3 Advantages of Using Carrier Ethernet for Your Business

A lot of network managers overlook Carrier Ethernet as a viable option for unified communications management. With the increase of VoIP and Communications usage, the pressure on WAN (wide area network) has increased. Making testing the durability of legacy technologies, for instance, frame relay, a slow process.

This led IT decision-makers to look for highly cost-effective substitutes for legacy services. Their research has led to Carrier Ethernet as an effective option.

Carrier Ethernet is one of the most feasible and practical options for businesses looking forward to upgrading their communication processes, data storage and various other important aspects of the company. Below are three essential advantages your business will gain from the use of Carrier Ethernet.

3 Carrier Ethernet Advantages

  1. Very Flexible Bandwidth

Carrier Ethernet offers superior bandwidth scalability for huge organizations. It can quickly switch between 10, 100 to 1000 Mbps for the companies that opt for it. The bandwidth can also be scaled without having the service provider visiting the site. All of the required adjustments can be made by using the software used to control it, located at the Network Operations Center (NOC).

  1. Lower Expenses

Carrier Ethernet provides services at a lower price per MBPS, which increases the value for those with high bandwidth connectivity. Moreover, Carrier Ethernet is also readily available for most locations.

  1. Simple To Implement and Manage

Numerous IT department specialists are experts in Carrier Ethernet service. It is also known to be one of the fastest and expedient alternatives, providing archaic solutions to the users. Carrier Ethernet also comes equipped with innovative tools, which give the users with complete control and the visibility required to perfect the performance of large-scale enterprises that they are working for. This also makes troubleshooting and the system monitoring process a lot easier.

For those working in the field related to Information Technology, Carrier Ethernet is one of the best options to go for. Not only is it fast and simple to use, but you also get reliability at the most affordable prices found on the market.

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Carrier Ethernet: 4 Reasons Why You Should Be Using It

In this highly modern and tech-savvy world, one needs to go well beyond the standard technological differences and difficulties and focus on the advancements in the field of it. This modernization has tipped the scales in favor of LAN converted WAN technology, Carrier Ethernet. Carrier Ethernet has emerged as one of the most feasible and practical options for companies who are looking to upgrade their communication systems, data storage, and various other communication aspects of the business that require internet.

4 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Carrier Ethernet:

  1. Better Security

Carrier Ethernet facilities offer the users greater security than MPLS in numerous scenarios. The delivery switch present in the Carrier Ethernet service functions at Layer 2, and the in-band control channel is VLAN (Virtual LAN), which is not accessible through the Layer 3 network. This means that your system is safe from threats of potential hackers.

  1. Improved Scalability

By employing a flexible fiber networking apparatus, carriers can, every so often, give customers a request, for instance, a 100-megabit connection on every 1-gigabit port. However, with Carrier Ethernet, the ability to scale the bandwidth is multiplied by 9, which makes it up to 900 megabits each second. VARs can also additionally help clientele meet business requirements swiftly, without the necessity for extra onsite equipment, as their capacity needs increases.

  1. Data Center Connectivity

Businesses that are searching for high-speed services required to connect data centers prefer using the Ethernet connections, as the maximum obtainable bandwidth is usually ten gigabits per second over fiber links, with the choice in most occasions to far surpass this “ceiling.”

  1. Simplicity of Use

Beyond the numerous benefits of an end to end, LAN to WAN, Carrier Ethernet network, traffic does not have to compete for often-fluctuating bandwidth. While MPLS can use QoS to allocate priorities to complex traffic types to cope with network overcrowding, this is very time-consuming. Alternatively, Carrier Ethernet WAN connections have VLANs, which can be easily created as well as dedicated to prioritizing the traffic flow, and thus, businesses obtain numerous benefits from the copious bandwidth, minus overcrowding and conflict concerns. Users can expect less dormancy as well.

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SYS-CON TV with Paul Mako CTO of Massive Networks

Pau Mako, CTO and CEO of Massive Networks, joins Roger Struckhoff from SYS-CON TV at the Cloud Expo event in sunny San Jose, to discuss how Massive Networks utilizes Carrier Ethernet, a private layer-2 technology, to traverse data over the internet for its customers.

Carrier Ethernet = Fast, Simple, & Efficient Networking

Massive maintains a meshed global footprint through intelligent route traffic that traverses across all major Internet Carriers.

We design from the ground up to minimize latency and maximize availability using state of the art carrier grade routing equipment all the way up to the last mile to extend your reach to almost anywhere.

Massive Networks uses Carrier Ethernet to turn Last Mile Solutions into National and International LANs. Extending your LAN from any location to all other locations along with SaaS providers, IaaS Providers, and cloud providers all on the same pipe as your internet connections.

Quick Fact

“Up to 52% of IT professionals have stated that they are planning on switching to LAN over WAN.”

Easily convert your enterprises’ entire footprint nationally and internationally piece-by-piece with no major overhaul needed: “All Ethernet, All the time”.

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One Port, Many Connects: Connectivity to the Cloud

Why Focus on Direct Connection when there is Internet Access?

Cloud computing offers businesses a wide variety of solutions for their information sharing and storage needs. Most companies are now relying on a cloud-connect that gives them access to cloud application services. Most IT departments will carefully evaluate the pros and cons of whether a direct connection to cloud services is the right way to do things or if an internet connection is enough.

There IS a simple way!

If you want a stable and reliable way of managing your cloud, then direct access to your cloud server is the way to go. Your business will be more productive, secure, cost-effective and reliable if you have immediate access to your cloud server.

Direct connectivity allows businesses to manage their cloud through a dedicated private cloud connection making it more secure than a public internet connection. There are several benefits to companies if they rely on direct cloud access. For example, the data transfer speeds are exceptional, there are lower latencies with private direct cloud services but with more security as compared with an internet connection.

High Performance with Low Latency

Businesses must use a direct connection to their clouds for consistently high performance. Your company will have a consistent throughput and productivity. When replacing long-haul Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MLPS) with short distance connection that gives direct access to servers that are geographically dispersed and in proximity to large numbers of users around the globe. Using an interconnection, colocation service provider and cloud computing providers are viable solutions.

Risk Mitigation and Security

Direct connection offers encryption that is much more secure than a public internet encryption. A direct connection is risk-free and considerably safer than an open connection. Avoiding hacking risks during critical workload time is susceptible to a direct link. Businesses can reduce their security breaches while handling sensitive data if they have a private and direct access to cloud services.

Cost Effective with Predictable Service

Direct connection to the cloud will give businesses a reliable source for sharing data during heavy congestion and outages. IT managers will have more control over the routes through which data is transferred. Direct cloud access gives companies more flexibility in their network, which is appropriately managed. The result of a flexible network saves the company from losing revenue by network breach if you have direct access from your cloud-hosting providers.

Business usually segments their sensitive data when sending it through private connections near cloud services. A company can reduce its cost of network bandwidth and rely on local network peers that are cost-effective when cloud-based services provide you with direct access.

To learn more about direct connectivity to cloud services, check out our Cloud Connect – where all your services are connected!

Colocation: Cost Breakdown

Getting to Know Colocation

In the digital age, sharing and storing information is starting to become a challenge for companies. Most companies want to have access to reliable and cost-effective hosting. Colocation also termed as Colo, is a method of keeping servers and networking equipment in a data center, operated by a third party.

Cost of Colocation Services

The colocation fees depend on the hosting that your business requires. Each data center has a unique pricing policy. Whatever decision you take, consider that hiring a colocation center is usually cheaper than managing your own data center. Businesses can choose from Private, Public or Hybrid Colocation services. The colocation cost will vary according to the services provided. Below is an in-depth breakdown of the positive and negatives of each variation.

When do you need a Private Colocation?

Private colocation can provide businesses with an opportunity to have better economies of scale by high-density equipment. This kind of service will provide you with a dedicated rack space. Your business will usually get all the cooling equipment, very high bandwidth, CCTV monitoring for increased security, backup options and uninterruptible power supply in case of a power failure. The colocation fees will depend on the services provided by the private data center. Private colocation is one of the best services, but the costs are usually higher as compared to public and hybrid colocation. 

Private Cloud Summary

  • Positives: Highly secure, tailored to your compliance needs, more control, and more flexibility.
  • Negatives: Can be more expensive to manage.
  • Cost: $500 – $3000 per month (including hidden fees)

How about a Virtual Colocation and How Much Does it Cost?

When your business aims to reduce your capital expenditures while searching for a reliable colocation service provider with access to the in-house technical ability to organize your virtual resources. If these points cover your needs, then you should select a Virtual colocation service that allows you to deploy your virtual servers. The data center can allocate different resources for you using a secure virtual private network.

Hybrid Cloud Summary

  • Positives: Highly secure, scalable, and cost-effective.
  • Negatives: Can be difficult to manage.
  • Cost: $500-$1500 per month (including hidden fees)

Public Colocation Service and its Cost

Public Colocation is a recommended method for companies to resolve their storage problems. Instead of keeping large, expensive servers in-house that require complete staff for operations. Companies are now focusing to co-locate their privately owned servers to data centers by renting out their space at a colocation site. In this type of service, the clients do not need to manage their data and equipment. The management of the data center is responsible for the maintenance and management of data. The colocation Colorado fees depend on the subscription and service type you choose.

Public Cloud Summary

  • Positives: Public cloud deployments are inexpensive, scalable, and quick to deploy.
  • Negatives: Not as secure, at times not compliant, can be difficult to manage.
  • Cost: $500-$1000 per month (including hidden fees)

Colocation Wrap Up

Overall some organizations don’t want the hassle, others simply don’t have the bandwidth to provide a proper environment for their infrastructure or staff to support it. Breaking down all of the elements in play with a proper solution for your business, the price ranges listed above are what you can expect to include in your IT expenses.

To learn more about Colocation Services see our Data Center Direct Connect services.

COLOCATION: LOOKING BEYOND COST

It’s hard to decipher the specific cost breakdown of colocation unless you’re already in the contract phase. To determine the best course of action we’ve come up with a few essential colocation service requirements.

For most IT department heads, working within a set budget can be accomplished quickly. The short end of the stick with this process is that you miss out on the bigger goal for your business, like security, hardware, accessibility, connectivity, and support. All of which are essential when considering colocation services. Additional cornerstone items to consider are scalability, expertise, and uptime SLAs. Here’s why:

Security
Access to the data center should be controlled and monitored using security access cards, traps, visual identification checkpoints, and biometric fingerprint scanning. Additionally, the facility should be staffed 24×7 with security to monitor the physical entire facility.

Expertise
In the event of a problem, technical support should be available to you via email or phone at all times; twenty-four hours, seven days a week, all year round.

Uptime SLAs
Downtime is more expensive than ever, both regarding revenue and reputation. Colocation providers offer built-in redundancies across systems and applications ensuring 100% uptime SLAs.

Since we’re all about the transparency, below is our top 10 frequently asked questions… They may help you out!

  1. How long have you been in business selling colocation? 
    • 2001 (16+yrs)
  2. What is your minimum colocation arrangement (per U, ¼ rack, etc)?
    • 1/3 rack
  3. Do you offer managed colocation manage a client owned server?
    • Yes
  4. Do you offer managed services for colocation clients (i.e. tape backup, firewall, load balancing, etc.)?
    • Yes
  5. Do you offer 24×7 client access?
    • Yes
  6. Is your data center(s) SSAE 18 compliant?
    • Yes
  7. What bandwidth providers are available at your data center(s)?
    • L3, GTT CL , XO
  8. What is your bottom colo price point?
    • $125.00
  9. Do you offer roof rights at any of your data centers?
    • Yes
  10. What operating systems do you support?
    • Lynix and Windows

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THE DENVER BIZ TECH EXPO IS HERE!

Change is constant. No other industry feels that pressure like those within the technology industry. There is no place for the word stagnant within the world of tech. Making it necessary for hardware, software, cloud, and security solution providers to stay ahead of the curve.

About six years ago, to help local companies grow, the Colorado Technology Partners Board of Directors started something special to do just that, they created the Denver Biz Tech Expo.

Tomorrow, Massive Networks will be attending this event alongside thousands of its national and local peers to help address today’s business challenges and needs unique to private line networkingcloud connect solutions, and managed service options.

The event’s focus will dive into:

  • Firsthand knowledge of how the FBI approaches cybercrime.
  • Cutting edge AI discussions
  • Meet industry experts in cybersecurity, technology, and digital marketing
  • As well as network with more than 1,000 of Denver’s top technology professionals.

Join us and the vibrant speakers and panels of experts at Coors Field for the sixth Denver Biz Tech Expo for FREE with code MN (short for Massive Networks). The ticket also includes free parking (Lot A), food, beverages, swag, prizes, and happy hour.

We’ll be located at booth #33 if you want to stop by and say hello!

THE COST OF DOWNTIME: HOW TO MINIMIZE SERVICE DISRUPTIONS

Downtime. It’s something a business owner can’t quite appreciate until they’ve experienced data loss or an outage. So, like many business owners, it’s not a priority until sh*t hits the metaphorical fan and outright IT crises are in full effect.

Often, the deciding factor in any business decision, including the decision to purchase a data backup service, extends to how downtime can affect the business’s bottom line, universally known as money. Ultimately this places you, the MSP (Managed Service Provider) or an IT department employee, in between a rock and a hard place. Regardless, you’re responsible for minimizing service disruptions and unplanned downtime.

It’s Math Time

Because money is the name of the game, speaking in lost profitability terms is your key to successfully introducing a data loss and backup recovery plan. In other words, you need to do some math.

There are four questions you should be able to answer off hand. These are:

1. What is the gross income of the business?

Several factors can contribute to calculating downtime. To come up with this figure, you need to understand your company uptime.

With the help of a few accounting members from the A/R department, you can determine the annual gross income of the business and work backward from there. Annual gross income divided by the total hours in a year (8760) will give you the lost revenue information to use in the formula below.

Lost Revenue = Annual gross income/Total hours in a year

2. How productive are the employees during an outage?

To determine lost productivity, you need to have the company’s fixed costs on hand. Because the formula below relates to employee productivity, the fixed costs you need to be aware of are employee salaries. During downtime, most employees are working at 50 percent capacity. Therefore, you can assume that the total employee salary divided in half is the lost productivity amount.

Lost Productivity = Combined Employee Salaries / 50%

3. What are the costs associated with restoring your system?

To get the business back to operating normal again, adding up the cost of the services and tools required to keep it running will provide you with the recovery cost estimation.

Recovery Costs = Labor + Restoration Services

4. What are your businesses intangible costs?

Intangibles can be tricky. To forecast this amount you can refer to an estimated number of sales lost due to damage. To get this number, you take your annual revenue divided by the number of sales per year and multiply that by the opportunity loss. Here’s a quick formula for help:

Cost of intangibles = (Annual revenue/annual sales) x estimated number of sales lost

Once you have all of the numbers in place, the formula below will help you calculate the final cost of downtime.

Cost of Downtime (per hour) = Lost Revenue + Lost Productivity + Cost to recover + Cost of intangibles

Through The Looking Glass

Today, on average, an hour of downtime for a small business averages around $8,000 – $10,000. But that’s just taking a microscope to a small businesses loss. For a medium to large corporation, the numbers dramatically increase into the six-figure mark.

To protect your business from data loss and downtime, map out a business disaster recovery plan then select the most appropriate backup solution that fulfills your needs and the needs of your customers.

 

CAPRE: Is Where You Should Be

Are you in Denver, Colorado?

If so, come join us with 400 of our senior-level data center and technology infrastructure executive friends at the CAPRE Denver Data Center Summit!

Hosted at the Denver Museum of Art, the event is set to feature 8 hours of impactful informational panels offering networking opportunities with active developers, investors, capital sources, end-users, public sector executives, engineers, and consultants. With over 30+ speakers who will review comprehensive market analysis on connectivity and data center design, your inner geek will be sure to explode.

Massive will be in the exhibit room with our buddies from 910Telecom. Be sure to stop by our booth and say hello!

Compromised Data: Important Backup Service Inclusions

It’s no secret – businesses are prime targets for ransomware.

All it takes is one infected user to bring a department or entire organization to a halt. In fact, 72% of ransomware victims are unable to retrieve or access their data once it has been compromised for up to 2-days. Moreover, a lot can happen in two days.

Here’s the down low on compromised data…

How Infections Happen

Phishing attacks, unpatched programs, compromised websites, poisoned online advertising and free software downloads are common ways that users of your business systems are exploited and how an infection begins.

Examples of User Infections

Ransomware is hard to detect. Because user files are encrypted with the infection, an IT Admin may not recognize that the malware is already inside the network until the damage is done. There are, however, a few ways a user can detect it. Some examples of these are:

  • A user can no longer open normal files
  • A user gets errors such as the file is corrupted or has the wrong extension
  • Window pop ups appear to ransomware programs that the user cannot close
  • IT admins see files in the company directory with names like ‘HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.TXT’ or ‘DECRYPT_INSTRUCTIONS.HTML.’

Business Repercussions

Aside from losing time and money, your business reputation is scrutinized. Which, in turn, can affect sales goals. Regarding data – once your server is infected your mission-critical files and applications become inaccessible and your customer’s data is no longer secure. This too can wreak havoc on your margins.

Compromised Data Solutions

IT admins can remove the machine from the network and reset the bios time to contain and eliminate the malware. For a company wide containment, especially when your anti-virus, firewall, and employee education programs fail, your best bet is to rely on a backup solution.

Not all businesses are built the same. Therefore a backup service should provide much more than just a simple file backup solution. However, there is a range of standard options that your IT staff should become familiar with when considering a backup service. Because backup services are a dime a dozen, we’ve come up with a list of items to be aware of during your review of backup providers.

Important Backup Service Inclusions To Consider Are:

  1. Limited versus Unlimited History

It is important to know the difference. A backup service that only retains a limited history may not be able to restore all of the critical files your business needs to clean up the infection. A proper enterprise-grade cloud backup service should maintain a complete history of your data, that way you can retrieve a recovery point that is reliable.

  1. Detection Ability

Some Cloud Backup Services include Anomaly Detection that alerts your IT admin when the number of “new” or “changed” files increase dramatically. This feature is important to have so you can quickly isolate a ransomware infection and recover data before the entire network is frozen.

  1. Backup Protection Coverage

An infection is not limited to just one device. To protect all of your data and all your devices from mobile phones to Exchange Servers, you should select a program that offers backup services from device-to-device.

  1. Compatibility

Not all cloud backup services are created equal. In fact, many of them have limitations. Some services do not allow file sharing or storage. So, before you pull the trigger on a service you selected, make sure your IT staff does a system compatibility check to avoid any “ooppss” moments after you have signed the contract.

  1. Fees

Some backup service plans include retrieval fees per GB. Most of the time, the service provider will maintain an uptime of nearly 100 percent; however, as part of their service agreement, you can receive credit for those occasions when you get less than 99.9 percent. Be sure to keep an eye on any notifications about interruptions.

  1. Accessibility

Accessibility is important. Being able to manage all of your settings quickly and easily provides flexibility. Most service providers offer a web browser interface giving you the ability to view alerts, load balancing, status checks, manage groups and tags, deploy app versions, view configuration details as well as events. Be sure to inquire about what monitoring systems are available.

To protect your company from data corruption invest in a cloud backup service that is scalable based on your businesses requirements.