Monday, January 30, 2012

The Pressure for Improved Technology to Support the Financial Services Market is Here

Guest blog post by Jhoan Checho, Sales Director, Financial Services Practice, FiberMedia Group

An article written by Alison Crosthwait, managing director of Global Market Structure Research titled ‘Pockets of Opportunity in 2012’ caught my attention a couple of weeks ago.  She writes about the new trends facing traders today while also observing the development made over the past years that will create ‘pockets of opportunities,’ which she predicts, will create a competitively fierce market.

The seven global market structure trends cited in Crosthwait’s article are 1) consolidation, 2) The politicizing of regulation, 3) Execution Management Systems, 4) maturation of high frequency trading, 5) complex spread trading technology, 6) merger failures and resource constraints, 7) new market competition:  Australia, Brazil and Korea.  

While consolidation has occurred, Crosthwait is quick to observe that trading volumes have not picked up as a result. An area of interest she explores is the cost of technology and regulatory compliance.  According to Crosthwait it has skyrocketed – but has it?

Yes there are greater capital requirements and the implementations to prepare for the Volcker Rule, a specific section of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the technology changes required by companies will be expensive to implement.  But does it have to be?

Certainly there are network providers that are designing and constructing new dark fiber systems to support the strict requirements outlined by the Acts, but there are also new technologies that can be deployed that can keep costs manageable.  Let’s consider Cloud Computing as a manageable cost platform that financial companies can leverage.  Cloud Computing, though not necessarily the optimal infrastructure for complex or even simplex transactions, it can be a highly efficient way to connect to general day-to-day operation systems and could offer a varied and effective back-up system to a number of other type of transactions.  If Cloud Computing isn’t your ‘thing,’ consider the flexibility and dynamic capabilities of Ethernet switching.  But that’s just the network side of it all.

A network needs a good home – a place where it has the foundation to connect to information, reliable power sources and can be in a secure – sometimes even hidden – environment that protects and assures the uptime capabilities of the equipment it contains.  A company needs a data center that offers a unique infrastructure with redundant capabilities, scalable footprint that can be managed by a trusted team.  And proximity to other marketplace enablers like trading exchanges and market engines as well as data platforms is inherent to finding the right data center partner.

FiberMedia knows that reliability, scalability, and security are the key foundations of the right data center partner for the financial services industry. The company also knows that budgets to manage all aspects of a business are being constrained.  For 36-months, FiberMedia has guarantees a rate-lock for its services.  This provides revenue assurance for companies as they are challenged with managing budgets to ensure business growth.  With static costs in-tow, access to a competitive service provider landscape and proximity to the trading engines that propel your business, FiberMedia’s managed data center solutions can be the anchor you need to keep your business a float.

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Windstream Fiber Network Expands

Windstream has always had one of the most extensive Fiber networks across the East Coast, but thanks to their recent acquisitions of Iowa Telecom, Q-Comm, D and E Communications, Lexcom, NuVox, & PAETEC, their network has grown extensively, making them one of the most valuable carriers in the industry.

To find out more about what a Windstream fiber solution can do for your network simply request more information and a free quote here ....

Windstream Fiber Network

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Telecom Provider News For January

Here's the news from the Telecommunications industry for January 2012 .....

* AT&T - The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve AT&T Inc.'s proposal to buy spectrum from Qualcomm in the 700 megahertz band for $1.93 billion.

* Cbeyond - has gained Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16 Type ll SOC 2 certification for its Louisville, Ky. data center.

* EarthLink - announced that it has completed the acquisition of the IT Solution Center and hosted application business from Synergy Global Solutions, a provider of hosted IT products, services and solutions based in Western, NY.

* Integra Telecom - has made its managed PBX and hosted PBX services for business available throughout its entire footprint , rather than in just select markets.

* MegaPath - announced several enhancements to its unified threat management (UTM) security services, a move that should help further differentiate a product that already has little direct competition.

* PowerNet Global - announced the addition to its call center solutions suite with Inbound SIP DIDs to complement its outbound calling solution, NetDialer.

* Telx - announced it will expand into a 215,000-square-foot, three-story data center at 2 Peekay Drive in Clifton, New Jersey.

To learn more about any of the services cited above AND take advantage of special limited pricing deals simply request more information here ....

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Business Ethernet By Any Other Name

Business Ethernet is known by many different names and it can get confusing for a business owner, thinking that these various names are really differnt product offerings, when that really is not true. They can all be generally lumped into the category of Business Ethernet and now we can look at some of the different names that are used to describe them.

Fast Ethernet

Fast Ethernet is the type of Ethernet that you are looking at when you are talking about needing Internet bandwidth of less than 100 MB, and with some carriers, less than 50 MB. This type of Ethernet, if it is available in your area, can be delivered to your business on either copper or fiber. Contrary to popular belief, Fast Ethernet does not require fiber. Even if it is delivered on copper instead of fiber, it will has the carrier's SLA or Service Level Agreement that it is dedicated service with an uptime guarantee. Fast Ethernet is an excellent option and is very cost effective if it is available, more so than 3 or 4 bonded T1 lines. Fast Ethernet only goes to 100 MB but it can still be much more cost effective than one or two DS3 circuits at 45 MB each.

GB Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet

If what you really need from your Business Ethernet connection is a lot of bandwidth, like more than the 50 MB or 100 MB that can be delivered with Fast Ethernet, then what you are looking at is GB Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet. That does not mean that you need to have bandwidth in the GB range but rather that you need more bandwidth than Fast Ethernet can provide. It is a matter of how the service is delivered to you, and GB Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet almost certainly requires fiber instead of copper.

Metro Ethernet or Metro-E

Metro Ethernet or Metro-E is typically available to your business in large cities and larger metropolican areas. It is usually known as Metro Ethernet or Metro-E simply because the business demand for Ethernet in such a metropolitan area is usually larger, and thus much of the Ethernet infrastructure to be able to provide this level of connectivity to you is already in place. This is definitely good news for you since depending on your location, the installation time can be quicker and the buildout costs may be much smaller or even waived. Metro Ethernet or Metro-E does not designate by its name alone how much bandwidth you are looking at, since that can run almost the entire gamut of what Ethernet can provide for bandwidth.

Ethernet Over Copper

Ethernet Over Copper is a type of Ethernet that can be provisioned which is extremely cost effective, much more so than T1 or Bonded T1. As the name implies, it is provisioned over copper lines, meaning that it can be installed in 40-50 days or sooner, as opposed to about twice that amount of time for the larger Ethernet circuit discussed above. On the downside, Ethernet Over Copper is typically limited to about 10 MB of bandwidth, sometimes 15 MB, but hardly ever more than that. As an example of its cost effectiveness for a location where it is available (keeping in mind that it is not available everywhere), a 10 MB Ethernet Over Copper circuit would be almost half the cost of a 7xT1 bonded circuit at 10.5 MB.

For free assistance finding the best Business Ethernet configuration to meet your requirements ... including a free quote ... simply request more information here:

Business Ethernet

Courtesy of Jon Arnold

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Prominent Data Center Veteran Joins WiredRE

Earlier this week WiredRE announced the addition of Chainrai Waney as their new Regional VP and Cheif Operating Officer to support their continued national growth in 2012.  It is an exciting year ahead for WiredRE, as they anticipate moving into more territories accross the US after doubling revenues in 2011.

When asked about what his plans are, Chainrai explained, "I will be teaming with WiredRE to provide research and advise investors, developers and enterprises on a range of data center topics, including strategy, finance, leasing rates, and risk management. It’s exciting to be able to leverage my experience in data centers and telecoms in a much broader arena, where today billions of dollars are being invested."

Chainrai Waney’s accomplished career path leading to his most recent hire includes notable high profile technology companies like Quantum Corporation, Apple Computer Corp and Netflix.  In a senior role, he managed 24×7 data center operations at Quantum Corporation, where he implemented the company’s first in-house disaster recovery program; Apple Computer Corp where he led the effort in the acquisition and build out of data centers; and Netflix where he architected and managed data center infrastructure across eight locations. With over 25 years of IT operations and data center management experience, he is poised to be a tremendous asset to WireRE’s team. WiredRE is the nation’s leading cloud, colocation and data center real estate advisory firm.

WiredRE uses its data center knowledge to advise enterprises on data center planning, brokerage and finance.  For more information about WiredRE and its holistic approach to data center real estate advisory solutions visit

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ethernet MPLS and MPLS Networks

Are you familiar with Business Ethernet MPLS 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.

To find out more and get free assistance designing a MPLS Network for your business .... simply request a free quote here:

MPLS Network

Courtesy of Jon Arnold

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Voice Services .... Free Quotes And Assistance

FreedomFire Communications offers many voice services .... and with the convergence of voice and internet commonly called VOIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol, you may often see services combine attributes of both Voice and Internet.

Some of the services FreedomFire Communications offers are Long Distance, Local Dial Tone, PRI, long distance T-1, dynamic T-1, Centrex, Voice Trunks, Trunk Groups, Telebranch, Voice Mail, Auto Attendant, IVR or Interactive Voice Response, Audio Conferencing, Toll Free, Advanced Toll Free Features (like Time of Day Routing, Area Code Routing, Percentage Allocation, Day of Week Routing, Day of Year Routing, Routing by Holiday, Multiple Destinations by Area, Origination Control, Disaster Routing), Calling Card, T-1, VOIP, Video Conferencing (Voice and Video), and many others not listed.

FreedomFire Communications is a big proponent of disaster recovery and business continuance planning .... this planning should include all voice services as well as Data and Internet. Therefore FreedomFire Communications offers every carrier’s disaster recovery plans for all of the voice services. We can help any company engineer a completely redundant fail safe voice network.

Even though Data and Internet are very important .... you can not overlook voice in today’s business. Most businesses report that any lost phone calls to their business results directly in lost business equating to thousands of dollars. Because of this FreedomFire Communications takes voice services very seriously and will help architect, design, and engineer the most reliable voice network possible.

For help with your voice network design, pricing on your voice network, or questions about any voice service offering .... simply request a free quote and assistance here:

Voice Services And Business VoIP Solutions

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Data Services ... Free Quotes And Assistance

FreedomFire Communications offers all of the following services and many more via relationships with over 90 top providers .... specializing in connecting offices together using all of the available technologies that each carrier offers.

FreedomFire Communications works to understand your applications and what you are trying to accomplish, and once we understand that we can propose the proper technology.

FreedomFire Communications can help facilitate corporate Local Area Network and Wide Area Networking .... or commonly called LAN’s and WAN’s. FreedomFire Communications also helps companies facilitate remote office workers or telecommuters. FreedomFire Communications can help set up any data network connectivity for anyone to access any applications to or from anywhere in the world.

FreedomFire Communications can help you connect to a disaster recovery or CoLocation facility as well. Depending on a companies reliability and uptime needs for data we can also recommended completely redundant data networks including high availability and load balancing. More and more businesses are looking for fail safe data networks and are planning on circuits going down some time .... but having automatic failover to keep the connections up and running.

FreedomFire Communications can help with zero downtime data networking as well. In fact in today's business world it is critical that you have complete redundancy on multiple carriers because downtime is not an option.

FreedomFire Communications can help you pick the right Data Connectivity for your company by analyzing and understanding your mission critical business applications. Some examples of data networks are the following ATM, Frame Relay, MPLS, Ethernet, Layer Two, Layer Three, Frame Relay, ATM, IP Enabled Frame Relay, Point 2 Point, Private Line, VPN-Public, VPN-Private, VPN-Carrier Class, and any other carrier based data connectivity. Your business applications will determine which services you need to consider.

To take advantage of what FreedomFire Communications can do for your company's data needs .... simply request a free quote and assistance here:

Data Services

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Monday, January 09, 2012

What Is (EoC) Ethernet Over Copper?

If you are involved in Information Technology, you have surely heard of (EoC) Ethernet over copper. This technology allows for a faster Ethernet connection so that customers can email or surf the web at faster speeds. Let us speak to you more about (EoC) Ethernet over Copper.

In order to understand how Ethernet over copper works, you should first look at the history of Ethernet technology. Ethernet is older than you may think; Robert Metcalfe, a researcher working for Xerox, invented it in 1973. Metcalfe was assigned the task of building a networking system for all of Xerox’s computers so that they could all print off the same printer. This was the first time that hundreds of computers would be connected to the same network, and the network had to move fast enough to keep up with the printer. Metcalfe worked on this project for several years; in 1979, he left Xerox to promote the use of local area networks (LAN) in personal computers.

Metcalfe’s protocol connected computers to a network using a single coaxial cable. Soon this system proved to be overly expensive to install as well as unreliable. The coaxial cable was replaced with point-to-point links connected by hubs and switches. Over time, new technology developed for faster connections.

In any event, Ethernet works by sending data packets from station to station. All Ethernet stations use the same frame formats, and network cards are often hard-wired into modern computers so that they can easily access Ethernet networks.

So where does Ethernet over copper come in? EoC is the newest type of data packet transmission technology. This technology uses copper wires to transmit data packets from one computer to another over the Ethernet network.

EoC is a fast and cheap technology; it can run a 10 Mbps Ethernet connection for a little over or under a thousand dollars a month. EoC uses 5 pairs of copper wires to run, giving it the added advantage of being able to work even if a couple of pairs become non-functional. In this case, the network will run more slowly.

The main disadvantage of Ethernet over copper is that a building must be located fairly close to the Ethernet mainframe in order to receive services. In areas where this is not possible, you can install Ethernet over serial connection, which functions similarly.

EoC has actually been around since the turn of the 21st century, but it is only recently that Ethernet installation companies have realized how lucrative a technology Ethernet over copper is.

One of the primary carriers of EoC, Hatteras Networks, offers EoC services as an alternative to fiber service in areas where fiber access is not possible. Hatteras, which is based in North Carolina, has had success connecting clients all over the world; as a result, many Ethernet carriers are switching from fiber access to EoC access in an attempt to cash in on this success.

Ethernet connectivity has had a long history. Currently, Ethernet over copper is one of the most viable options for connecting businesses on a fast, reliable network.

To take advantage of EoC for your business network, simply request a free quote here:

Business Ethernet & More

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Your Source For Comcast

Comcast owns one of the most advanced and largest fiber networks in the world.

Comcast provides true redundancy by completely bypassing the public Internet through their private fiber network.

Comcast is now offering a full PRI for as low as $299 a month. Note: every PRI product that is added to a fiber product, receives a $100 discount.

To take advanatge of any of the services offered by Comcast simply request a free quote here:

DS3 Bandwidth, Business Ethernet, T1 Lines, Fiber, & More

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Monday, January 02, 2012

Telarus - Your Choice for ACC Business

ACC Business is one of Telarus' first vendors. For the past six years, Telarus has earned ACC Business' highest award: The Platinum Cup. Telarus has a unique contract with ACC Business, enabling you to get the best rates on everything ACC Business offers .... wherever they offer it.

Until recently, ACC Business' rock bottom pricing has only been available in AT&T regions, but now thanks to a new promo, non AT&T regions can now enjoy the same benefit.

ACC Business offers the following services ....

Data T1, Integrated (SIP Handoff), Point to Point, Frac/Full OC3/12/48, Integrated (PRI Handoff), MPLS, Ethernet over Copper, Integrated (Analog Handoff), Ethernet WAN, Metro Fiber Ethernet, Local Voice, VPLS, Gigabit Ethernet, Dedicated LD (In/Out), Data DS3

For more information on any of the services offered by ACC Business, and to request a free quote, simply go to ....

Free ACC Business Quote

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