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SD-WAN – is it something you should look at?

SD-WAN stands for Software Defined – Wide Area Networks.   This system grew out of the routing technique called MPLS – Multiprotocol Label Switching.   MPLS is a routing technique in telecommunications networks that directs data from one node to the next based on labels rather than network addresses. Whereas network addresses identify endpoints the labels identify established paths between endpoints.   (Had enough tech talk?)

As internal networking has grown over the years the systems have become Software Defined Networks (SDN).  SD-WAN can be seen as SDN for the WAN. It represents, arguably, the most popular and widely deployed use case in SDN. The SDN model became popular for abstracting network infrastructure in the data center and other sections within the enterprise perimeter. SD-WAN played a similar role but needed to abstract infrastructure elements that were diverse in terms of link types, providers, and geographies. Since it crossed the enterprise perimeter, it needed a robust security component as well. 

The traditional model of backhauling all traffic from branch offices to the data center for robust security inspection is no longer optimal as it wastes a lot of bandwidth and adds latency, ultimately impairing application performance like VoIP. There is a real need for a better way to send traffic directly over the internet from branch locations to trusted SaaS and cloud-based applications while maintaining compliance with enterprise security mandates. 

An SD‑WAN assures consistent application performance and resiliency, automates traffic steering in an application-driven manner …

What Is the Difference Between WAN & SD-WAN?

Is your company stuck on whether you should go with a traditional wide-area network (WAN) or a software-defined WAN (SD-WAN)? If so, this article is for you!

We’ll cover what traditional WAN and SD-WAN are and what this technology can do for your business. If any questions arise as you read, please know that the SD-WAN experts at Millennia Technologies will be happy to consult with you so you can set up the most appropriate solution. …

7 Benefits of Microsoft Teams for Small Businesses

Is your small business considering Microsoft Teams? Or have you had it for a while and aren’t sure if your team is getting the most out of it? Microsoft Teams helps your business stay connected, even if you have a remote or hybrid team. The Teams platform also makes meetings more effective and reduces the usage of email.

Here are seven benefits of using Microsoft Teams for small businesses for you to consider.

Connecting Your Workforce Through UCaaS

Maintaining clear communication is a top priority in your organization. Accordingly, you and your colleagues have decided to look into UCaaS to see how it might benefit your team, help you work more effectively together, and communicate with other parties, such as customers, vendors, and partners.

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) is a phone system that uses Voice over Internet Protocol to provide a cloud-based phone system for businesses.

What You Need to Know About SD-WAN for Small Businesses

SD-what? SD-WAN is a new, software-defined (SD) strategy and process to handle your wide-area network (WAN) function.

With more and more business processes and tools happening in the cloud or taking place via software as a service (SaaS) applications compared to being downloaded or stored in on-site servers, SD-WAN helps you manage access to the various parts of your network.

Getting started with SD-WAN may require more computer and software knowledge than your staff can currently provide. That’s why so many small businesses rely on Millennia Technologies to handle their IT requirements.

Small businesses that need to stay agile to meet customer expectations and head off the competition will want to learn more about SD-WAN before partnering with any third-party IT professionals.

Is Cloud Computing Good for Small Businesses?

Like many small business owners, when you hear about organizations using cloud computing, you might tend to think that this kind of service is meant just for large enterprises. But small businesses can take advantage of cloud computing to bring greater efficiencies, help them scale more readily, and improve their security.

While the idea of using a cloud service provider for your small business might be daunting, you should know that switching to the cloud is a worthwhile investment that’ll ultimately help you and your team out in the end.

Read on for insight into how you can start taking advantage of cloud computing for small businesses today. …

Millennia Technologies and Fusion-IT Announce Merger

Merger combines leading business voice and technology consultants with a growing managed security services provider and cybersecurity firm serving the SMB and Enterprise businesses in the Midwest

Millennia Technologies, a market leader in UCaaS voice integration, and Fusion IT, a leading technology MSP, MSSP and cybersecurity firm, are pleased to announce a strategic merger of their growing technology businesses.

Get to know the team: Gracie Milo

The Millennia Technologies team is growing! We’re excited to introduce our newest team member, Gracie Milo.
Gracie Milo
Sales & Marketing Intern
What do you like most about your job?

I love working alongside my team members, being immersed in a positive work environment, & learning new skills daily!

 

What does a typical day look like for you?

Wake up early, read my Bible, get my workout in, grab a coffee, & get to work!

 

What is your background?

I am a fourth year full time student at Grand Valley State University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Communications.

 

What is your motto or personal mantra?

Focusing on the positive in life & showing others the love of Jesus Christ

 

Do you have a pet?

I have two dogs, one golden retriever named Benson & one Shitzu named Brutus!

How to Determine What Level of Cybersecurity Your Small Business Needs

You and fellow stakeholders in your organization have concluded that you need cybersecurity. But what’s still unknown is just how much protection is enough. You also may not have a clear idea of what level of cybersecurity is too much, to the point that it’s negatively affecting your bottom line.

Determining the right balance of security and budget can be a tricky process. Here are some of the things to consider when determining cybersecurity coverage:
Establish the Importance of Taking Cybersecurity Seriously
Cybersecurity should be taken seriously; the financial and reputational risk of an incident is high. Everyone in your company should be aware of the consequences of criminals breaking into the system.

Hackers could copy sensitive information such as personal details about customers. They might hold your business hostage, encrypting your data until you pay a ransom. Employees may not even have a place to work if hackers have vandalized or shut down all the computers and networks.
Define Risk
Understand the risk and define it in terms that everyone across your company can understand, from customer service with little computer knowledge to workers in more technical and data-driven positions. In your business, the main risk could be the theft of intellectual property. Or, the problem may have more to do with protecting the huge amounts of data you store on customers.

For many organizations, the biggest threat they face is that their operations might have to shut down until computer security professionals can find …

3 Common Small Business Technology Problems & How to Fix Them

Modern business is powered by modern technology—but modern technology does have its hang ups. Businesses need to master common technological issues to grow their business, stay ahead of the competition, and protect their data from cybersecurity threats.

Massive equipment failure, digital communication systems going down, or a data security breach can cause business operations to grind to a halt. Technology is absolutely essential to your business—but glitches happen. How can you ensure issues with your business tech won’t leave your business in the dark? Here are three of the most common business technology problems, and how to address them:
1. Lack of Proactiveness
The best way to fix a problem is to stop it before it starts. Because digital systems require routine maintenance to run securely and efficiently, wise business owners will institute proactive processes and procedures to predict, plan for, and prevent issues before they become time-consuming and money-consuming emergencies.

For example, protect against accidental file deletion by developing a reliable data backup and disaster recovery plan, or institute regular maintenance checklists for your company IT personnel. No matter what type of business technology you have, the old Benjamin Franklin adage most certainly applies: an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

In addition to backing up files and performing routine maintenance, adequate power protection is an essential component of any tech protection plan. Beyond anticipating a lack of power, business tech leaders should protect against sudden spikes or surges …