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Why Your Business Can't Afford To Ignore SD-WAN

Driven by ever-increasing demand for bandwidth caused by initiatives including cloud, mobility and global expansion, Enterprise IT leaders are faced with delivering a seamless and consistent connected experience for all of their customers, employees, and partners, regardless of location or proximity to the network backbone.  What’s more, they typically need to do all of this with relatively flat IT budgets.

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Key Considerations for Every Business Continuity Plan

In past blogs we touched on all the ways your business can be disrupted, from huge natural disasters to accidental cable cuts. The best solution for any downtimeto have a solid business continuity plan in place to minimize the impact and keep your business running. Here are some key elements that our team thinks you should keep in mind while designing your business continuity strategy.

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Another Network Outage? You Need Diversity

As Friday’s Comcast’s nationwide outage proved, it can happen anytime: network connectivity goes down, and business grinds to a halt. No phone, no Internet, no email, no website—employees sit idle and very little gets accomplished. One hour of network downtime could cost a company at tens of thousands of dollars.

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The Advantage Advantage. Why we are Different.

Advantage Communications started out in 2001 and looked mostly like a telecom master agent, back when master agents were defined as distributors providing products, services, and support around telecom carrier offerings. That still describes some of what we do, but it no longer defines who we are and all we do.

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Cybersecurity Must Be a Priority of Every Employee

Keeping all employees, especially corporate leadership, engaged and active can greatly improve the cyber resilience of an organization. Making sure that they have all the knowledge they need to make informed decisions when it comes to cybersecurity will pay dividends in the end.

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Isn’t It Time You Virtualized Your Desktops?

Server virtualization is old news, but desktop virtualization has become just as mature. With a Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution, users work on virtual desktop infrastructure hosted in the cloud. Because the cloud-based desktop configuration is stored on a remote server, it is independent of the physical devices which access it.

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The Move to Cloud: Why Not 'Lift-and-Shift'?

Adopting the cloud should be an enabler to becoming a more agile organization. But if your cloud footprint looks exactly like your on-premises configuration, how likely is it that you’ll receive all the benefits? Your current infrastructure is probably over-provisioned, which makes sense because your current operating model is characterized by long lead times to accomplish most activities.

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Every Company is a Cloud Company

All companies are becoming more digital. Sounds right enough, but let’s level set on the definition. At a minimum, digital companies make their offerings easy to find, easy to try, easy to buy, and easy to use. Beyond these basics, a digital company uses technology as a central element of value delivery.

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GDPR Compliance Isn’t an Option–It’s a Requirement

As the deadline for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance in Europe approaches, many customers are unsure where to begin. With roughly 160 requirements and a mandated 72-hour notification for personal data breaches, it’s clear that most organizations can’t do this alone,

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DR: The Difference Between Redundancy and Reliability

Business continuity planning assumptions are changing the way companies recover from impact scenarios and minimize the disruption to daily business activities. While SaaS solutions provide reliability, most do not provide the same protection as a business received using a separate off-site backup with a long retention period.

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Things to Consider When Choosing an SD-WAN Provider

SD-WAN is in a similar situation to where Cloud was ten years ago - if companies haven't already adopted it, they are at least investigating it. But it's important to remember, though, that not all SD-WAN offerings are the same. Before deciding on an SD-WAN action plan, here are four basic questions that every company need to consider:

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Our Top Technology Trends for 2018

Shifts in IT spending towards the Cloud had changed the landscape for buyers, vendors and technology solution providers alike. We've identified eight important technology trends (Cybersecurity, Cloud, SD-WAN, Blockchain, Big Data, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation) that you should be aware of in 2018.

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How GDPR Could Affect Your Bottom Line

According to a recent survey, 82 percent of European consumers will likely take advantage of their new data access rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), meaning organizations that are mulling over their readiness strategies need to get ready — and quickly.

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Advantage: The “One Stop” Solution For Business Technology

Advantage’s unique business model addresses the needs of today’s businesses, and their IT teams. We consolidate all the key areas of IT into a single support model while giving customers the flexibility to choose ANY provider required for their business. Advantage offers solution engineering, project management, support, and numerous other services just like the providers.

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It's 2018. Isn't it Time You Looked Into the Cloud?

The Cloud is delivering benefits of business agility, competitive advantage and cost reductions to companies that have moved their workloads.  If your business has yet to make that move, at the very least you should make investigating Cloud services one of your 2018 initiatives.

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Why the Direct Sales Model No Longer Works For Technology Customers

Years ago, when things were ‘simple’ and business only had a couple choices for their telecom and IT services, a company could rely on their AT&T, MCI or IBM rep come in and handle everything. But the industry has changed, technology has evolved, companises have consilidates and customer infrastructure challenges have become increasingly complicated.

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Four Tips for Securing Big Data

The enterprise big data landscape continues to evolve, yet many organizations aren’t prepared for the complexities of protecting this data, even though it's becoming an integral part of the overall data environment. Here's a summary are the unique challenges of securing big data and four items that business should consider to reduce risk.

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