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Stephane Manos, VP, Valsoft, Discusses SaaS and Venture Capital Trends

Stephane Manos, VP, Valsoft, Discusses SaaS and Venture Capital Trends

 SaaS and Venture Capital Trends

Montreal is a city with a fast-growing tech sector, the high-quality but low-cost education system drawing and producing a rich assortment of talent. Already boasting a host of popular startup forums, the city’s robust infrastructure provides further support to innovative go-getters and entrepreneurs, and with increasing global investment flowing into the city, it’s clear the rest of the world is taking note. CloudTweaks spoke to Stephane Manos, VP of Montreal-based and pioneering acquisition firm Valsoft, for a refreshingly unique perspective on the benefits of SaaS and venture capital trends in the sector.

Why Valsoft Keeps the Companies They Acquire Forever

In a world where venture capitalists tend to make decisions based on the prospect of buying a company cheap and selling it for massive gains a few short years down the line, Valsoft instead specializes in the acquisition and operations of vertical market software businesses that it intends to keep on its books forever. “Knowing that we won’t sell a company three or five years down the line gives us a different kind of discipline,” explains Manos. “We invest ourselves in a venture only if we believe that a company will exist and thrive for ten to twenty years into the future.”

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Turning the tables on the buy-to-sell approach of many investors, Manos advocates a philosophy which distinguishes Valsoft in the acquisition market. He approaches every purchase with an intimate understanding that every company is the life work of its founder, embodying his or her dreams. Employees are often more like a family, and customers may have been using an organization’s solutions for years. “We strive to be friendly buyers. We do our best to nurture the culture that brought a promising company to the point where it’s become attractive to us,” explains Manos. “We understand that preserving the legacy of the owner has a level of importance on the totem pole, and we pride ourselves on living up to the promises we make during the negotiation stages. Promising things just to get a deal done is not part of our culture.”

Cutthroat Startups

Those on the outside tend to view entrepreneurial and owner-managed enterprises with rose-tinted glasses. Choose your own hours, work for your passion, make lots and lots of money. But any proficient business leader knows that building and managing an enterprise, never mind a successful one, is a stress-filled, life-consuming process with high risks and little support. Understanding these challenges, Valsoft’s expertise delivers an immediate impact on businesses by implementing measures that improve the bottom line and maintain a positive cash flow, which the venture can use to fuel its own growth.

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Many of the organizations Valsoft acquires predominantly make use of on-premise computing solutions with some cloud-based services, but Manos recognizes the market’s desire for cloud computing and billing solutions, affording both agility and reduced costs. To this end, Valsoft intends to bring acquisitions onto the cloud via development or business partners. Manos has made it his mission to position Valsoft as the kind of tech company that potential vendors perceive as a perfect destination for the companies they started. “We want entrepreneurs who are considering an exit or a growth strategy to see us as a partner that will continue to invest in their people and in creating opportunities in which they can thrive, either organically or through additional acquisitions,” explains Manos.

Success – But Not at Any Cost

In a challenging economic climate with constantly evolving tech requirements, many founders feel forced to take drastic measures or burn out before realizing the full potential of their enterprises. Finding and accessing the supportive networks and communities that sustain innovators can be challenging, but as hubs such as Montreal’s advance, we see a rise in resilient businesses. Manos is one contributor who has found personal fulfillment and success in creating permanent, solid homes for vertical market software ventures, encouraging them to reach their potential and become major players in their niches. “Only when you buy a company with the intent to keep it forever can the sky become the limit,” maintains Manos.

(Sponsored feature by Valsoft)

By Jennifer Klostermann

Hybrid IT Matures Just In Time To Tackle Complex Challenges

Hybrid IT Matures Just In Time To Tackle Complex Challenges

Tackling Complex IT Challenges

Today’s sophisticated business environment demands a dynamic and robust IT infrastructure which is a far cry from the closed, controlled environments that most IT departments were created to handle. A hybrid IT infrastructure, drawing services from multiple cloud-based vendors and integrating seamlessly with in-house systems offers great benefits, yet requires new skills from IT employees.

Already, one in three organizations (34%) makes use of a hybrid IT system, with sectors like government and transportation the furthest along in their journeys. These are organizations which are looking beyond the cloud in an attempt to transform the entire way that they do business. They are striving for an infrastructure which combines all their systems into one integrated data fabric, which is simply “a cohesive and well integrated way to manage enterprise data regardless of the infrastructure upon which it resides”.

Verizon Dan JablonskiThe biggest draws of a hybrid IT system are scalability, agility and flexibility, according to Verizon’s Director of Cloud and IT Solutions Product Management Dan Jablonski. “With cloud, it’s quick and simple to add more resources when needed and that’s vital when your customers want everything now,” he explains.

But where hybrid thinking excels beyond cloud alone, explains Jablonski, is in its ability to “tie together all your cloud services—on-premises, public and private cloud—with your legacy systems and colocation. Using APIs and orchestration services it creates a unified infrastructure—one that’s more manageable, flexible and scalable.”

Robust infrastructure can mean very little if the employees and the IT department are struggling with the fundamentals of an IT system that is rapidly evolving and responding to new challenges. IDG reports that 90 percent of respondents viewed the managing of data across multiple clouds as important, yet only 29% of them thought that they were doing a good job of it. Their main concerns were in the area of data protection, application performance and governance. It’s of paramount importance that solid training and strong analytical and risk management skills are present in an IT department to help employees manage the transition into a more fluid and dynamic IT infrastructure.

A reliable and experienced network provider, such as Verizon, is fundamental to a successful hybrid IT and cloud strategy. “The latest network technologies, like software-defined networking (SDN), let you view the network in its totality and route traffic to available capacity in near-real time,” says Jablonski. “Service providers, like us, enable you to change capacity, routing and service provisioning to respond to failure, attack or changes in demand.”

Ultimately, it makes good business sense for companies to partner with skilled and experienced providers who will implement sophisticated hybrid systems in order to create an infrastructure that is not holding you back, but enabling your business goals and strategies.

Sponsored by Hybrid IT: The Next Evolution in Enterprise IT, NetApp and Verizon.

By Jeremy Daniel

The Benefits of Cloud-Based Phone Systems

The Benefits of Cloud-Based Phone Systems

Cloud-Based Phone Systems

Although today’s businesses rely on a host of modern technology, the century-old telephone call is as essential as ever. Of course, businesses today aren’t relying on simple analog voice calls for effective interaction with partners, suppliers, colleagues, and customers, but instead combine the communication tools of mobile, email, texting, video conferencing, social media, and more. Already addressing various business needs such as collaboration and remote working through its flexibility and scalability, the cloud offers numerous benefits for telecommunication; RingCentral is one provider exploiting these advances to deliver a complete cloud communications system.

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Progressive Businesses Use Advanced Solutions

Our highly competitive and fast-paced business environment means only the top performing organizations survive and prosper, and taking advantage of the finest tools technology offers is a significant part of this success. With broadband so widely available via fixed or mobile connections, we’re seeing companies utilizing talent around the world and interacting with customers across the continents. Technological advances promise greater tractability at reduced costs, and the somewhat recent advent of the cloud with its many varied tools is allowing companies to cut out superfluous features, tighten configurations, and effortlessly make use of global resources. Moreover, modern businesses which rely heavily on business software, covering areas which include human resource management, customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, and more, are moving these systems into the cloud.

The Integration of Business Communication

Though the cost-savings and benefits of efficiency and productivity are tremendous, most forms of communication have not been integrated into these cloud-based applications. Many communication modes still require users to manually log and store information in isolated systems, and methods of integration with business applications have tended to the complicated and expensive. However, with enterprise-class cloud communication systems, companies are quickly taking advantage of the benefits of application and communication integration.

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Cloud communication systems make it easy for colleagues to communicate cross-country and globally no matter the distance between their physical offices and provide the tools of direct transfers and direct extension dialing that teammates who share a physical office have always benefited from. Furthermore, cloud communication systems offer the flexibility that allows employees to change location as necessary and have their calls follow them. They also continue to have access to other company communication features such as voicemail, fax and conferencing, thus ensuring continuous interaction and seamless workflow.

Cloud PBX Benefits

Some of the many benefits of cloud-based phone systems such as that provided by RingCentral include:

  • One corporate telephone number for customers and partners to contact company employees.
  • Reduced or eliminated expenses of installation, upgrading and maintenance of PBX hardware and software at different sites.
  • Simplified phone line management with the elimination of trunk lines, PRIs, and bonded T1s.
  • Streamlined direct transfers and direct extension dialing between business locations.
  • Reduced costs and convolutions of managing Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) across telco networks or other business exchange line connectivity.
  • Eradicates the need for trained staff at each business site, use of third-party support services, or IT staff chasing telephony problems from one location to another.
  • Simplifies the setup of business in new areas, office moves, and user relocation, addition, or changing.
  • Improves group productivity through the enhanced collaboration tools of audio and video conferencing, web meetings, chat, and SMS.
  • Assists in the integration of the very ‘human’ interaction of communication with business applications and IT systems.

The First Open, Self-Service Cloud Communication Platform

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Already providing guided implementation, extensive online resources, personal connections, and all-inclusive innovative upgrades, RingCentral has opened their platform to developers, partners and customers for the first self-service, open platform allowing businesses to “integrate robust communications capabilities into key enterprise applications.” Supporting businesses of all sizes, the RingCentral Connect Platform offers cloud PBX with rich collaboration features such as screen sharing and video conferencing and additionally integrates with other cloud applications. And now with the extensive SDK, developers can incorporate these capabilities into custom applications.

As adoption of cloud-based business applications escalates, so too does the need for integrated business communication solutions. Flourishing organizations are now making use cloud PBX, collaboration solutions, and customizable communication tools, and RingCentral’s SaaS platform is one of the industry-leading suites essential for top performing businesses.

This article has been sponsored by RingCentral, provider of state-of-the-art cloud infrastructure.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Working With Cloud White Label Partners

Working With Cloud White Label Partners

Cloud White Label Services

Sponsored by CloudMGR

The benefits of consolidating your cloud to one of the giants such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud are improving as competition increases, with pricing wars between the service providers meaning better savings for businesses utilizing these services, and an abundance of features at user fingertips as each vendor works to one-up their challengers. Many consider Amazon the clear leader with nearly ten years in the market, followed closely by Azure, but frankly, just about all of these providers are working hard to foster their own success, and that means substantial advantages for their users.

Choosing a Provider

Prices continue to drop, though at a lesser rate than years gone by, and leaders are likely to focus on total cost of ownership in the future. However, what was the cheaper service last week could be undercut this week so while it’s important to choose a package that’s cost effective for your organization, in the cloud provider wars costing isn’t likely to be a defining characteristic. Though generally offering similar capabilities with regards to networking, computing, and storage, there are a few distinguishing factors that separate providers.

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The extensive AWS offering linked with their flexibility and openness is a definite plus though the sheer scale of the AWS offering can be difficult to navigate. Microsoft Azure may be a better choice for hybrid cloud solutions as it links into Microsoft on-premises systems well but where AWS offers a host of options for supporting other platforms, Azure is more constrained. Google has shown promise in performance and networking with their cloud offering, but Patrick McFadin, Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra at DataStax, believes their lack of understanding of the enterprise market is holding them back. Moreover, Google’s international data center footprint puts them about two years behind their competitors, though it’s been suggested they will be addressing this deficiency in the future. Tackling the public/private debate, IBM is encouraging a hybrid and private cloud via Bluemix, which appeals to organizations not sold on the public cloud concept.

White Label Solutions

Whichever platform you choose, it should be understood that every other organization out there is also making the best use of these same tools. And this is why white label solutions are so attractive. White label services allow customers to rebrand and sell cloud provider management tools under their own personal business umbrella, better differentiating their brands while maintaining healthy margins. Forrester analyst Dave Bartoletti has suggested that this needn’t merely be used as a way of distinguishing oneself on the cloud platform itself but instead applied to improve other products and services offered.

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CloudMGR’s new line of products for AWS is targeting enterprise clients, Telco’s, managed service providers, and distributors with a white label service allowing customers to repackage CloudMGR services as in-house products with their own services included. A highly flexible solution allowing organizations to provide a customized view and experience of AWS service, CloudMGR’s white label solution offers a unique branded billing view for customers or divisions within an organization, and the extended version with also provide full management and automation capabilities. Use cases might include an MSP managing the production servers while the development team operates the development test environment. Many commentators believe the future of internal IT departments is to act like an MSP to their business units; CloudMGR provides the system to allow this. Customers can then use the billing chargeback functionality of the self-service portal or both.

Helping users manage multiple cross-region AWS accounts from a single interface, CloudMGR saves time and money as it empowers customers to expertly leverage AWS public cloud platform.

By Jennifer Klostermann

The Ripple Effect Of Outages And Downtime Cannot Be Underestimated

The Ripple Effect Of Outages And Downtime Cannot Be Underestimated

Outages and Downtime

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The Internet is the front door to commerce in today’s always-on, global environment. An Internet Performance issue such as an outage, or severe lack of functionality from an online presence sets off a chain reaction of negativity that reverberates throughout an organization. Now, more than ever, it is crucial for companies to effectively manage their Internet Infrastructure ensuring customers, employees and online partners have access at all times.

When Apple experienced an 11-hour outage in March of 2015, few could have predicted that event would end up costing the tech giant in the range of around US$25-million. Apple is one of only a few companies that would suffer such a massive revenue loss over that period of time, yet studies by the Aberdeen Group have confirmed that even one hour of downtime can cost successful businesses in the region of US$163,000, while in large organizations that figure reaches as high as US$680,000.

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Of course, it’s not just a loss of direct revenue that is a consequence of downtime. Reputation and customer loyalty suffers dramatically. The Boston Consulting Group reports that over a quarter of users (28%) never return to a company’s web site if it doesn’t perform sufficiently well. Furthermore that loss of faith can permeate beyond the online world, as “a further 6% do not even go to the affiliated retail store anymore”, following an outage. And these are not customers who keep their disgruntlement to themselves. They have been shown to relate their negative experiences with a brand to at least 17 other people.

Competitive Factors

The bad news doesn’t stop there. Jupiter Research reports that just under half of site users who experience an outage will begin a relationship with a competitor, which can result in the possibility of losing their business permanently. When you factor in the knowledge that it costs three to five times more in marketing spend to acquire a new customer than it does to retain one, then you begin to see how an outage can have a devastating ripple effect on an organization.

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While many assume that most outages are out of their control, or malicious in nature, according to an article written by Gartner, “the undisputed #1 cause of network outages is human error, with estimates as high as 32% according to Dimension Data’s 2014 Network Barometer report”. In other words, most outages are avoidable.

Organizations need to understand that customers don’t blame ‘the Internet’ for an outage, they blame the company itself. In the minds of the consumers, online brands are responsible for their availability and for delivering always-on services. The Internet is invisible and cannot be blamed, but the retailer suffering problems is an easy target for disgruntled consumers. Fortunately for these retailers, the advent of Internet Performance Management means, for the first time in the history of computing, they can have visibility and control of the public Internet. If you don’t take advantage of these new tools it will translate to the bottom line, as explained by The Downtime Survival Guide infographic; “If consumers anticipate problems every time they visit your website, they’ll be less likely to trust their hard-earned cash with you.” 

Proactive Performance Management

Outages can happen to anyone at any time, no matter how big or influential your business is. The key to managing an outage is to have the right continuity plan in place so that your response can be automatic, rapid and seamless for consumers. Dyn, an Internet Performance Management company, believes in proactive performance management and has a concrete method for dealing with outages, which includes accurate, comprehensive and timely monitoring as well as end-to-end routing accuracy. The company has developed an easy-to-implement cloud service that monitors important routes to and from cloud, CDN and datacenter locations.

An outage may well be an IT responsibility, but in today’s environment, it is perceived as an indictment of the brand as a whole. Consumers simply have too much choice and flexibility to be understanding of prolonged outages online, which is all the more reason for companies to invest heavily in managing their processes if and when outages do occur.

By Jeremy Daniel

New Smartphones From Apple, Samsung and HTC Promise To Light Up 2016

New Smartphones From Apple, Samsung and HTC Promise To Light Up 2016

New Smartphones from Apple, Samsung and HTC

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The launch of the Galaxy S7 Edge at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona during February was the first shot in a vintage year for mobile phones. The S7 is an incredible piece of hardware, but launches from HTC and Apple later in the year are likely to give Samsung sleepless nights in the battle to be crowned best phone on the market.

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cloud_173But while the hardware makes battle for top spot, Verizon was able to clinch its fifth consecutive title as ‘best wireless provider’ from mobile network analysts RootMetrics, making it the obvious choice when deciding which carrier to partner your new mobile device with.

Today’s mobile devices are so sophisticated that, as consumers, we barely acknowledge that the devices we carry around with us all day long are such masterpieces of form and function that, to quote Arthur C. Clare, ‘they are barely distinguishable from magic’.

Let’s take a closer look at the latest crop of mobile phones and what they are offering:

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

It was not too long ago that pundits were predicting that the South Korean giants of technology had lost their edge, that they were all out of ideas and that their best years were behind them. What a difference a killer launch of a killer product makes! The new flagship mobile from Samsung, the Galaxy S7 Edge, has been universally praised as the standard bearer of what a mobile phone can achieve.

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An incredible new 5.5-inch HD quad screen brings deep blacks and rich colours to life with the click of a button. The camera has also been improved considerably, and the 12.1MP camera is superb under low-lighting conditions. There’s so much more: from great waterproofing to improved audio, some amazing leaps forward in terms of virtual reality, as well as 4GB of RAM to run all the gaming that the company is betting heavily on for the future.

Right now, it’s safe to say that this is the phone to beat.

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HTC 10

What was once an easy sell has become that much more difficult. HTC devices were consistently rated as world-class, but never quite managed the leap to into mass consciousness that Apple and Samsung got right. Their last great phone was the HTC ONE M8 in late 2014, but all indications are that the company is hoping for big things with the launch of the HTC 10 in April.

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Leaks are reaching the press about a Super LCD 5 Screen and a 3,000 mAh battery which would match the Galaxy S7’s power source. Add to that a 5.15-inch Quad HD Display, and a camera which the company is boasting is ‘world first, world class technology’ and you have a phone that could return HTC to the top of the table.

Watch the press closely for details. We’ve got a good feeling about this one.

iPhone S7

Of course, whenever conversation turns to the state of the mobile phone market, people inevitably begin to wonder what tricks Apple has up its sleeve. The rumor mill is never silent when it comes to the colossus from Cupertino, so what are people talking about right now?

Well, there’s every indication that the next iPhone will feature 4k video recording, which will make the video capabilities simply sublime. With the recent release of a critically-acclaimed feature film, Tangerine, that was shot entirely on an iPhone 6, it’s going to be harder and harder to justify buying a separate video camera when your phone is that good at capturing video.

There is also talk of full wireless charging by 2017 for all new iPhones, and of the new iPhone being stripped of its headphone jack. Macrumors reports that “Eliminating the headphone jack will give Apple more internal space for other components, and Apple will also keep the device slim with the continued use of in-cell panels and TFT-LCD display technology.” Headphones will be connected through the lightning port, or via Bluetooth going forward.

Wireless Carrier

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No matter whether you go with Samsung, HTC or Apple, all the great hardware in the word can’t do you much good if you’re being held back by the quality of your wireless. The device and the service provider are two sides of the same coin. That’s why Verizon was so delighted to be named as the number 1 in overall network performance in the National RootScore Report for reliability, data and call performance, as well as network speed (for the fourth year in a row).

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While companies like Apple, Samsung, Sony and many more continue to deliver jaw-dropping devices with incredible features, consumers should demand the same levels of service from the networks responsible for carrying the content and data.

By Jeremy Daniel

How Successful Businesses Ensure Quality Team Communication

How Successful Businesses Ensure Quality Team Communication

Quality Team Communication 

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Successful team communication and collaboration are as vital to project and overall business success as the quality of products and services an organization develops. We rely on a host of business tools to ensure appropriate customer interactions, sound product manufacturing, and smooth back-end operations. However, the interpersonal relationships and communication between teammates are sometimes overlooked or taken for granted to be self-sustaining and sufficiently fortified.

The Roots of Miscommunication

Humans are the most complex systems in any organization. Each individual with their own set of tools and goals, combined into a team which, theoretically, works towards reaching the same objectives. The difficulties of nonverbal communication, misaligned perceptions, and lack of ownership are often intensified because of multi-channel communication tools forcing a pick-and-choose approach to information gathering. This disconnected form of interaction expects individuals to piece together bytes of specific information into one comprehensive message, wasting valuable time, and often resulting in misperception.

How Miscommunication Obstructs Business Goals

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The results of this miscommunication are time delays, inefficient service delivery, and inadequate project outcomes. Employees who don’t understand their roles are bound to perform poorly, leading to delayed project deliveries and finally company losses in the form of customers and profits. Complications or drawn-out communications also result in slow performance, delaying sales and service processes, and so hindering company performance and growth. Finally, poor or ineffectual communication triggers employee frustration, and as studies show time and again, an unhappy workforce leads to a failing business.

Building Good Team Communication

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Miscommunication is easily avoided, and implementing the right tools and processes means not merely the avoidance of misperception but enhancement of quality communication. Implementing one inclusive communication tool, tailored to team operations, ensures teammates are connected and engaged, well-informed, and intimately involved both in business processes and with customers. It’s imperative that the solution implemented for internal and external communication runs as an aggregator of company information, ensuring access to such data by the entire team. Business process information can be automatically stored and easily tracked to avoid dissemination or complete loss.

Employing one of today’s better communication tools means more than placing voice, video and chat solutions at the hands of teams. Hubgets, the app designed to foster a collaborative culture within organizations, extracts, centralizes and makes accessible the information exchanged by employees both individually and at company level through voice, video, one-on-one or group chat, and file transfer. By keeping team communication transparent, the app automatically creates a nucleus of company knowledge which empowers team members to make informed decisions and act fast. For example, employees no longer need to rely on ‘informative’ meetings, which are often both repetitive and time-consuming because they have access to group chats that collect and preserve project and tasks contributions for swift communication and future reference. Pertinent meetings can be more focused, less time consuming, and results driven, thanks to collaboration shortcuts that adequately inform and prepare employees.

Hubgets, a provider of one such solution, ensures instant team and customer connection through voice, video and chat, simplifying collaboration and eradicating miscommunication for enhanced business operation and improved customer satisfaction.

By Jennifer Klostermann

How To Develop A Business Continuity Plan Using Internet Performance Management

How To Develop A Business Continuity Plan Using Internet Performance Management

Internet Performance Management Planning

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In our previous post, we laid out the problems of business continuity and Internet Performance Management in today’s online environment. 

In this article, we will take a look at some of the ways you can use traffic steering capabilities to execute business continuity planning and provide some ideas on how proper use of Internet Performance Management can help you leverage the Internet and the capabilities of cloud-based services.

Leveraging The Internet

Effective Internet Performance Management means leveraging the Internet to your advantage-through proper visibility, planning, monitoring and action, and refusing to be held hostage by “Internet issues”, which seem to be beyond your control. The key is to see, understand, and assess Internet conditions in real time so that you are able to react and plan best-fit routing and react to bottlenecks that cause such widespread service degradation. Actionable insights into Internet routing options make all the difference when you want to deliver excellent service via the Internet.

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One of the first steps in developing a solid business continuity plan is to ensure redundancy at every level of your infrastructure, including your hosting locations, CDNs, and DNS services. Redundancy removes your dependency on any single point of failure, which could lead to widespread outages. With hosting locations and CDNs, redundancy may be accomplished by replicating your application across multiple locations within a single provider, or bringing in multiple providers to increase your options in the event of infrastructure problems. From the DNS standpoint, a secondary DNS network ensures end users are always able to reach your online infrastructure, regardless of where it may be located.

Global research firm Gartner summed it up succinctly: “Without properly functioning external DNS, Internet-based resources may “disappear” without warning. For enterprises with Web and cloud-based applications and content, external DNS solutions offer reliability, performance and traffic management beyond that of traditional open-source-based solutions.

Once you’ve ensured you have redundancy across all levels of your infrastructure, you’ll want to ensure end users get routed to the location that’s best able to deliver a positive experience. Today’s webpages are becoming increasingly complex and distributed, requiring content to be downloaded from several locations for every page load. 

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Each of these requests for content creates an opportunity to improve the end user’s experience, but also introduces the risk of creating a negative experience.

It’s important to identify where the end user is located, and then which infrastructure selections are best situated to deliver content to that location. By implementing an Internet Performance Management solution, you can monitor all of your infrastructure so that end users are only sent to locations that are available to respond to requests and topologically near the end user so that the actual download of content and assets is minimized as much as possible. Proper planning and monitoring of this internet-dependent infrastructure can help you tackle business objectives such as reducing cost, mitigating risk and increasing revenue.

Advanced Tools and Monitoring

Dyn, an Internet Performance Management company, delivers a platform solution capable of providing both simple and advanced internet routing tools and monitoring, personalized for the demands of your business. Dyn’s platform rests on three interdependent pillars: Traffic steering, data collection, and an analytical decision making engine. This is a strong foundation. Their traffic steering relies on 15 years of experience, a world-class DNS network, and 20 physical locations around the world capable of providing load balancing, failover, and dynamic steering capabilities that optimize end user reachability and performance. The data collection is peerless, with over 200 vantage points collecting 6B latency measurements daily and API hooks that allow you to ingest this data into your monitoring tools. Last but not least, the analytical engine has a suite of Internet intelligence products to turn rich data into actionable insights.

If you want to achieve improved Internet performance on a large scale, then you would be well served to employ a cloud-based Internet Performance Management solution that can accelerate resolution of issues, scale globally, provide strong security and easy to use API’s for superior performance.

In the next post of this series we will uncover real examples on how Business Continuity plans can drastically influence business success.

By Jeremy Daniel

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Cloud Computing Checklist For Startups

Cloud Computing Checklist For Startups

Checklist For Startups  There are many people who aspire to do great things in this world and see new technologies such as Cloud computing and Internet of Things as a tremendous offering to help bridge and showcase their ideas. The Time Is Now This is a perfect time for highly ambitious startups to make some…

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Customers in the Cloud Global enterprises in every industry are increasingly turning to cloud-based innovators like Salesforce, ServiceNow, WorkDay and Aria, to handle critical systems like billing, IT services, HCM and CRM. One need look no further than Salesforce’s and Amazon’s most recent earnings report, to see this indeed is not a passing fad, but…

Using Cloud Technology In The Education Industry

Using Cloud Technology In The Education Industry

Education Tech and the Cloud Arguably one of society’s most important functions, teaching can still seem antiquated at times. Many schools still function similarly to how they did five or 10 years ago, which is surprising considering the amount of technical innovation we’ve seen in the past decade. Education is an industry ripe for innovation…

Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

Virtual Immersion And Virtual Reality This is a term I created (Virtual Immersion). Ah…the sweet smell of Virtual Immersion Success! Virtual Immersion© (VI) an extension/expansion of Virtual Reality to include the senses beyond visual and auditory. Years ago there was a television commercial for a bathing product called Calgon. The tagline of the commercial was Calgon…

Protecting Devices From Data Breach: Identity of Things (IDoT)

Protecting Devices From Data Breach: Identity of Things (IDoT)

How to Identify and Authenticate in the Expanding IoT Ecosystem It is a necessity to protect IoT devices and their associated data. As the IoT ecosystem continues to expand, the need to create an identity to newly-connected things is becoming increasingly crucial. These ‘things’ can include anything from basic sensors and gateways to industrial controls…

How The CFAA Ruling Affects Individuals And Password-Sharing

How The CFAA Ruling Affects Individuals And Password-Sharing

Individuals and Password-Sharing With the 1980s came the explosion of computing. In 1980, the Commodore ushered in the advent of home computing. Time magazine declared 1982 was “The Year of the Computer.” By 1983, there were an estimated 10 million personal computers in the United States alone. As soon as computers became popular, the federal government…

Cloud Native Trends Picking Up – Legacy Security Losing Ground

Cloud Native Trends Picking Up – Legacy Security Losing Ground

Cloud Native Trends Once upon a time, only a select few companies like Google and Salesforce possessed the knowledge and expertise to operate efficient cloud infrastructure and applications. Organizations patronizing those companies benefitted with apps that offered new benefits in flexibility, scalability and cost effectiveness. These days, the sharp division between cloud and on-premises infrastructure…

How To Humanize Your Data (And Why You Need To)

How To Humanize Your Data (And Why You Need To)

How To Humanize Your Data The modern enterprise is digital. It relies on accurate and timely data to support the information and process needs of its workforce and its customers. However, data suffers from a likability crisis. It’s as essential to us as oxygen, but because we don’t see it, we take it for granted.…

Do Not Rely On Passwords To Protect Your Online Information

Do Not Rely On Passwords To Protect Your Online Information

Password Challenges  Simple passwords are no longer safe to use online. John Barco, vice president of Global Product Marketing at ForgeRock, explains why it’s time the industry embraced more advanced identity-centric solutions that improve the customer experience while also providing stronger security. Since the beginning of logins, consumers have used a simple username and password to…

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security It’s no secret many organizations rely on popular cloud providers like Amazon and Microsoft for access to computing infrastructure. The many perks of cloud services, such as the ability to quickly scale resources without the upfront cost of buying physical servers, have helped build a multibillion-dollar cloud industry that continues to grow each…