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charlotte ncGoogle Fiber is improving cities from within and now Charlotte has joined that list of cities. Google Fiber is an actual on-site location service that brings cable television and broadband Internet directly to subscribers.

The first city to introduce this service was Kansas City and since that introduction in 2012, Google Fiber has broadened its reach to several other cities, including Charlotte.

The service is also available to more than just residential homes. Now, Charlotte area landlords have the option of bringing Google Fiber into their multi-unit dwellings. However, property owners must take the necessary steps to make their structures fiber ready. Businesses can also benefit from Google Fiber, which brings more adaptability.

There is no sign of technology slowing down and it is imperative for businesses to stay up to date. Companies need to utilize the most prominent bandwidth and Google Fiber far exceeds ordinary bandwidth by a speed of 100 times faster. There is also no sign that Google Fiber will slow down anytime soon as its bandwidth is only expected to increase in speed.

The Google Fiber service is provided via small huts, which have been leased throughout the city of Charlotte. Every hut has the capability of bringing service to homes within 30 miles. The service can also be provided to more than 20,000 homes directly from one of those huts.

While this may seem like a new concept to some, Google has stayed one step ahead by introducing a sort-of help service to new vendors who have made the switch to Google Fiber. This has been labeled the Google Fiber Academy, with the first one opening up in Atlanta. It is yet another way for Google to maintain customer satisfaction, which could spell trouble down the line for its competitors

Charlotte was not chosen by accident as it has a tech community which is very open to new and innovative ways to expand tech capabilities into the next generation. It was early in 2015 when Google announced that it had indeed selected Charlotte to become one of its ‘fiber cities.’

Reasons for Charlotte qualifying as a ‘fiber city’ include the continuous growth the city has shown over the past decade and its reputation as being a city that is very focused on business. Furthermore, seven Fortune 500 companies are based out of Charlotte.

Charlotte’s process of obtaining permits also fit right in with Google’s agenda as there is no need to take extraordinary lengths to securing the necessary permitting. That helped moved the process along and provided one more reason why Charlotte would make an ideal fiber city.

There is more room for creativity and launchability with Google Fiber. With more gigabit size and faster speeds, the way of the future for business in Charlotte is expected to run through Google Fiber.

neteffect technologies can help your business stay ahead of the game with the latest in managed IT services. No matter what kind of IT solutions or services you need, neteffect technologies has an answer for you.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_telecom-blog-sq.jpgThe communications industry is loaded with TLAs (three letter acronyms), FLAs (four letter acronyms) and a variety of "buzz" words. The most popular "buzz" words today in technology and telecom (are the technology and telecom worlds really different?) are "cloud" and "hosted", which mean different things to different businesses. Many professionals associate these terms with popular data center solutions: such as "hosted" servers, "cloud" storage, etc., but where else are these terms utilized?

Let's take a moment to explore "hosted" and "cloud" as it relates to telecom solutions and what the features and benefits are for certain businesses. To be clear, these are not "one-size, fits all" solutions for everyone (on premise systems are still viable options as well).

What do “hosted” / “cloud” solutions look like?

  • For the purpose of this blog, we’ll focus on “hosted” telecom systems. “Hosted” (sometimes referred to as “public cloud”) solutions are installed in highly available, redundant data centers which provide reliable environments. Simple deployments for single site businesses requiring basic features can be installed in a “shared” environment, where many of these businesses utilize a single (virtual) server instance, keeping costs lower. Those businesses which require multi-site deployments and/or call center functionality may require a private, “dedicated” (virtual) server environment.
  • Similar to data center solutions, businesses can also install their telecom solutions in a “private cloud” environment, where they buy all the equipment and “host” their own multi-site, “cloud” system.

What makes these solutions a good option?

  • “Big” system features (such as mobile extensions, desktop call control applications, voice mail and email integration, etc.) that were once only accessible to larger organizations are now affordable to the enterprise and SMB markets.
  • Businesses need not be concerned about the upkeep of system software versions, server upgrades and application upgrades; these items become the responsibility of the provider.
  • In some cases, the provider will include managed services for customer needed changes and maintenance to their environment.
  • The solutions are provided in short-term contracts, so as technology changes, businesses can be nimble and competitive.
  • From financial perspective, telephone systems are now Operational Expenses (OpEx) instead of Capital Expenditures (CapEx).

What other considerations are there?

  • In many cases phone calls are delivered on SIP trunks via an internet circuit. “Traditional” phone lines can be utilized, however a device may need to be purchased for conversion.
  • A business grade internet circuit with appropriate bandwidth is required. The biggest mistake incurred by many businesses looking to purely cut costs is to buy the “cheapest” solution and install it on an inferior internet connection. A VoIP readiness test is available and should be run prior to installation to ensure call quality. Otherwise, phone calls will sound “choppy” and potentially disconnect.
  • Compatible VoIP phones need to be purchased as part of the upfront costs.
  • The internal local area network (LAN) needs to support VoIP which in many cases means virtual local area network (VLAN) capability and Quality of Service (QoS). Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) is a plus so that each phone would not require an optional power supply.

How are the solutions priced?

  • It is believed that moving to a “hosted” solution will result in lower costs. Sometimes that is the case, but not always. The most reliable solutions are deployed on private (virtual) servers which incur additional costs for these dedicated environments.

There are monthly costs for servers and server licensing (whether “shared” or “dedicated”), per user license costs and SIP trunk costs (with usage). There are additional nominal costs for direct phone numbers, toll free numbers, directory listings, etc.

neteffect technologies can assist you in weighing your telecom options factoring in your budget and providing an unbiased needs assessment because we act as technology agnostic consultants. Whether you need on-premise and/or “hosted” / “cloud” solutions from multiple vendors, we’ll match your requirement to the appropriate solution.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_kaminario-400x400-300x300.jpgFlash storage may be new and confusing with worries like cost and flash lifespan, not to mention the variety of product approaches, form factors, and vendors. IT challenges surface at fast and furious rates. With IT challenges are new and innovative solutions.  If time is money, continue reading.

Partnering with a leading flash storage company has its benefits and neteffect technologies is proud to expand its relationship with Kaminario, a Massachusetts-based company named a Visionary in Gartner’s “2015 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays” (http://kaminario.com/blog/press-releases/kaminario-named-visionary-gartners-2015-magic-quadrant-solid-state-arrays/). neteffect technologies is committed to partnerships that are equally vested in providing its mid-size and enterprise clients with the most innovative and revolutionary technology. Kaminario is a perfect partner in this case with the price per gigabyte continuing to fall. Partnering together, neteffect and Kaminario are delivering unparalleled cost efficiencies with an average price of $2/GB.

A new niche at the performance end of the market has been opened, offering hyper-performance data storage. Considered the most cost-effective, no-compromise storage, the flash storage offerings by Kaminario offer consistent and predictable performance and support for physical and virtual mixed workload environments.

Kaminario introduced its latest version of K2, the fifth generation of its all-flash data storage. The K2 has received a long line of endorsements and awards since its inception in 2012. Benefiting from the most modern flash SSD capabilities, the K2 has been built from the ground up, featuring true scale-out and scale-up architecture allowing organizations to grow capacity and performance based on their needs.

neteffect technologies is in the business of providing its clients with unsurpassed products and services and that continues through its partnership with Kaminario. When a few TB of data is required for real-time business intelligence, stock trading, or mission-critical support is necessary, weigh your options by talking with the seasoned professionals at neteffect technologies.

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When considering network and computing infrastructure security for your business, you don't usually think about about alternative routes of delivery for these solutions; and especially don't consider that this technology is available without the traditional appliance. Now, comprehensive security solutions for your network, server, and end-user is available as a service, in the cloud.

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If your business has never experienced a major computer problem, then it's easy to underestimate just how damaging downtime can be. This conclusion can be drawn from a recent survey of small business owners, where 65% estimated they would only lose $500 if their company's network went down for a day. In reality, downtime is much more costly than $500.

Contact neteffect technologies today to learn how we can help your business leverage technology.

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