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Welcome to the Fusion Connection Blog! The intent of this blog is to keep you updated on the latest news about our products and general happenings related to Cloud Communications and Connectivity.

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Software-defined WANs are transforming how businesses manage connectivity. With cloud computing, the internet of things, widespread mobile device use, and an increasingly distributed workforce converging, businesses need their network to accomplish flexibility and performance that has been either impossible or cost prohibitive in the past. SD-WAN technologies are changing these dynamic, empowering organizations to optimize their networks and ramp up performance in a cost-efficient way.

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The IT disaster recovery sector tends to be highly reactive, rather than proactive, in nature. Businesses will often neglect to prepare for disasters until they are hit full on or experience a close call. Then, suddenly, disaster recovery is a priority. It seems like every blizzard, hurricane, or large-scale power outage brings a new reminder that companies need to prepare for emergencies.

But what about organizations that want to be proactive? What should they be doing to get ready for the coming year?

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IT disaster recovery and business continuity strategies have generally been fairly segmented from one another in the past. Business continuity plans would often focus on key issues such as employee safety, keeping certain mission-critical systems running regardless of a disaster, and preventing downtimes from having an adverse impact on the organization. Disaster recovery, on the other hand, focuses on responding to an incident that causes an outage or data loss event.

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Video has become a hot topic in the enterprise world. With videoconferencing becoming more accessible all the time and employees easily able to shoot a quick video via phone and share it over work social media accounts, organizations have an opportunity to engage workers and collaborate in exciting ways. However, using video consistently puts a significant strain on the network. Any real-time data format can run into major performance problems in the event that packets are dropped or delayed.

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Cloud communications technologies have already changed how people collaborate in the workplace, establishing a foundation for more flexible, intuitive communication. In many ways, the rise of cloud services with integrated communications functionality represents a convergence of related trends. Voice and video are commonly delivered over IP networks, making it easier to integrate core functionality into apps and services.

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The data center without walls movement began to gain momentum in the early 2010s. Since then, conversations around the concept have dwindled, but only because the situation has become so prevalent that it isn't trendy any more. Maintaining a data center without traditional boundaries is simply a reality of enterprise IT operations today.

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Service level agreements have long been part of the cloud landscape. However, maturation in the cloud sector has fueled an increased emphasis on how service providers differentiate from each other, creating a situation in which SLAs are more important than ever.

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Cloud availability is often measured in nines. Low-level services may offer two nines (99 percent) uptime. A solid solution may go for four nines (99.99 percent) availability. But when it comes to cloud resiliency, five nines (99.999 percent) uptime is the target most of the industry considers the upper echelon.

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Cloud computing is becoming a mainstream component of IT configurations. While the cloud is establishing itself as a valuable and important enterprise technology, it does come with its limitations. Service providers offer a variety of ways to work around cloud challenges, but software-defined WAN systems are emerging as one of the most powerful solutions to a wide range of cloud complications.

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The Disaster Recovery as a Service market has been getting a great deal of attention in recent months. Hurricanes, flooding, and other extreme weather events have put the need for data backup and recovery systems into the spotlight. Cloud computing has been making advanced disaster recovery systems more accessible for businesses. These factors are coming together to contribute to a rapidly growing market for DRaaS technologies.

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