The telecommunications landscape can be confusing, time-consuming and unnecessarily expensive for IT managers who don’t speak the language or fully understand the landscape. Connectivity, compliance, security, uptimes and service levels are just a few variables to manage, and each metric varies from carrier to carrier and from business to business. Through our strategic relationships with 70+ carriers and suppliers, Cloud 9 Advisers is your strategic partner, trusted adviser, and full-service technology broker that will help your IT department navigate through the noise, ensuring that your services integrate seamlessly with your business vision. And, as the largest purchaser of telecommunications services, consider us your “800lb gorilla”, if there's ever any issues down the road. We’ll always be there for all carrier service related issues for your business.
Bandwidth today is about more than just high-speed Internet connections in the office. In today’s business environment, it’s about having a connection wherever your employees need it. Whether DSL, Cable high-speed Internet, Fiber to the Internet (FTTI), Wi-Fi connectivity, or Wireless/Mobile Broadband, all broadband networks are not created equal. Each carrier displays unique strengths and weaknesses depending on your region, your business structure, and vertical market.
WAN – Wide Area Network
Organizations operating in multiple geographic locations require employees, clients, and vendors to function efficiently in a single reliable network. Wide area networks (WANs) empower remote stakeholders to communicate and collaborate securely under one network, as if located within the same four walls.
The introduction of cheap bandwidth has significantly changed WAN technology. SDWAN, MPLS, VPLS, Broadband, FTTI, xDSL, fiber, copper EFM, 3G/4G and now 5G, and point-to-point: All serve a specific purpose for organizations today, and each has strengths and weaknesses based upon an organization’s geographic and IT infrastructure.
As companies become more digital, more global, and more virtual, high-performing and reliable Ethernet services become a strategic advantage for organizations. Utilizing the right carrier with the right cost effective solution allows organizations to deliver data, information, and applications securely over both Local Area and Wide Area Networks reliably and securely. We’ll help you determine the best Ethernet solution for your business, vet the best providers in your area, see the implementation through to the end, and will be your single-point-of-contact for all your Ethernet service needs.
If your business wants more from its current network, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a highly scalable packet-switched network solution that increases traffic performance in high usage networks. MPLS assigns data packets with specific labels, thus routing data through virtual paths between nodes rather than endpoints. The results? Enhanced bandwidth use, reduced network congestion and an overall better user experience. MPLS supports DSL, TI/E1, Frame Relay and ATM.
Virtual Private Networks (VPN) use encryption and tunneling to extend your company’s private network across a public network, like the Internet. By utilizing the right VPN solution, your business can operate between regional offices and remote/roaming users as if directly connected to your private network. VPNs scale easily from 64k to 100G and can combine with your voice network to reduce costs and reduce the number of circuits you need to manage. VPN solutions are often cheaper than MPLS and are an excellent choice for data recovery because they can quickly reroute traffic to secure data recovery sites during emergencies.
Software Defined Networking (SDN) and its subset, Software Defined WAN (SDWAN or SD-WAN) are quickly becoming the de facto standard replacement for both MPLS and VPN. Most notably, the right SDWAN is also a remarkable solution for single-site organizations requiring an unstoppable internet connection, making it an affordable solution to help create a bulletproof internet connection strategy for businesses with mission critical connectivity needs. Because it is one of the fastest growing technology segments, there are many suppliers and a lot of noise entering the market.
The right SDWAN solution and supplier affords any business with: easy, pre-configured, plug-and-play installation; voice quality protection over any ISP; Cloud, App, and Voice optimization/prioritization; outbound and inbound quality of service (QoS); same IP failover and IP Address portability;MPLS and VPN augmentation and performance enhancements; end-to-end visibility, reporting, and control; traffic routed over the best ISP, in real-time; no interruptions during an internet outage, even active VoIP calls!
Some organizations have already made huge investments in legacy PBX phone systems. But they still want the benefits that come through converging all local and long distance, phones systems, and broadband Internet services onto one line. SIP Trunking allows businesses to reap VoIP-like benefits with legacy systems, without investing in new infrastructure. Using SIP, you can consolidate all your communication systems, including data and voice into one bill and a single point of contact.
Why work with Cloud 9 Advisers for Carrier Services:
Cloud 9’s Supplier Portfolio has every major Telecom Carrier in the U.S. and a number of International Carriers. By working with Cloud 9, as opposed to working with the carrier directly, you’ll get a neutral, highly invested partner and many additional services:
- The best pricing,
- Bidding, evaluation, and procurement services
- Technology Expense Assessment
- Complete Project Management and coordination, free
- Cross-Carrier circuit monitoring, free
- Ongoing, account management with MAC and escalation support, free
Customized Carrier Services Review
Which carrier service solutions are right for your business? Which carriers are best for your location, your business structure, your vertical market, and your IT infrastructure? To help you find out, we offer a complimentary Technology Expense Assessment to baseline your current costs, and to design and provide an overview of the cost savings or the efficiency gains available to your company on replacement solutions.