Tech Talk

Wondering if cloud computing could be right for your business? Cloud computing is a buzzword that has dominated in the IT industry for the last few years as more IT, network and software providers continue to get in on the action and more businesses migrate. Cisco’s Global Cloud Index estimates that by 2019, more than four-fifths (86 percent) of workloads will be processed by cloud data centres.

What is Ethernet?

Ethernet is delivered over fibre optic circuits and offers speeds anywhere between 3Mbps to 10Gbps depending on whether circuits are completely fibre from end to end – and what quantity of bandwidth you are willing to pay for.

The difference with optic fibre circuits is that there is no resistance and loss of speed over distance as happens with copper wire, meaning data speeds are extremely reliable and quick over any distance. Ethernet is what we recommend for the majority of business purposes, particularly for multi-site connectivity or organisations with heavy data requirements.

Fibre optic internet, or Ethernet, is not like ordinary broadband. It is a high end, business grade service that comes with guarantees. Guaranteed speeds, guaranteed uptime and guaranteed service levels. It means the difference between your staff being able to access and share data through business applications and the web quickly – or frustration and wasted time due to slow connection speeds and not being able to access current information as it’s needed.

Many start-up and small businesses decide to manage IT on their own in an attempt to keep costs to a minimum. Often this will take the shape of either one or a couple of individuals who possess some amount of IT knowledge. A percentage of their time must be given to IT support issues. However this approach often proves to be far more costly for the ‘lean’ business than outsourced IT support alternatives would be.

Mother Technologies would like to draw attention to a fraudulent wire transfer technique that some of our customers have recently encountered. The technique is called spear phishing.

Spear Phishing relies upon email messages posing as urgent communications from senior officers sent to lower level employees. The messages demand that employees wire funds to destination accounts provided in the message.

These emails can be very convincing and are typically sent to corporate executives, corporate finance personnel, or others likely to have roles in authorizing or executing accounts payable operations. We highly recommend making your employees aware of this threat and cautioning them against falling victim to these attacks.

Many businesses today are still using traditional Private Branch Exchange (PBX) or IP-PBX phone systems, and they do prove to be a great telecom solution given their breadth of functionality and scalability. However, there are risks involved of which it is important to be aware.