, VPN configuration, branch heavy equipment, and configuration are also required. Still, the benefit is a low-cost high-bandwidth, albeit you can’t prioritize traffic over the top of it.

SDN created Hybrid WAN

The industry is shifting towards software defined networking. It is also known by several other buzz words like just SDN or Hybrid WAN. SDN gives you the look and feel of what an MPLS solution brings to the table, with the ability to prioritize certain traffic over another. It’s configuration adjustment is more simplified than a traditional router switch. You can also bring significantly more bandwidth for about the same money you would spend on a traditional network. Here are the main benefits at a glance:

* Enterprise-grade Performance
* Rapid Branch Deployment
* Cost-Effective Delivery Model

Software Defined WAN from Branch

At a high-level, the image below shows what an SDN WAN looks like. Instead of bringing in an MPLS network into a branch location, you can bring in two diverse internet connections. One is delivered on a cable modem with 50 megs of bandwidth, and the secondary a 4G router. In an SDN environment, a router is placed on the edge to provide a couple of features:

* Brings together the two connections
* Load balancing
* Proactive analysis of what is happening on that network
* Creates the ability to do a VPN for office Internet connectivity to connect branches to headquarters
* Because it is internet based, traffic that is destined for the internet can hop off right there

By application and by destination, this software can make intelligent routing decisions. Thus, if you have traffic destined for Office 365, it will decide if the cable or the 4G path is best, based on who has the best peering and who is the closest. Voice and video can be prioritized whether is outgoing or incoming. You can create a quality of service policy on both sides giving you end to end performance control that you would expect. So yes, you can get the performance of an MPLS solution with an SDN WAN solution even though it’s over an internet connection. Internet service is readily available and very cost effective as opposed to MPLS environments.

SDN WAN Image

SDN Unified Communication Features

With voice or IP communications, the ability to prioritize traffic is important. An SDN router keeps calls up and functioning in the event of any congestion, even Internet-based congestion. The router will duplicate the voice traffic and keep a secondary stream ready to go, so if it degrades while flowing on the primary connection, it will instantaneously flow over to the secondary connection and keep the call alive.

* Application Recognition and Quality of Service Policy
* Dynamic Application Steering
* On Demand Link Conditioning

Voice and Video Error Correction On DEMAND

The image below reflects data collected with some intentional testing. In this example environment, we see two internet sources with high latency detected on one of the links. Seeing this, the application reroutes the traffic across the secondary link, and it doesn't skip a beat. As things change over time, the traffic comes back and becomes more normal, and switches back and forth across the two solutions. That’s a peek into the magic.

Voice And Video Error Correction Image

SDN Cloud Driven Policy Easy Deployment

One of the other challenges in the industry with firewalled and traditional environments is the difficulty in creating the configuration in the equipment. If you have ever unboxed a Cisco firewall and wanted to create a VPN tunnel, it is a very complex setup which might require outside resources and other heavy lifting. In an SDN, it’s more of a cloud driven application where these devices put out on the edge are configured in a portal with a simple configuration that is easy to manage and adjust real time performance.

Simple Monitoring and Troubleshooting from the Cloud

Because these solutions are driven from cloud interface, the administration of devices can be done anywhere and are simple enough that anyone can take a look and see how the network is performing.

Q&A

Q: What happens if you have Internet connection on both links?
A: Performance would suffer and I would recommend to look at two different diverse mediums where the chances of both having issues would be slim to none. Examples would be fiber Internet backed up with coax, a coax backed up with a DSL, or a DSL backed up with a 4G.

Q: Is there room for innovation with this technology?
A: An SDN solution gives great flexibility in your organization to bump up Salesforce in priority over youtube during the end of the month and adjust it back during the beginning of the month. Its portal driven and simple to administer.

Q: What are some of the providers that availabe through FreedomFire Communications?
A: Freewire brings this in as an overlay to any service we offer. They use a back end solution from VeloCloud and I would encourage you to visit their website to see how they explain how it works. Vonage now also has VeloCloud instances as well. There are other negotiations being finalized currently to offer more providers. Cisco and their iWan product do this type of concept.

Q: Are any of the mentioned suppliers offering demos?
A: They will be soon providing demos. More to come.

Q: Do we know what a user cutoff point would be?
A: The VeloCloud solution from Freewire scales up to a gig of throughput. The edges adjust as more bandwidth is added.

Q: How does OpenFlow differ from SDN?
A: OpenFlow is the same technology that enables SDN at the core.

Q: From a hardware standpoint, is there much latency that’s introduced by the SD WAN controller?
A: The performance is tied to the bandwidth. If you’re getting a tier-1 providers internet, you will have less latency than a tier-4.

Q: Is it accurate to say that SDN is a poor-man’s MPLS? Or do the other benefits really make it another flavor altogether?
A: It can be considered an MPLS replacement.

Q: Does the VeloCloud solution support the generation of netflow records?
A: Netflow is a way that Cisco routers and switches use to take a look at traffic flow. This information has to be interpreted by something like our VX solution. An SDN router inherently has the software to show you how traffic is being marked as a high-low priority without the information interpretation processing.

For FREE assistance finding the right SDN solution to meet your business's requirements simply ask here....easy as 1, 2, 3: SDN Solutions

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Monday, April 04, 2016

What Are Your Commercial Real Estate Communication Options?

Listen to the most recent podcast from the Commercial Real Estate Pro Network - "What Are Your Commercial Real Estate Communication Options"....with a focus on the benefits to CRE Investor/Developers, Facility/Property Mgrs, and tenants.

Do you know how to make sure that you have the right backbone solutions in place to meet all of your voice, computing, and other technology requirements? Do you even know what your needs really are and what solutions are available to meet them? Do you know where to get help (free) if you need it? Listen to this newest podcast from the Commercial Real Estate Pro Network to learn all this and more.

To take advantage of the FREE resource and support discussed in this podcast simply ask at the below link...easy as 1, 2, 3.

Network Solutions

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Saturday, April 02, 2016

The Differences Between Residential And Business Internet Services

With trends such as BYOD (bring your own device), virtual organizations, and people working remotely a few days a week, residential Internet services have become a bigger deal. But there is a lot of confusion around the differences between what you get at work and what you get at home. There also is a bigger price gap between residential Internet services and business-level that you use in your home.

Why is that?

To answer that question, we must first explain the differences between the services, but also better understand how one might use the Internet at home and how they’ll use it day-to-day.

Once usage has been determined, we want to delve further into the customer’s needs. Let’s hit on some of the biggest variances.

Pricing

Business Services: $100-$5,000 per month (or more), depending on bandwidth size. This does not include professional installation, which is required in most instances.

Residential Services: $30-$200 per month with a max bandwidth of 150MB. Typically uses low end modems with minimal install costs or option to self-install.

Bandwidth

Cable: Asymmetrical Best Effort Bandwidth. This works for both business and residential services, which means if the customer signs up for 100X10, they could get 90X8 or lower. In this case, the connections are shared and, during certain times of the day, the speed will be lower than other times. For example, if the customer uses their Internet connection during peak hours—morning, lunchtime, or early evening—their service will be noticeability slower.

LECs: Dedicated Symmetrical Bandwidth. This is for business only, which means if the customer signs up for 100X100, the customer gets 100X100

Term Agreements

Term agreements typically exist for business services customers and come in one to three year installments. These exist to protect pricing and ensure SLAs {Service Level Agreements} are being followed.

Generally, residential customer agreements are not required, but there can be 12-24 month contracts to secure certain promotional offers.

Support Reliability with SLAs

Service-level agreements exist because greater reliability is built into the products they support. For instance, on cables and LECs for business Internet services, there is guaranteed uptime and priority support within a four-hour window. On the residential side, the customer does not have priority support. In fact, if the service is down—and the customer does not have an SLA—they will send a technician out somewhere between two and four days later.

Static IPs

Business customers have static IP address available to them, but residential customers have only a dynamic option. This means the IP address can change at any time so the customer cannot use it for VPN, public servers, a firewall, and more.

Bandwidth Caps

On bandwidth caps, the business customer once again wins with no ceiling. But a residential customers can have only 250G before their cap is met.

Managed Services

Managed services is a new product that not all carriers have available and, for those that do, it’s available only on the business side. This includes vendor provided plug-and-play phones—with features that make it appear as if the customer were calling from the office — and network monitoring.

To help your business meet its objectives with the right Internet services requires you to ask the right questions. Doing so also helps open the door for other potential growth opportunities down the line, such as, security, back up, other locations, and referrals.

For FREE assistance determining, designing, and acuiring the right solution to meet your business requirements...including comparing available providers for cost, quality, and capabilities....simply ask here. Easy as 1, 2, 3: Business Internet Solutions

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