Influencers for Growth & Design of the Internet

AOL_Modem_ScreechThe IP of today is virtually unrecognizable from the Internet that debuted 24+ years ago. Presently, IP supports much more than it once did. In the past, the platform was mainly static links that brought you to a page with even more static links and information. Now, due to trends in technology, IP has become interactive, supporting all facets of life around the globe including social media, financial trading, gaming, news, video streaming and more. It allows a plethora of information to reach different parts of the world via numerous functions and features such as banner ads on a webpage or message boards in the blogosphere. Internet is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity.

We could ramble for hours (maybe even days) about the endless changes of this “new-age IP.” But for us, we see three main takeaways:

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Decoding IP and the Dangers of DDoS

404 ElephantWith the invention of the Internet, we awake each morning connected. It has become as easy and routine as that early morning cup of Joe or the commute to work. But what we don’t realize is the mechanics behind this vast machine that enables communication and the susceptibility to danger it may face.

Let’s take a real world example. Bob Smith of the Sunesys Bank of New York is requesting a file from a server in his Chicago office. As he attempts to download this file, he receives an error due to a DDoS attack on the Chicago server despite the fact that he can access the rest of the Internet just fine. What is happening and how can it be resolved? For this, we must go back to the origins.   Read more of this post

Social Media’s APPetite for Bandwidth

APPetite For BandwidthSo, if you get “Friends” from Facebook and “Followers” from Twitter…

Can you get “Grapes” from Vine?

Of course that is a fair question! Read on for the answer and a peak into the “Social Media” world.

What most avid Social Media mavens don’t realize is the role of Social Media is directly correlated to the world of telecom. Today’s Social Media engines drive the online community with countless new services and applications (apps) like Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat. These apps would be of no use without the world of fiber pipes or cloud computing.     Read more of this post

Network Security 101

What is network security?Network Security

What are the threats?

How does it protect you?

How does it work?

What are the business benefits?

You may think you know the answers to these seemingly basic questions; even still, it’s a good idea to ask them of your network administrator or trusted IT partner. Why? Unless you are a network security professional, you most likely lack the resources and knowledge to protect your business (or personal devices) from today’s sophisticated Internet threats.

What is Network Security?

In answering the question, “What is network security?” it should be explained that network security refers to any activities designed to protect your network. Specifically, these activities protect the usability, reliability, integrity, and safety of your network and data. Effective network security targets a variety of threats and stops them from entering or spreading on your network. Read more of this post

Healthcare Mergers: Bigger Buildings, Bigger Bandwidth

Bigger Bandwidth_Bigger BuildingsClose to 50% of the healthcare providers with which we meet request pricing for additional locations they are attempting to acquire. You might guess the other half don’t mention it because they are the ones being acquired. That very well may be the case, but some things are better left unsaid! It does beg the question though: “Why is this consolidation happening now?”

An article posted in the New York Times last August states the following:

“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has unleashed a merger frenzy, with hospitals scrambling to shore up their market positions, improve operational efficiency, and create organizations capable of managing population health. The figures are impressive: 105 deals were reported in 2012 alone, up from 50 to 60 annually in the pre-ACA, pre-recession years of 2005–2007.”1

In a different article by Christopher Pope from The Heritage Foundation website this August he states:

“The national health care law reinforces the trend of providers, including doctors and hospitals, to merge into large regional health systems that dominate local markets.” He goes on further to state: “This growth of monopoly power is not the result of free-market forces, but the deliberate product of public policy.”2

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