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1. Let’s start with the basics, what’s your role at GeoLinks?
I’m one of GeoLinks’ Project Coordinators. I help both our team and our clients with basically anything and everything that is needed in the sales process. I can be qualifying an address one minute, and the next I can be helping draw up a proposal, updating orders, or sending post-install information to end users.
2. What’s your favorite part about working for GeoLinks?
I love my team, as well as the great work-life balance. Working here, you don’t get shot down when you have questions, and everyone has an open-door policy. I can even go to our C-level management with questions, and they are always willing to genuinely hear me out and answer. Same thing goes for the rest of the team. Also, never a dull moment here…I work with some funny people!
3. Not having a telecom background, what drew you to the industry, and what elements of telecom do you find the most interesting?
I find the ever-changing platforms within the industry, and the way our team adapts and evolves accordingly, incredibly interesting. For example, we recently starting offering SD-WAN. I was able to witness our teams’ brilliant behind-the-scenes R&D transpire into the physical product our sales team now sells daily!
4. What do you think makes GeoLinks different from its competitors?
The passion, efficiency, and collaborative dedication that each and every member of our team demonstrates daily. For example, GeoLinks provided a free same-day circuit to Red Cross during the recent local wildfires.
5. Outside of work…what is your favorite past time or hobby?
I love kickboxing and Krav Maga. I took a break for a bit but I plan to start back up soon! I’m also a big fan of the entertainment industry, so catching up on the newest shows and movies at home is where you can find me after work. I also enjoy finding new local and unique businesses to support. There is a lot of momentum coming from the younger generations, and it’s exciting!
6. What’s something most of your coworkers don’t know about you?
Hmm, that’s a hard one. I’m an open book. But I would have to say that I have an extremely eclectic taste in music. Some current genres I’m listening to are classical music, country, and old school hip hop, amongst others.
7. Born and raised in Southern California, what are your top three favorite things about working and living in Ventura County?
I’ve been lucky to live close to where I work, so the short commute and living near family definitely tops the list. Next I would say is the weather! Lastly, I enjoy the proximity to LA and Santa Barbara County. While nearby, Ventura County still maintains a small town feel which I love.
8. You are allowed to do anything you want, anywhere in the world, for one whole day…what do you do and where do you go?
I would go to Paris! It’s been on my bucket list for a while. I would visit Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, and roam the streets eating all the French cuisine I possibly could!
9. Do you have a favorite quote or mantra you live by?
Hustle hard, stay humble.
10. What’s next…what are you most excited for when you think of your future with GeoLinks?
I’m a person that likes to learn everything about my position no matter what I am doing, so expanding into a Project Manager role would be awesome! Also, I am excited about all the opportunities that arise in this company, and how quickly they can come about; I’m also grateful about all the talent I get to work alongside. I’m an optimist if you can’t tell. The sky’s the limit!
What is SD-WAN, and how can it benefit your business?
To stay competitive in today’s fast-paced digital landscape, organizations must evolve and adapt their internal networks to support the latest and greatest business software and technology.
SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) utilizes software to simplify the process of delivering the WAN (Wide Area Network), ultimately making business procedures quicker, more cost-effective, and more reliable. In order to understand why SD-WAN is growing in popularity, let’s take a step back and look at the fundamental network problems the technology addresses and resolves.
The Origins of SD-WAN
To deliver the services and applications necessary to perform key-business functions, multi-location companies utilize WANs to connect remote offices to both each other and centralized data centers. However, when networks are extended over long distances, operational challenges like high jitter, packet loss, network congestion, and outages can occur. To address these issues, IT professionals have been creating and experimenting with redundant telecommunication links since the 1970s.
Fast forward to the early 2000s, and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) became a highly utilized data-carrying technique for high-performance telecommunications networks. However, the reality is that MPLS infrastructure is both expensive and slow to deploy, therefore becoming restrictive to an increasingly impatient society focused on efficiency and rapid expansion. Thus, come 2013 the concept of a “Hybrid WAN” was introduced to the market. By 2014 networking publications started utilizing the term SD-WAN to describe the new networking trend.
With the promise of significant cost and time savings, the enterprise client became the first to employ SD-WAN, ultimately causing the market to perceive the technology as an enterprise-only solution. However, SD-WAN also enables small and medium sized businesses to adopt an upgraded corporate-like infrastructure. Therefore, SD-WAN has become a dynamic solution for businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Should Your Business Invest in SD-WAN?
So, what is SD-WAN? SD-WAN is a software-based approach to managing WAN connections to more effectively route all network traffic between headquarters or data centers, remote and branch offices, and the cloud.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg. The promise of SD-WAN goes far beyond simply connecting multiple office locations.
- Is less expensive than MPLS drastically driving down operational and capital expenditures.
- Is software-based and delivered via the cloud allowing for quick enablement of new branches or remote offices.
- Assures optimal application performance and dynamic multi-path optimization and routing.
- Gives companies the agility to implement changes quickly to accommodate evolving customer and market trends.
- Reduces security threats through comprehensive encryption and micro-segmentation, ultimately securing the flow of data.
- Has a centralized orchestrator that monitors all network activity, alerting branches of problems, and enabling the remote remediation of issues.
- Delivers real-time analytics and reporting across the entire network.
- …and More
If all of that seems irrelevant to your business, consider that SD-WAN can benefit your business if…
Your Company Relies Heavily on the Internet
How much money would it cost you if your business was down a couple hours? Now, if the answer is not much, then SD-WAN might not be all that profitable for your business. However, if after 30-minutes of downtime your employees would frantically be driving to the nearest Starbucks to get back online, switching or upgrading to SD-WAN is definitely worth considering.
SD-WAN has the ability to combine multiple Internet connections together to act as one. This means that if one connection fails, SD-WAN can issue automatic failover to your backup connection. That’s right, no need to call up your IT provider, wait for a response, and then get manually switched over to the backup Internet connection. It’s “Internet insurance” in real time. Interested in securing true business continuity and 100% uptime for your business? Check out our blog: Disaster Recovery Plan – The Only Way to Ensure Business Continuity.
Your Business Uses Cloud Applications like Salesforce, Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps, Etc.
In the last couple of years, we’ve seen an upstream of organizations leveraging software as a service (SaaS) applications and cloud services from providers such as Google, AWS, and Microsoft Azure. This has caused data traffic patterns to move to the cloud.
Because traditional WAN architectures are not built to support this migration, cloud applications repeatedly encounter extra hops, ultimately wasting bandwidth, increasing costs, and generating higher packet loss and latency.
SD-WAN, on the other-hand, defines policies based on business intent and steers traffic intelligently and securely forgoing additional hops. For example, if the app is hosted somewhere in the cloud, then traffic will be automatically directed to it without backhauling to a POP or HQ data center. By adapting this more agile network infrastructure, businesses will experience overall higher application performance.
Your Business Uses Hosted Voice (VoIP)
Imagine the following scenario—you have a very important conference call scheduled for 1:00 p.m. this afternoon. You’ve reviewed all the paperwork, made sure everything is in order, and are ready to go. The call starts off well. Then suddenly, unbeknownst to you, someone in your office starts watching a 4k YouTube video and your call starts to suffer the consequences. The other person on the call becomes gargled. You can’t understand what is being said. You keep saying, “What” and “Can you repeat that? Sorry. You’re breaking up.” Not good.
SD-WAN allows for easy prioritization of traffic. This means that conference calling can always be prioritized over YouTube traffic. This ensures business critical applications, such as voice and video, are never compromised due to off-task coworkers. To learn more about business phone systems check out: From POTS to VoIP – A Look at Today’s Top Phone Systems for Business
So, Should Your Business Switch to SD-WAN?
Today, having a static and inflexible network architecture is no longer plausible for companies that depend on Internet-based applications. From the associated cost of digital downtime, to compromised application and voice performance, ensuring your company’s internal network operations are safeguarded to function seamlessly is essential for success.
Still not sure if SD-WAN is right for your business? Talk to one of GeoLinks’ in-house experts to learn more, and find out if Your Business Should Invest in SD-WAN.
PRESS RELEASE — CHANNEL PARTNERS CONFERENCE & EXPO — April 18, 2018 — GeoLinks (booth #4041) is pleased to announce to the channel its new partnership with Megaport (booth #4046 and a Featured Sponsor), global provider of Elastic Interconnection services. Kicking off at Channel Partners Conference and Expo April 17th through 20th in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a single Megaport connection GeoLinks’ clients will now have secure, on demand access to:
- The world’s leading public clouds including Azure, AWS, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle Cloud, IBM Cloud, Salesforce, and Google Cloud Platform
- New options and flexible service models for building hybrid cloud solutions
- An ecosystem of 250+ service providers
- On-demand connections between over 200 data centres globally
- Peer traffic on Megaport’s Internet Exchange.
- Control and manageability of services anywhere, anytime, on all major platforms
GeoLinks views the partnership as an opportunity for its agents to bundle Cloud Onramping with a variety of its new and pre-existing products and services to enhance overall client offerings. “Our ultimate goal is to be the industry’s go-to technical resource for all things telecom. Thus, we want to empower our partners to offer robust solutions to their clients by knowing that GeoLinks will provide them with impeccable service and a singular project manager across all platforms. Our partnership with Megaport further enhances our overall product portfolio enabling agents to service businesses of all sizes. Specifically, we foresee Cloud On-ramping being a great opportunity to bundle alongside our ClearFiber™, SD-WAN and Hosted Voice solutions.” said GeoLinks’ Chief Strategy Officer Phillip Deneef.
To learn more about the partnership or product offering, stop by GeoLinks’ Booth 4041 or schedule a 1:1 meeting with GeoLinks’ leadership in the Company’s private meeting suite during the upcoming Channel Partners Conference and Expo. For questions or meeting requests please contact Lexie Olson, at [email protected].
Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked No. 5 by category on Inc. Magazine’s 2017 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.
GeoLinks’ accelerated success is largely due to its flagship product, ClearFiberTM, which offers dedicated business-class Internet with unlimited bandwidth, true network redundancy, and guaranteed speeds reaching up to 10 Gbps. Named “Most Disruptive Technology” in the 2018 Central Coast Innovation Awards, GeoLinks’ ClearFiberTM network is backed by a carrier-grade Service Level Agreement boasting 99.999% uptime and 24/7 in-house customer support. With an average installation period of 4 to 7 days, GeoLinks is proud to offer the most resilient and scalable fixed wireless network on the market.
Megaport Limited is the global leading provider of Elastic Interconnection services. Using Software Defined Networking (SDN), the Company’s platform enables customers to rapidly connect their network to other services across the Megaport Network. Services can be directly controlled by customers via mobile devices, their computer, or our open API. Megaport connects over 900 customers in more than 200 data centres globally. Megaport is an Alibaba Cloud Technology Partner, Oracle Cloud Partner, AWS Technology Partner, AWS Networking Competency Partner, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Partner, Google Cloud Interconnect Partner, and IBM Direct Link Cloud Exchange provider, and Salesforce Express Connect Partner.
PRESS RELEASE — CHANNEL PARTNERS CONFERENCE & EXPO — April 17, 2018 — Innovative telecommunications company, GeoLinks (booth #4041), is excited to officially publicize its partnership with managed network services provider, QOS Networks. The strategic collaboration further enhances GeoLinks’ diverse portfolio enabling the telecom to deliver fully-supported Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) to partners seeking enterprise or optimized WAN management.
Powered by VeloCloud, GeoLinks’ SD-WAN offering will enable its partners to offer a 100% wireless solution utilizing ClearFiber™ along with Verizon Wireless LTE forfailover. QOS Networks will be handling the device’s provisioning, programming, and technical support.
“As cloud adoption heats up the market, so does the need for flexible connectivity, and the QOS Networks partnership with GeoLinks represents the best of both worlds for progressive companies,” said QOS Networks’ Chief Executive Officer Frank Cittadino.
Together, QOS and GeoLinks will enable customers to seamlessly take advantage of next gen technology to deliver a multi-platform user defined wide area network.
“It is GeoLinks’ goal to be our channel partners go-to provider for all things telecom,” said GeoLinks’ Chief Strategy Officer Phillip Deneef. “QOS has been a longtime partner of VeloCloud and is recognized for being an early SD-WAN adopter throughout the industry. At GeoLinks we strive to offer the absolute best solutions possible. We knew that by partnering with the industry’s SD-WAN experts, and layering in Verizon wireless LTE failover with our ClearFiber™ product, we are truly delivering the best SD-WAN solution available on the market.”
GeoLinks will officially roll out SD-WAN to the channel at Channel Partners Conference and Expo April 17th through 20th in Las Vegas, Nevada. To learn more about the partnership or product offering, stop by GeoLinks’ Booth 4041 or schedule a 1:1 meeting with GeoLinks’ leadership in the Company’s private meeting suite.
For questions or meeting requests please contact Lexie Olson, at [email protected]
Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked No. 5 by category on Inc. Magazine’s 2017 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Layer 2 Transport, Hosted Voice, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.
GeoLinks’ accelerated success is largely due to its flagship product, ClearFiber™, which offers dedicated business-class Internet with unlimited bandwidth, true network redundancy, and guaranteed speeds reaching up to 10 Gbps. Named “Most Disruptive Technology” in the 2018 Central Coast Innovation Awards, GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ network is backed by a carrier-grade Service Level Agreement boasting 99.999% uptime and 24/7 in-house customer support. With an average installation period of 4 to 7 days, GeoLinks is proud to offer the most resilient and scalable fixed wireless network on the market.
QOS Networks is a leading managed services provider that is transforming software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) infrastructure with simple, secure, and highly reliable
deployment solutions for optimization at the WAN edge. Our high-value approach to SD-WAN configuration for distributed enterprises serves leading organizations in banking, insurance, hospitality, telecom, retail, technology and transportation industries. QOS Networks supports its customers with world class support, SD-WAN professional services and hybrid cloud access expertise. For more information, please visit www.qosnet.com.