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As the Voice over IP experts here in Cleveland, we know a thing or two about ThinkstockPhotos-524897688.jpgdeploying VoIP, whether it be on a dedicated circuit, MPLS network, or broadband connection. Now with the splash SD-WAN is making, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about how VoIP is (or will be) provisioned over SD-WAN.

First, let’s clarify what SD-WAN is. In a nutshell. SD-WAN is a virtualized wide area network. The technology resides at the network edge and is managed via edge appliances. SD-WAN virtually bonds the transport links between sites, and it doesn’t care whether the site is using a T1, DSL, or wireless connection. It “virtually” chooses the best path available to route traffic.

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Offering the Right Service Options All Comes Down to the Provider

data_voice.jpgIn the old days, the phone company handled voice and the ISP handled data. Nowadays with the proliferation of Voice over IP, traditional PBX systems are becoming obsolete. The internet is also being used for a lot more than just surfing the web. With so many different technologies now utilizing data networks, are there really any differences between voice and data providers? The answer is yes, absolutely. While there are many small differences among different providers, the two major differentiators are:

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Client-Relationships_250.jpgNon-billable support can make or break an MSP. Support hours are great when the client is paying, but support for monthly services like voice and data aren’t typically billable. It means troublesome connections or poor call quality can end up costing a lot in non-billable support time. Here are three easy ways to reduce time spent on internet and voice related services.

#1. Choose the Right Product the First Time

The biggest problem your clients have with their service is that they have the wrong product. And that’s not your fault. Matching the right product to the specific needs, location, and scalability of your customer comes down to the offerings of your voice and data provider. A broadband reseller isn’t going to have options for dedicated connections for your clients. Work with a provider who knows the right questions to ask up-front. While simple in concept, understanding the customer’s use for the internet is vastly more important than the size of their organization. Time spent up-front ensuring your client’s data connection will meet their current and growing demands can drastically reduce support time expended after the fact.


#2. Have an Experienced Provider On Your Side

On the flip side of that same “right product” coin is having the right provider by your side. There are plenty of providers and reseller programs in today’s technology space. That doesn’t mean all programs and providers are good. It’s quite the contrary, in fact. Very few providers understand both voice and data. Even fewer know how to properly deliver and guarantee those services. Hitching your wagon to the wrong horse will cause plenty of pain and leave you with very few options when your clients are yelling at you for products and services you don’t even directly provide.


#3. Have a First Class IT Team Available For Your Customers

And finally, the biggest and best way for you to reduce support time with your clients is for someone else to do it for you. A great partner is going to provide support options. For example, are you, the MSP, able to handle tier-1 support, or is the partner demanding all support calls relating to their service be made directly to them? What happened when your client has a poor support experience because your voice partner has offshored their support to India?

Learn More Ways to Save with the Team at N2Net

Keeping your costs down is about a lot more than overhead. Spending time on support with your clients costs you money. But you can reduce support time, stress, and costs all at the same time with a little assistance from a reseller partner who gets it. N2Net has been in the business for over 20 years, so we know how to manage voice and data. And since we specialize in serving the MSP market, we know how to make your job easy.

The team at N2Net has the experience, knowledge, and technical skills you need at your beck and call. We carry certifications in Cisco, VMWare, MS Certified, Switchvox, Altigen, Digium, 3CX, and Toshiba.

Our team has experience with more industry providers than most MSPs, and we’re able to easily troubleshoot voice to bandwidth on multiple platforms. So when your customers have a problem, we’ll be there with a fast and affordable solution.

Find out how N2Net can make you the voice and data hero for your customers. Contact us today to learn more.


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NNT_MSP_Blogcta.jpgAs a Managed Service Provider, you provide a valuable service to your customer. You take care of the logistical problems that your clients don’t want to or simply can’t deal with on their own. But in order to do your job ensuring that your customer’s IT infrastructure is doing its best, you need to make sure that your own internet and phone systems are running at top form. And that requires the assistance of a carrier to provide you with top-notch services.

But what happens when your carrier treats you not like a customer but a competitor? With some big companies, this is exactly what happens. But today, we’re going to let you in on a little secret: as an MSP, you have options.

Common Internet & Phone Carrier Issues MSPs Face

If you’re working with one of the big internet and phone carriers like Verizon or AT&T, you’ve likely already come across the major issues with their companies:

  • The low-level tech support staff has very little knowledge of what’s going on when there’s an issue
  • The support team can’t tell you what the issue is and has no idea how to fix your problem
  • Because they can’t help you, they will bounce you around the call center until you get to a manager who might be able to give you some answers
  • The response time when there is an issue is very long and often requires several rounds of queries before a resolution is offered

These issues might be okay for a residential customer who has ample time on their hands to figure out why they’ve been sent the wrong cable box for the third time. But it’s not okay when your business relies on a healthy and reliable phone and internet connection.

Dedicated Internet Access Cuts Out the Middle Man

If you wouldn’t dream of putting ill-equipped tech support on the phone with one of your biggest clients, why would you rely on that kind of person to take care your own connection issues? You might be using that kind of service because it’s affordable, or maybe because you didn’t know you had a choice. But you do.

With Dedicated Internet Access you don’t have to deal with the middle man. In fact if there’s an issue with your connection, a support team member will be able to find the problem and remedy it in just a few seconds because there’s nothing between your business and the internet except for a high quality Metro Ethernet fiber connection.

N2Net Offers Direct Internet Access to Busy MSPs

N2Net offers dedicated internet access to MSPs in all industries. And with over 20 years of experience providing high quality, high speed internet and phone access to businesses like yours, we know what it takes to make you feel like the most important person in the room.

Learn more about Business Class Internet now to unplug from the call center, and get connected to your personal internet connection with N2Net now.


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Letting go of the reins on a job as technical asMSP-broadband-guide.jpeg an installation can be a tough job for an MSP. Between your ample experience troubleshooting problems, and your own knowledge of what you need to accomplish at the front of your mind, it can feel like you’re wrestling with your voice and data carrier instead of dancing during the installation. But these aren’t the only problems you’re likely to face with a carrier.

Because of the lack of proper communication and follow-up, business class VoIP and data carriers also aren’t great at getting you what you asked for the first time. You may end up with equipment that can’t handle the data flow you need, or slow speed that isn’t scalable with your business growth. And if you’re looking for fast, reliable business class internet and voice connection, you may be struggling with your carrier to get what you need in a reasonable timeframe.

The unique problem for MSPs is that you rely 100% on a fast and reliable data connection to take care of the customers who rely on you for technical support. And without a proper installation or reliable connection speed, you could be left for weeks with a system that only sort of meets your needs. So what’s a busy MSP to do?

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