March 1, 2014 Bandwidth, Budgeting & Reducing Costs, Business Continuity, Ethernet, Hosted Systems, Network Connections, The Cloud From its humble beginning as a forum for programmers to share code with each other in the 1980s, the Internet evolved to become a vehicle where anyone could easily disseminate information and collaborate, regardless of geographical location. Over the past few decades, the Internet has grown from a patchwork of individual networks used by a handful of people to a completely ubiquitous institution that plays a part in just about every aspect of our lives. What has truly enabled this transformation is the proliferation of Internet-connected devices made available to consumers today that allow the Internet to be used anywhere at anytime. We are talking about much more than your smartphone or your car’s GPS. From heart monitors to traffic stoplights to car sensors, we live in a world-wide network of interconnected objects – a concept more commonly known as the ‘Internet of Things.’ The ‘Internet of Things,’ or IoT, is a term used to describe the idea of internet traffic being generated by ‘things’ rather than by human-operated computers. Tiny sensors are being put on everyday objects to collect data and automatically transmit that data to the appropriate server. By combining this data with analytics software, researchers can easily obtain information through charts and dashboards, bringing a deeper insight into the object’s status and patterns of usage in the real world. By integrating an IoT strategy into your business, you can use an object’s status to uncover revenue-generating opportunities and operational efficiencies without any type of human intervention. An ‘Internet of Things’ strategy will allow your business to acquire real-time analytics, IT automation, and increased business intelligence (BI) that can help you make faster and better business decisions. These discoveries make the ‘Internet of Things’ a very attractive choice within a variety of different industries in the business world. Manufacturing companies install sensors inside their equipment to monitor parts and provide early predictions of equipment malfunctions. Construction workers utilize IoT technology to ensure the quality and reliability of a structure before, during, and after the production takes place. Energy providers use sensors to measure line currents and consumption levels to identify meter tampering issues, installation problems, and general malfunctions within the system. Whether you have a sophisticated IoT strategy and need, or are just migrating to the Cloud like the rest of the world, there’s no denying how critical the Internet is to today’s business. A company like ETA understands how vital this connection can be and will work as your advocate to design a secure and reliable Internet solution with the necessary bandwidth to support your specific business needs. There are a host of complex variables to consider when deploying an internet topology that will need to support an IoT or Cloud-based strategy. By combining decades of expertise designing sophisticated voice and data solutions with our ability to leverage solutions from over 50 carrier service providers, ETA can provide your business with the most effective and affordable local area or wide area network connectivity that is custom engineered to achieve your business objectives. Your ETA team will work with you to determine the type and amount of bandwidth needed to efficiently support your voice, data, and Internet usage. Of course, even the most “reliable” connections can sometimes go down. That’s why many of our customers have found that a service like ETA’s Internet Uptime PoweredUp!™ can effectively keep your Internet connection up and running by transparently combining multiple Internet links to aggregate bandwidth, load balance and provide automatic failover across all connections for both outbound and inbound traffic. Best of all, all of these services are 100% supported and managed by ETA, allowing your business to focus on more important things!