We’re currently neck deep in all things holiday season; cups of hot cocoa are by the fireplace, stockings are being hung, and we’re listening to good old holiday jingles. With the holiday season in full swing, the Wolfe team thought it would be fun to play off one such traditional song and take a look at the 12 ways that businesses can benefit from high speed Ethernet service.
On the first day of high speed Ethernet, my service provider gave to me: a solution that was customizable to my business’ needs.
On the second day of high speed Ethernet, my service provider gave to me: heightened employee productivity (i.e. faster communication, outreach, collaboration and audio and video communications).
On the third day of high speed Ethernet, my service provider gave to me: the ability for employees to work from home during the busy holiday week.
On the fourth day of high speed Ethernet, my service provider gave to me: amazing network security.
On the fifth day of high speed Ethernet, my service provider gave to me: five hours of uninterrupted video streaming.
On the sixth day of high speed Ethernet, my service provider gave to me: unwavering reliability.
On the seventh day of high speed Ethernet, my service provider gave to me: the gift of truly fast speed.
On the eighth day of high speed Ethernet, my service provider gave to me: guaranteed business continuity.
On the ninth day of high speed Ethernet, my service provider gave to me: a better competitive edge.
On the tenth day of high speed Ethernet, my service provider gave to me: higher customer satisfaction and retention.
On the eleventh day of high speed Ethernet, my service provider gave to me: huge cost savings
On the twelfth day of high speed Ethernet, my service provider gave to me: Bandwidth levels up to 100 Gb/s.
But business owners shouldn’t be reflecting on the benefits of high speed Ethernet for just 12 days – they should be doing so every day. Click here to request a consultation with Wolfe to realize even more benefits and ways to amplify your existing service with a fiber optic Ethernet connection.
Family. Friends. Turkey. And of course, who can forget leftovers?
These are some of the many things for which we typically give thanks at this time of the year. Business executives, however, now have an extra item to add to their gratitude lists: high speed bandwidth.
High speed bandwidth can offer a host of advantages for businesses across every sector, but to make sure you get to the table before all the tastiest parts of the turkey are gone, here are the top three reasons business execs should be thankful for this technology:
- Brings Your Business into the 21st Century: High speed bandwidth brings companies out of the dark ages of DSL and into the light with its flexibility in speed and dependable Ethernet connectivity. In the current marketplace, the capacity to gather and transmit information quickly and effectively is essential; high speed bandwidth offers that capability.
- Allows Your Business to Aggressively Compete No Matter the Size: High speed bandwidth is a bit like the stone David slung at Goliath: a great equalizer. With access to faster service, businesses of all sizes can compete with the giants in their respective industries. A higher bandwidth – such as 100 mb/s – will allow for more data usage and provide a greater competitive advantage.
- Takes Customer Service to New Heights: We live in a world that not only expects immediacy, but seeks it across all service areas. In fact, one in four people abandon a Web page that takes more than four seconds to load. These users represent business your company simply cannot afford to let slip away. High speed bandwidth improves response times and, subsequently, customer service and satisfaction. A happy customer, of course, is often a return customer.
Now that you’ve seen our list, we want to know why you are thankful for high speed bandwidth. We’d love to hear from you!
Many people have experienced the headache of being promised residential Internet service at a low price when, in actuality, it’s not as fast or cheap as they were initially promised it would be. Residents shouldn’t have to settle with Internet service providers (ISPs) when it comes time to settling down; they can’t risk having any surprises. The only way to ensure high performance residential connectivity is by considering a high-speed residential Internet package that keeps the customer top of mind. The benefits are made more than clear with such a service – for example, like Wolfe Residential Connect:
1. Fast, Reliable Service: According to J.D. Power’s 2013 U.S. Residential Internet Service Provider Satisfaction Study, performance and reliability are by far the two most critical factors in driving overall satisfaction and meeting customer expectations. Over one-third of participants said they upgraded to premium speed service packages and, after doing so, made nearly twice as many positive recommendations to family and friends.
2. Bandwidth-Intensiveness: “Providing value-based bandwidth and download speed offerings are key for industry growth,” says Kirk Parsons, senior director of telecommunications at J.D. Power. Given the surge of such things as smartphone usage and video streaming services, residents today require more bandwidth than ever to meet their Internet and data needs. A higher bandwidth (for instance, 100 mb/s) easily allows for more data usage. Services that offer this level of bandwidth will enable users to play bandwidth-intensive games online, stream their favorite movies and TV shows through their computer and much more.
3. Telecommuting: The number of telecommuting employees has increased by over 60 percent over the last eight years, and now, over two million people work a “flexible schedule at least part time,” according to data from Inc. Magazine. Residential high speed Internet service enables work to continue running smoothly for the millions of individuals who choose to do business at home.
These are just three reasons why property owners and developers should be considering high speed Internet to ensure resident satisfaction. They are also just a few indicators of how the industry is continually growing and advancing.
VPN and WAN, Layer 2 and Layer 3 and Mb/s and Gb/s – the world of high speed bandwidth can oftentimes look like alphabet soup. Between all of the fancy acronyms, complex terms and intimidating vernacular, it can be difficult for companies to fully appreciate the fascinating aspects of this unique industry. Nevertheless, there’s been a lot of buzz about these hot – albeit confusing – terms, and so it’s vital that those looking to entrench themselves in the network connectivity space become familiar with all of the above and more. Let’s take a look at the basics of one such term in the space: Multiprotocol Label Switching, or MPLS.
What is MPLS?
Multiprotocol Label Switching enables IT administrators and system integrators to speed up network traffic flow in a much easier and more manageable way. MPLS works within the Internet Protocol (IP), directing data from one network to the next based on short path labels, as opposed to various network protocols.
What are the Benefits of MPLS?
There are plenty of reasons why organizations decide to invest in an MPLS network:
Easier Management: MPLS helps businesses manage network traffic in a more manageable way. Because data is directed between nodes based on shorter path labels, companies can avoid complicated lookups in a routing table, which lists the routes data takes to particular network destinations.
Greater Scalability: Because packet-forwarding decisions are made solely on the contents of this label, IT no longer needs to examine the packet itself. This enables individuals to create end-to-end circuits that can work across any type of transport medium using any protocol.
Greater Flexibility: The primary benefit of MPLS is that it essentially eliminates companies’ dependence on a particular OSI model data link layer technology (i.e. ATM, Frame Relay or Ethernet), because the technology is associated with packet-switched networks.
MPLS-enabled services represent the next generation of network capabilities and support. Click here to request a consultation with our expert team at Wolfe, where you can learn more about MPLS and how your business can benefit from it.
The spookiest holiday of the year is drawing closer as the fall season continues to unfold. Amidst deliciously baked apple pies, steaming cups of hot chocolate, trees brightly coated with oranges leaves and pumpkin picking is Halloween, or what many consider to be the pinnacle of the delightful fall spell. For those who celebrate, it’s that time of the year again for haunted hayrides and trick-or-treating; however, for IT managers, it could be one of the scariest times of the year for an entirely different reason if they don’t have guaranteed high speed Internet performance.
In our opinion, the following risks and consequences of poorly performing Internet are scarier than Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Leatherface combined.
1. Plummeting Revenue: Seeing a significant drop in revenue should strike more fear into a business leader or IT manager than even the most haunted graveyard. This is especially true as businesses kick off the last quarter of the year and start comparing profit to their competitors. Need we remind you of the horrifying outage Amazon experienced this summer, of which industry analysts predicted cost the company over $66k per minute?
And that was after research estimated that the company could lose up to $1.6 billion per year if its Web page was delayed by just one second.
2. Lost Prospects: Aggregated data from an infographic created by OnlineGraduatePrograms.com shows that one-fourth of people abandon a Web page if it takes more than four seconds to load. And this goes for mobile users, too; 50 percent abandon a page if it takes longer than 10 seconds to load, with the majority saying they wouldn’t return to that site afterwards. The importance of this grows tenfold for retailers; not only do 79 percent of mobile Web consumers use their phones for shopping, but 40 percent of mobile shoppers say they will abandon an e-commerce site that doesn’t load in three seconds.
Think about it…every single prospect who has abandoned your Web page had the potential to skyrocket your profit – especially for retailers during this busiest time of the year. So (unfortunately) a loss in prospects subsequently means loss of profit. We’d rather be confronted by Jason’s iconic hockey mask than face that harsh reality.
3. Compromised Security: Poor Internet performance means more gaps and hazy areas for hackers and fraudulent individuals to slip in and steal your data. While the importance of data security is vital for companies across every industry, it is even more so for those entrenched in confidential sectors such as healthcare, finance and law. According to Ponemon Institute and Symantec’s “2013 Cost of a Data Breach: Global Analysis” report, the average total cost per company that reported a data breach in 2012 was $5.4 million. Even worse, this is reportedly an improvement from years prior, where the total was even higher.
4. Loss of Productivity: Loss of productivity has a pretty steep price tag, and it’s definitely not one you want your company to pay. Employees need to check e-mail, conduct research via search engines and download and share necessary documents and projects; the last thing you need is wasted time spent on preventable IT-related issues. Research from the aforementioned infographic shows that if Google slowed its search results by just 4/10ths of a second, it would reduce the number of searches it encountered by 8 million a day. Just the thought of the Internet crashing for an extended period of time sends shivers down our spine.
This Halloween, treat yourself to the high speed Internet you deserve and, in doing so, trick your competitors. Click here to learn more about how Wolfe can help.
“365 Main understands that the growth of cloud services requires fast Ethernet, and we’re impressed with the service Wolfe has provided to the Seattle area and beyond,” said John Churchill, 365 Main VP of sales. “This partnership will benefit our Pacific Northwest customers, many of which have multiple locations, by giving them easy access to our complementary offerings.”
The partnership brings 365 Main’s co-location services to Wolfe customers and Wolfe’s Internet protocol and transit services to 365 Main customers. Currently, 365 Main and Wolfe serve some mutual customers, who will gain enhanced benefits and ease of service from the partnership.
“As we continue to expand our service footprint nationwide, it’s important for us to have an experienced data center as our point of presence in new locations, both to help foster growth and to meet our immediate needs,” said Deon Hines, Internet Sales Manager for Wolfe. “365 Main more than fulfills that role, and we look forward to expanding our business with them as we move into new markets.”
Customers at 365 Main’s Seattle data center will also gain the option of selecting a blended solution from Wolfe, meaning that data can travel on several different networks, bypassing congested networks to take the fastest available route. This option is also often less expensive, bringing cost savings opportunities to 365 Main customers.
About 365 Main Inc.
365 Main was founded by industry leaders Chris Dolan and James McGrath in 2002. They began with a single data center based in San Francisco and grew to five facilities nationwide with 39 megawatts of power under management. These data centers were developed and certified to the highest industry standards and compliance requirements. Today, 365 Main operates 17 data centers nationwide, having earned an industry reputation for high touch customer service, satisfaction and retention. With its years of experience in modern data center development and operations, 365 Main has proven its capability of managing customers with a broad range of requirements ranging from retail colocation to build to suit. 365 Main is a privately held company based in San Francisco. Its financial partners include Housatonic Partners, Crosslink Capital and Brightwood Capital. More information is available at 415-901-5700 or 365Main.com.
With a focus on delivering world class service to customers, Wolfe is providing companies across the United States with high performance, innovative Ethernet and internet solutions to help meet business connectivity needs including Ethernet Transport Service, Metro E, VPLS, IPVPN and Wolfe Business Internet. Our service offers blazing fast speeds from 10 Mb/s to 10 Gb/s, a reliable, secure connection, and scalable, customized solutions. Wolfe’s affordable suite of services provides secure transport and seamless, dependable connectivity. For more information, please contact 1-800-WOLFENET or visit http://www.wolfe.net.
Research from top industry pundits continues to reveal the cutting edge benefits of an IT partnership program for service providers. For those who may not know, an IT partner is a person or organization that provides a service or sells a product for a carrier or vendor. Partners can include value added resellers (VARs), master agents, managed service providers (MSPs), solution providers and system integrators.
At Wolfe, we know the value of forming a strategic technology partnership program. That’s why our partner program is designed to reward partners who utilize Wolfe’s advanced fiber-Ethernet services. The Wolfe Channel Partner Program works with partners to determine and implement the best network solution at the best pricing points for prospects and clients. The end goal is to keep our partners’ clients’ budgetary requirements met while, at the same time, increase productivity and, ultimately, lock in more sales than ever before.
Commenting on the success of Wolfe’s Partner Program, our very own Channel Manager Michael Alexander explains:
We see Wolfe growing and expanding with the help of our unique partner-base. This is truly an exciting time for the Wolfe Channel Partner Program; in selling Wolfe services, our partners are accelerating business, maximizing revenue and seeing higher customer retention rates. We look forward to bringing on more partners as the program further develops.
Our partner program is unlike the majority in that it also offers aggressive agent payouts. In fact, the benefits would be a greater percentage of winning deals due to Wolfe’s distinct access to wholesale buying rates, which are typically 20-30 percent lower than if you were to buy direct.
Our unique partnerships with both Tier 1 and regional providers enable us to create customized and truly out-of-the-box, high speed Internet solutions. Moreover, the processes we have in place allow for increased responsiveness and more seamless provisioning, deployment and customer service divisions within the company.
Click here to learn more or to send your information to become a part of Wolfe’s Partner Program.
Have you ever played the game “Hungry Hungry Hippos?” The purpose of this Hasbro game is for each of its four players to try and maneuver his or her colorful hippo in an effort to swallow the most marbles in the quickest amount of time.
As crazy as it may sound, the state of high speed bandwidth isn’t all too far from the concept of this popular 1970’s children’s game. After all, there are plenty of players in the bandwidth game, all who are trying to swallow as many “marbles” as they can to gain the largest competitive advantage. The consensus seems to be that companies across every vertical want and need higher performing bandwidth.
Wolfe has without question seen the emergence of this unparalleled business need and, as a result, now offers 100G, completely customizable service. We take pride in being able to offer an affordable suite of high-performing Internet that provides secure transport and seamless, dependable connectivity. What you’ve already come to know and love from Wolfe has been taken to the next level with our all-new 100G speed.
“Wolfe has undoubtedly taken notice of the need for more bandwidth among companies nationwide, and we are aggressively focusing on giving our customers what they want and need to conduct business faster and more efficiently,” our very own General Manager Michael Scott recently explained. “To provide a solution to this ever-growing business need, we have now introduced 100G high-speed Internet.”
The last thing you want to be doing is losing your marbles. Click here to request a consultation with the Wolfe team.
The Ethernet service provider market is set to boom over the next five years. In fact, Ethernet service providers are a part of an industry that is slated to make over $370 billion over the next five years, according to Infonetics Research. With a 13 percent worldwide increase in revenue last year and a projected $56 billion by 2017, it’s more than clear that demand for Ethernet services is reaching an all-time high.
But higher demand and projected revenue means more players looking to get in the game. For the end user, this can feel like navigating through murky waters. So, what should you be looking out for as you survey today’s spectrum of Ethernet service providers? Below we offer you some insight.
Fast Speed: But not just fast speed. We’re talking about blazingly fast speed – the kind that simply cannot go compromised when it comes to shortening data transfer time, increasing productivity and, as a result, augmenting revenue. Speed is undoubtedly the top reason why companies invest in Ethernet technology; if your service provider isn’t providing you high-performing, blazingly fast speed, then it’s time to reconsider.
Customization: It’s your Ethernet, so why let another company tell you how to set your network and use it? The ideal Ethernet service provider will give you complete network configuration control so that your IT team can control how it routes, manages and prioritizes applications. But that’s not all. The provider should furthermore empower you with a custom-built solution that is tailored to your exact specifications and needs. Your business certainly isn’t run of the mill, and so you can’t have Ethernet that’s a one-size-fits-all package.
Class of Service: You deserve the class of service that works best for your business. This means your company should be able to access multiple classes of service that are 100 percent customizable to your needs.
Reliability: In a still stabilizing economy, your company can’t afford to compromise the reliability of its Ethernet connection and, in turn, risk business continuity. The absolute last thing your company needs is for service to go down when you need it most (which, mind you, is 24x7).
Network Security: Last, but certainly not least, is security. A top priority of your network should be shielding it from prying eyes and viruses. Your provider should enable you to bypass a public network so that you can rest assured that your system is safe and secure.
If you’re looking for all of the above but are still struggling to accommodate your company’s budgetary requirements, then Wolfe’s newest Here We Go promotion could be a perfect fit. Connect locations point-to-point seamlessly with Ethernet transport service by December 31, 2013 and take advantage of seriously low prices that are being exclusively offered until the end of the year.
We invite you to celebrate with us as we grow from coast to coast, and that means phenomenal savings. Click here to request a consultation with Wolfe now.