9 October 2018

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SD-WAN Explained: Answering the Common Misconceptions

Data Center by Tom Collins

Modern businesses are hungry for bandwidth.

IP traffic is increasing exponentially as organizations are required to support an increased number of:

  • Cloud-Based Applications
  • Collaboration and Conferencing Tools
  • Browsing and Streaming Demands
  • File Transfer, Storage, and Backup Requirements
  • Mobile and Internet of Things Devices

These expanding bandwidth requirements translate to more complex and costly network administration needs. When coupled with increased cybersecurity threats such as DDoS attacks, organizations are in need of simple and secure ways to administer high-performing networks.

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3 October 2018

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The 5 Reasons You Need DDoS Service Right Now

Business Phone Service by Tom Collins

A survey of small business security professionals revealed that distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks cost an average of $50,000 for mitigation, reduced employee productivity, and lost revenue.

If your organization has the problem of 50 grand laying around and can't find anything to do with it, just sit back and wait. Hackers will help you out with that issue.

How common are DDoS attacks? According to one research team’s estimate, one is launched every 23 seconds. And that interval is shrinking. As a 20+ year old ISP, Atlantech Online has been on the front lines of network security issues and worked diligently to reducing risk for us and our customers. This has become even more crucial since becoming a Telephone company, as well, in 2005. 

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12 September 2018

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The Best Cloud PBX Providers With The Most Flexible Scalability

Business Phone Service by Tom Collins

Lower cost is one of the most common reasons businesses switch to a Cloud Private Branch Exchange (PBX) phone system. Cloud-based business phones can be significantly less expensive than PRI Lines or other on-premises deployments. However, there are many other benefits of cloud communication tools besides lower cost.

According to the CompTIA 2018 Cloud Computing Trends Research survey, the top business benefits of cloud adoption include:

  • Simplicity and speed in adopting new features
  • The ability to add new capabilities
  • Modernizing legacy IT environments
  • Avoidance of software upgrades and licensing fees

These benefits can all facilitate business agility, which is a competitive advantage. With a Cloud PBX phone system, organizations can achieve flexible scalability. Unlike with traditional PBX systems, new features can be added immediately without having to purchase equipment or pay licensing fees. A single Cloud PBX phone system can expand from 150 users to 300 without having to add new features.

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5 September 2018

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PRI Circuit for Business: Options, Alternatives, and Cost

Business Phone Service by Tom Collins

Primary Rate Interface (PRI) circuits are a well-established technology for business phone systems. Investing in PRI can seem like a low-risk way to meet your company’s need for reliable, quality voice communications.

While PRI circuits are stable, they have some limitations compared to alternatives such as SIP Trunking for business. Before investing in PRI Lines, it's important to understand costs, how the technology works, and potential challenges.

For some specialized use cases, a PRI circuit is the right choice. To determine whether your business is best served by PRI, SIP, or a hybrid mixture of cloud and traditional phone technology

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29 August 2018

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SIP vs. VoIP: What's the Difference and Which is Best?

Business Phone Service by Tom Collins

Today's business communications involve a lot more than just voice calls. While phones are still a critical tool for communications, professionals use a lot of different technologies to converse. In a given day, it's not uncommon for the average employee to rely on phones, email, mobile apps, chat, text, and video conferencing.

Recent technological advancements have expanded the options companies have in business phone systems. Increasingly, organizations are switching from dated options like Primary Rate Interface (PRI lines) to more integrated options like Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to save costs.

Switching to internet-based phones is the right choice for some companies, but VoIP-only isn’t a robust enough solution for many businesses today. Many organizations can benefit more from a Unified Communications approach, which supports voice, text, conferencing, mobility, and other forms of communication.

If you’re evaluating new business phone systems, you may be wondering what the difference is between Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and VoIP, and which is best.

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22 August 2018

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PRI Lines: The Advantages and Limitations

Business Phone Service by Tom Collins

In 2018, your customers still want to call your business.

The most common reason people pick up the phone is to get a question answered quickly or to talk to a real human, according to a recent Google study. Understanding that phone calls still matter for customer service and employee collaboration is a pretty simple idea.

What’s less straightforward is choosing the right type of phone system for your business. With options like PRI Lines, SIP Trunking, and VoIP, simply keeping all of the acronyms straight is difficult. Selecting the option that will offer the most value for your business is even more complex.

If you’re trying to understand the advantages and limitations of PRI Lines, you're in the right place. PRI technology has some distinct pros and cons, each of which can impact companies in different ways.

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15 August 2018

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Colocation Pricing: Understanding Your Options

Data Center by Tom Collins

Server Colocation can be the right way for organizations to achieve cost savings, simpler management, and flexibility for mission-critical IT workloads. Gartner research predicts that worldwide spending on Colocation services will reach $74.5 billion by 2020.

Moving your servers off-site to a trusted vendor’s facility can allow your organization to maintain control over your data, while achieving cost savings and other benefits of a colocated IT infrastructure.

Server Colocation pricing can vary significantly, depending on a large number of factors which we've outlined below. the Washington, D.C. area, Colocation costs can start at $100 a month for a single server with 100 Mbps of Internet bandwidth, and increase to as low as $600 per month for a full cabinet.

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8 August 2018

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Need a SIP Trunk? Here are 5 Things to Consider First

Business Phone Service by Tom Collins

Organizations are making the switch to cloud-based communication tools for better security, reliability, and cost-savings. According to one recent study, an estimated 62% of businesses have made the switch to SIP trunking. With a Unified Communications vendor, organizations who adopt SIP trunking can unlock a standard set of protocols for cloud-based business phone and multimedia data exchange.

For many organizations, the benefits of switching to a SIP trunk over alternatives such as PRI phone lines are clear. However, the path to finding the right provider and achieving a seamless implementation of cloud-based business phones can be more complex. How do you ensure satisfaction and quality of service once your new business phones are live?

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1 August 2018

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Gigabit Internet: 5 Surprising Business Benefits

Fiber Connectivity by Tom Collins

Did you know that the average employee wastes approximately an entire work week of time each year on slow computer performance and slow Internet connectivity?

A study by Sandisk found that the most common and time-consuming delays were caused by waiting for necessary file uploads and downloads to complete. I may not be objective, but, I believe that failing to upgrade to Gigabit Internet connectivity (1000 Mbps) could be costing your organization time and money.

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25 July 2018

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Fiber Internet Availability: How to Check Your Building for Fiber Internet Access

Fiber Connectivity by Tom Collins

Upgrading to fiber for business Internet service can offer benefits to your organization such as productivity gains, greater reliability, and superior speed. When compared to traditional copper or coax cable Internet access technology, fiber offers significant advantages in areas such as bandwidth, upload and download speeds, security and long-term costs of ownership. As many fiber providers expand their resources in major cities, fiber Internet availability is more expansive than ever before.

The costs of connecting your business to fiber can vary significantly, and an upgrade can be very expensive if your building is not already connected to fiber resources in your city. There can be a great deal of confusion around the question of the exact cost of upgrading to fiber, and the answer is that it depends. The most significant factor that impacts the cost of switching to fiber is whether your building is already lit with fiber, or are there fiber resources nearby.

If you’re wondering how much it will cost your business to upgrade to fiber Internet and whether your building is already lit with fiber, you’re in the right place. In the paragraphs ahead, you’ll learn why being in a fiber-lit building matters and how to tell your proximity to fiber resources.

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