If you’ve read my article on SD-WAN architecture types, you’ll know that the main difference between a gateway- and POP-based SD-WAN solution is a network backbone connecting the POPs. In that post, I gave a brief description of the scenarios in which this network backbone would be beneficial, but I’ll dive a bit deeper here. […]
SSE vs. Premise-Based Firewalls
In 2021, Gartner completed the SASE puzzle by introducing SSE as a standalone solution. SSE (Security Service Edge) is the network security portion of SASE (Secure Access Service Edge). Some companies don’t need the Access (mainly SD-WAN) portion of SASE, so SSE is what they should be looking at. The SASE Formula: SD-WAN + SSE […]
SASE Features and Who Can Benefit From Them
The term “SASE” started off as an allusive acronym that was hard to define and even harder to understand. SASE isn’t necessarily a product or a one-size-fits-all solution. SASE is a framework, and while it’s comprised of different network access and security features, those features may vary from provider to provider. It has always been […]
SASE VS. SSE: How Do They Differ?
If you thought the world of technology was out of acronyms to create, you thought wrong. Following SASE, Gartner introduced the term “SSE”, or Security Service Edge. In this article we’ll discuss how SSE differs from SASE and what types of companies should be considering it. Before I get started, if you aren’t familiar with […]
Work From Home Strategies to Consider in 2022
After being forced to accommodate remote workers, companies realized that their workforce is even more productive when working from home. Here are some technologies to consider for businesses’ remote work strategy.
UCaaS in a Retail Environment
Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) can be deployed in just about any industry. As long as employees communicate with one another, there is a need for a UCaaS platform. However, the specific functionality required might differ between verticals. Let’s talk about the retail industry, specifically. Most retail brands have a corporate office somewhere. These […]
SD-WAN Architecture Types + When to Use Them
I’ve spent the last two years studying the different types of SD-WAN technologies, interviewing the providers that offer them, and recommending solutions to our clients based on their unique needs. In all this research, my team and I have classified three main architecture types: edge, gateway, and POP (point of presence). Of course, things can’t […]
CCaaS Providers: What to Consider Before Choosing a Cloud Contact Center Platform
To put it lightly, CCaaS (Contact Center as a Service) blew up when companies were forced to work from home. Think about it – companies with antiquated contact center infrastructure used to require agents to be in the office to take or make phone calls. How are they expected to work from home? CCaaS was […]
The Truth About SASE: Everything You Need to Know
SASE stands for Secure Access Service Edge and it’s the newest buzzword being thrown around the network and IT industry. It’s one of those terms that everyone claims to be, few know what it actually entails, and even fewer truly know if they need it. That’s where this post comes in. We’re going to talk […]
UCaaS Providers: What are the Differences?
I usually like to descibe UCaaS, or Unified Communications as a Service, as the Netflix of telephony. Think about Netflix for a second. Most of us aren’t going to Walmart or Tartget to buy DVDs anymore. We don’t have a DVD player or a VCR to play movies for us. We stream them with Netflix, […]