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Copper Services are an Endangered Species

Most businesses will by now be aware of the fibre roll out and hopefully, are now using UFB fibre Internet. However, what many do not realise, is that, as fibre rollout is completed in an area, traditional copper services which support stuff like phone lines and ADSL/VDSL Internet connections will eventually be decommissioned.

Read about the pending copper cut off here.

“…Chorus would have the option of withdrawing service and removing the copper network according to its own timeframes…”

What does this mean for you? Well, most importantly, if you are a small business and not using fibre connectivity already, it’s time to make the change. Fibre connectivity is much faster and more stable than copper connections and will help facilitate better connectivity for cloud-based services such as Microsoft Office 365 and Layer3 solutions like Filecloud (NZ-based file sharing and management platform), Cloud Office remote desktop server and VoIP (Internet-based phone systems).

Secondly, with fibre in place, it would be a very good idea to review your phone system. Analogue phone lines are expensive compared to VoIP services and offer far fewer features and benefits. And with the possible pending removal of the copper network, they are an endangered species. Switching to a VoIP system will allow your business to get the most out of its fibre Internet, cut costs or at least implement a brand new, feature-rich system on a cost-neutral basis. VoIP will also open up possibilities for your business to aggregate services (like having 3 offices share a pool VoIP ‘lines’) and be connected to your phone system from anywhere.

If you have an alarm/security system connected over a phone line, you’ll also need to contact your security provider to talk about getting you switched over to an fibre-based alarm option. This is usually a relatively easy and low cost migration. If you are being told otherwise, have a look around at new options.

Finally, think of fibre as a tether to the cloud. With fibre in place, you will have a fast, direct link to the world of cloud services. Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based option for your office applications (email, Word, Excel, etc). Xero is a very popular cloud-based accounting system. And services like Filecloud and Cloud Office will enable your team to access company data from anywhere. Migrating to the cloud will also fit into a prudent DR solution with your data safely backed up and accessible from anywhere.

If you would like any help reviewing your Internet services and looking at cloud options to improve your business efficiency, give us a buzz and our in-house business Internet and VoIP expert, Daniel Bohan, will be happy to have that discussion.

Microsoft Office 365/Azure Price Increases

You may not be aware, but Microsoft’s online services are increasing in price from the 1st of April 2016. Specifically, in the New Zealand market, prices of Office 365 and Azure services are to rise by 22% across the board.

Microsoft periodically assesses the impact of its pricing to ensure there is a reasonable alignment with the needs its customers, partners, and the marketplace, and may make changes in response to its assessment and feedback. As part of our regular business practices in light of the rapid evolution of cloud services and evolving local market dynamics, Microsoft will adjust prices for cloud services in New Zealand to more closely align with the marketplace.

As part of their regular business practices in light of the rapid evolution of cloud services and evolving local market dynamics, Microsoft will adjust prices for cloud services in New Zealand to more closely align with the marketplace.

What products are impacted by the price change?

  • Office365
  • Microsoft Azure
  • CRM-Online
  • Enterprise Mobility Suite
  • Microsoft Intune and other enterprise Online Services are included in this price change.

Customers that are currently billed by Layer3 will not be affected until their current term is up for renewal.

If you are not billed by Layer3 for Microsoft Cloud services, you can change to Layer3 in March to receive the old pricing which will be locked in for a year. Changing is easy, and only takes about 10 minutes.

For more information, or to change, please email contact Layer3.

Business After 5

On the 3rd of October we had our Business After 5, organised by the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Our presentation was on our new datacentre, Stratus3 and the services it provided.

We’d like to thank everyone who came along. We had a massive turnout and our office was almost full!