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Implementing IPv6 For Your Business

Breaking it down to simplistic terms, the Internet is a network of computers and mobile devices connected to each other through a series of routers and speaking common protocols. The way that these routers connect computers and mobile devices across the Internet is through either  IPv4 or IPv6 addresses . Knowing about this technical jargon may seem tasking and irrelevant for most businesses. Why not hire someone with IT knowledge to deal with it instead, right? But there is a growing need for businesses to familiarize themselves with some basic knowledge about and the differences between the different types of IP addresses. Let’s start with the growing problem facing IPv4 then go into detail to why implementing IPv6 to work alongside your current IPv4 for your business now will save you and serve you in the future. IPv4, or Internet Protocol...
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“The Table of Nines” and High Availability

Having high availability means that your systems and applications are available upon user request or demand. High availability solutions aim to maximize uptime and minimize downtime. The standard of consistent availability has made the global Internet a mechanism for sharing information by extending the reach of database applications throughout the world. Our businesses today require data management solutions that are always available since we have become accustomed to having access to our data and information on demand, 24-hours a day. Availability is often measured in the percentage of uptime in one year. It is important to note that uptime and availability are not the same thing. For example, if there is a network failure, a system can be “up” but “not available” to the end users. The Table of Nines A common system for grading application/service uptime is...
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Effective and Affordable Disaster Recovery Solutions for Small Businesses

A disaster recovery plan is crucial for all businesses, regardless of their size. If you want your business to survive any catastrophic event, whether it be a natural disaster, building fire or company network error or malfunction, it is important to plan ahead to ensure that your business will be able to recover as quickly and as seamlessly as possible. Many businesses, especially those who have experienced a disaster without an adequate disaster recovery plan in place, are unnecessarily shelling out thousands upon thousands of dollars on their disaster recovery plans. Those who have learned the value of a disaster recovery plan the hard way know that it is far more cost effective to invest in a disaster recovery plan now than to have to deal with the chaos of a disaster head-on and unplanned for. Luckily for your small business, you don’t have to break the bank in order to...
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Does My Small Business Need A Backup Circuit?

If you’re considering purchasing a backup circuit to the Internet then you’ve probably already come to the realization that your business relies on or can’t function as productively without Internet connectivity . Regardless of the size of your business, we’re all susceptible to the chaos that can result from an IT or natural disaster so having a backup circuit is a good way to help ensure that you stay connected. Loss vs. Cost of a Backup Circuit For a Small Business If you work for a small business, chances are you wear many hats. You don’t just have one job function and you’re probably doing a myriad of things that you never thought you’d be doing. Small businesses typically have fewer workers doing more jobs, which means that for each worker unable to work without Internet, your business is losing even more productivity per person. You need to consider...
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An Introduction To Multihoming

Multihoming is defined as being simultaneously connected to multiple networks and is used most frequently to refer to having multiple connections out to the Internet. Typically, in your home or small business you will only have one Internet connection or provider.  In an age where Internet connection is becoming so important to companies of all sizes, more and more businesses are considering having more than one connection to the Internet to be an integral part of their network strategy.   One of the main reasons a business would decide to implement a multihoming strategy would be to hedge against losing Internet connectivity if one of their links were to shut down or lose connectivity. When multihoming, you can opt to have multiple connections from the same ISP (Internet Service Provider) or to have multiple connections from different ISPs.  It is highly...
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