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Business Preparedness for 2022

Now that we’re into October, most businesses are in the middle of strategic planning for 2022.

Evaluating company and employee performance.

Checking the actual numbers versus projections.

Allocating resources.

Prioritizing next year’s objectives.

But as we look ahead to the winter season, make sure that your IT goals and emergency preparedness are both a consideration in your company’s planning.

IT strategy aligning with business goals

While the next year will undoubtedly bring its own set of challenges, one thing that shouldn’t be a surprise is how your IT plans align with business goals.

Where are the areas that your competition is ahead of you?

Can you catch up with help from your IT group? Considerations must be made for IT spend and how its long-term payoffs ultimately marry with business objectives.

Clear direction helps everyone involved to see the big picture. Those small steps toward the end goal seem incremental, but are crucial to success.

Technology plays an important role in being effective and lean within the business.

Every aspect of a proper IT strategy should support the goals of your business.

As you look to next year, FIBERTOWN can help. If you’d like to see how we can help you hit your IT goals with a strategy session, give us a call.

Reflecting back on last winter

If your base of operations is in Texas, you are well aware of Winter Storm Uri from February of 2021.

The storm and resulting freeze and local disasters were devastating. Uri was unique because it blanketed the entire state of Texas for several days.

And as we all know, Texas is not prepared for that level of winter weather.

Some estimates put the damage at up to $200 billion. That includes property damage, disrupted oil and gas production, stopped food processing facilities and manufacturing plants as well as agricultural losses.

During Uri, FIBERTOWN was able to maintain its 100% uptime service-level agreement for all customers. No services were lost or affected. In fact, not only did we keep everyone up and running, we added a new client who couldn’t afford to be down during the freeze.

The supply chain has been so disrupted, we are still feeling the effects even today.

Planning for a business disruption and implementing disaster recovery procedures is critical for any company, especially for organizations along the Gulf Coast.

While Uri power outages were extensive, Texas is normally hit with some severe weather during the winter months that the state is not equipped for (be it 1-2 days or a full week like we had with Uri).

Without any remediation to the power grid, it leaves us just as vulnerable if not more so than we were last winter.

Be prepared for the unexpected

Now we’re looking ahead to 2022, and getting ready for a new year.

As a result of last winter’s storms, has your company changed how you look at emergency plans?

Instead of deciding that Uri was a fluke and that it won’t happen again, responsible businesses will look to learn from the storm.

What action items have you added to your plans for 2022?

Disaster recovery should figure prominently into your list.

At FIBERTOWN, we help companies address two key factors: maintaining the availability of critical technical systems at our colocation facilities, and work area recovery office space.

Our office spaces are adjacent to each data center location with backup power, blended internet solutions and connection to the customer colocation space available to ensure our customers always stay connected.

We always want to help our clients be ahead of any severe weather or natural disaster, no matter what comes our way.

For more information about disaster recovery planning for your business, contact a FIBERTOWN expert today.

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Fix Texas Latency Issues with Geography (not Technology)

Today’s consumers are flooded with advertising from big tech companies offering faster, more reliable networks.

Can you picture those ads and billboards even now?

Add into that the increased use of streaming media services and gaming — and no one wants to wait for videos or games to lag.

Another topic to think about: Retail giants like Amazon (and subsequent competitors) guarantee 2-day or even same-day shipping. While shipping times worldwide have been affected by the pandemic, a large percentage of buying has been moved to the online space.

How do you think that affects the brain psychology of buyers?

While we often associate those promises with phone and tablet data and lag times, the overarching demand does creep into the business environment.

We now have a general public that has an “I want it now” attitude.

And that mindset does transfer to the business world.

All things considered, the expectations for minimal network latency are at an all-time high.

Limited technology solutions for network latency

Latency, or delays in the delivery of data communication over a network, have an effect on the quality of application performance as well as the customer experience.

Network engineers use a variety of technical solutions to try and improve application performance.

Improving the data transfer capabilities of servers or routers, including compression and streamlining application roundtrip responses can help.

But, technical improvements can’t make up for proximity.

Long-haul networks use hundreds of miles of fiber between metro areas. While data along fiber paths moves at the speed of light, it is highly subjected to other components that can slow it down along the network.

The most practical fix is to move the data and application geographically closer to the customer or endpoints for a business.

Close proximity to the end-user is the best solution for network latency.

Using geography to move data to the edge

In order to achieve fast response, low latency and high bandwidth, you must get closer to the edge points.

Edge computing relocates key data processing functions from the center of a network to the edge, closer to where data is gathered and delivered to end-users.

Finding a data center that uses edge computing to keep your data close to the end-user will be critical to business success.

In Texas, metro areas like Austin, Houston and Dallas that utilize local data centers will see significantly better performance.

Use a network that gets deployed on the edge to provide faster access to common or popular data. It will bypass the speed of transport network issues by getting popular content to the edge, where customers are.

FIBERTOWN is ready to help you get your data as close as possible to your endpoints, whatever your industry: tech, healthcare, financial, higher education or retail.

If you need a 100% uptime guarantee and want the best way to connect to other locations, contact the experts at FIBERTOWN to help you set up your ideal network.

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How to Choose Network Services Wisely

Variety and flexibility are key elements of FIBERTOWN’s network services offerings.

Network. Pipe. Bandwidth. No matter what you call it, your business’ connectivity needs can be met with FIBERTOWN’s diverse solutions.

Some businesses need ultra-high performance, total redundancy, and reliability.

And others need more bandwidth to transfer massive amounts of data but can work with lower-tier providers to lower costs.

Determining the best price and performance plan to fit your company is where the magic lies.

Network services are varied and fluctuate in price. Here are a few helpful factors to consider when you’re determining your connectivity needs.

Location, location, location

While “location is everything” might be a common refrain for real estate agents, it’s also vital for companies looking for a network services provider.

Our FIBERTOWN data centers are located near major carrier hubs and Internet Carrier Exchanges.

These exchanges, also referred to as IX Points, IXPs or Internet Exchange Points, are where the world’s internet service providers (ISPs) and content delivery networks (CDNs) meet and exchange their network traffic.

Close proximity to an Internet Exchange Point means the lowest latency and most robust network connectivity for our data center colocation customers.

Blended internet and smart routing

Both of our FIBERTOWN data centers offer blended or multi-homed internet access.

We have partnerships with multiple carriers connected via multiple circuits providing superior reliability with no single point of failure.

Because of our partnership with ISPs, we are able to serve a broad range of connectivity needs, failover configurations, and specific price targets.

FIBERTOWN Smart Routing considers multiple real-time factors including latency, packet loss, jitter, and transit costs to move your traffic through the best route.

Considering carrier-neutral options

Our customers can depend on us to offer carrier-neutral connectivity.

FIBERTOWN has partnerships with a broad range of telecommunications carriers offering multiple types of service.

When you choose one of our data centers in Houston or Bryan – College Station, Texas, your connectivity is provided via multiple fiber entry points into each data center.

With total carrier neutrality, you can change your network carrier and/or network solution as your business requires.

We have recently enhanced our FIBERTOWN site-to-site connectivity by adding a redundant, path-diverse point-to-point circuit between our data centers in Bryan and Houston.

Connectivity for your business

When it comes to network services, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Any provider who tries to sell you that package isn’t working for your best interests.

In our experience, each business is unique and must be met with expert skill to craft the ideal solution for your needs.

Not only is it best for you — it’s simply the right thing to do.

Find a data center that understands the importance of individualization.

Let FIBERTOWN help you to determine the right data center solution for your needs. Contact us today for a free quote.

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Save Time with Industry-Designed Agreements at FIBERTOWN

Contracts, renewals, lease agreements and the RFP process.

Ask your tech department how they feel about these four items — and you’ll likely hear a groan or get an eye roll.

They just take so much time. And effort. Time that could be spent on project work — moving your company’s bottom line in the right direction.

What is your time worth?

Government entities utilize data centers for consistency

If you’re a local government agency based in Texas, whether at the local or state level, you might want to avoid the RFP process for where you locate your IT infrastructure.

Consider a colocation license agreement or lease agreement to enable a longer-term contract without requiring an RFP.

FIBERTOWN has a number of government entities in our data centers, and one of the reasons they give for choosing us as their colocation partner is to not have to go through that process every year.

It gives you back the time you’ve spent on contract negotiations and the endless meetings about the document language.

It puts you back in the job you want to be doing — your day-to-day business efforts.

Why a Texas-based entity would do business with FIBERTOWN

If you’re thinking about making the jump to a data center, you won’t be the first. Here are a few of the reasons others have switched to FIBERTOWN facilities in Bryan and Houston.

  • FIBERTOWN is government-friendly. This isn’t our first rodeo. We have a range of government clients. And we work with you, to make it easier for you to house your equipment with us.
  • Longer-term agreements. We can talk about what is the best fit for you. This definitely helps save you the time that you spend every year on the RFP process.
  • We are not cookie cutter. We work with you to make the contract fit your business needs, not the other way around.
  • Flexibility in contracts. From healthcare systems to emergency services, we’ve been flexible with what our customers need. We will keep your business objectives at the forefront.
  • Texas owned and operated. You’ll be working with a team that knows your state — which is key. Plus, supporting local businesses makes great economic sense for everyone.
  • Provide colocation and disaster recovery. We all know weather is the one thing that’s never predictable in Texas. Whether it’s epic winter storms or summer hurricanes, knowing your IT infrastructure is safe gives you peace of mind when you need it most.
  • Concerns around ransomware. As more and more hackers resort to ransomware to make their money, you can depend on the safety of FIBERTOWN’s security practices. We partner with industry experts to ensure we use secure cyber policies.
  • Emergency office space operations. If a storm knocks out power to your facility, or if roadways are inaccessible, use FIBERTOWN as an emergency office space. We’re ready with office furniture, computers chairs, and uninterrupted power and network connectivity set up for your team.

FIBERTOWN data centers make life easier

It’s an easy switch to move your IT infrastructure to FIBERTOWN. If you’re looking for a way to reduce paperwork and save time on contracts, contact a FIBERTOWN expert today for more information about relocating.