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“Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.” – Richard Branson

The days of Managed Service Providers updating PC’s, servers, and running backupsThinkstockPhotos-505921926.jpg are long gone. The cloud has changed the way businesses are using the Internet. VoIP is a mainstream technology. Printers, scanners, and copiers are now smart devices on the LAN. As more and more devices become “connected,” the demand on the MSP to be able to manage these devices has increased exponentially.

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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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The first step to answering this question is determining whether a particular customer is satisfied with their service. To do that, without asking your customer, check the following:

wrong_connection.jpgHow much time have you spent on support with this client?
If you’re spending an unreasonable amount of time providing support to your client, it might be because their internet product isn’t the right one. For example, if your support logs show increased activity during the lunch hour with complaints of slow internet speed, it’s likely because they’re on an oversubscribed broadband connection. That connection becomes congested during peak times throughout the day (like lunch). If you’ve installed and are managing an edge device for your clients, determining peak internet usage and congestion times will highlight whether or not your clients internet access is adequately serving their needs.

Are the questions your customer has about user error or the product itself?Some clients just don’t have the technical background to help themselves when something goes wrong. They can only be told to, “reboot the router” so many times. A single user with an infected machine is a lot different than several calls from the same company about VoIP call quality or data latency issues. If you’re noticing a pattern of support issues which stem from “slow internet,” it’s time to examine how they’re using it, or perhaps recommend upgrading.

Could your customer benefit more from another product?
Say, for example, your client’s internet connection was working great a month ago, but they’ve added several more devices and users to their network. Their internet speed was sufficient last month because the demands on the connection were less. This can be especially true in instances where new users are also making VoIP calls over that connection.

How to Help a Customer with the Wrong Connection to the Internet

If you’re struggling with customers who just don’t have the right connection to the internet, the team at N2Net can help. We’ve been backing up MSPs as a reseller partner for a decade, and we specialize in making you the data and voice hero your customers need.

Uncover the hidden opportunities your customers didn’t know they needed with a little help from N2Net. We’ll make you look good to your customers by saving them money, providing them with a better product, or both.

Contact us today to find out how you can help your customers find the right connection to the internet.

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