Understanding Your IP Address

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Some 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day around the globe, and it would be impossible for all that information to be sent and received without an IP address, the unique number assigned to every computer and device connected to the internet.

What are the origins of the IP address system that creates order out of chaos and exactly how does it work?

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Bandwidth Will be Crucial in Post-COVID Shared Offices

By PS Lightwave Content Team

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, not just for the short-term, but forever.

The digital transformation brought on by the coronavirus crisis has been well documented with not only businesses embracing new technologies, but employees adopting new habits, such as Zoom meetings and attending online conferences, that will carry into a post-pandemic world.

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Future-Proof Your Networking Needs with SD-WAN Emerging Technology

By PS Lightwave Content Team

When it comes to future-proofing your networking needs, SD-WAN checks all the boxes.

SD-WAN (software-defined networking in a wide area network) is being embraced by IT and network managers looking to accelerate digital innovation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emerging technology simplifies the connectivity and management of complex networks by utilizing cloud-based software via a centralized WAN edge platform.

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How to Measure Network Reliability

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Network reliability has taken on greater meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic as it has become mission-critical to maintaining connections with employees, customers, prospects, and vendors.

Companies took quantum leaps in digital adoption in a matter of months, sometimes weeks, putting pressure on their existing networks.

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What You Need to Know About Internet Speed and How to Increase It

By PS Lightwave Content Team

We live in a world where fiber optic networks with high-speed Internet connections that allow us to work and play online are increasingly a necessity more than a luxury in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And while average Internet speeds in the US have zoomed higher in the last decade, going from 5 Mbps to 100 Mbps according to Ookla, it can often feel slow, especially if your important Zoom call with your boss glitches or you can not complete your online school test because of a poor connection.

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Out of this World Colocation as Data Centers Soar Above the Clouds

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Until now the dream of powerful data processing in space has been limited mostly to the science fiction of Star Trek and Star Wars, but a combination of declining satellite launch costs and emerging computing technology is about to make colocation data centers above the clouds a reality.

“As the cost of building and launching satellites continues to drop, melding IT concepts with satellite operations to bring data center services into Earth orbit and beyond is emerging as the next big thing,” wrote Editor in Chief of Space IT Bridge, Doug Mohney, in Data Center Frontier last summer.

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Small Businesses Use Technology to Stay Afloat During Pandemic

By PS Lightwave Content Team

2020 was not kind to American small businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic punished Main Street. According to tracktherecovery.org, “as of December 30, 2020, the number of small businesses open decreased by 29.7 percent compared to January 2020.” Yelp estimated at the end of August 2020 that nearly 100,000 small businesses had closed for good since the start of the pandemic.

Those small businesses that persevered into 2021, utilized technology and E-commerce solutions to stay afloat as lockdowns and COVID-19 social distancing instantly shifted a chunk of the economy online.

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Six Advantages of a Hosted Phone Systems for Your Business

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the economic world, hosted phone systems were on the rise as businesses embraced cloud-based and unified communications solutions. These virtual or cloud-based PBX, which replace traditional on-premises PBX, are projected by Technavio to grow by almost $24 billion by 2024.

“Factors such as high operational flexibility of cloud-based PBX, and the convergence of VoIP, PBX, and UC for effective communication will have a significant impact on the growth of the cloud-based PBX market value during the forecast period,” said a senior analyst at Technavio.

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Disaster Recovery Plans: Three Site Strategies You Should Consider

By PS Lightwave Content Team

In a year in which the unthinkable happened -- a worldwide pandemic -- it might be a good idea to revisit your company’s disaster recovery plan. The key word here is “disaster”.

This is not a back-up plan or response to a glitch or temporary hiccup in operations, but a recovery plan for a catastrophic event such as a hurricane, earthquake, wildfire, flooding, and even civil disobedience. Your disaster recovery plan is a playbook for what to do when the facility where your critical infrastructure is hosted is no longer operational.

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Understanding Hybrid Data Centers

By PS Lightwave Content Team

When it comes to choosing between the cloud, colocation, and on-premises infrastructure to host your businesses data, the best answer might be all three. This best-of-all-worlds solution is the “hybrid data center” and is currently used by one in five companies. That number, according to Gartner, will rapidly rise in the next five years as businesses embrace the hybrid data center approach.

“By 2025, 85 percent of infrastructure strategies will integrate on-premises, colocation, cloud, and edge delivery options, compared to 20 percent in 2020,” said David Cappuccio and Henrique Cecci, authors of the Gartner Research Report released in September 2020, “Your Data Center May Not Be Dead, but It’s Morphing”.

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