Content Delivery Networks

In our last blog, we talked about internet speed tests, and the many factors that can influence them.  One of those factors which we did not discuss is called a “content delivery network.”   A Content Delivery Network, or CDN, is a term for a particular way of distributing internet content.  Traditionally, when you browse to a website from your computer, the information is pulled from the website, carried over the internet, sent through an unknown amount of Internet Exchange Points to your local network, and then translated by your browsing software. Physical Proximity In a CDN, content providers (e.g. [...]

Internet Speed Tests

You may have noticed that there are many websites that test your internet speed – otherwise known as internet speed tests.  You might also have noticed that different sites will give you different results.  Why is that?  Today we’ll discuss how internet speed tests work, and delineate the many factors that influence them. How do they work? On the most basic level, the mechanics of an internet speed test are easy to understand.  To test your download speed, the test site sends a file of a known size to your computer, and measures how long it takes for your computer [...]

By |2019-07-02T22:41:35+00:00July 2nd, 2019|bandwidth, fiberoptic, internet, speed test|0 Comments

The Internet of Things

Despite its somewhat whimsical name, the Internet of Things (often abbreviated IoT)  is a complex topic of global significance.  Its impact will be felt not only economically, in the form of new products and services, but socially, as the new generation of Internet-connected devices changes the way we live. So what is the Internet of Things?  It’s the generally agreed-upon term for devices that connect to the Internet in one way or another, usually for a limited purpose.  For example, one of the most common IoT devices is a “smart thermostat.” A smart thermostat is one that you can control [...]

Colocation – What is it, and how can it help your business?

You may have seen the term “Colocation” and wondered what it meant.  Simply put, colocation is the renting of space in a provider’s data center.  Usually, this space is used to house important electronic equipment and hardware.  There are many reasons companies do this, from simply saving space to fulfilling one part of a complex disaster recovery plan. 24x7x365 Possibly the most important thing data centers offer is reliable constant operation.  Data centers by design offer 24x7x365 uptime.  Specialized cooling systems and redundant power options ensure that all equipment within the data center remains functional and at optimal temperature for [...]

Keep Your Data Safe with the 3-2-1 Backup Rule

We’ve all heard the old saying “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”  The unspoken part of that advice, of course, is that if you drop the basket, all of the eggs will break.  In the fast-moving world of business, you won’t be making any omelets from your broken eggs - you’ll be crying in your cereal.  Cloud storage services can help keep your precious data eggs safe and sound, ensuring you won't lose time and money repeating work or even worse, having to shut down for a period of time. So backing up your data is definitely important, [...]

The Three Tiers of ISPs: What They Mean & Why They’re Important

Has this ever happened to you?  You're talking about the internet with your techy friends and you realize: a) “I don’t know what tiered ISPs are,” and b) “I don’t really know how the internet is structured.” Well, it isn’t just “a series of tubes” as one politician put it. No, a hierarchy of infrastructure exists, which many different commercial, community-owned, non-profit, and privately-owned organizations control. Think of the vast, interconnected highway system that connects cities large and small across the United States. That complexity is similar to the information highway that makes up the backbone of the internet, except [...]

By |2018-09-21T13:32:39+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Fiber Optic Internet, Uncategorized|0 Comments

PRI and SIP: How Do They Stack Up Against Each Other?

PRI and SIP Trunking – What, another telephony thing to keep track of? By now, you’ve probably encountered enough acronyms referencing obscure technology to make you a competitive Jeopardy contestant. But if you’re in the market for voice services for your business or organization, knowing this stuff can be crucial to identifying future bottlenecks down the road. Most of the passionate debate among telecommunications professionals will boil down to two phone systems: Primary Rate Interface (PRI) and VoIP (which is delivered over Session Initiation Protocol, or SIP). While either system will guarantee you a comprehensive voice solution, there are pros [...]

By |2018-09-21T18:13:22+00:00May 9th, 2018|VOIP|0 Comments

What is a Hosted VoIP and How Does it Work?

As you look into communication services for your business, you’ll run into a lot of technical jargon – cloud-hosted PBX, virtual PBX, hosted PBX, hosted VoIP. As someone who may not have a background in IT or computer science, you may feel frustrated at the sheer number of terms, some even describing the same concept. After all, you just want to be able to pick up your phone and have everything work as it should. But functional knowledge of these telephonic systems can save you thousands of dollars, while keeping your business up-to-date with the latest technological advancements. Not tech-savvy? [...]

By |2018-11-13T13:00:53+00:00May 9th, 2018|Uncategorized, VOIP|0 Comments

How Does Fiber-Optic Internet Work?

You’ve probably heard of fiber-optic internet, and how it’s the next step in the internet revolution. After all, the people buzzing about fiber internet run the gamut from corporate CEOs to video game addicts. And that wide spread of appeal is certainly justified. Gigabit speeds, miles-long cables, laser lights – what’s not to love? But if you’re one of the 25% of Americans with access to a fiber-optic network, questions about how all this stuff works may be sprouting up in your mind. All this science-fiction, high-tech mumbo jumbo sounds too good to be true. Well, we’re here to assure [...]

By |2018-09-21T18:15:55+00:00May 9th, 2018|Fiber Optic Internet, Uncategorized|0 Comments