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Data Center Trends to Watch in 2017

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A recent survey by 451 Research found that most organizations will close their smaller, local data centers and server rooms within the next two years. IT leaders and financial directors are realizing that owning, operating and maintaining a data center may not be the best use of their resources. With the average U.S. data center approaching 20 years of age, enterprises simply don’t want to deal with outdated facilities and building systems infrastructure. Instead, organizations are turning to the cloud and data center colocation providers. A colocation facility makes it possible to adopt a hybrid data center model. This allows organizations to run legacy, private cloud and public cloud infrastructures in a secure and resilient fashion. Partnering with a colocation provider can offer…

Why You Should Host Your Business Communications in the Cloud

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Buzzwords like cloud and hosted are swirling around us at breakneck speed, but do you really know what that means? The tried and true office land line phone is on its way out and quickly being replaced with cloud or hosted solutions. Employees and sales executives are on the go and need a quick, easy to use, mobile solution where they can have all their information at their fingertips. Your IT staff wants an easily scalable and low maintenance solution that answers everyone’s needs. Moving to a cloud based phone solution may be the answer to everyone’s challenges. Before jumping in, you should be wondering… How would moving to the cloud benefit me? There are many benefits associated with a…

The Different Costs Associated with Network Outages…What is Your Backup Plan?

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It’s happened to all of us at one time or another, you try to check out at a store and you are met with an, “I’m so sorry; our system is down. Any way you can only pay with cash.” Or another common scenario, you are calling a business regarding some incorrect charges on your account and the unfortunate reply you hear is: “We cannot view your account at the moment; our systems are not cooperating with us.” Now flip over to the business owner’s vantage point and imagine the thoughts going through their heads. Having downtime/network failures will cause at least one of the following backlashes: Loss of potential revenue Employees will have to manually phone/input every card transaction…

Three Key Considerations When Choosing the Right Colocation Provider for Your Business

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The data center colocation market is growing by leaps and bounds, driven largely by enterprises continuing to outsource IT infrastructure and adopt cloud solutions. According to researchers at Markets and Markets, the data center colocation market is estimated to reach a total market size of $55.31 billion by the end of 2021. With this growth comes segmentation, and new trends in types of colocation providers. Gartner describes the market at bifurcating into “pure” colocation, or providers offering purely space, power and communications, and “up the stack” higher-level service providers offering additional managed infrastructure services, cloud, security, interconnection and internetworking in addition to space, power and communications. In the second case, companies offering interconnection services has also come to mean connectivity…

Tips to Improve the Quality of Your Conference Calls

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In today’s corporate world, conference calls are the glue that brings people together. Conference calls reduce the total cost of ownership by decreasing travel costs immensely. It is not only essential for you to utilize web and audio conferencing, but to make sure you are using it correctly. These tips will ensure that your conference call will be effective and productive. 1. Is a Conference Call Necessary? When scheduling a conference call, you need to ask yourself, “Is this meeting necessary or can emails get it done?” Not every situation requires a conference call, but in truly urgent matters where real time response is required, this is the best option. 2. Who Really Needs To Be On the Call? After you…
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