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Windstream's Unique SD-WAN Position

December 18, 2017



As the SD-WAN market continues to thrive and resellers and MSPs look to add these solutions to their arsenal, an important question to ask is what is happening to what we might call legacy solutions potentially displaced by software-defined wide area network solutions? We are of course referring to MPLS.

Should companies consider this newer, software-based solution or stick with the tried-and-true?



Windstream, the multibillion-dollar provider of voice and data solutions has become an important provider of SD-WAN solutions with thousands of endpoints in the field. As a result, we wanted to learn more on this and related topics – we wondered how their SD-WAN solutions are progressing.

Diverse Broadband Roots Gives Hughes an SD-WAN Edge

December 15, 2017

One of the most demanding communications environments is satellite where bandwidth can be extremely limited yet real-time communications is a necessity as soldiers need to communicate with others - potentially thousands of miles from the battlefield. Over the years, VoIP satellite technology has evolved allowing multiple conversations to be compressed together to minimize bandwidth use. 

Today, satellite bandwidth may seem abundant but during the numerous wars in the middle-east in the past few decades, satellite vendors really had to push the edge of the envelope to allow effective communications to take place. 



Hughes Network Systems is the group within satellite company Hughes that provides business services and its evolved to become a diverse broadband provider over the years - from roots which include providing military solutions.





Is it Too Late to Get Into the Smart Home Market?

December 15, 2017

Nest is doing a number on HVAC companies the way the iPod and iPhone did to music players and phones. Yet, as we have detailed before, as gorgeous as Nest thermostats can be, they can also be problematic, if your wiring isn't compatible.

We detailed recently how we had to run a C-wire to one of our thermostats to prevent it from turning on the air conditioning when heat was needed. We still have another thermostat which probably needs a C-wire as well or some software modifications to prevent the same problems. More to come on the matter next spring.

Nest, for its flaws has the first-mover advantage.



TPx Communications Successfully adds SD-WAN to its Portfolio of Services

November 30, 2017



IP Communications is just one of the important areas where SD-WAN is making a big impact. One company, TPx Communications got its start in this area and ever since has been a growing player in the market. The company formerly known as TelePacific is a 2017 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award Winner and a leader in managed IT, UCaaS, networking and more. To learn more about the company’s role in the market, I spoke interviewed Jared Martin, Vice-president, Managed IT Services Group.

Should Net Neutrality Apply to Silicon Valley?

November 28, 2017

While the nation is up in arms about the repeal of something 99.9 percent of the population didn't know existed six months ago, its time for a sanity check.

We have been told "we" may be the only tech leader who thinks Ajit Pai is doing the right thing by rolling back net neutrality regulations. Our thoughts on the matter have been based on a great deal of experience in the past few years.

Here are some things we have seen happen:



  • The government promised a healthcare law would allow people to keep their doctor and plan and lower premiums by $2,500.

Exclusive CEO Interview with AIOps Leader FixStream on Oracle ERP Solution and Growth Strategy

November 28, 2017

Network complexity is literally growing exponentially and the ability for organizations to manage the increasing complexity isn’t growing with it. Staff budgets are often shrinking or staying level yet the sprawl of systems; servers, computers, sensors, etc. continues unabated. Without making use of artificial intelligence operations or AIOps it really is impossible to visualize your systems, let alone diagnose them quickly when a problem needs to be rapidly remedied.

Why Professionals Say to Avoid Nest

November 22, 2017

Nest thermostats look gorgeous but if your equipment isn't compatible, you are in for a lot of trouble setting up your thermostats. Having a 50-year-old home with AC and baseboard heat has made it difficult to get these devices to work properly.

Nest's tech support is good. We should know, we have spent hours on the phone with them to get the air conditioning working. A few months later, we learned the heat was not working properly at 3 am when we awoke to a home which was less than sixty degrees while air conditioning was being called for by the thermostat.

Thankfully, we were able to shut it down from our phone in bed.



Fog Computing is Booming and it Changes Everything in IoT

November 16, 2017

Name a market worth $18 billion in a few years with a 500% growth rate that almost no one knows about. If you guessed Fog Computing then well, that's because my readers tend to be above-average in their tech knowledge. 

For those of you who are new, here is a refresher on what the term represents. It is basically the idea of edge-computing as it relates to IoT devices.

Apple Responds to Our iPhone X Wireless Charging Complaint in One Day

November 14, 2017

Pictek Fast QI Wireless Charging Pad Review

November 13, 2017

When we received our iPhone X, we knew we had to try out the wireless charging feature of the new device. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X models are the first iOS devices to support wireless charging using the Qi standard we told you about some years back.



To that end we were sent a Pictek Fast QI Wireless Charging Pad for review. This charger is slim and light. You have to use your own power block/USB port as one is not included.



The first thing we tested was if we could use the charger with the magnetic plate on the back of our phone used to mount the phone on our desk and car vent.

Sadly, the metal plate blocks charging.









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