The Primary Benefits of Having a Network Operations Center

Summary: NOCs can provide a wide array of functionalities and services that can improve your business overall.

When your business utilizes network management from a managed services provider, you’re likely to experience a high level of efficiency, profit, and production.

Normally, companies will tend to use the break/fix model to handle IT maintenance when any problems arise. However, the downside to this can increase overall downtime, decrease productivity, and increase overhead costs.

On the other hand, when you co-source your IT needs to a managed services provider, the NOC design center tends to identify and resolve the issue at any time of the day – whether it’s three or even five in the morning. Customers do not have to worry about any issues being unresolved, which in turn, increase the overall level of efficiency of your business – which can drastically improve profits.

The NOC

A NOC, or Network Operations Center, is a centralized location that houses IT engineers and technicians. These specialists will monitor and manage any client’s network and make the appropriate changes when needed. If there is a problem that occurs, they can instantly detect what’ going on and resolve it before the client is even aware that a problem came up in the first place. This is one of the primary benefits of having a 24/7 NOC – it’s not only a proactive model that overlooks every network, but it can also increase a company’s profit, efficiency, and productivity.

In search of a cost-efficient network operations center? Call the experts at Constant Technologies, Inc. today to get started.

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Everything Google announced at I/O

Here is a list of everything that Google announced at the I/O keynote:

2 billion – CEO Sundar Pichai took the stage to announce that there are two billion active Android users. Some other numbers he gave: 800 million users on Google Drive, 500 million users on Google Photos with 1.2 billion photos uploaded daily.

AI – Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are big parts of Google’s every day activities. This year the conference promoted the AI angle even more, with some of news products like Google Lens only possible with machine learning.

TPU – Google developed its own processors for machine learning. The new second generation TPU’s (tensor processing units) can deliver up to 18- teraflops of performance.

Google Assistant – The assistant is now on at least a 100 million devices and is now more conversational than ever before. There is also support for typed queries for instances where audio output is not appropriate.

iPhone – The Google Assistant is now available for iPhone users, with a widget to make invoking the assistant easier.

Google Home – The team outlined the new features coming to Google Home: Proactive assistant, hands-free calling, entertainment and responses on TV.

Google Photos – The popular photo storage and sharing service got two new headline features. The first suggests sharing based on facial recognition and the other is a print service for photo books.

YouTube – YouTube got a single feature at the keynote, adding 360 degree video support to the TV app.

Android – The rest of the announcements were all related to Android. The first was the announcement of the new O developer preview, and then the low-end Android Go announcement.

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ASUS announces Tango-poweredZenFone AR

At a pre-Computex keynote, ASUS announced the launch of its Tango-powered phone the ZenFone AR. The news does not come as a surprise as Google mentioned the existence of the new Tango phone at its I/O developer conference.

Tango is a version of Android for Augmented Reality. There are special sensors in the phone that can detect the space around the phone and build a 3D map of the room. Using the cameras and sensors, the phone knows where it is inside a pre-mapped building. Augmented reality has the potential to be the next big thing, and with Tango Google is positioned to take the lead in the space.

The first demonstration of Tango was navigating from outside a building inside to a specific location in a restaurant. The directions overlaid navigation arrows all the way through a building to the specific seat that the user marked. There are many other applications of the tech, such as adding potential new furniture to your room or replacing your existing pantry with a new one.

There are over 100 apps for the Tango platform, from companies like BMW, Lowe’s, etc. As many as 50 of them work with the ZenFone AR, and more support will come as developers update apps to the latest version of Android.

The ZenFone AR comes with 8GB of RAM and an optimized Snapdragon 821 processor which allows the apps to run far more smoothly than they have before. Between Tango and Lens, Google is in a strong position should AR become mainstream.

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Basic IT equipment you need at home

Article written by Techicated

The average home can no longer function with just a computer and a router. The typical family can have as many as 15 devices, and wireless internet access is a basic requirement. Here is a basic equipment set up that will serve a household well.

Storage

We produce a lot of data that we need to store. This data includes everything from pictures, videos, documents, to movies and music. Trusting a single location like a cloud service is risky. Imagine you store all your documents on Google Drive, and then you lose your account for some reason. Everything is gone. The best practice is to store everything locally on a device like a NAS and then backup that data to the cloud.

Access Points

The best way to get proper coverage across an entire home is to have access points in strategic areas. It will take some experimentation and testing to get it right, but it will require multiple access points. There are mesh systems available that make this setup easier, although they are a bit more expensive than standalone units.

Firewall

The typical home will not have or need a firewall. However, if you have lots of internet connected devices like IP cameras and home automation gear, you can control what sites the devices access with a firewall. Set up requires some technical knowledge.

UPS

All this equipment needs protection from power failures and spikes. A UPS will protect the devices and supply clean power throughout the day. Not everything will be in a position to get UPS power. Try and buy devices that have built-in battery backup

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Using a portable air conditioner in a server room

Written by MovinCool.com

Server rooms are part of almost every mid-sized organization. They vary from a small closet sized space to large office rooms. Often, most organization do not have the luxury of setting up a fully equipped server room air conditioner with climate control and raised floors, especially in a rented space. Most of the server rooms these organizations use are built for human occupation and do not have the cooling that a few racks of servers need. Here are several reasons why a portable air conditioning unit is perfect for a situation like this:

Portable air conditioners can be used around the clock without asking the building owners to run the central plant overnight. This saves the cost of running the building cooling system around-the-clock.

Rather than cool the entire room focused cooling by positioning portable units strategically allows cooling without any additional wastage. Again, it offers economic advantages to running a large computer room air conditioner for hours.

You may provision additional servers at any time without worrying about additional heat load. All you need is another portable unit positioned correctly to offset the new equipment.

There is also the option of relocating the server room without much notice. In the event of a change of location, there is no big operation required to move the servers and other equipment to another site.

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MovinCool.com are providers of data center cooling, industrial cooling and portable a/c units and expertise.

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How to start setting up a voice controlled home

Article written by Technology Innovations

The issue with the current crop of smart home products is that very few of them work together. Every manufacturer has a vision of the Internet of things that is usually incompatible with a competitor. What’s worse is when a company is acquired, and their product line is removed with little notice. This is why it’s a good idea to assemble home automation equipment that is as cheap as possible and has some connectivity to others. This way the investment is limited. Let’s look at how we can set up a voice controlled home satisfying that criteria:

The first step is to get a voice interface. There are only two real choices here: the Amazon Echo and Google Home. When looking at the Echo, choose either the Echo Dot or the main Echo device. Both of these will work with the majority of home automation gear.

The next step is to set up control of lighting, air conditioners, etc. There are two approaches here, control the bulbs or control the switches. In a home with more than one occupant, it is wiser to go the switch route to prevent confusion.  There are several affordable solutions by Asian tech companies to control switches and IR devices.

The third is to establish control from the voice interface. This is the tricky part. Most of the above devices required an Android device or third party software to act a bridge. Look for guides on support for these platforms before purchasing.

That is all you need to get started. From this point, all you need to do is find other elements of the home to control and see what hardware is required.

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