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IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) allows companies to leverage outsourced IT resources to manage costs and scale as needed. Because IaaS provides a cloud-computing infrastructure via virtualization technologies, it’s important to have a solid connection to keep business operations running smoothly and at top speed. 

Network speeds are vital for ensuring optimal functionality for your business and customers. When selecting an IaaS provider, it’s important to understand how your provider is connecting your hosted infrastructure back to you. Your hosted infrastructure can include network, servers, data storage, and operating systems. Because these IT resources perform critical functions, it’s important to evaluate the data connection they will be utilizing to deliver your services

A poor network connection to your IaaS provider can cause many issues including business interruptions, loss of revenue, and even a depletion of your customer base. Not all network connections are created equal. For that very reason, it’s important to make sure your IaaS provider is supplying the best connection for your business. 

The benefits of T-1 for IaaS

A T-1 circuit is a dedicated connection from your IaaS provider to your company. The majority of residential and small business internet connections are shared connections. When you share a connection, you may experience reduced speeds and functionality if you are splitting the bandwidth with the other building tenants or even the city block. You may even encounter intermittent down time and inconsistent bandwidth speeds.

A T-1 dedicated connection solves these issues, as you are the only one using the connection. This also makes the circuit more secure because your traffic cannot be intercepted by someone else using the circuit.

The benefits of fiber optics

The T-1 line was originally designed to be transmitted over the old telephone copper lines that crisscross the country, making it available almost anywhere because of the prevalence of phone lines. Now, these circuits are using fiber optic cables to provide these point-to-point connections.

Within the last few years, internet providers have been laying fiber optic cables across the country which allow multiple T-1 connections due to fiber optics higher bandwidth throughput.

Fiber optic infrastructure helps you better utilize your T-1 connection and offers these advantages.

  • Fiber optic allows for higher speeds: Fiber optic cables use light to transmit data rather than electrical connections, which offers significant improvements in speed.
  • Fiber optic cables provide a more reliable connection: Fiber optic is dependable because it isn’t affected by weather changes, such as temperature fluctuations and moisture. Because fiber optics uses light to transmit data instead of electricity, it is also unaffected by electromagnetic interference.
  • Fiber optic cables can transmit signals over a much farther distance: Most traditional copper wires are limited to a 328-foot limit before a connecting device is needed to continue the transmission. Fiber optics are not subject to those limitations, and thus they can travel farther.
  • Fiber optics also has a lower cost of ownership: Although initial laying of fiber optic cables may come at a higher cost, the better endurance and longer lifespan of fiber results in a lower total cost of ownership.
  • Fiber offers flexibility for future integration: Fiber optics can be incorporated into other networks with converters. The flexibility of fiber makes it an optimal solution for growth. 
  • They are safer: Old and frayed copper wiring poses a significant fire hazard. This does not occur with fiber optic cable making it much safer.

The use of T-1 and fiber optics makes for a more secure connection and faster speeds. When selecting an IaaS provider, make sure you are opting for one that can offer use these benefits. Whatever your internet needs are, select LightBound as your solution. We offer various services that will help you create a rock-solid IP foundation. Contact us today for information about our core data center, local cloud, integrated voice, advanced internet, and more. 

Data centers can be very costly for organizations. They require a large investment of time and capital for implementation, and necessitate that you hire a team to manage your infrastructure. The operational costs associated with a physical data center are a significant burden on most companies. Depending on the size of your company, your IT budget, and the size of your facility, data center hosting may be the right choice for you.

Data center hosting is the outsourcing of facility space to a third party who hosts and deploys a data center on their external provider infrastructure. This infrastructure can include servers, network equipment, and even applications. It enables the use of services, features, and capabilities of a data center, but at lower capital costs. The use of a hosted platform, which is external to the on-premises IT infrastructure, can also help to accelerate the implementation of technology.

Data centers are large, complex facilities that require planning before implementation. When you choose to manage your data center internally, you must be prepared to handle these issues:

  • How much power will your data center consume?
  • What if your building loses power?
  • How many server and network racks do you need now?
  • How many will you need in 10 years?
  • How will you keep the equipment in your data center appropriately cooled to avoid losing data?
  • How will you secure the physical space?
  • Who will have administrator access to the equipment?
  • What size network circuits do you need for your data center?

These are all questions that your organization will need to address before the initial planning phase of an on-site data center can even begin. A hosted data center is beneficial from a deployment perspective because it is already up and running at a location that has been specifically engineered to address all of these questions. This will save you significant time and money when compared to provisioning your own data center.

After deployment, a typical on-premise data center also puts a great deal of responsibility on your internal IT staff. Managing your data center doesn’t just involve deploying and maintaining infrastructure, it also means you are on the hook for disaster recovery and data backup.

Any interruption in data center up-time will likely cause a loss of business and revenue. If you don’t have the staff to prevent outages and to deal with those interruptions in a timely manner, a hosted data center is critical. Hosted data centers maintain a 100% uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA) with your organization. This eliminates internal concerns for staffing during vacations or coverage during holidays.

Your future as a company is also very important and a hosted data center will ensure your capacities are provisioned for scale and growth. Hosted data centers provide you the ability to increase your network speeds, server size, power capacity and/or cooling capacity with a quick phone call to your provider. When your company grows, your data center can scale along with it without needing to address additional infrastructure. Hosted data centers offer the best solution for IT solutions and cost management. Let someone else handle the technical parts so you can focus on your business. Call LightBound today for all of your IP needs.

For enterprise businesses, implementing the right IT infrastructure is a project that has lots of moving parts — initial deployment alone takes a huge investment of time, labor, and resources. Consistent management of your own infrastructure requires internal manpower for maintenance tasks and upgrading. To forgo much of this hassle, companies turn to IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service)

IaaS has many cost-effective benefits, but some cloud providers may be limited in their resource capacity and find it easier to offer templatized versions of infrastructure. To avoid this kind of pigeonholing, give custom IaaS a try.

Customization is the key to maximizing your IaaS

No two businesses are the same, so why should your infrastructure be? The true power of implementing and maintaining your own systems comes with the ability to manage IT systems to fit your growth and any business problems that arise. With custom IaaS, you can also scale up or dial back as necessary.

Additionally, a custom solution can be personalized to suit your exact business needs. You will have granular control so that you can fine-tune your IT resources on demand. Customized IaaS gives you the adaptability of an on-premise data center without the demands of managing your own infrastructure.

Choosing an IaaS provider can be tricky, but it’s an important decision. You’ll want to ensure you have access to all the IT resources you need. Weigh the options carefully before selecting a provider. Use our tips to help narrow down which IaaS features you need for your business. 

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Benefits of custom IaaS

Infrastructure isn’t the kind of service where you want to opt for a one-size-fits-all solution. Your customers expect a high level of service, and you need to be able to provide it. Customizing your IaaS lets you optimize your systems without wasting money on unnecessary resources, which translates into a better customer experience.

The benefits of custom IaaS includes the following.

  • Cost maximization: Custom IaaS allows you to scale appropriately so you only pay for what you use. Funneling capital into the much-needed areas of your infrastructure could free up money to be used in different areas of your business.
  • Flexibility: One of the major benefits of custom IaaS involves the flexible nature of a personalized solution. You can scale during periods of growth and cut back when things are slow. Because you are customizing to suit your needs, you can also determine if certain computing resources need to be increased to suit a trending demand. You have true flexibility in which resources you are using and how they are being put to work.
  • Reduced need for dedicated manpower: Enterprises with traditional on-premise data centers need to employ a dedicated team to manage their infrastructure. This translates into an entire team of individuals who handle upgrades, security, hardware, and any troubleshooting that needs to take place. With customized IaaS, you let the experts do that for you and allocate your manpower to more business-focused tasks.
  • Better customer service: With increased capabilities and custom infrastructure that is uniquely suited to your needs, you can provide better customer service. Having exactly the right computing power, disk space, and memory means you are able to focus on key clientele issues and continue driving new customer relationships.
  • Governance: Regulated industries come with particular privacy rules and associated standards that can sometimes be difficult to keep up with. When you opt for custom IaaS, you can ensure you have the necessary protocols in place to keep everything running smoothly and remain confident of your ongoing compliance.
  • Top-notch security: In today’s modern world where data attacks pose a significant risk, cybersecurity is of the utmost concern. Media coverage of large-scale breaches has everyone looking to implement additional safeguards. With custom IaaS, you can beef up your security with premium firewall protection, anti-virus software, and other malware safeguards. 

At Lightbound, our experts can help you fully assess your needs and provide a full custom solution to suit any situation. Call us today to see how we can help you determine your IaaS needs!

Data centers are the beating heart of an enterprise. With so much of a business going digital, data centers comprise the physical infrastructure needed to house a company’s information, applications, and computing resources. Data centers include:

  • Servers
  • Routers
  • Switches
  • Controllers
  • Security equipment
  • Storage systems

…and much more. These physical repositories house all of the hardware necessary for maintaining a sound digital presence and consistent business operations. 

On-premise vs. off-premise data centers vs. colocation

Housing your own IT infrastructure comes with particular challenges. For this reason, some enterprises elect to engage a third-party data center or opt for data center colocation. Because data centers are a critical component in keeping business operations running smoothly, companies are constantly evaluating which option is best for growth and governance.

Considerations for selecting a data center

Data centers enable critical business operations. Therefore, it’s extremely important that companies understand their needs and how to choose an optimal data center. Here are a few key factors to think about as you evaluate and select a data center.

  • Geographic options for diversity: A backup plan needs to offer redundancy and geographically diverse options. Evaluate where data centers are located and how that can support your localized buildings. In addition, make sure the data centers offer needed backup and appropriate disaster recovery options.
  • Infrastructure: What kind of infrastructure does the data center have? Is the infrastructure outdated? Does it meet your requirements? Is there sufficient computing resources for growth and high-volume traffic times? All of these questions should be addressed before green lighting a data center.
  • Reliability: As with any provider, it’s a good idea to perform some basic research. Does the data center have a solid reputation among its clients? Does it have a history of premium performance? Are others pleased with their service? Choose a data center with a solid history and a high reputation.
  • Scalability: Make sure the data center you select offers you room for expansion. Evaluate that the data center has the computing resources and physical space to accommodate for your growth.
  • Security: Security is of the utmost concern. Evaluate what kind of data security protocols and physical safeguards each data center has to select the right solution.

Contact Lightbound today to see how we can help you with your data center needs! We also specialize in local cloud data storage, advanced internet, integrated voice systems, and network options to optimize your business performance. Let us focus on managing your data so you can focus on growing your business. 

In a world dominated by AI and machine learning, consumers are constantly seeking out what’s quicker and better, especially when it comes to customer service. Customers are no longer content waiting in phone queues or calling in repeatedly when a line loses connection. Your ability to communicate with your customers needs to be quick and efficient. That’s where integrated voice comes into play. 

Benefits of integrating your voice services into a cloud provider

One of the ways that organizations can provide exceptional service is enabling superior communications with an integrated voice system. Integrating voice and the cloud offers many cost and feature benefits over on-premise voice services.

On-premise voice services require a significant investment to implement and maintain. With on-premise voice solutions, organizations are responsible for installation, manpower for maintenance, hardware, and lost revenue related to outages or problems. Voice cloud providers help move a lot of the maintenance responsibilities away from your organization, which can save you money.

With integrated voice, cloud providers are responsible for fixing broken hardware, call-quality issues, or any other problem that arises as part of your phone system. Providers are also required to make these repairs in a timely manner, based on your Service Level Agreement (SLA). Another benefit of integrated voice involves saving time on upgrades. Service providers handle all security patching and software upgrades.

Ultimately, integrating your voice puts communications with a single source, ensuring shorter wait times and better quality with little internal maintenance.

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Consideration for moving your voice to the cloud

Before you make the jump to integrating your voice with a cloud-based provider, there are a few things you need to consider.

  1. Pricing: The price structure of the cloud voice provider you select is going to be important. Most providers charge based on the number of phone extensions you need. Because cloud providers sometimes charge per line, per phone, and, in some cases, per feature, it will be important to determine exactly what your voice requirements are before selecting your provider.
  2. Features: An extension of pricing involves features. Know what you want and make sure your cloud provider can supply it. Ask yourself the following questions:
    • How many phones will you have?
    • How many lines or extensions do you need?
    • What features do you need (voicemail, hold, call forwarding, three-way calling, conference capabilities, and so on)?
    • How often will you need to modify your needs?
  3. Internet speeds: When using a cloud provider, your voice speeds are only as good as your internet connection. For a good user experience, your network connection to the cloud provider must meet the bandwidth requirements and be reliable. Depending on your location and the availability of local Internet providers, a high-speed connection may not be available.
  4. Quality of Service: QOS is also something you will need to discuss with your internet service provider. QOS allows you to prioritize your voice traffic over your internet circuit so you don’t drop calls when there is limited bandwidth.
  5. Reputation: As with any cloud service, it’s important to ensure that you are getting quality service from someone with a solid reputation. 

Your customers are so important to you and your communications capabilities needs to reflect that. As experienced voice providers, we know how to help you provide the best in customer service. Call us to see how we can help you integrate voice today!