Network Virtualization: What is it exactly and why is it useful?

Network Virtualization. What is it exactly and why is it useful? In a nutshell, network virtualization combines hardware and software resources into a single administrative entity. Its purpose is to enable a data center or service provider with the applications they require on a daily basis.

But What Makes NV So Special?

All businesses aim to achieve efficiency, flexibility and cost savings. Network virtualization fulfills those. Additionally, it also provides security. In a world where malware, hacking, and data breaches are common, eliminating these possibilities is crucial.

Behind The Network Virtualization Scenes

For the last ten years, enterprises have been embracing virtualization technologies at a fast pace. Network virtualization decouples networking connectivity and services, which were previously delivered through hardware, into a dynamic, logical virtual network.  Network virtualization helps address a large number of networking challenges within modern-day data centers. It also assists with consolidating any on-demand programming and provisioning of businesses networks while eliminating the need of making any physical changes to the primary infrastructure. Network virtualization allows enterprises to simplify the way they roll out, scale, and regulate workloads and resources for effective management of ever-increasing computing requirements.

The primary objective of advancements made in the field of virtualization is to automate and ease the physical management required. In physical environments, the addition of switch ports demands connections and configurations through cabling along with the additional cost of actual switch ports. A switch port can be created separately from the primary physical ports with virtual settings. Making it an ideal solution if a company requires multiple virtual switch ports.

Why Should Your Company Use Network Virtualization?

Aside from efficiency, flexibility, and cost reduction, a company can create and configure an entirely new logical network while using the existing physical hardware. This new logical network can be independent of the other virtual networks even though it also utilizes the same equipment including cables, routers, switches, etc. Network virtualization allows for the facilitation of complex needs within multi-tenancy settings while maintaining complete security. It can keep the traffic of each network into a different logical zone and prevents it from mixing with other resources.

By allowing multiple heterogeneous network architectures to cohabit on a shared physical substrate, network virtualization provides flexibility, promotes diversity, and promises security and increased manageability — all at a lower cost to you regarding physical hardware.

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Network Deployment: 3 Best Practices

It can be extremely challenging to manage an enterprise network. Or any network for that matter. Most businesses are heavily dependent upon real-time data sharing, online transactions, and operational processes making network systems a critical component to ensuring business efficiency. From backup and load balancing to stringent security controls, the quality of every aspect pertaining to the network is heavily dependent upon an effective deployment process.

Below are some best practices related to network deployments that your business must know.

Embrace the power of Ethernet

We have seen an unprecedented improvement and progress in the ability of Ethernet in the last decade. Networks that power over Ethernet offers greater scalability, flexibility, and reliability to enterprises, supplemented by the improved security provisions. The installation involves a simple routing process using Ethernet cables compared to complex VPN and MPLS setups. Business Ethernet also supports the existing network configuration. Carrier Ethernet can handle massive volumes of traffic and facilitates in high-speed connectivity of data centers to transfer substantial data loads efficiently. Moreover, Carrier Ethernet is easily upgradable and helps an organization cope with adaptive networking and ever-changing application and service demands.

Copy physical media to a hard drive

To keep it short and sweet, copy your physical media to a hard drive. This will accelerate the process of the deployment while immunizing the risk of errors and file corruption. Using this practice will also ensure that no communication errors occur and data installation is performed smoothly without any bugs or connectivity issues related to private networking.

Use a Uniform Naming Convention (UNC)

When specifying network paths during the deployment, using a Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) instead of mapped drive letters can be extremely beneficial. Each computer has different mapped drive letters and utilizing UNC paths help to navigate this problem and facilitate error-free network deployment. An example of a UNC path is using “\\server\share\folder” instead of “E:\folder”.

Final Thoughts

Using the techniques as mentioned earlier and other best practices and data solutions will allow you to avoid bottlenecks and issues related to deployment and enable you to get your network up and running swiftly and smoothly.

Network, security, and application performance are critical to business operations. Adaptive and responsive data services are our specialty. Transform your technology connectivity, today!

Massive Networks Meets CVTV

Recently Paul Mako, CTO of Massive Networks met with the crew members of Channel Vision Magazine (CVTV).

This short video will walk you through how Massive Networks:

  • Deploys its services
  • Custom designs networks
  • Designed a multi-location network for a Colorado-based medical tech company

Learn how our Premium-Blended Internet and layer 2 Private Line Transport connections from office-to-officedata centers, and cloud applications can transform network connectivity from bandwidth-intensive services.

Are You Protected? 8 Steps to Combat Cyber Threats

If it’s connected, it’s an access point that can be infiltrated.

And any digital device that is connected to your network, is at risk. Last week, CTO Paul Mako, addressed how cybersecurity threats can be detected from the network at the Denver Biz Tech Expo. Today, your business can reduce downtime from these threats by implementing protocols at all access points that are connected to your network. It’s not just computers or it’s users that may impact business security. It’s any digital device that is connected to the network. Building systems or AI devices are just the tips of the ice burg.

Remaining educated on the latest cyber threats is the first step in improving your security processes and combating these malicious attacks. By keeping all of your system hardware and software up-to-date, actively monitoring your network usage, and utilizing the internet security measures that anti-malware and anti-virus solutions provide, you can ensure that your business is ready to battle whatever cybersecurity threat that may be lurking.

Common Cyber Threats

Phishing attacks, DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, and APT (Advanced Persistent Threats) attacks are some of the more common cyber attacks that are being used against businesses today. Training administrators and users to be cautious when reading and opening all emails, and utilizing web application firewalls are great tools to use against these attacks as they give you more control over your web traffic while recognizing malicious exploits.

 Lock It Up

Because we’re a team of network people, it’s important to note that we feel the best defense model against any kind of threat begins at the network. Despite that, there are precautions you can implement to lock down your business in the event of a hack or threat. This includes locking down your processes, securing your transactions, then securing all of the access points. Last, but definitely NOT least, train your staff.

Recently, the FBI released an article on Defending Against Payroll Phishing Scams. Below, we’ve listed out some of their strategies businesses can use to avoid them.

Defending Against Cybersecurity Scams and/or Threats Checklist:

  1. Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking about employees or other internal information. If unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company.
  2. Do not provide personal information or information about your organization, including its structure or networks, unless you are certain of a person’s authority to have the information.
  3. Do not reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent an email.
  4. Don’t send sensitive information over the Internet before checking a website’s security.
  5. Pay attention to the URL of a website. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net).
  6. If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Do not use the contact information provided on a website connected to the request; instead, check previous statements for contact information.
  7. Install and maintain anti-virus software, firewalls, and email filters to reduce some of this traffic.
  8. Take advantage of any anti-phishing features offered by your email client and web browser.

 

What Is Direct Connect, Exactly?

Like most businesses, your employees, aka users, rely on the Internet to connect to your business applications to perform their daily tasks. If they’re doing this via a public Internet connection, there are risks involved. These types of scenarios relate to vulnerabilities like hacking, viruses, and/or possibly leaking private customer data.

Situations like these are the very reason why it is so important to bypass a public Internet connection and go with a business-grade private line connection to ensure your data is secure and that the connections are reliable; especially as the data traverses between business applications and services from the cloud back to the office.

Direct Connect Enters Here

Direct Connect is a network service that allows a customer, aka a business, to establish a dedicated network connection between a location, or office, and your business data center or colocation environment.

The Massive Difference

Massive Networks offers a Direct Connect Service that features a select number of Cloud and Network Service Providers who supply connectivity services to Buyers and Partners as an alternative to connecting over the public Internet.

Through the Massive Networks Direct Connect Service, Service Providers are able to achieve this objective by leveraging a choice of private interconnections instead.

How Can Service Providers Participate?

Service Providers who are looking to Connect to our Cloud Marketplace and participate in our private interconnection from interested Massive Networks customers can provision the enterprise-grade secure service through of our flexible interconnection options.

Who Needs This Service?

Though everyone would be a great answer, not all businesses are ready to make the switch. The types of customers who would benefit from this type of secure service are businesses that are looking for a more secure option in order to follow compliance regulations. A business can connect to any of our cloud provider partners to achieve a private network connection, ensuring a safer and more consistent network experience than public Internet-based connections.

To learn more about our direct connect services, click here.

MPLS VS Carrier Ethernet

MPLS vs Carrier Ethernet – what’s the better option?

This quick fact video provides a side-by-side comparison of MPLS and Carrier Ethernet network infrastructure.

Paul Mako, CTO of Massive Networks explains general network architecture, frequently asked questions about standard setups like MPL,  and how they measure up against a Carrier Ethernet Network. Additionally, Mako addresses how Carrier Ethernet networks are the optimal solution for companies who are struggling with network connectivity between offices, their cloud applications, security, and compliance regulations.

Click the play icon on the video below to watch!

 

Connectivity: The Backbone of a Business

Connectivity is the backbone of a business.

If you’re using the public Internet to access your business data, you’re placing your company at risk.

Connect directly to all of the major sites using our private backbone that bypasses the public Internet entirely, adding another layer of security so your critical information is safe.

Watch the Massive Networks highlight reel for a quick overview of our services and solution.

Connectivity – Cloud Solutions for the Enterprise Environment

Connectivity.

Defined its meaning refers to the quality, state, or capability of being connected to a computer or series of computers.

That’s fine and dandy when placed in a dictionary reference, but in the IT world, it’s SO much more than that. The complexities involve connecting your computers to the Internet, your Internet to servers, your servers to the cloud, and your cloud provider to all of the applications your business requires to operate. And that’s a very basic representation of the details.

But even in a basic representation, you can see just how deep the rabbit hole can get.

As cloud services progress, enterprises are accessing the benefits of multiple service providers via one connectivity strategy. Cloud connectivity plays a significant part as more companies opt for cloud services to solve their business data needs. Enterprises looking to optimize their applications can combine their cloud service of choice into one solution – a hybrid cloud.

It’s like a common public or private cloud, but so much better!

In short, here’s why:

Hybrid cloud offerings merge data center services, cloud access, and managed services into one simplified, fully optimized solution.

If you can’t beat them, join them.

According to the 2017 State of the Cloud Survey, 67 percent of enterprises are already participating in one, and the number is set to increase in the upcoming years. Enterprises already working with cloud service providers can quickly make the shift to a hybrid ecosystem by engaging in a hybrid cloud strategy.

Here’s how.

Your cloud provider’s performance is only as good as your connectivity solution. So, if we were to place you in the driver’s seat wouldn’t it make life a whole lot easier to combine all of your services into one unified solution?

We certainly think so.

That’s why Massive offers the Cloud Exchange Connect. You can extend your WAN from any location to include the cloud platform of your choice or a registered cloud provider from our marketplace. Our advanced high-performance connections are secure and dedicated to you. Meaning, your business-critical data stays secure because it’s all routed through a private network.

Similar to a typical hybrid cloud, the MASSIVE Cloud Exchange Connect Includes:

  • Private secure connections directly to Cloud Platforms and SaaS providers (Speeds from 10 Mbps to 10Gbps).
  • 10 Gig private network transport with predictive routing to avoid Internet bottlenecks and network slow down.
  • Faster speeds, less latency, much better security
  • Premium-Blended Internet.
  • Global availability and multiple configuration options.
  • And any Managed Services you need to be monitored around the clock.

Making it an optimal choice when your IT Team begins researching their options for a cloud solution. To learn more about our Cloud Exchange Connect Services, click here!

7 Ways to Reduce MPLS Costs Without Sacrificing Performance

Are your MPLS fees disrupting your IT department’s budget?

Don’t worry. We hear this a LOT.

IT execs, Networks Mangers, IT Administrators, and even a few IT Support Techs all say something similar to this, “the company I work for has a corporate location and several remote sites that all connect back to corporate over MPLS lines that are crazy expensive. I need to look at a price alternative. What are my options?”

For the longest time, businesses small and large, have insisted that their WAN services be delivered exclusively on an MPLS network. Unfortunately, though MPLS has been the reliable technology for a decade, its reliability was based on accessing data from site-to-site, not remotely or through the cloud. When you add in these additional services, the costs go up.

These limitations along with its excessive cost have created a demand in the Telecom market for solutions that are lower in cost but provide high-performance.

Carrier Ethernet Service is a Corporate IT department’s preferred option due to performance, scalability, and cost. Businesses looking to reduce their MPLS costs and without sacrificing their Internet performance should consider it as a viable alternative.

7 Reasons Why Carrier Ethernet Is A Cost Reduction & Performance Enhancement Alternative:

1. Bandwidth –

Carrier Ethernet is a must-have option for expanding bandwidth demands in a cost-effective manner.

2. Cloud Application –

Cloud-based systems are often used by Enterprise companies to transport data. Carrier Ethernet has emerged as the preferred option to utilize with cloud computing technology.

3. Control –

IT Managers looking to gain more insight and control over their network can rely on standards from full end-to-end service level agreements (SLAs) over the entire service path that enables them to monitor their traffic from endpoint-to-endpoint.

4. Cost –

The price for Carrier Ethernet connectivity is considerably lower than almost any WAN MPLS service, making it a desirable choice for companies seeking to cut telecom costs.

5. Low Latency –

Replace your IT Departments non-Ethernet technologies with Carrier Ethernet Services that can provide significant storage and backup capabilities, as well as low latency.

6. Transmit Data Securely –

Combine the power of fully meshed global fiber network with Ethernet network services to transmit your business-critical data with confidence so it’s not traversing the public Internet. For added security, you can even combine your Internet, Cloud Exchange, and Data Center connections with into one solution with One Pipe Multi-Connect.

7. QoS –

Carrier Ethernet allows the quality of service definition to manage priority traffic, getting the right packets where they need to be when they need to be there.

So, if you’re an IT department head or an Internet Service Provider looking to overcome your connectivity dilemmas Carrier Ethernet Services may be the right choice for you. For more information, check out our Ethernet Matrix Data Sheet.

Ethernet: 3 Reasons Why It’s An Economical Alternative for Enterprises

The telecom marketplace is a fragmented one.

It’s difficult to understand what options are available and which service is the most economical to select to connect a site to your network. As IT decision-makers look for cost effective options when upgrading communications, data storage, or other critical aspects of the business, Carrier Ethernet is a viable option to consider.

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