Saturday, June 28, 2014

Benefits of Business Ethernet For A Wide Area Network (WAN) Design

The choices today for Wide Area Network (WAN) design are wide and varied. No pun intended. Relying on the same old legacy options is no longer necessary with the maturation of Business Ethernet interconnectivity. Your voice/data transmission deserves better.

Too often businesses looking to upgrade an existing voice/data network infrastructure... or install a new network for whatever reason... tend to gloss over the advantages a Business Ethernet backbone may present. This may be due to a simple lack of understanding, or perhaps a rush to judgment relying on "what you know" for the final decision.

This is unfortunate as Business Ethernet today presents potential benefits over legacy systems such as TDM (e.g. DS3 bandwidth) and SONET (e.g. OC3 circuits) when the right conditions are present. Upon closer examination these improvements are marked and include the most obvious one. That being a significant cost savings in most cases.

Some benefits of Business Ethernet you should be aware of include...

1.) provides unlimited reach over Wide Area networks (WAN).

2.) enhances network performance by providing predictability, service guarantee, and management capabilities that previously were given only in SONET/SDH or ATM networks. This is done by the five carrier-class attributes: standardized services, scalability, reliability, Quality of Service, and Service Management.

3.) there are potential benefits of upgrading to Business Ethernet *if* the sites that can be upgraded are reaching their capacity limits (i.e. average around 70-80% link load for extended periods of time).

4.) typically cost per megabit of a Business Ethernet service is lower than of an equivalent legacy service, which allows getting larger amounts of bandwidth without increasing the overall service cost. By doing so, the congestion levels can be lowered and application performance improved.

In saying this it must be stressed that Business Ethernet is just another data transmission technology (rather than a universal "silver bullet"), and each individual migration case needs careful consideration and cost/benefit analysis.

Approaching this from a non-technical position, when setting out to design a solution you first need to ask what are the types of networks and applications you need to support? For example, are the network topologies linear or ring, and point-point or multipoint? If you are trying to connect pairs of sites with point-point circuits in a single metro, the choice of technology and equipment would be different than if, say you need to interconnect multiple customer sites in a point-to-multipoint or multipoint configuration.

SONET ADMs (ad-drop multiplexer) that support Business Ethernet interfaces could be utilized in the first instance to provide Ethernet Private Lines (EPL). For large complex networks, an MPLS core (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) may be required, although there are Business Ethernet platforms that can provide the necessary interconnectivity at Layer 2. If you are trying to interconnect multiple locations over a SONET ring, RPR (resilient packet ring) solutions are another alternative. Finally, you also need to take into consideration whether you have customer applications that require specific QoS (quality of service), especially if voice and video traffic are to be mixed with data application traffic in any topology other than EPL.

Once you have defined the requirements for Bandwidth, scaling, latency, coverage and inter-connectivity... you can then plan your aggregation and core network. Obviously resiliency, scalability, manageability (network and service) and some aspect of network intelligence play a part in the design.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the possible benefits of Business Ethernet... don't overlook that potential in the final decision on your WAN network design. Although this process may seem to be complicated it really doesn't need to be. Plus, you can always take advantage of the no cost assistance available from Business Ethernet Solutions to walk you through step by step.

By Michael Lemm

Michael is the owner of FreedomFire Communications....including Business Ethernet Solutions. Michael also authors Broadband Nation where you're always welcome to drop in and catch up on the latest BroadBand news, tips, insights, and ramblings for the masses.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bandwidth Ideal Solutions For Bandwidth Hungry Companies

Every business needs bandwidth solutions of some sort. For many businesses that require large amounts of bandwidth finding just the right solution....from a cost and application standpoint....can be a confusing process. It doesn't have to be if you understand what to base your decision on.

Like anything in information technology, it really depends on how you will utilize this infrastructure. It certainly doesn't make sense to provision high capacity transport links if you will use them for a small fraction of the day or the traffic doesn't warrant it.

I think one of the hardest things about this arena is that many times the people requesting the bandwidth are confused about what bandwidth really is. There's a misnomer that bandwidth automatically equals speed. "Well my application is slow, I need more bandwidth". Many times if a study is done on exactly what your needs are, it turns out to be a very different story from the initial conversation.

With a plethora of technologies out there for WAN and Metro services, wired or wireless customers can choose to subscribe to always on, dedicated access methods or go for a most cost effective model with somewhat "shared" topologies like Multi-Protocol Label Switching. The idea here is that you have options and each solution can satisfy any number of requirements. There's never been a better time in the industry for choices.

The best option is the cheapest one that works. Dark Fiber and Metro Ethernet, if an option, should usually be looked at first to establish a price for negotiating. I think you should focus on negotiating techniques that work to bring these bandwidths within affordable reach.

No matter how much bandwidth you are using, you will get a better deal for it at a major Network Access Point (NAP) where you have more bidders for your business, and from which you can easily shift carriers, set up failovers and redundancy, etc.. Every high end user needs their own boxes to shape traffic at the NAP, and they need them in two different racks connected to two different carriers. Accept the hit of that and you'll quickly see that the ten to thirty thousand dollars a typical urban company requires to get two boxes into a NAP (admittedly on a single dark fiber route) pays for itself in bandwidth charges in pretty much a single year. Even just to PLAN to do it and show your spreadsheet to your carrier, a project that might cost five grand to do right, will result in more than that much per year off your bill.

Think of it like any other high end purchase. You demonstrate that you're not a pushover, that you have options, that you understand the options and how to increase the number of options, and you bargain based on the bottom line of the cheapest solution you can find. When they tell you it will "cost too much to have your own boxes and dark fiber to the NAP", you snap back the lowest number you can justify, call it "insurance", and rule it out as a cost factor. When they tell you "we can monitor boxes far better than you can", leverage that into quality of service guarantees in the contract with real dollar penalties for failures or slowdowns. When they tell you "our facility is state of the art", GO THERE and count up the number of non-bulletproof windows and visible insecure perches that someone can shoot the servers from, grab the corded phone and walk over to the rack, pulling it right out of the wall and looking astonished: "how am I supposed to give someone instructions over the phone? They can't even walk to the rack! You expect them to scribble it down while cradling the phone in their neck and then go over to the box and do what I said?!?!?!?"

Basically, you must point out every deficiency in their facility or service and refuse to acknowledge that your own home-built solution would have any inadequacies, or that the competitors all have the same problems. In a high end negotiation, you must have NO mercy.

By the way, once you've got a contract with your carrier, you must be very nice to them, in total contrast to the way you leveraged like mad in the first negotiation. Don't nickel-and-dime them after you've agreed on terms, don't let your bandwidth payments get late. These people hold your crown jewels. As mean as you are to the salespeople, be that nice to the geeks.

Technologically, you should consider Storage Area Networks (SAN) if you have multiple locations in the same city, and the use of SAN links over IP which is increasingly common. Basically, the entire city becomes a vast RAID hard drive. You should also understand some of the good business reasons to adopt very high bandwidth such as reducing the number of over-the-Internet transactions which slow things down and may compromise security in favour of internal intranet transactions. Also, having as few layers of software as possible between the hard drive and the user is a major plus.

Also consider the price difference between Sonet equipment versus Ethernet. These days layer-3 ethernet switches are more and more capable for usage as a router. While Sonet traditionally is quite expensive vs Ethernet (especially for the hardware).... dark fiber and ethernet solutions from carriers are getting broad industry support. Although I do favor Sonet for its better debuging capablities, error counters, alarms etc. Ethernet in wide area environments seems to do the jobs as well. Ethernet would save you the need to buy a decent router able to terminate Sonet and give you the choice to go with a decent layer-3 switch. Another option is 10GigE WAN still has all the advantages of Sonet combined with Ethernet, gives you the ability to use cheaper layer-3 switches, looks for the carrier as a normal Sonet service and works over long distances.

To look at the tradeoffs, you'll have to start by finding out what is available at your end user location. Within North America, the alternatives include ATM OC-3/12/48, SONET (and Next Generation SONET) probably more likely OC-12/48/192, and Metro Ethernet at 100 Mbps (a little slower than OC-3), 1 Gbps (about OC-24) and 10 Gbps (OC-192). Things that aren't available need not be considered.

What are the availability requirements? If you are thinking of SONET, find out if it will come to your premises as a star or ring or dual ring. Metro Ethernet might be faster but not necessarily physically diverse. Sometimes, you can be creative and use a short free-space link to get access to a physically diverse medium.

For more background and insights I suggest reading "WAN Survival Guide" and "Building Service Provider Networks" by Howard Berkowitz. Both are excellent resources.

I have worked with many customers to design infrastructure solutions that incorporate high-end DWDM or CWDM connections between datacenters. Now, this is a business solution and the common user would never dream of having a connection such as this, available to them. Other customers that I work with will incorporate leased lined anywhere from a T1 to OC3. Those connections are very much sized for purpose with a percentage of growth factored in.

The practice that I go through is to evaluate need. What are you trying to accomplish? Is it transactional based or are you replicating data for DR? Are you simply connecting two or more remote offices for the purpose of a Citrix solution? Each of these questions will result in different answers when all is said and done.

Remeber that redundancy is ALWAYS a factor in business oriented solutions. Especially as it pertains to data replication and DR/HA failover to "hot" datacenters. We are starting to see more and more of this type of configuration. I have a few customers that are fortunate enough to have multi-ring DWDM infrastructures to make their valuable data available in the unfortunate event of a disaster.

As corny as it sounds, I have to say that your ultimate solution depends on the intended usage of that bandwidth. I would also say that there really is no generalized "ideal" bandwidth solution. It all comes down to intent and budget. With today's technology in WAN (TCP/IP/FC/FCIP/IFCP) acceleration (Juniper, Riverbed, Cisco), you can transfer vast amounts of data in a smaller pipe. It really is cool technology but still requires cost justification to implement.

Whatever you your prepared....negotiate....then install and enjoy.

By Michael Lemm

Michael is the owner of FreedomFire Communications....including and Michael also authors Broadband Nation where you're always welcome to drop in and catch up on the latest BroadBand news, tips, insights, and ramblings for the masses.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

What Makes The Metro Fiber Ethernet Solution So Effective?

If you are running a modern business, you will need the most efficient and reliable access to a lot of information, which is why it pays to find out more about Metro Fiber Ethernet. Today, there is a lot of online content with much of it involving multimedia and which is radically different from conventional metro transport technology.

This is in fact, the one network technology that is most widely used in the business world and almost every business is using Ethernet at its platform to converge data, internet, video and voice. The simple truth is that this option is able to address different needs such as Dedicated Internet Access, layer two networking and IP VPN Access.

Metro Fiber Ethernet offers a very effective means of connecting remote local area networks (LANs) within a given metropolitan area and at good speeds. This is why it is a much better solution as compared to using private lines (dedicated), Frame Relay and even ATM.

There are several good reasons to centralize your network servers at your company data center. Metro Fiber Ethernet helps you to connect your remote offices to all the necessary resources and in a manner that makes it seem like everything is available at your site

This option is also good because it allows you to use high speed transmission and in addition allows you to scale you access to services that are hosted offsite.. It also allows you to obtain transport for backup, data storage and more. In addition, it also makes it easy for you to consolidate your storage systems.

There are other pressing reasons why you should make use of this particular technology including the fact that it provides support for new and upcoming IP PBX systems that make use of these LAN technologies to connect different users in a corporate environment to the corporations phone system.

It also provides a better solution than remote office connections. There is more to using this network solution than fiber cables because it also allows you to obtain numerous paths to any destination. This helps you to get the best possible service.

A Metro Fiber Ethernet network is well liked because it is so reliable and yet at the same time offers agility to help you take care of requirements related to future network designs. It is being successfully used in many metros and can cover thousands of miles and there is also a lot of scope for future expansion.

In addition, it also provides you with many benefits not least of which is that it helps in lowering costs. No modern business can afford to ignore it as it is a very cost effective and also very scalable way of connecting remote locations.

It offers more benefits than the digital subscriber line or DSL options and is also better than T1 and even T3. You also have many options regarding how to use Metro Fiber Ethernet. It can for example be used as a pure such technology and also over SDH.

The first option (pure Ethernet) is very inexpensive but at the same time is not too reliable and even scalability can be an issue. It is best used in a small environment. The SDH option is useful in any place where there is already an SDH infrastructure but it is not a very flexible solution.

Finding Metro Fiber Ethernet Service Provider is not hard when you know where to look for the reliable ones. If you are looking for more information on Metro Fiber Ethernet, review the information available here to find out more.

By Jacob Richard

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What Is Fiber Optic Internet?

The predicaments of a modern world

It is very important to remain fully informed as well as up to date about the current major events around the world. The easiest way of accomplishing that goal today is to use the Internet. The Internet is the single most wide spread and useful electronic media today, which is why billions of people worldwide are browsing it on a daily basis, in search of much useful information. However, the speed of the Internet is a very important factor that affects the quality of the connection, which is why people are always searching for new ways of improving the Internet experience. Recently, a new way of enhancing the speed and quality of the internet service was discovered, and it has been named fiber optic internet.

The general info

After reading these lines, surely one of the questions that are running around your brain is "what is fiber optic internet?" Well, in the simplest of words, it represents a newly available type of internet service that already promises to be very advanced as well as very fast. Incredibly fast, actually. In essence, fiber optic communication is a convenient way to use pulses of light generated by a laser to transmit and deliver data. After all, keep in mind that cellular phones used to be huge dimensions almost a decade ago, and now communication technology has progressed to a level in which data can be passed through a fiber optic cable that can be as thin as a fishing line.

The great thing about fiber optic cables is that they possess the ability to conduct various types of data, which can be ultimately translated into movies, pictures, sounds etc. However, at this point you're probably asking yourself: how is your computer able to make sense of these light beams and understand them? Well, you've probably never heard of an Optical Network Terminal, which is exactly the device that enables a computer to translate the light pulses into something it actually understands-electric signals.

Oh, yee of little faith

Chances are that you're interested in fiber optic internet after soaking up these words, and no one can blame you. But, loyalty has always been a signature trademark of humans (well, some of them, at least) and many won't be persuaded by the simple, stand-alone tech specs of this new type of internet connection. They'll want to stick to their old, tested and proven cable Internet connections, which is also completely understandable. But, here's a small comparison that might be able to help you make better sense of this whole fiber optic vs. cable Net conundrum. In a drag race, if a 30 year old pick-up truck were to compete against a fresh of the assembly line slick sports car, it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the sports car is far more likely to win and even go farther than the old rust bucket of a pick-up. It's exactly the same with fiber optics and cable Internet: fiber optic cables are designed to have much smaller diameters and much less weight compared to standard cable Net cables, which is why they are able to carry data to much greater distances at much greater speeds.

The conclusion

It can be said, without a doubt, that fiber optic internet is a true revelation when it comes to the Internet as well as technology in general. When compared to the current cable Internet, if provides:

  • Greater speed
  • Greater range
  • Greater reliability
  • Less disturbances
  • Less network congestion
  • Less hiccups etc.

Who would have thought that someday people would be able to communicate and entertain themselves all around world at the speed of light? Truth be told, only several providers are currently taking it upon themselves to provide fiber optic Internet as a constant option, which is why availability is an issue at present. However, knowing how popular the Internet is, it is to be expected that soon fiber optic internet will thrive via millions of Internet providers worldwide.

By Christopher D Ronk

Tierzero has been providing voice and data services to businesses in Southern California since 1997. Fiber Optic Internet is the newest option for businesses who need extra bandwidth.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Medical Data Backup Solutions

Loss of data or corruption of the same has hampered and closed down more small medical practices and clinics than any other type of incident. So says the statistics in any case. The smaller the practice or clinic, the more they are vulnerable to things such as loss of data and patient records and the harder hit they will be when those medical records aren't properly backed up. Most companies, according to all statistics who completely lose their data will be bankrupt, or close their doors within six months time from the time of the occurrence.

With the rapidly changing face of technology and the equally rapidly changing laws that govern things such as medical data, finding the right solution for your data storage or data backup and recovery can be a vast challenge. Knowing the right solution for your business and then implementing it can make the difference between being able to recover from a data loss. Before you take on a data recovery system, learn a little about them and how they operate so that you can make a wise choice, based on the facts and what will best serve your company or business.

Typical tape data backups require a great deal of hands on work, are very labor intensive, can be expensive and do take up vast amounts of resources in order to implement them. They need to be catalogued, to be changed on a regular basis and to be cleaned at least monthly in order to assure continuity of the system. The cost of these units as well as the tape can be vast and the intensive manual aspects of a tape backup system makes it less likely to be the best option because human error may also enter into play. Because of the high level of maintenance and the high level of manual interaction required, the taped backup system typically is far more fallible than other methods. In fact, Microsoft goes so far as to say that more than 40 percent of recovery attempts using a tape backup system end in failure, making them the most fallible of the backup methods.

Online Free or For Pay backups.
One of the better solutions for smaller businesses these days is an online backup where you can store your data away from the in-house, so that in the event of a crash or other problem, you've got a secure storage area available to you nearly immediately. The free versions are rarely large enough to hold any kind of data of the amount that a mid sized business will need, however the for pay versions are typically quite cost effective, are also easy use and are automatic enough to be user friendly for those who need to access them. The down side is that you're controlled by your ISP speeds and you can't do any recovery if you're slow or lose your internet connectivity. In most cases its going to take the better part of a day to recover a full business backup.

On Premises Disk to Disk Backups.
While these may be ideal in many cases, the one massive down side to them is that they are typically on your own premises. Disk to disk is the ideal way to go if you consider a third party to store the disks, but having them on your own premises isn't always the best way to go. Consider all of the options that are available to you in data backup for your business and choose according to need.

By By Dave L Roberts

Dave Roberts is President of Radius180. He is an author and recognized expert in the fields of Medical IT, Business It and Data Disaster Recovery. Radius180 is the fastest growing, full service Medical and Business IT Solutions company in the Philadelphia, Delaware and South Jersey Tri-State area. For more information on how Radius180 can help your business with it's Medical or Business IT, data backup and Medical Data Recovery plan solutions, contact Radius180 at

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cloud Computing For Small Businesses - Reasons Why Should You Move To The Cloud

Researches indicate that cloud technology is a game changer for small as well as mid-sized organizations, but still there are some concerns related to security, integration and performance that plague decision makers. Most small business owners have this inbred assumption that Cloud technology is a highly expensive service focused entirely on bigger corporate houses or organizations that employ more than 500 people. The fact, however, is that cloud computing is equally advantageous and essential to small businesses, facilitating them hassle-free access to enterprise-level applications at much lower cost. Cloud is customizable and agile, saving your time as well as money and allowing you to single-mindedly focus on core business areas.

Here are the main reasons why you should migrate to the cloud technology:

1. As mentioned above, you can access enterprise-level equipment which you most probably would not get with your small business budget. You will get seamless access to fast servers in distributed computing environment, which will not only give you a performance boost, but also help mitigate the overheads of costly servers.
2. Advantages of Hybrid cloud technology: If you plan to choose hybrid cloud, you can get the benefits of all three cloud deployment models (IaaS, SaaS and PaaS) in one package. PaaS is utilized for software development over the internet, whereas Saas is more suited for office productivity applications such as word processing, email, online file sharing etc.
3. Disaster Recovery: Nowadays many small business owners are choosing IaaS cloud technology to store their important documents, applications, proprietary code and drawings, so that while doing disaster recovery, they can access the documents inexpensively and quickly.
4. Seamless Network infrastructure: In addition to enterprise level equipment or switches, cloud can facilitate access to better bandwidth than your current office or building.
5. Cloud service can be easily integrated with today's mobile workforce, or in other words, it can be availed anywhere and from any device.

You don't have to pay for network technicians and computing power you don't need. As cloud is a pay-per-use model, you have the freedom to scale your services to suit your specific business needs and budget.

Helpful Tips
Cloud computing is an enormously vast concept, incorporating lots of technologies that make up a cloud. You may not need everything that cloud service has to offer, so take your time or probably go for try-before-buy services that allow you to test the waters devoid of taking on too much risk. Some providers may lure you into long-term contracts by allowing you to use their proprietary software. As experts suggest, you should look for a month-to-month service to ensure they provide what they say they will be providing.

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Saturday, June 07, 2014

From Bandwidth Management To Bandwidth Governance

Businesses today are highly dependent on distributed applications to support every aspect of operations. If these applications under-perform for remote users or fail, losses of productivity, revenue and opportunity inevitably result. It is thus critical to ensure the consistent performance of applications across the network.

One of the gating factors controlling application performance is bandwidth. As more applications and services are activated on the network, they contend for the finite available bandwidth. Bandwidth can be an especially critical factor for companies with small or overseas locations that may not have high-capacity network connections to the data center.

Typically, IT organizations approach this critical relationship between application performance and bandwidth by managing supply. This supply-side management approach is characterized by adding more bandwidth or implementing technologies that prioritize use of the bandwidth that's currently available.

But IT organizations can no longer depend on supply-side bandwidth management alone. Demand -- driven by more applications, higher volumes of data and increasing intensity of use -- is just growing too fast. Funding for technology infrastructure is growing too slowly. And the consequences of service interruptions are too great.

In fact, supply-side management alone fails to address a variety of issues. Some applications aren't very well designed for deployment on the network, so they won't perform well, regardless of how much bandwidth you throw at them. Some applications will perform a bit better with more bandwidth, but those incremental performance gains aren't worth the cost of the additional infrastructure. In some cases, management needs to consider retiring an application altogether. In other cases, steps must be taken to reduce end-user demand.

Simply put, network managers have to do more than just manage bandwidth supply. They have to apply best governance practices to the consumption of bandwidth, so that utilization of network resources is closely aligned with business drivers. Only by exercising this kind of governance can IT use its infrastructure dollars in the most effective possible way.

The Governance Lifecycle

Good bandwidth governance actually begins well before an application is deployed on the network. With the right technologies, developers can start assessing the behavior of their applications over the network early in the design and development stages. That way, they can resolve excessive bandwidth consumption or poor performance issues as soon as they arise, rather than later in the game, when such problems can be very costly to fix.

This kind of testing should continue right up to deployment, so that there are no surprises when the application is rolled out onto the production network. It should also be done every time the application is upgraded or modified, because subtle changes in code often have unexpected impact on the behavior of applications on the network.

IT can apply these bandwidth governance best practices to applications that are already in production, too. For example, before throwing bandwidth at an application performance problem, network managers should first model potential solutions to find out if the additional bandwidth will, in fact, deliver expected improvements. What-if scenarios should also be run to answer key governance questions such as "Will current bandwidth levels support the addition of 20 users in our Atlanta office?" and "How will night shift users be affected if we start backing up remote servers over the network at 2:00 AM?"

Only by answering these kinds of questions in advance can network managers ensure that bandwidth is being used for the best possible business purposes.

Bandwidth Governance Best Practices

To achieve best practices bandwidth governance, IT organizations require technology capable of replicating the production network environment as it exists today and as it might look tomorrow. This "virtual enterprise" should be capable of assimilating all the factors that impact application performance in the real world: live applications, the data center that supports them, the topology and bandwidth constraints of the network, the number of distribution of end users, etc.

By leveraging this virtual environment, everyone involved with bandwidth governance -- from application designers and QA staff to network managers and architects -- can more effectively control bandwidth utilization and preempt potential consumption and performance problems. They can also verify the effectiveness of any planned supply-side measures, such as QoS and bandwidth grooming, they plan to implement in production.

Unfortunately, most IT organizations rely only on development LANs (which don't reflect conditions on real-world enterprise networks) or mathematical simulations to assess the behavior of applications. These resources are useful, but don't provide the precision or flexibility necessary for the kind of true bandwidth governance IT will have to implement if it is going to maximize returns on development and infrastructure investments.

That's why it's essential that IT organizations re-evaluate their bandwidth management strategies and their technology portfolios. Those that continue to manage application network performance in one silo and application development in another won't be able to govern bandwidth effectively across the application lifecycle. Only with an accurate, flexible and proactive approach can IT bridge the gap between development and production, and thereby meet its goals of reliable performance, cost-efficient service delivery, and tight alignment of expenditures with business priorities.

To learn more, visit Shunra empowers enterprise organizations and technology vendors to eliminate the risks associated with rolling out complex, distributed, applications and services. The Shunra Virtual Enterprise (Shunra VE) solution provides accurate, highly granular insight into how networked applications will function, perform and scale for remote end-users. It creates an exact replica of the production network environment, allowing users to safely develop, test and experiment with applications and infrastructure in a lab environment before deployment in production.

By Amichai Lesser

Amichai Lesser Bio

Amichai Lesser is the director of product marketing at Shunra Software, a company that delivers award-winning solutions that recreate a replica of any production network environment for testing the functionality, robustness, performance and scalability of applications and services - before rollout.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Managed Services...Sensible Ways to Reduce IT Costs

Generally when executives need to bring down organizational expenses, they will use the same techniques: lay off lower-level employees and downsize or eliminate underperforming departments. The one department that is always off-limits is the information technology (IT) department, as this configuration is absolutely critical to the company's long-term success. Companies should not be afraid to adjust the budget of their IT departments, as there are ways to cut costs without reducing productivity. One way to cut costs is by using server solutions such as server management, managed servers, and collocation to reduce costs. Server solutions involves saving money by decreasing the number of machines that are kept on-site. If the company does not do a comprehensive study before choosing which machines to remove, it could end up being a bad choice and affecting the firm's technological capabilities. To keep from making poor decisions, organizations are better off leveraging the experience and expertise of a managed services firm. These businesses can recommend a solution that does not affect the company's operations based on their extensive knowledge of IT infrastructures, and recommended solutions could include:

Utilize Servers More Efficiently

All servers are capable of handling a certain workload, so when companies fail to take advantage of a machine's capabilities, they are throwing money down the drain. A managed services firm will look for ways to consolidate existing components by assessing current usage levels and making recommendations. By consolidating programs and data, the company will free up space in enough servers so that individual server utilization goes up and the company is able to go longer before it needs to purchase new machines.

Upgrade Older Servers

Upfront costs are high whenever a company decides to replace older, outdated servers with state-of-the-art models. While these costs can often be enough to keep companies from making a switch, the truth is that upgrading older servers saves the company money in the long run, as newer machines are more efficient. A new machine is usually capable of handling the workload of 2-3 older machines while utilizing less electricity. When a managed services firm helps the company identify inefficient machines and procure replacements, energy costs and tech support costs are both reduced.

Reduce Virtualization License Costs

Companies that implement a virtualization configuration are able to reduce data storage costs by accessing and running applications over off-site servers. Since companies pay a monthly or annual fee to run a virtualized network and then pay an additional licensing fee for crucial applications, they sometimes end up spending more money in this configuration. A managed services firm will provide server solutions that revolve around investing in physical machines, so that the company can eliminate licensing costs by hosting hardware and software in-house.

When a managed services organization is hired to provide server solutions for a firm, they might recommend the strategies mentioned above or will come up with other ways that the company can reduce costs without compromising efficiency and performance. Atlanta firms that are serious about cutting IT costs should reach out to one of these firms today.

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