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What You Need to Know About 5G and Fiber

What You Need to Know About 5G and Fiber

Over the last century, technology has evolved at a faster pace than any other time in human history. One smartphone holds more processing power than the computers that helped land mankind on the moon, and that moon landing was only 50 years ago. We are now at the...

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The Importance of Disaster Recovery for Healthcare

The Importance of Disaster Recovery for Healthcare

When it comes to cyberattacks, the healthcare industry is attractive to hackers for two primary reasons: It’s one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, and it has a treasure trove of corporate and personal information. It’s proven so popular that...

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FirstLight Launches Newly Configured Monitoring Solutions

FirstLight Launches Newly Configured Monitoring Solutions

Managed Monitoring Solutions Now Offered as a Fully-Featured, Cost Effective, Stand-Alone Offering Designed to Optimize Network Performance Albany, NY – October 30, 2019 – FirstLight, a leading provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud, and voice...

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Why Your Call Center Needs the Cloud

Why Your Call Center Needs the Cloud

Many call centers still run on legacy technology and old software. The end result is using more resources to support the system and network, having less time to properly service customers, and losing out on valuable information to help the business grow. All three are...

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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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NERIC Regional Technology Awareness Day

NERIC Regional Technology Awareness Day

FirstLight will be attending NERIC’s 2019 Regional Technology Awareness Day at the Red Lion Hotel in Albany, NY. Be sure to look for our vendor table at the expo! If you’d like to connect at the conference, please contact Steve Schmitt: sschmitt@firstlight.net. We...

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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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