Monthly Archives: June 2014

Carrier Evaluation, who has the ‘Best’ MPLS Network?

Posted by:SteveRoos

Carrier Evaluation, who has the ‘Best’ MPLS Network? After 32 years in the telecom industry and working my way up through the ranks to an Engineer and Trainer I get asked all the time “Who has the best MPLS network?”. Well first of all that word best has to be broken down a little because…

Unified Communications, don’t miss the call!

Posted by:SteveRoos

Unified Communications, don’t miss the call! How does the modern day corporate VIP, get unified communications (UC) to work for them. As an engineer I would have never thought that I would have some of the same job responsibilities that I had thirty years ago as an Airman in the United States Air Force. Sometimes…

Internet availability vs. MPLS availability

Posted by:JeremyKerth

Internet availability vs. MPLS availability? There’s no question broadband is everywhere these days.  In your car, restaurant, shops, businesses, even on the top of the highest mountains and in some of the most remote places on earth.  With the right equipment a digital data transmission can be sent from just about anywhere.  The ubiquity of…

WAN Networking tips: Solving Slow Internet, Tip #2!

Posted by:SteveRoos

My internet is slow!   Now really what network guy or IT guy hasn’t heard this one? Is it true? Could it really be? Does the earth spin on an axis? Of course the answer is yes to all of the above. As a network guy or IT guy from a multi-site WAN perspective we…

Who really uses video conferencing?

Posted by:JeremyKerth

Who really uses video conferencing? Cisco, Blue Jeans, Fuze, Vidyo, StarLeaf, LifeSize, Google and Microsoft are all betting that video is the next killer app, but haven’t we been saying this for several years now.  We spend most of our time in the medium business space and for the most part our customers are consuming and…

What is ET, and how is it transforming IT?

Posted by:JeremyKerth

What is ET, and how is it transforming IT? ET, Enterprise Technology,  not the extraterrestrial is being described as the next major shift inside corporate America’s IT groups. What is it exactly? IT departments in the past were tasked with providing data, applications and moving them from point A to B, whether to customer’s, vendors or…

WAN Networking tips, Improve Network Bandwidth, #1

Posted by:SteveRoos

WAN Networking tips, Improve Network Bandwidth! I’ll show my age some but as Gomer Pyle use to say “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise”. Anyhow Gomer’s famous tag line really comes into play if you haven’t taken a look lately at the data that is traversing your LAN and even your WAN. You would expect to see your…

MPLS, valuable or unnecessary expense?

Posted by:JeremyKerth

MPLS, valueable or unnecessary expense? It’s rare for us to talk about the costs of MPLS with clients first because in almost every case we are providing it for a customer who has had issues with the public internet.  We are providing it as a solution to a problem.  However, I am not suggesting that…

IT Purchase Manager’s be aware!

Posted by:SteveRoos

For the record, we have worked very successfully with the purchase management department, so this is a disclaimer, we aren’t picking on you here, but we do think you should be aware because we have seen the scenario below and it’s not good for anyone.  As IT purchase managers, your role performs the final checks…

Has the corporate WAN become a commodity?

Posted by:JeremyKerth

Has the corporate WAN become a commodity? By definition the word commodity, stands for for something of value in commerce.  Think of corn, beans, cattle, and now throw in bandwidth or the corporate WAN for that matter. As we have all seen, and Gartner has suggested several times, we are on a race to zero…

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