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What Not Having a Disaster Recovery Plan Could Cost You

What Not Having a Disaster Recovery Plan Could Cost You

Downtime after a natural disaster, major equipment failure, or even human error negatively impacts your bottom line. Statista found that downtime could cost some companies more than $5 million per hour. Why is downtime so costly? It’s unpredictable. A business...

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5 Things You Should Know About DR But Were Afraid to Ask

5 Things You Should Know About DR But Were Afraid to Ask

Some companies have a dirty little secret. They lack an adequate disaster recovery (DR) plan. Medical software developer Dr. First conducted a DR preparedness survey that revealed that only 29% of healthcare organizations have a comprehensive DR plan in place....

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5 Reasons Why the Cloud Is Ideal for Manufacturers

5 Reasons Why the Cloud Is Ideal for Manufacturers

The manufacturing industry is embracing cloud computing. According to the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Manufacturing 2018 Predictions, by 2020, 75% of manufacturers will be using cloud models and services designed for the industry. Why are manufacturers turning to the...

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FirstLight Adds Spectrotel to its Wholesale Partner Program

FirstLight Adds Spectrotel to its Wholesale Partner Program

Albany, NY – September 25, 2019 – FirstLight, a leading provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud, and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast, announced today that it has added Spectrotel to its Channel Partner...

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5 Must-Have UC Tools

5 Must-Have UC Tools

Unified Communications (UC) is becoming increasingly popular. Grand View Research attributed the rise in adoption of unified communications to a changing workforce dynamic. More organizations are employing remote workers. Companies are also expanding their reach,...

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How Encrypted Waves for Utilities Enforce National Security

How Encrypted Waves for Utilities Enforce National Security

Water, oil, and gas utilities are a vital part of our national infrastructure, making them attractive targets for bad actors hoping to shut down the power grid or deprive large populations of vital resources. Instead of stealing personally identifiable or financial...

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Channel Connect 2019

Channel Connect 2019

Date: September 25 - 27, 2019 Place: Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA   FirstLight will be participating in Channel Connect at the Monterey Conference Center. Stop by and visit our table. If you’d like to connect with FirstLight in Monterey, contact Mark...

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The Hidden Truth About Data Security for Higher Education

The Hidden Truth About Data Security for Higher Education

While higher education institutions may not seem like typical targets for cybercriminals, colleges and universities hold a treasure trove of valuable information. Colleges and universities handle the personal and financial information of their students, making...

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Why Managed Edge Security May Be the Future of Finance

Why Managed Edge Security May Be the Future of Finance

In July, the finance world was rocked by the news of a large breach at a major financial services company. A single hacker stole enormous amounts of data from its customers, and the New York Attorney General quickly started an investigation into whether this finance...

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Top 6 Ways the Cloud Can Revolutionize the K-12 Classroom

Top 6 Ways the Cloud Can Revolutionize the K-12 Classroom

Over a decade ago, Google started targeting the U.S. classroom. Throughout K-12 grades, students began receiving Chromebooks to help facilitate learning. By 2015, Google Chromebooks accounted for half of all classroom device purchases. It was a huge change from the...

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5 Fatal Disaster Recovery Mistakes to Avoid

5 Fatal Disaster Recovery Mistakes to Avoid

Out of sight. Out of mind. That’s a trap we all fall into. Usually, the consequences aren’t severe. When it comes to business, however, that mindset can come back to haunt you. That’s certainly the case with disaster recovery. The only time disaster recovery seems to...

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4 Ways Unified Communications Transforms Your Business

4 Ways Unified Communications Transforms Your Business

Think about how many times a day people mention “instant access.” It very well may be the marketing catchphrase of the decade. However, it’s almost always a talking point for consumer-facing products. What about instant access for business? Imagine creating a business...

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How to Know If SD-WAN Is Right for Your Business

How to Know If SD-WAN Is Right for Your Business

IDC predicted that the global software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) market will exceed $6 billion in 2020. But before your company jumps on the SD-WAN bandwagon, is it right for your business? Growth in the SD-WAN market may be driven by a transformation that...

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Why Your Company Needs Network Monitoring

Why Your Company Needs Network Monitoring

Savvy companies have learned to take a proactive stance toward network security. Now they need to take a preventive approach to network performance. If a network problem persists, eventually all your company’s systems slow to a snail’s pace — or worse, some...

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How IoT is Playing a Lead Role in the Utilities Industry

How IoT is Playing a Lead Role in the Utilities Industry

Utility companies are using smart meters to give customers control over their energy use. Smart thermostats can be used to gather data so that utility companies can gauge energy consumption and offer incentives to customers who conserve energy. A smart energy grid...

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FirstLight Fiber Acquires Todd Cable Construction

FirstLight Fiber Acquires Todd Cable Construction

Transaction will create a business unit focused on turnkey construction services to support the Company’s continued growth ALBANY, NY – July 10, 2019 – FirstLight, a leading provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services to...

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3 Reasons Why Managed Edge Security Is a Must

3 Reasons Why Managed Edge Security Is a Must

In the past, all you had to do was secure your perimeter and your data was safe. Technology has evolved and changed all that. Today, your data is dispersed: it’s in the cloud, in your employee’s mobile devices, and in your data center. You have a responsibility to...

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