Centrex to VoIP: The Reasons Behind a Mass Telephony Migration

Centrex Single Line TelephoneCentrex and VoIP – what are the similarities and differences between these two business telephone technologies?

Centrex was originally offered by telephone companies as a way for businesses and government agencies to get access to a full set of telephone system features without having to purchase and maintain an in-house telephone switch (called a PBX). Centrex was attractive to organizations that wanted a minimal capital outlay and that needed ongoing system maintenance included in a predictable monthly price.

For companies looking for this type of service, there was no comparison shopping. The vendor was “the telephone company.” (more…)

Security Breaches: Protecting Your California Small Business’s Data

Small Business Data Security BreachesLarge companies get most of the headlines for security breaches. This is in part due to the fact that big retail and financial institutions store extensive amounts of personal information such as credit card numbers and social security numbers.

In a recent security breach, Kmart’s store payment systems were infected with malware. Customers and users of California-based esignature vendor DocuSign were targeted by phishing attacks in mid-2017.

Small businesses are by definition, smaller targets for would-be hackers. However, small business are by no means exempt from various forms of digital and physical intrusion. (more…)

10 Types of Technology Office Equipment That All Small Businesses Should Have in 2017

Office EquipmentThe nature and type of technology office equipment needed by small businesses has changed over the last several years.

At one time, most small businesses had a big sheet of plywood mounted to a wall in a closet or storage room. On top of the plywood was all sorts of phone equipment and wiring. Recently, the traditional phone system has been performing a disappearing act.

Many small companies used to need a 19” rack to hold a half dozen or more servers. As business applications continue their shift to cloud-based offerings, many businesses only require a fraction of the number of servers they once had. (more…)

Highway 50: Technology and Transportation Along a Busy Corridor

Highway 50 Terminus

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Anyone who lives or works along the Highway 50 corridor in Northern California can attest to the fact that it’s no longer “The Loneliest Road in America”, as it was once described.

In fact, with a large concentration of homes and businesses on either side of Highway 50, the corridor can be every bit as congested as some of the more notorious California traffic hot spots.

The highway stretches 3073 miles from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California, where it ends in a frequently nightmarish merge with eastbound Interstate 80. (more…)

916 Area Code Changes: What Sacramento Area Businesses Need to Know

916 Area Code & 279 Area CodeBefore covering the upcoming 916 area code changes, we’ll start with a little area code history.

In 1947, area codes were introduced to the United States and Canada. The 916 area code was one of the original three area codes in California, along with 415 and 213.

US states and Canadian provinces that were only assigned one area code for the entire state or province had a “0” in the middle of the assigned area code. States and provinces that had more than one area code assigned to them had a “1” in the middle of each of the area codes. (more…)

Sacramento Colocation Facilities: 10 Options for Your Offsite Servers

Sacramento Colocation FacilitiesFor companies that want to rent data center rack space or entire cabinets for their server hardware, there are plenty of Sacramento server colocation options.

Because the Greater Sacramento area is considered to be seismically-neutral, many Bay Area companies colocate their servers in the Sacramento area rather than within an active seismic zone.

This translates a number of available data center options for businesses in cities ranging from Sacramento to Rancho Cordova to Elk Grove to Davis. (more…)

VoIP vs Landline: What’s The Difference?

VoIP vs LandlineToday’s business environment looks a lot different than it did a few decades ago. The advances of communications technology enabled by the internet have introduced a variety of new ways for companies to do business and employees to get work done.

One aspect of communications that the internet has transformed is telephone service. When comparing VoIP vs landline telephone service, it’s important to know that they are two very different technologies. (more…)

8 Technology User Groups for Sacramento Area Businesses

User Group For Sacramento BusinessesFor employees and owners of Sacramento businesses and area businesses, attending a technology user group meeting is a great way to network with peers and learn the latest about technologies that are important to your job and the growth of your business.

Some user groups are niche in terms of the job role that they attract. Other user groups cut across a wide range of user types ranging from product admins to marketers to business owners & executives.

Certain user groups are challenged with getting enough regular attendees. In fact, some groups go dormant. Other user groups have no problem attracting a consistent number of regular meeting attendees. In most cases, dedicated efforts by organizers is what drives a sustainable attendance level. (more…)