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SD-WAN: What it is and why you need it

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Nov 24, 2021 10:15:00 AM

A software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is a concept that has been around for over a decade. Even so, there are still many areas of this technology that are difficult to fully understand, especially for administrators and decision-makers whose expertise lies elsewhere. However, it is important for people in management positions to be aware of the benefits of SD-WANs because they are becoming increasingly essential as cloud-based services become more ubiquitous. 

In this article, we shed light on SD-WANs and their usefulness in modern networks.

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Topics: Wireless, Network Design, Cloud, SD-WAN, WAN technology

Using wireless bridging to obtain internet connectivity

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Nov 10, 2021 10:47:00 AM

A WAN connection using wireless technology is among the simplest and fastest ways to connect a business to the internet. However, with so many technologies out there, and so many network design and architectural options to deploy, this simple solution can quickly take on a very complex form.

In this article, we hope to simplify the task of sorting through the various choices, allowing you to take advantage of quick, efficient, and often economical wireless options.

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Topics: QoS, VoIP, Network Design, Wi-Fi, WAN technology

How MPLS can benefit your WISP infrastructure

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Jun 9, 2021 10:43:00 AM

Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) play an integral role in delivering internet connectivity to areas where wired connectivity is not economically viable. Rural, remote, and mountainous regions are the primary areas where WISPs thrive. In many cases, WISPs are the only option for connectivity, making them a vital component of a nation’s telecom infrastructure.

There are many technologies that help support the services provided by WISPs. One that is being leveraged more and more in recent years is Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). This topic received considerable airtime at WISPAMERICA this year.

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Topics: Trends, Network Design, WAN technology

Videoconferencing at scale

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Oct 28, 2020 10:48:00 AM

While certain live events have been cancelled amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many of them have been replaced with virtual counterparts that have taken place via videoconference. Some of these events have had hundreds or even thousands of participants. With such numbers, how do videoconferencing systems cope with the traffic load and processing power required?

In this article, we take a look at the concepts involved with the scaling of videoconferencing for large numbers of participants. We also examine some best practices to keep in mind that will help ensure the quality of the end user experience.

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Topics: Total Voice Solution, Yealink, Video Conferencing, Network Design

How to set up DSPs for optimal conferencing performance

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Sep 30, 2020 10:51:00 AM

For small voice networks with only a few dozen phones that exist on a single site, design considerations for digital signal processors (DSPs) will probably not keep you up at night. In fact, you may never have to think about them at all! But for larger multi-site networks, the placement of your DSP resources is important, since when not placed appropriately they could interfere with conferencing performance. In this article, we outline what you need to know to design your network so DSPs work the most efficiently for you.

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Topics: Business Telephone System, conferencing, Network Design

Handling ICT system complexity through configuration management

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Sep 16, 2020 10:43:00 AM

Over time, enterprises grow, technological requirements increase, and ICT (information and communications technology) infrastructure becomes more complex. This complexity adds administrative overhead, can result in an inconsistency of system performance, and increases the probability of downtime due to human error.

One way to manage this complexity is to use the concept of configuration management (CM). In this article, we describe configuration management and show you how it can help streamline your VoIP, data, and ICT infrastructure lifecycle as a whole.

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Topics: Trends, Productivity, Network Design, Business Strategy, Unified Communications

The Magic of Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on May 13, 2020 10:51:00 AM

Most modern IP phones today support Power over Ethernet (PoE), an almost magical technology that powers your IP phone via the same Ethernet cable that connects it to the network. While it may seem simple on the surface, PoE technology is actually quite sophisticated, and is worth understanding when making choices involving network design or IP telephony hardware.

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Topics: Business Telephone System, Network Design, Switches

SIP trunks vs SIP extensions: Which to choose?

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Apr 8, 2020 10:50:00 AM

Telephony solutions come in all shapes and sizes and can be customized to suit the specific needs of each individual business. But with so many choices, it can be confusing for customers to distinguish between the various options available. This is no less the case when it comes to choosing a VoIP service.

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Topics: VoIP, SIP, Network Design, Cloud, WAN technology

Gettin’ jiggy with jitter

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Apr 1, 2020 10:49:00 AM

Jitter is one of the most common causes of substandard voice communications over IP networks. This article provides an overview of jitter and how it influences voice applications, as well as methods for resolving it on your networks.

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Topics: QoS, VoIP, Troubleshooting, Network Design, Unified Communications

Network function virtualization (NFV) and its benefits for VoIP

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Jan 8, 2020 2:51:04 PM

In today's virtual world, telecom and network services have come a long way, from being offered using locally installed, standalone monolithic servers to ethereal entities residing in the cloud. This evolution has touched every part of network service provisioning, and one of the most fascinating facets of this trend is that the network infrastructure itself can be virtualized.

Network function virtualization (NFV) is a network architecture philosophy that virtualizes the network infrastructure. In this article, we take a look at what NFV is, how it works, how it fits in with other virtualization technologies, and how it can be of benefit for enterprise networks.

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Topics: Trends, Network Design, Cloud

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