Avaya Fabric Connect and Radvision

What is Fabric Connect? If you haven’t yet, you should start to consider future-proofing your network with Avaya Fabric Connect. What you might ask, is fiber connect? It is a new type of network topology (a schematic that shows a network layout) in which connected devices pass data to each other through interconnecting switches (nodes). The term, fabric connect, refers to the idea that when drawn on paper the schematic looks as though the connecting lines resemble a woven pattern, or fabric, similar to a blanket. Fabric Connect is completely new. It is an innovation that takes Shortest Path Bridging to a higher level. Avaya creates a less complex, more durable, and significantly more flexible infrastructure that facilitates any necessary changes or additions easier than ever. The new innovative topology blends years of experience to create technology that combines the best of Ethernet and Internet protocol. Traffic always takes the fastest, least resistant path from one point to another, guaranteeing peak performance and protection from total system failure. Benefits of Fabric Connect Fabric Connect creates a platform or foundation that is truly future-proof. This platform helps you deal with new trends like virtualization, cloud, mobility and video – while significantly reducing overhead and demystifying the network. Fabric topology solves several problems, like the following: Complex networks that are expensive to operate Lack of flexibility, hard to manage MACS Not enough resiliency and poor service impacting outages Inability to support up and coming applications because of low capacity, lack of scale, and resiliency What is Radvision? Radvision is an Avaya company founded in 1992 and headquartered in Tel Aviv. They...

Security Cameras: Protect Your Assets

As a small business owner, protecting your business is a priority. You purchase insurance, use the best locks, install an alarm system, and keep important things in a secure safe. You always use state of the art safety equipment and train your employees to follow safety procedures. You thoroughly assess risk factors and proactively manage the threats you’ve identified. The next question is, how do you manage the potential threats that occur when you or your employees are not there, or what if someone in your workforce is the threat? Maybe others who have access to your property, like vendors, mean to cause damage or steal from you, what then? What methods can you use to know what goes on twenty-four hours a day? The answer is closed circuit television cameras. What are the Benefits of Security Cameras? • Video recorders capture and store everything that happens in the covered area • The presence of cameras serves as a deterrent against robbery, inventory theft, and property damage • High-resolution cameras capture, record, and verify employee transactions and behavior • Specialty cameras use night vision for security after dark • Controllable overhead dome cameras provide multi-position view angles • Monitor and control points of entry and exit with video surveillance What Kind of Security Camera System is Best? Professional security systems are available in a variety of setups. Each one has special features to serve your unique needs. As mentioned earlier, you have assessed your potential threats and have a good idea of your specific protection needs. The best idea at this point is getting the advice of professionals. Let...

Structured Cabling and Your Business

Connecting Your Business Structured Cabling is what connects all the components of your telecommunications infrastructure. You can’t overstate the importance of your structured cabling system. A good analogy is the human nervous system. Information necessary to the function of your body flows along nerve pathways and provides knowledge to each part of your body that keeps it working. Without the pathways, the parts remain separated, and functions cease. Your cabling system allows each part of your business (computers, phones, fax machines, people) to share the information needed to keep your business functioning successfully. What Exactly is a Structured Cable System? To visualize the concept of structured cabling imagine an organized approach to connectivity. For example, in your office you have three desktops, three printers, two fax machines, and four telephones. Imagine if all the cables connecting these devices were visible and sprawled across the floor. You probably couldn’t walk two feet without tripping over a cable. Now, take the same office and think about one central hub (the hub could be in another room or even on another floor). One point at each workstation connects to the cable structure. That structure remains hidden behind walls, under the floor, or overhead in the ceiling and carries each connection to the hub. Which structure presents your company in a professional way. Which choice is more efficient? Which option provides you with an easy and flexible way to add, subtract, or move work areas? What Benefits does Structured Cabling Provide • Maintains the continuous flow of information • Allows the sharing of resources • Moves adds and changes are much faster and...

Voice Over IP and Your Business

Voice over Internet Protocol, often called VoIP, is a technology that allows you to use your phone over the internet. Also, you can also send and receive data and video using the same service. VoIP works by converting your phone calls into a digital signal and creating data packets that then travel over the internet, in the same way, your email does. A variety of VoIP services exists to meet your personal and business needs from basic phone service to more complex levels of business communication. How VoIP Works for Your Business When you combine all your communication needs into one service, you realize cost reductions, increased productivity, and improvements in communication. All these features create a perfect environment for collaboration. The cost cutting advantages include managing one network for all your communication needs, enjoying the flexibility to add or subtract extensions at multiple locations as your business grows, and having a variety of communication options. Your team can easily communicate from home, hotels, airports, or anywhere that an internet connection is available. Some services include hotspots that let you connect to the internet from almost anywhere. Features and Benefits Consider how the benefits of more effective communication will increase the efficiency of your workforce. They will have the capacity to send videos or documents, chat face to face with customers or video conference with each other. The real beauty of VoIP is that all of the above is possible simultaneously and seamlessly. Some of the features you have to pay for with your legacy phone service come as part of the package with VoIP. Voicemail Caller ID Conferencing...