Social Distancing – Stay Calm It’s Working!

Posted on: May 18th, 2020 by admin

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Reports now show that, as large cities including San Francisco, NYC, Seattle and Miami have taken steps to “flatten the curve”, the rate of reported covid-19 hospital admissions has been easing.

What’s next?
Crush the curve the experts say.

  • Institute Harsh measures – shutdowns, social distancing, limiting travel, etc. (we are here now).
  • Stepwise release measures to ensure the epidemic doesn’t take off again.
  • Waiting 30 days after the reproduction number reduces. Meaning the number of new infections generated by each infected person is reduced. Today we show more than 2 people are infected by each person that has the virus.

How do we do that?

The shutdown. The shutdown is now in effect for the foreseeable future.
Our goal is for Herd Immunity – those who have been exposed to the virus are somewhat immune to it.
They suspect that when we re-open our normal way of doing things that the virus will rebound. It is said that 97% of Americans will remain vulnerable.

Additionally, some studies suggest that the virus may follow a seasonal pattern and could come back (or rebound) when cooler weather returns in the fall.

Completely shutting down everything for a long period of time is not compatible with a truly functioning society. So what’s next? The news suggests that we slowly release the restrictions and reintroduce “life as we knew it one step at a time”.


Schools
– may not reopen this year, teaching maybe done via Web Meeting tools.
Stores – many have restrictions on the number of people they let into the store at a time.
Businesses will be added back in as more essential offerings are brought back with new safety measures.

So what’s the good from all of this?

  • Families are spending more time with one another.
  • Our ability to entertain ourselves brings back some of our “Good Ole Days” traditions.
  • People are reducing their “Busy” from fitting it all in to “Key essential Activities”.
  • Home Projects are getting done.
  • Outdoor activities are on the rise.

Stone Age or ?

Posted on: May 11th, 2020 by admin

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Unless you are living in the stone age your company will need some kind of IT support.

There are two types of IT support.

Reactive Support

Reactive is just what it sounds like, a reaction to an event. Basically, if it breaks then you have to call someone in to fix it.

Example: Your server crashes. You have to “react” by placing an expensive service call. This then leads to not only the expense of the service call but also a loss of business while you wait for parts and a final repair.

Pro: low cost of entry upfront

Con: Your company could be down for hours and or days, which will be costly. 60% of business that suffer major computer outages never fully recover from that loss.

Proactive Support

Also, just what it sounds like, you take a Proactive approach and head disasters off before they strike. Proactive IT support is providing services throughout the month to optimize the performance of your Servers and Computers. This keeps you operational and alerts you when systems are in danger of failure.

Example: Because your servers and computers are monitored, an alert pops up to let you know there is an issue with a server that may lead to a crash. The problem is rectified and no downtime/service call is needed.

Pro: No surprises, No down time.

Con: You are paying a monthly management fee for this service. Ensuring uptime and reliability that your processes are continuously running.

Would it be helpful if you had a choice to tailor what your business needs most?

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Remote Solutions in the Construction Industry

Posted on: May 5th, 2020 by admin

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Even before the Covid-19 Pandemic disrupted business as usual, many forward-thinking companies realized the many benefits to remote working, or the practice of working for an extended period outside a formal office.

For example, some efficiently run construction companies use cell phone mobile applications. These applications enable jobsite superintendents/remote workers to use their cell phones as an extension of the office phone system.

The cell phone application/integration value is clearly realized when real-time conversations increase. Problems are solved more rapidly and with a clearer understanding. These mobile applications can also lead to one solution to overcoming email oversaturation.

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Hackers On the Rise

Posted on: May 1st, 2020 by admin

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Hackers are on the rise during the Covid-19 Pandemic

As a precaution in these uncertain times, do not open emails from people you cannot identify.

Recently I received an email that was an attempt at corrupting our database.

Here’s what to look for:

Screenshot of a suspicious email presumably from a hacker

Here are a few red flags:

  • I do not know of this person and cannot identify his company from his email.
  • It’s being sent to a database named: user@t.online.de and not to my email address.
  • He uses “Transfer” as the draw.
  • He has an attachment “Wire.html” that he would like me to open (PLEASE DO NOT OPEN THESE).
  • He does not offer any information other than “Account Dept”

You should: Right click on the email and Block this sender and delete the email.

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Republic Voice and Data Offers Cloud Solutions to Keep You Productive

Posted on: April 10th, 2020 by admin

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With the spread of COVID-19, companies are being forced to adapt to the changing landscape. Part of the change has been a rise in working from home to continue business operations. Transitioning your workforce to remote work does present challenges, but the cloud offers a low capital expense answer. At Republic Voice and Data, we offer a multitude of cloud solutions aimed at keeping your company productive during these difficult times.

Remote Desktop

Republic Voice and Data’s Virtual Cloud Desktop allows your employees to access your network remotely and helps your company manage and deliver information in a secure environment. This service will enable your employees to access local and hosted files, which will ensure they will remain productive while working from home. Our Virtual Cloud Desktop has a single sign-on, and your company can enable 2-factor authentication to ensure your networks are protected.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure as a Service offers many benefits to your business. IaaS can reduce infrastructure costs, increase scalability, and improve business continuity.

  • Reduced Costs. Your company will save money, moving to the cloud. Since you’ll no longer need on-premise servers, your energy bill will go down. Additionally, your company will be able to scale back its IT department.
  • Scalability. IaaS provides on-demand scalability so your company can adjust quickly to spikes in usage. IaaS eliminates the need for costly equipment and hardware purchases and allows you to focus on your business rather than your data networks.
  • Improved Business Continuity. Since all of your data is stored in the cloud, your company will be able to maintain business operations when faced with a disaster at your place of business. As long as your employees have access to an internet connection, they will be able to continue working from home or another location.

With the increased demand for employees to work from home, our cloud solutions will ensure that your company can remain productive during this time. Migrating your business operations to the cloud will reduce costs, increase scalability, and improve your business continuity and disaster recovery. Contact Republic Voice and Data today to learn more about our cloud solutions and how they can help your business thrive, no matter the situation.

The Difference Between Fiber Optic and Copper Cables

Posted on: February 27th, 2020 by admin

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When it comes to cabling for your business, there only seem to be two choices, copper-based cables like Cat 6 and Cat 5e or fiber optics. While both undoubtedly have their unique advantages, it’s hard not to see the writing on the wall when presented with the facts. One is obviously the superior choice overall when you break down the differences between the two. From overall costs to transmission speed, we’re going to go over what makes fiber optics the better choice over copper cables.

While there is a multitude of differences between fiber optic and copper cables, there are three key factors that highlight the biggest contrasts between them:

  1. Cost – While in the past, copper cabling costs were cheaper than fiber optics, that price difference has diminished in recent years. Now it’s far more costly for you to have to lay pipelines, install distribution cabinets, and all the other ins and outs of what is required for a copper cable-based system. Leading to a fiber-based LAN solution being the more budget conscientious choice.
  2. Bandwith – Cat 6 copper cables provide a maximum bandwidth of 1 Gbs, with Cat 5e go as high as 100 Mbs. This pales in direct comparison to just the base rate of 10 Gbps the alternative offers; fiber optics cables are capable of reaching 60 Tbps and higher.
  3. Transmission – For copper vs. fiber optic cabling transmission speed comes down to a simple factor, the travel speed of electrons vs. photons. Electrons in electrical currents travel at about less than 1% the speed of light. Versus photons that don’t reach the instantaneous speed of light, but being only about 31% slower is still extraordinarily fast.

With just the three points we stated above, fiber optics beats out copper cabling in every category. We don’t need to go over possible things like fiber optics immunity to electrical interference and tapping. You can see why fiber optic cable has undoubtedly become one of the most popular mediums for both innovative cabling installations and upgrades. If the benefits you read above are something you want for your business, contact Republic Voice and Data and ask about our extensive cabling solution options.

The Benefits of Utilizing a Hosted Phone System

Posted on: February 21st, 2020 by admin

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Hosting your business phone systems in the cloud brings many benefits compared to a traditional on-premise phone system. The problem with an on-premise system is that when your business outgrows it, it becomes costly to expand. Additionally, your company will have paid for a point in time solution that will quickly become obsolete. With Republic Voice and Data’s hosted phone systems, you’ll pay a flat monthly fee, and your business will be able to add additional seats or functionality on-demand.

Here are more benefits to hosting your phone systems in the cloud:

  • Cost. With our hosted phone systems, your company won’t have to pay for expensive maintenance or upgrade costs. Adding additional seats or functionality can be done quickly, and if you no longer need a service, you can remove it. All of the features are available for a flat monthly fee, which will help your company budget for the future.
  • Focus on your business. Any issues that arise with your phone systems will be handled quickly and efficiently by the experts at Republic Voice and Data. Since your phone system is hosted in our cloud, we can handle any programming issues in-house. Your company will no longer need to wait for a technician to drive out and fix any problems, thus eliminating downtime. Knowing your phone systems are handled, you will be able to place your focus on your business and its continued growth.
  • Disaster Recovery. If there is a power outage or some other unforeseen disaster at your business, we can reroute your calls to a different location or phone number, so your company never misses a call. This reliability is a huge benefit and will ensure your business can remain operational during disasters.
  • Mobility. If your business has remote employees or employees that travel, they can still be connected to your phone network as long as they have an internet connection. The ability to stay connected will drastically increase the remote or traveling employees’ efficiency as they will be able to receive important phone calls seamlessly.

If your business is considering moving its phone systems to the cloud, contact the experts at Republic Voice and Data. We have the knowledge and expertise to ensure the transition is smooth and painless.

Infrastructure as a Service – Your Answer to Cloud Computing

Posted on: January 13th, 2020 by admin

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Companies of all sizes are moving their operations to the cloud. According to a survey done by 451 Research, 90% of responding organizations use the cloud in some capacity. Moving your business to the cloud has many benefits, one of which is that your company no longer needs to dedicate space for your servers. At Republic Voice and Data, we offer Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which is designed to provide your business a top of the line cloud service aimed at streamlining your operations.

Data Security

Data security is one of the most important things a business needs to place its focus. It can cost your organization thousands of dollars if you experience a data breach, and you can damage the trust of your customers.

At Republic Voice and Data, we take every precaution to ensure that your data is safe in the cloud.

Cost

Moving your organization to the cloud allows you to avoid and reduce capital expenditures. Your business won’t have to buy any expensive hardware or dedicate resources to maintaining your servers. We expertly manage your servers so your company won’t experience downtime, and you don’t have to dedicate resources to troubleshooting server issues.

Scalability

Small businesses don’t need the server space that a large company requires, but as your company grows, you will be able to scale your servers quickly and efficiently to meet your demands. If your company decides it needs increased server space, you no longer need to buy additional hardware to meet those demands. The ability to adjust to business demands quickly is invaluable for a growing business.

Disaster Recovery

With the cloud, all of your data is stored in a facility with highly redundant power systems. These precautions allow your business to access its data, regardless of the situation at your physical location. If your business loses power or experiences a disaster, your organization will be able to access its data as long as you have access to an internet connection.

Moving your business to the cloud is a smart, cost-effective decision that will allow your company to become more efficient and resilient to any disaster. Contact Republic Voice and Data to learn more about IaaS and allow our knowledgable team to assist in the growth of your company.

Reduce Costs with Managed Carrier Solutions

Posted on: December 3rd, 2019 by admin

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Did you know that 99&#37 of companies are overspending for telephone lines and Internet service? Republic Voice and Data has a long and successful history of providing exceptional service for our clients. With our managed carrier services program, we aim to reduce your costs so you can invest in new technology to help your company continue growing.

We achieve this by negotiating on your behalf for the lowest price. Most carrier companies won’t share their lowest package prices, but we will ensure you get the best deal. We will identify the unused services in your package and remove them, providing only the services you need. Additionally, companies are usually paying for a larger bandwidth package than they need. We will analyze your bandwidth package and make sure it fits your business needs.

Republic Voice and Data will manage your carrier network services from installation to calling in a service ticket. We will leverage technology to improve the productivity of your business, reduce your staff workload, and make it easier for you to communicate with your customers, allowing your business to continue growing.

Contact Republic Voice and Data and let us analyze your carrier packages so we can come up with a plan to reduce your costs, allowing you to focus on your customers and the growth of your business.

How Security Systems Can Save You Money on Your Insurance Premiums

Posted on: October 23rd, 2019 by admin

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One of the most effective ways to save money on your company is by simply installing security systems. Not only can surveillance keep your company safe from accidents, but it can yield a high return on investment for your business. Insurance is one of the most significant expenses a company must take on, so why not try to save money where you can? While it is essential to shop around, you should also keep in mind just how much you can save annually by just having a sound security system installed.

Reducing Insurance Premiums and decreasing risk

The purpose of business insurance is to protect you, your staff, and assets from unforeseen events, such as theft, accidents, vandalism, and other forms of crime. Everything from the people who come in contact with your organization, the building, and possessions are at high-risk and much more accident-prone, without security. Insurance providers spend more on riskier companies and often discount those who are less risky.

The most common types of claims filed are theft and burglary. Employees commit the majority of theft cases, often stealing the most valuable items. Security cameras aid in not only preventing theft, but if a crime occurs, they can also help in loss recovery and catching the perpetrator.

Protecting your property and organization

Reduction in insurance costs happens either over time and through reduced claims and up-front premium reduction or by merely reducing the business’s overall risk. A custom security system assists with both reducing the number of accidents that occur, thus reduces the number of claims and lessens the prospect of dangerous events arising. These events include:

  • Violent acts and theft.
  • Evidence for events where disputed facts can cause questioning of liability such as falls and slips.

An effective security system should be tailored to the needs of the business. Surveillance cameras come with a myriad of features that address points of vulnerability specific to the facilities. Having the right technology and security infrastructure in place is where Republic Data and Voice can help. We offer indoor and outdoor monitoring with real-time streaming, motion-activated sensors, remote notifications, access controls, and more.

Contact us today and learn how we can help you save more on your voice and network systems too!