Astound Business January 28, 2022
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How Increased Cyber Threats Are Affecting Your Business Continuity Plans in 2022
Your business can’t afford to suspend operations due to a supply chain shortage, a natural disaster, or a power outage in your warehouse. And it certainly can’t afford to be a victim of a cyberattack either. Unfortunately, as technology evolves...

How to Keep Employees Engaged and Productive in a Hybrid World
Before COVID, remote office work was usually reserved for freelancers or those whose work-flexibility needs — such as parenting young children — were addressed on a case-by-case basis. But the rest of the rank-and-file punched in, swiped a security card,...

AWS Direct Connect – Bringing Businesses Together
AWS Direct Connect: A Secure Path Between Your Business and AWS A public internet connection to Amazon Web Services (AWS) will give your business access to a level of service equal to all other users of the world’s biggest public...

Collaborate Better Together With Unified Communications
Take Your Business Communications to the Cloud What if there was a reliable, affordable means to keep all of your employees connected and engaged no matter where they worked? There is, and it's called Unified Communications as a Service. Rather...

Become The Company Your Customers Want It To Be
Successful organizations embrace change. They are constantly reevaluating systems, workflows and personnel skills for improvement to keep their business at the leading edge. But even the most forward-thinking companies face challenges when implementing technologies that change the status quo. What...

How a simple redundancy plan can prevent a major headache
Analyzing an Ethernet service provider’s network is critical to building a good redundancy plan, which ties back to the service level agreements (SLAs) you should have received during the consultation phase. The network management and monitoring systems should rapidly identify...

What Are The Benefits Of Edge Computing vs. Cloud Computing?
Many IoT developers and manufacturers are preparing for the storm by storing or processing-critical data locally...or on “the edge.” So, what is edge computing? (Not a 3rd grade question, though in a few years, who knows?) Basically, it’s a group...

What is DevOps & How Can It Benefit Your Business?
  So, what is DevOps? Simply put, it’s the combination of two terms, development and operations). Less simply put, it’s an enterprise software development phrase used to describe a type of agile relationship between IT Development and Operations teams, traditionally...

Network Security
Cyberattacks and Security Breaches are on the rise With the rapid adoption of new technologies like the cloud, businesses large and small can no longer afford to ignore this surge. While fraudulent activity will continue to become more sophisticated, you...

Astound Business Enables Up to 10-Gigabit Direct Connections to Amazon Web Services
Astound Business, a communications provider delivering network solutions for voice, data and video, announces today the availability of Amazon Web Service (AWS) Direct Connect for customers. AWS Direct Connect customers can now link to AWS Direct Connect locations using Astound...

Ethernet or Not
Ethernet: Your Technology Partner for the Future Updating IT infrastructure can be a daunting task! With budget pressures high and a CIO expected to deliver higher performance at a lower cost, companies are looking to draw out the savings inherent...

Ethernet Solutions: Finding the Perfect Fit for Your Business
Making the switch to an Ethernet-based technology doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Use this guide to help you find the perfect solution for your business needs. Ethernet Solutions: Finding the Perfect Fit for Your Business from Astound

Questions to Ask When Evaluating Ethernet Solutions (Checklist)
With pressures to keep costs low combined with the expectation to deliver higher performance, updating IT infrastructure can seem like a daunting task. But the process for making the change can actually be quite seamless with the right tools. Use...

Don’t Become a Headline
Protecting Your Company From Cyber Security Breaches The plague of ransomware, such as WannaCry, has cost companies billions of dollars in 2017. Believe it or not, the intent of cyber attacks isn’t always financial gain. The goal is often system...

Best Benefits of Transitioning to a Cloud Computing Service
There was a time the telecommunications industry saw cloud adoption as a controversial and relatively undeveloped technology. Today, cloud computing services are established networking solutions that are gaining widespread acceptance and deployment. What is the cloud, you ask? Other than...

Virtual Office: Business Class Productivity For Remote Employees
Connecting Remote Employees To A Virtual Office Bring Business-class Productivity to the Home-based Worker IT departments are adapting to a new business environment that includes the need for employees to work from home. As a result, IT administrators are looking...

Why Providers Choose Edge Computing Over 5G Technologies
The next wave of cellular networking technology (5G) is on its way, but still cresting. But the next wave of other technologies, like edge computing, is already here. High-speed data providers that want to improve their current 4G (LTE) service...

How to Choose the Best UCaas Provider for Your Enterprise
As businesses grow, they outgrow many of the technologies that worked for them as a small business. Telecommunications is a great example. Hire a new employee and get them a desk, PC and phone extension and set them to task....

Unified Communications-as-a-Service Levels the Playing Field for SMBs
To equalize the customer experience, build a presence as large as your biggest competitors Small businesses have always struggled to keep up with their larger competitors, especially when it comes telecommunications technology. Until Hosted Voice services came along, switched phone...

Your Business Needs SD-WAN, But Not for the Reasons You Might Think
SD-WAN represents a fundamental shift in the way wide area networks (WAN) are implemented. It simplifies the management and operation of a WAN by using software to automate and prioritize traffic routing between WAN sites, and by maintaining operational rules...

Software Defined WAN Technology
It May be Time for a WAN Change How much has your WAN grown? Is it still just a few point-to-point connections between branch offices and the enterprise data center, or has it evolved into something more complex, serving an...

Overcoming Corporate Challenges To Technology Adoption
Learning, change and the evolution of best practices often come from the active exchange of ideas and experiences among peers. So we invited a bunch of IT professionals and CIOs to a networking dinner to discuss how to identify and...

NWIRC Case Study
The Northwest Innovation Research Center (NWIRC) is an organization that works with entrepreneurs and inventors in Northwest Washington to identify the strategy, tools, and community resources needed to bring their products and business ideas to life. With a large number...

Case Study: GK Machine
GK Machine is a leading manufacturer of high quality agricultural and industrial equipment, parts, and accessories. The company wanted to enhance data security and business continuity given today’s technology landscape. Learn how we brought secure, high-bandwidth fiber to them to...

The Edge is Just Around the Corner
Something's gotta give. Data traffic is rising and you've detected a bump in latency. Some of your accounts have noticed too and that's not a good thing. Customers with ultra-time-sensitive applications like financial transactions, healthcare, video conferencing and logistics requiring...

Network Agility White Paper
An agile network is the difference between solving a problem eventually or proactively. No doubt your team will identify and fix the problem as soon as they can, but what if they could do it faster, with less effort, or...

Show Your Employee Appreciation
Keeping up with employee satisfaction can be just as important as customer satisfaction to a business. After all, happy employees lead to happy customers. Astound has compiled a short list of ideas to help companies show their employee appreciation. (more…)

Mobile Collaboration—what does it mean for your organization?
We live in a connected world, where organizations face challenges to maintain and manage their network portfolio of business services while achieving high levels of customer satisfaction and experience. This makes effective communication critical to business success. There are many...

Saving IT Teams, One Office at a Time
IT Teams are Falling Hard For Software-Defined Networking Three reasons why SD-WAN has IT managers falling in love with their network again! It was a relationship on the rocks and everyone knew it. IT teams and legacy WAN had been...

Why you should care about SD-WAN
Put WAN on Waivers, and Plug SD-WAN Into the Game The benefits of a software-defined network are virtually endless. There’s a saying in sports that a team is only as good as its weakest player, and the same can be...