Tag: carrier agnostic

24
Jan

INVESTING IN I.T. START UPS – LESSONS LEARNED!

INVESTING IN I.T. START UPS – LESSONS LEARNED! Whether you are raising capital or investing in I.T. – I just thought I’d share a few high-level thoughts based upon lessons learned over the past 18 months! First, early valuations are based upon Best Guesses!  When I first started Xcelocloud, transparently, I believed it would take approximately $1.25MM to build out

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17
Jan

THE TRUTH ABOUT SD-WAN (PART 5)

THE TRUTH ABOUT SD-WAN (PART 5) MYTH:  “WE SHOULD EVALUATE 5 TO 7 SOLUTIONS TO CREATE COMPETITION, GET THE BEST PRICE AND FIND THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR OUR COMPANY” CONTEXT:  Sometimes stated by independent minded IT professionals who have often met with 3-5+ SD-WAN providers and want to show both due diligence and self-sufficiency throughout the organization.  Also, stated by

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16
Jan

THE TRUTH ABOUT SD-WAN (PART 4)

THE TRUTH ABOUT SD-WAN (PART 4) MYTH:  “YOU SHOULD PROCURE YOUR SD-WAN FROM YOUR LARGE CARRIER TO KEEP YOUR PROVIDERS AND BILLS TO A MINIMUM” CONTEXT:  Usually stated by carriers who have partnered with one SD-WAN provider OR sometimes by a lazy agent who just wants the path of least resistance toward a commission check! HERE IS THE TRUTH:  I

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15
Jan

THE TRUTH ABOUT SD-WAN (PART 3)

THE TRUTH ABOUT SD-WAN (PART 3) MYTH:  “GARTNER’S REPORT IS ALL I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SD-WAN” CONTEXT:  Typically stated by Gartner Representatives, very conservative IT Decision Makers and/or companies who find themselves in the best/correct quadrant! HERE IS THE TRUTH:  The “SD-WAN” report by Gartner is really a WAN Edge Report that includes SD-WAN and other congruent technologies like

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14
Jan

THE TRUTH ABOUT SD-WAN (PART 2)

THE TRUTH ABOUT SD-WAN (PART 2) MYTH:  “ALL SD-WAN SOLUTIONS ARE ALIKE” CONTEXT:  Usually stated by either the bottom 80% of the 52 SD-WAN providers that currently exist OR by IT Team Members that do not want to take the time to understand and define the market! HERE IS THE TRUTH:  There are so many macro and micro differences in

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10
Jan

THE TRUTH ABOUT SD-WAN (PART 1)

MYTH:  “WE CAN SAVE YOU 50% ON YOUR NETWORK, PROVIDE UP TO 10X THE BANDWIDTH AND INSTALL 10X AS FAST AS MPLS” CONTEXT:  Almost every SD-WAN provider makes this, or a similar, claim.  While it sounds GREAT and can be true in the MOST EXTREME cases… HERE IS THE TRUTH:  The above mentioned quoted statement is true when you have

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