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8 Steps for Ensuring a Smooth Transition to Hosted VoIP | Step 1: Dialtone Business Phones vs. Unified Communications (UC)

by on Jul.21, 2015, under Trends, Unified Communications

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Communication is key to the success of any business, so as new technologies that enable easier and more efficient methods of communication have become available, companies in turn have improved the way they interact with their employees and customers. For many, this means finally making the transition from their traditional PBX systems to Voice Over Internet Protocol, or what’s commonly known as Hosted VoIP.
 
So problem solved – ditch the old PBX, move over to Hosted VoIP, and you’re all set, right? Or, maybe you’re already using a Hosted VoIP service, but don’t quite feel like you’re getting the most out of it.
In our newest whitepaper with TechTarget, we discuss eight critical steps to ensuring a seamless and worry-free transition to a new business phone system.
 
For this blog post, we’ll talk about number one: self-evaluation – how to identify what communications capabilities your company requires, or needs to improve, and use that information to help you select the best possible Hosted VoIP solution.
 

Determining Business Needs – Dialtone Business Phones vs Unified Communications

As a first step, companies need to thoroughly evaluate how they currently manage their business communications– and how they want to be connecting with their customers moving forward. Are they just looking for a static dial-tone PBX to make traditional phone calls? Or do they need more mobility?
 
While there are surely some still out there, in today’s business environment it’s safe to say that most businesses are using more than one form of communication that serve as collaboration tools – be that mobile applications, conference calling, local or long distance phone calls, video/web conferencing, or instant messenger (IM). Together, these services are known as Unified Communications (UC) or Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS).
 

Moving to the Modern Office: Hosted VoIP and Unified Communications

Unifying the integration of these capabilities is vital to the execution of smooth day-to-day business functions, which is why choosing the right VoIP provider– especially one that can scale – is so important.
 
As the industry grows and companies continue to migrate toward Hosted VoIP that offers much more than just voice, they in turn move away from things like poor quality of service, different sets of equipment, and multiple pieces of IT hardware.
 
Moving to Hosted VoIP rather than on premise -based, or upgrading from your current hosted provider to one that offers more unified communications options, guarantees organizations the ability to upgrade, remove, or change features as they determine the level of user adoption.
 
To learn more, feel free to listen to our accompanying podcast on self-evaluation, which you can find by clicking here.
 
In our next blog post, we’ll talk about understanding what network options are currently available and how to determine which network management capabilities are best for your company.

Announcing UC & Cloud Connect, our Premier IT Networking Event in NYC

by on Jul.21, 2015, under Events

 

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If you missed our event in June at the Polycom Experience Center this is your chance to get in on the action! At our June event more than 50 of New York’s elite technology executives gathered at this premier IT networking event to discuss trends in hosted voip, unified communications, and cloud services. Guests also enjoyed an exclusive tour of the Polycom Experience Center (pictured below).
 
 

Polycom Experience Center

Polycom Experience Center


 

Join us Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.for our second UC & Cloud Connect IT networking event at the Polycom Experience Center in Manhattan. Click the button below to reserve your space!
 

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VDI vs VPN- What fits your business needs?

by on Jul.18, 2015, under Cloud Services

Now that we have shown you both sides of VDI and VPN, it is time to reflect on what solution fits best for your business. To make things a little easier, we have broken down the components of when you should use a VDI solution vs a VPN solution below.
 
VDI is good for:

  • Better Centralized Management
  • Optimal Security hosted through cloud
  • Remote Accessibility anytime, anywhere
  • Companies with BYOD users

VPN is good for:

  • Protecting your public WiFi
  • Cost savings
  • File sharing
  • Omitting internet Filters

Whether you’re planning on virtualizing your network by implementing VDI or VPN, it is important to be weary of the differences to choose the best solution for your business. Although VDI solutions are more expensive than VPN, it allows for data to be stored and secured at the data center level. VPN allows for flawless file sharing and privacy when it comes to browsing. It is crucial to have a consultation to really understand which virtualization technique will give your company the results that it’s looking for.
 
Let us help you with a free consultation today! Click here to learn more.

VDI vs VPN Part II- Do I Need a Virtualization Solution?

by on Jul.16, 2015, under Cloud Services, Unified Communications

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Last week we kicked off our VDI vs VPN blog series with a high level overview of the importance of virtualization and it’s place in the modern office. This week we’ll tell you the key benefits of both to help you see how a virtualization solution can benefit your business.
 
So…What is VDI?
 
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure also known as VDI is a form of virtualization that hosts a desktop operating system with a virtual machine (VM) that runs on centralized servers through the cloud. It allows applications such as Outlook, Office and Internet Explorer to be stored on a central server rather than on the clients physical machine. This, in turn, allows users to access all the network resources giving the business centralized management, increased security and reduced overhead costs.
 
What is so great about this? VDI has many advantages including centralized management, increased security, and reduced costs.
 
Let’s break it down.
 
Centralized Management: Adding RAM, pushing out new software, or disabling temporary and former employees can be deployed at the server level in the administrative location saving IT departments countless hours.
 
Increased Security: All valuable data of the business would now be stored and located in the data center instead of the local device. This translates into fewer chances of data leaks via malware and viruses.
 
Reduced Costs: Businesses can now look forward to less upfront costs by not purchasing equipment, software and licenses. This in turn lowers the number of IT staff who provision virus removals and configuration issues.
 
Now that we’ve learned a little about VDI, let’s dive into VPN…
 
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a private extension of the Local Area Network (LAN) available over the Wide Area Network (WAN). This is designed to provide a private encrypted tunnel connection to ensure privacy of information that is transmitted between the two locations.
 
What is so great about this? VPN’s advantages include online anonymity, the ability to unblock websites and bypass filters, and secured Wi-Fi hotspots.
 
Let’s break it down.
 
Online Anonymity: VPN allows browsing with complete anonymity. This allows the IP address connected to a desktop computer, laptop or any other mobile device to be hidden from privacy invasion or hackers.
 
Unblock websites and bypass filters: This is an advantage for those who are doing business with countries who have firewalls and restrictions on what content their residents can see or exchange with other countries.
 
Secured Wi-Fi hotspots: When using any Wi-Fi hotspots, the VPN will create an encrypted firewall link for your mobile device so that browsing is completely privatized.
 
Now that you know the benefits of each, which do you think is right for your business? Next week we’ll conclude this blog series with a discussion on the key differences between VDI and VPN. Interested in learning more now? Click here for a free demo of VPN OR here for a free demo of VDI.

VDI vs VPN- Which Virtualization Solution is Right for Your Business?

by on Jul.08, 2015, under Cloud Services, Unified Communications


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As the summer vacation season reaches its peak, more and more workers are on the go. Whether you need to quickly email a file from your desktop while you’re out of the office, or find a colleague’s phone number in the company’s directory- having access to your desktop environment on demand is crucial. Thankfully, virtualization makes it possible to do all of the above and more.
 
Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be posting a series of blogs that will give you an overview of today’s most popular virtualization solutions: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Virtual Private Networks (VPN). We’ll highlight the pros and cons of each to help you decide which virtualization solution is best for your business.
 
Want to learn about these solutions now? Read more on VDI in this whitepaper A Business Case for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Deployments and VPN here.

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