5G Networks (5GN) on Friday 23rd November, conducted its first Annual General Meeting since listing in November 2017, where the chairman and board received strong affirmations from shareholders that the acquisition strategy is paying off.
Managing Director Mr Joseph Demase, highlighted the exceptional growth achievement of the company, from listing revenue of $2m to annualised revenue of circa $50m. 5GN’s footprint now boasts a national presence of 12 office locations around the country, with a range of business solutions soon to be augmented with a nationwide data network (MPLS) launching early 2019.
The growth has been accelerated by the recent acquisitions of both Anittel and Hostworks which are being integrated into the broader 5G Networks organisation as well as new organic business via cross selling of products and services.
“We are uncovering many high value assets within these businesses; they have been under-indexed in terms of resource focus and support for some time.” Mr Demase stated.
Mr Demase also highlighted that the 5GN acquisition strategy has rewarded the company and its shareholders with strong growth in positive cashflows.
“Our first year of quarter on quarter cashflow performance (140% CAGR) has been underpinned by the effective management of costs and the ongoing integration of both Anittel and Hostworks. The integration program is a core part of our DNA and the project remains ahead of schedule which is delivering benefits faster than expected. “
He also stated that the acquisition strategy will continue to be executed to ensure the growth of the business extends long into the future. This includes a growing interest in those infrastructure businesses which present under-indexed business performance and can be brought to life through ongoing integration of the 5GN assets.
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We no longer need to enforce the benefits of cloud computing. Scalability, redundancy, cost reduction, flexibility, the list goes on. However, these are but a few reasons as to why your business should be utilising the cloud to store data and run applications. As businesses progress, so does cloud technology. Businesses now have OpenStack cloud frameworks to deploy as their cloud technology.
OpenStack is an open cloud framework that supports both private and public cloud deployments. Fulfilling the key requirements of cloud in scalability and simple implementation, OpenStack allows the automatic deployment and management of cloud architecture, which can be easily integrated with other software.
Controlling large pools of compute, network and storage resources throughout a data centre and managed through a dashboard, OpenStack is used by companies across the globe to run their business every day, reducing costs and increasing productivity. OpenStack is supported and utilised by global companies including Dell, IBM, Cisco and WeChat parent company, Tencent.
OpenStack architecture involves a catalogue of immediately available resources and services in Compute Capability, Networking Capability and Bare Metal. OpenStacks numerous out of the box services are providing businesses a flexible and diverse method to deploy cloud infrastructure. And with many successful OpenStack adoption cases such as Tencent, many IT Managers are turning to OpenStack as part of their cloud strategy.
OpenStack allows businesses to operate in a public cloud manner however, in a private cloud environment. Similar to a private cloud environment, OpenStack provides upfront costing and contract deals, unlike a public cloud environment, also discussed in our previous Public Vs Private cloud article. Although we are constantly witnessing leading enterprise and government companies across the globe adopting OpenStack environments, it is the perfect solution for start-ups and businesses seeking to step into the cloud through a simple and cost-effective solution.
Through an OpenStack environment, businesses are able to have data replicated in multiple locations. With 5G Networks having a national presence and access to its own privately owned data centres in various locations across Australia, clients have access to availability zones within the OpenStack environment, providing the ability to store data in multiple locations. Therefore, if a rare outage occurred at one availability zone, you will still be able to access your data and applications from another availability zone, meaning your business will not experience any downtime.
OpenStack is often dubbed as the largest open source project to date. It combines computing, networking, and storage subsystems in layers via an Application Programming Interface (API) within a single platform. The open source environment allows you to create a truly software defined data centre. For instance, you can modify the APIs to enhance integration and subsystem usage as well as extend resource orchestration beyond your OpenStack environment to the public cloud.
Without orchestration, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms are limited to confined cloud environments. Through the use of OpenStack, businesses are able to run new technologies such as Containers and proven technologies including VMs. Containers only require a thin operating system to run applications, providing the ability to increase workload density in an OpenStack environment without having to purchase more hardware. With the use of containers, creating infrastructure efficiency and scalability is seamless, as moving workloads between OpenStack, VMware and public clouds where necessary has become effortless.
Through the use of OpenStack, businesses have enhanced control over their cloud environment. OpenStacks API provides access to all of the components of the stack with the ability to manage them directly. OpenStack also provides businesses with agility benefits in deploying and providing services to your users, as well as the capability to rapidly and easily scale down where necessary.
To learn more about 5G Networks OpenStack services, contact an expert today on 1300 546 389
Cloud computing is not a new concept. In fact, cloud computing dates back to the 1950’s, where the concept of shared, centralised compute resources arose, allowing multiple users within a company to access information on separate terminals. Fast forward to the early 2000’s, post the infamous dotcom crash, the reborn technology and data driven world begun using cloud servers to store and access data anywhere, anytime.
In short, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services over the internet. The cloud is a service you are using right now and has become mainstream across business. Orchestrating the way in which we operate, the cloud is constantly introducing businesses to innovative, scalable and cost effective solutions for business growth. Underpinning a vast number of services, including your Microsoft Office 365 or Gmail account, through to the cloud services hosting all your data and running your applications, the cloud has become fundamental to all businesses.
The cloud is ultimately made up of storage, compute and network. However, you’ll find there are unique ways to deploy cloud resources in public and private cloud, both providing similar benefits and a gateway to cloud computing.
What is a Public Cloud?
The most common and cost effective way to deploy cloud computing is a public cloud environment, which is accessible by anybody, anywhere, over the internet. Public cloud resources are owned and operated by third party cloud service providers including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud. This means that all hardware, storage and network devices are shared with other organisations across the globe.
The public cloud environment provides organisations the ability to rapidly scale and is often used for less sensitive applications that demand a varying amount of resources. It is more suitable for large scale redundancy and is constantly updated by the service provider to provide the best possible services for its users. Therefore, the public cloud is not suitable in facilitating legacy applications and is often used to provide web based email, online office applications and storage.
What is a Private Cloud?
Private cloud is cloud infrastructure exclusively utilised by one organisation. This is hosted in a service providers (such as 5G Networks) privately owned data centre or physically located on premise within your organisation. In the private cloud, business services and infrastructure remains secure by being maintained on a private network, with components dedicated entirely to your own business. Within the private cloud, you are able to seamlessly customise your cloud environment to meet specific business IT objectives, providing flexible solutions to facilitate any business requirement.
More than 78% of Australian businesses are investing in private cloud technology to enable rapid service delivery.
Unlike the public cloud, a private cloud environment has the ability to facilitate legacy systems. Acting as a gateway for organisations stepping into the cloud, the private cloud can be customised to support any existing legacy application. Further to this, organisations may have strict security compliances in place around existing legacy applications, which can only be fulfilled within a private cloud environment.
Core differences between Public & Private cloud
Security is one of the key differentiators between public and private cloud. Reflected in their respective terms, a private cloud will provide organisations the most secure cloud solution where an organisations data will not touch the public internet, significantly reducing the risk of intrusion. The private cloud is often used by government agencies, financial institutions and any other organisation with business critical operations seeking enhanced control over their environment.
The public cloud provides a cost effective solution with no need to purchase hardware or software, operating on a pay as you go model. Within a private cloud environment, a business will generally enter a contractual agreement involving a fixed cost arrangement. Businesses often value these agreements as they are able to forecast operational costs over a period of time.
A personal approach
When utilising a private cloud environment through a service provider, you will benefit from a personable approach and service. This involves being exposed to a service providers expert team, generally comprising of a dedicated account manager, on site and help desk support and project managers to develop the best possible private cloud solution to meet your business requirements.
A private cloud provides a customisable cloud solution with the ability to satisfy any business requirement. As you have no control over the cloud resources within the public cloud environment, organisations don’t have the luxury of making changes to suit their business needs within the public environment.
Finally, organisations have mixed business requirements that require the use of both Public and Private cloud solutions. This is where Hybrid Cloud steps in. Hybrid Cloud is the combination of both public and private cloud services allowing you to benefit from the best of both worlds. Organisations gain the scalability and computing power of the public cloud for basic and non-sensitive computing tasks, while keeping business critical applications and data stored in a data centre or on-premise, safely behind a company firewall within the private cloud.
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Servicing the mid market, enterprise and government sectors across Australia, 5G Networks offer a range of cloud solutions to meet the requirements of your business. To get started, contact our experts on 1300 546 389.
Businesses at risk of cyber-attacks has remained a hot topic. Cybercriminals continue to remain one step ahead of the authorities, which has led to companies becoming increasingly vulnerable. With over 4 billion active Internet users across the globe, it makes sense that any business, big or small, has an active website to attract customers. Therefore, it’s imperative that companies have a functioning website and secondly, the website is secure enough to deter cyber attackers, keeping client and company information secure. With many cyber threats circulating, businesses must remain aware of how they can be impacted. A common attack where company websites are exploited is a Distributed Denial of Service attacked (DDoS).
What is a Distributed Denial of Service?
A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), is a cyberattack where a cybercriminal undertakes malicious action against a target, by sending an overwhelming amount of traffic to a single website or machine, causing it to become unavailable to its intended users. A DDoS attack can disrupt the availability of essential services we use as part of our everyday life. Typically, a DDoS attack is conducted by a single attacker utilising an array of infected or vulnerable machines (known as zombies) to easily ramp up the power of the attack.
Types of DDoS
There are many types of DDoS attacks, the more common are classified as:
· Volumetric Attack: where the goal is to generate enough bandwidth to saturate the bandwidth of the targeted site, with its magnitude being measured in bits per second (bps)
· Protocol Attack: targeted at consuming remote server resources or firewalls and load balancers. These are measured in Packets per second (pps).
· Application Layer Attacks: floods which target known web application vulnerabilities such as an unpatched website. These are measured in requests per second (rps).
How to mitigate a DDoS attack?
The key concern with mitigating a DDoS attack is differentiating between traffic driven by an attack and regular traffic driven by intended users. For example, a company is running an online promotion which will drive a surge in traffic to their website. Therefore, traffic will not be cut off during this period as it is legitimate traffic from an intended audience. So how is the traffic differentiated?
5G Networks have firm policies and procedures in place to effectively mitigate a DDoS attack. Experienced service managers maintain strong relationships with clients that use our web hosting services. A core part of the relationship between service managers and clients, is not only understanding the requirements of our clients however, remaining up to date with the trends and behaviours of their clients. This enables our team to understand how and when clients will have increased traffic visiting their websites. Some of our clients operate in the retail sector. Service managers frequently meet with key stakeholders of these clients to remain up to date with marketing campaigns and understand the key periods where clients have more website visitors than usual.
However, for genuine attacks, our team have developed SADCATS – Super Awesome DDoS Collector And Traffic Steerer. SADCATS is a collection of tools that monitors Netflow traffic generated by our border routers, which makes decisions and network changes based upon its customisable configuration. By default, SADCATS will alert our team when it believes a DDoS attack is imminent, indicated by a breach of one of our warning thresholds. This will then flag a DDoS attack and begin implementing notifications to make routing changes within our network, black holing the networks and taking the website offline for anywhere between 3-8 minutes. Being offline will allow the website to have a clean network feed, removing the black hole on the network and become available to its intended users.
Typically, for a DDoS attack that is not mitigated, a website may be offline for hours, if not days. Beyond that, companies may experience financial consequences, the risk of data being compromised and damage to a company’s brand and reputation.
5G Networks is pleased to announce its financial results for the year ended June 30, 2018. The report highlights normalised EBITDA of $732K, the completion of two acquisitions and one other acquisition completed post FY17/18 and expectations for 2019.
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Hear from 5G Networks Managing Director Joe Demase, following the announcement of the acquisition of the Direct Business of Inabox (ASX:IAB) on Monday 6th August 2018
The Board and Management of 5G Networks is pleased to provide an update from Managing Director, Joe Demase. The podcast update covers:
- Outlook for 5G Networks over the coming months
- Update on the acquisition of the Direct Business of Inabox
- Why the Direct Business of Inabox was an attractive acquisition target
- 5G Networks expanding into new markets & government sector
Listen below for full podcast interview
Monday August 6th, 2018 – 5G Networks (ASX:5GN) is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Inabox’s (ASX:IAB) direct business
The $5.7m transaction is the purchase of IAB’s Hostworks and Anittel subsidiaries. This will provide 5GN with one of Australia’s largest and most experienced cloud providers, reflected through its technical resources and national reach and coverage. The acquisition is a significant step in expanding the geographical footprint of 5GN which will now have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, regional NSW and Townsville.
Managing director of 5G Networks, Joe Demase reports:
“We pursued this acquisition because it was exactly what we needed to rapidly expand our core business streams and represents great synergy with our existing business. We have expanded our geographic coverage in our key competencies – Cloud, Data and Managed Services”. The acquisition of IAB's direct business is accurately aligned with our acquisition strategy and 5GN is extremely excited by the positive future that lies ahead".
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Most people have poor password management habits. Maybe not you, but somebody in your organisation does and it deems a serious risk.
The average individual has 10-25 different online accounts. This demonstrates why so many people use the same password over and over again. It’s unrealistic to expect users to remember dozens of unique passwords, hence the re-use of the same password across multiple online accounts.
As our previous article suggests that network security is everybody’s responsibility, password management falls into this category, with 63% of breaches involving weak, default or stolen passwords. This poses a constant threat for organisations and its IT managers, with the task of ensuring employee passwords remain strong, updated regularly and managed effectively to mitigate the risk of any breach.
Cyber criminals are always going to take the easy route, especially when user credentials are easy to come by. This is no surprise when research suggests that some of the most popular passwords consist of 12345, 123456, 12345678, Password and qwerty. Do you fall into this category?
When creating a password, ensure it is as strong as possible. In other words, make your password random and complex, making it more difficult to be cracked. As simple as it sounds, longer and complex passwords are stronger and harder to crack than shorter passwords. A professional hacker can crack an 8-single case character password in minutes. Add a number to that password and it can take hours.
Have you ever heard of the term password entropy?
Password entropy is a guide on how much effort is required to crack your password measured in bits. To calculate a bit, it is the log base 2 of the number of characters in the character set used, multiplied by the number of characters in the passwords itself. Therefore, a password with 20 bits of entropy will require 2^20 (1,048,576) attempts to exhaust all possibilities during an attack. This means adding one bit of entropy to a password doubles the number of guesses required, making an attacker’s task twice as difficult.
With multiple online accounts and passwords, how can you protect and remember all of them?
Password managers are software tools designed to store individual passwords, protected by one master password as the key. This gives users the luxury of only having to remember one password, whilst creating high entropy passwords for their multiple online accounts to prevent any attacks. However, like any software, password managers may have bugs and security vulnerabilities. Therefore, we encourage users to take further research on selected password managers and read reviews on security history.
At 5G Networks, we provide our employees and clients with access to My Glue, giving users secure access to Wi-Fi, email and company application passwords anytime, anywhere. My Glue is a secure and easy to use password vault, providing users with transparency and collaboration, whilst removing the risk of poor password management.
How informed are your employees on network security?
Businesses at risk of cyber-attacks has remained a hot topic. Cybercriminals continue to be one step ahead of the authorities, raising concerns across many organisations as to how educated employees are on the topic of network security?
Coupled with this is the rise in mobile device usage, which has led to companies becoming increasingly vulnerable. The average worker now has between three to four devices connected to their corporate network, due to the growth of BYOD. To remain competitive, organisations are constantly developing new tools and applications that provide faster and seamless access to critical information, thus accommodating mobile use for employees.
This ‘mobile first’ philosophy now makes it imperative for workers outside of the ‘IT department’ to be well educated and up to date with their role and responsibilities in ensuring an organisations data remains safe and secure.
The introduction of laws globally including Australia’s Notifiable Data Breach (NTB) law and Europe’s General Data Breach regulation, underpins the importance of making security a companywide responsibility.
Introduced in late February 2018, The Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme established strict requirements for entities in responding to data breaches. All SMB’s with an annual turnover above $3M, now have data notification obligations when a data breach is experienced and likely to result in serious harm to individuals and businesses. Hefty fines are now in place ranging between $360,00 to $1.8M for organisations that fall under the new scheme.
With increased mobility, the task of protecting multiple network endpoints has become both harder and more important for organisations. It is increasingly difficult when employees remain unaware of network security and the ramifications of a breach. Therefore, having policies around technology usage is one thing however, staff need to understand why they are in place. It may sound a difficult task to have employees across the board understand the basics of network security. This can be achieved through having workshop demonstrations either internally or with your IT and Network provider and providing employees with relevant case studies of attacks on similar organisations to build a realistic mind-set around network security.
The rise in Ransomware
The move towards targeted attacks has become a trend in cyber security. Such cyber-attacks are likely to use some sort of vulnerability to exploit as their main vehicle. With the number of mobile devices and apps exploding, it is no surprise the number of security vulnerabilities is increasing too. A fast growing form of malware is ransomware. Cyber attackers encrypt an organisations critical data holding the data to ransom, then demand a payment in order to have the encryption removed and the organisations operations restored to normal. According to a 2017 study by Sophos, it was discovered that 54% of global firms surveyed had been hit by ransomware in the previous 12 months. The study also found that Australia falls in the top 10 countries in the world targeted by ransomware hackers – a rather unflattering statistic. This is linked to the relentless shift to mobile computing, leading to the explosion of the number of network endpoints for organisations.
With cyber attackers always being one step ahead no matter how big or small your organisation is, it’s important to have all hands on deck. It is vital to have employees continually educated on network security, providing constant updates with the risks and their role in helping mitigate any form of attack.
Are you using ISDN or PSTN legacy phone systems? It may be time to consider switching to an efficient and cost-effective cloud or Internet Protocol (IP) based phone system before it’s too late.
What do these acronyms stand for?
Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and Integrated Services for Digital Network (ISDN) are some of the oldest and most commonly used telephone lines amongst Australian businesses.
PSTN is a dedicated landline phone service delivered to your premise via copper lines. With a dedicated service, each line has a unique phone number with the area code of its assigned telephone exchange, suitable for users that only have the need to use one line for one conversation at a time. This is a service that is predominantly suited for smaller businesses.
ISDN is a digital network technology that carries and transmits voice, data, video and fax in a digital format, giving you the option to have multiple lines. This is a service that is traditionally used by medium to large businesses.
PSTN & ISDN to be phased out
In line with the NBN rollout, traditional PSTN and ISDN services will be phased out. Once the NBN have announced your area is ready for service, you will be required to transition your landline phone services. With no exceptions to this disconnection, all businesses on legacy phone services in the relevant NBN rollout areas have no choice but to migrate to an alternative technology. With over 3.8 million premises now connected to the NBN, businesses are urged to seek alternative solutions through your preferred service provider.
Why make the switch?
It’s obvious that businesses will have no choice but to update their phone systems due to the copper network disconnection. However, IP and cloud based phone services provide many benefits that are encouraging Australian businesses to make the switch. The new generation of IP and cloud based phone systems allow for more flexible, sophisticated and cost-effective solutions that will continue to evolve long after the copper network is disconnected.
Switching to a cloud or IP based phone system ultimately provides employees with increased mobility and flexibility. Traditionally, PSTN and ISDN services restrict employees to desk phones. Through IP and cloud, calls can be answered through various connected devices, accommodating out of office working trends.
Avoid being without a service. With disconnection dates approaching, you should be planning to migrate away from your legacy services today. Commence your migration before your areas scheduled disconnection date to avoid any resourcing constraints. Not sure if and when your business will be disconnected? That is a conversion we urge you to have with your current service provider to migrate to the best possible solution.
Discover a solution and migrate from your legacy phone systems here or talk to an expert on 1300 546 389
What does being a digital business mean to you? It’s fair to say, becoming a digital business means enabling improved worker productivity through tools such as mobile, data access and the ability to better manage business performance for measured and improved decision making.
According to a recent survey from IDG 2018 State of Digital Business Transformation, 89% of organisations have adopted or plan to adopt a digital first strategy.
What’s holding you back from going digital? The IDG survey suggests that the biggest obstacles organisations are facing in achieving success with digital business initiatives include the lack of staff, correct skill and knowledge set and the need to replace legacy systems. It is also vital that both technology and organisational change management must be considered equally, where the overall business and cultural challenges must be considered prior to planning a digital transformation.
What are your objectives when going digital? The majority of respondents (64%) expect to improve overall process efficiency through automation and 58% have improving customer experience front of mind in order to remain competitive and innovative in respective industries. However, leading back to what’s becoming a digital business really means, 50% of respondent’s have improving employee productivity and revenue growth (43%) ranked highly.
32% of IT decision makers say that digital business has already helped their organisation achieve revenue growth.
Today, digital transformation is more than a buzzword. If done well and timely, your business can experience sizeable results and accomplish KPI’s. IT leaders are making steady progress into becoming a digital business in actively planning to adopt innovative technologies that best suit their business. With technology evolving at staggering speeds, it is essential that your business undergo sufficient planning in implementing new technologies in order to gain the most benefits out of your digital transformation.
In a data driven world, it is no surprise that big data and analytics are the key digital technologies already implemented. However, with organisations developing their digital transformation, public and private cloud will play a central role. In order to facilitate an effective digital transformation, it is vital that organisations adapt to workers and consumers habits through mobile technology, with 59% of respondents agreeing to have successfully implemented mobile technologies.
With a lack of staff and correct skill set being major obstacles for going digital (36%), it is imperative that organisations have the right partner in doing so. Being exposed to a breadth of innovative technologies and a network to support digital transformation is fundamental. This will support the push for businesses to become more responsive and customer-centric through digital transformation.
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Fixed wireless internet is the super fast alternative to fibre, providing secure and symmetrical speeds.
Often, businesses question the wireless internet speeds and whether 20, 50 or 100Mbps is suitable for the size of their business.
What is suitable for your business? 5G Networks have the capacity to provide wireless internet speeds from 10Mbps to 350Mbps, suitable for businesses ranging from 1 to 400 employees.
Narrowing down the speeds a business requires, comes down to the applications used. However, no business is the same. Although most businesses may be running cloud based CRMs, cloud based accounting software and Gmail or Office 365, businesses utilise these services to different measures.
Therefore, a business with a team of 20 may be utilising 100Mbps and a business with a team of 50 may be utilising 50Mbps. Ultimately, it all comes down to how you are using your internet. If your team of 50 is using Microsoft Office 365, a cloud based CRM and various other applications, you may require 100Mbps to gain the most value out of your cloud based applications and to provide your team an efficient platform.
The 5G Networks wireless network provides the control, responsiveness and upload and download speeds to fully capture the advantages of cloud based computing and extreme Netflix usage.
What if your business needs faster internet? The luxury of fixed wireless is that it is scalable. If your business is rapidly growing or using more cloud based applications, you can increase your internet speeds almost immediately.
How quickly can fixed wireless be installed? Installation is super quick compared to fibre. 5G Networks can have your business up and running on our wireless network within days, providing that your business is within our coverage areas - see below.
5G Networks Fixed Wireless is now live in Melbourne
To learn more about how 5G Networks fixed wireless network can improve your business, call the team today on 1300 546 389.
Half way through 2018 and the November copper network shutdown is looming. Is your business prepared for what’s to come?
For those unaware, the ACCC has determined that Telstra is required to shut down its copper network in line with NBN Fibre network, regardless of the NBN’s progress. Businesses in the NBN rollout zone will be permanently disconnected from a range of traditional services:
- PSTN Calling i.e. fixed phone services over the copper network
- ADSL and ADSL2+ Broadband
- Cable Broadband
- Any services attached to the PSTN phone line such as EFTPOS
Once the NBN have announced your area is ready for service, you will be required to transition your landline phone and internet services to the NBN or alternatives. With no exceptions to this disconnection, all businesses on legacy copper services in the relevant NBN rollout areas have no choice but to migrate to an alternative technology. Therefore, the only way for landline and fixed internet services to remain connected is to make the switch before November 2018.
The NBN is a wholesale provider only, giving businesses the option to source out their own phone and internet providers. With the decommissioning of the copper telecommunications network and over 3.8 million premises connected to the NBN, businesses are encouraged to act promptly. Businesses are urged to seek alternative solutions either through the NBN or your preferred service provider.
How 5G Networks can assist your business
5G Networks have network coverage across Melbourne through our own fibre and wireless infrastructure and through the accommodation of third party providers. We allow business to fully capture the advantages of cloud based technologies and seamlessly step away from inferior technology.
Our network has the ability to enable high quality voice services. With the latest Unified Communications, businesses can engage in our voice and telephony solutions as an alternative to legacy PSTN calling, a core component of all organisations. Having businesses migrate from copper based networks to fibre and wireless based networks, will provide many opportunities to drive business productivity. The 5G Network fibre and wireless infrastructure can offer the SMEs of Australia a secure and reliable platform to sustain the technologies of the future.
Avoid being without a service. With disconnection dates fast approaching, you should be planning to migrate away from your legacy services today. Migrate early and commence your migration before your areas scheduled disconnection date to avoid any resourcing constraints. Not sure if your business will be disconnected? That is a conversion we urge you to have with your current service provider to migrate to the best possible solution.
5G Networks are here to help. Our expert and dedicated team is ready to migrate your business to an alternative, future proof solution. Our Super Phone Bundle is the complete solution for businesses to migrating away from legacy PSTN phone systems. Migrate from legacy phone systems to the Yealink T46S handset with Unlimited calls for $29.95/month and free install.
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A fast and secure hosted desktop platform, supported by a network that enables businesses to fully capture the advantages of cloud based computing. Go Desktop is 5G Networks Hosted Desktop solution, providing the flexibility to suit your business risk and budget profiles. In essence, hosted desktop stores all operating systems, files, applications and emails in a data centre that can be accessed through the internet anywhere, anytime, with controlled and secure access from any device.
Deploying desktops and your desktop environment to employees has never been easier and more secure than through the 5G Networks managed and integrated Hosted Desktop cloud solution. Influenced by the understanding of our client needs in satisfying fundamental business requirements, Go Desktop ensures a scalable, secure and efficient solution tailored for any business.
With security and efficiency being paramount in all things cloud, Go Desktop satisfies beneficial outcomes for those key requirements. Increased security has been a key focus. With the function of having single sign in user identity capability, supported by Multi Factor Authentication, empowers users with the ability to share one identity across multiple applications and devices, ensuring a secure and efficient way of working. 5G Networks understand that every minute counts for our clients. The Go Desktop feature set delivers significant efficiency gains. With improved system performances, faster login/off and application response times, we provide a solution for clients to make the most of their day from the minute they log on.
Today, the key to widespread adoption of hosted desktop and applications is the display protocol performance. With video content an important factor of modern business, Go Desktop supports true high-performance display requirements with advanced graphical and multimedia capabilities for improved image rendering and video performance. Our solution also provides and supports the Skype for Business application. Skype for business allows employees to seamlessly connect with clients and colleagues locally or across the globe with calls, video chats and scheduled online meetings.
Coupled with onsite and helpdesk support, Go Desktop provides an all in one Microsoft Office 365 suite, Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery (DR). Data and applications within the hosted desktop environment are all stored in the 5G Networks privately owned data centre. Located in the Melbourne CBD, the central location offers 24/7 access, support and the peace of mind that your systems and data are monitored and secured.
Feel supported every step of the way with our trusted cloud experts. The 5G Networks team have created and deployed a host of cloud solutions for a range of organisations across various industries.
To learn more about the Go Desktop Hosted Desktop solutions, click here.
Is your business one of the 33% of Australian businesses that operate in the public cloud? For years, the public cloud has been widely recognised as a more cost-effective option for businesses adopting a cloud based environment. In recent times, organisations have transitioned to Hybrid Cloud models, uncovering significant cost benefits that cannot be met in a public cloud environment.
A recent study indicates that 80% of organisations IT budgets will be committed to cloud applications and solutions in 2018. Does your IT budget look like this? Are you fully capturing the cost benefits of your current environment? This is in line with conversations we have every day with Australian organisations. Most indicate that their roadmap includes building a hybrid environment over the next three years.
A cloud solution provider recently conducted a 5-year total cost of ownership analysis with a customer that was spending around $2.5 million per year in a public cloud environment. The analysis uncovered that if they implemented a hybrid approach, over the next five years, after purchasing the infrastructure, the customer would save $4.5 million. The cost, security and business continuity benefits are becoming increasingly evident, encouraging businesses to make the switch.
One of the most important assets for any business is having the ability to forecast fixed and variable costs. A key driver in the shift to Hybrid Cloud is the ability to predict these costs. Providers should be able to identify the costs involved and ensure your budgets are predictable over the year. In Australia alone, hybrid cloud is booming, with more than two thirds of Australian companies now implementing a hybrid solution.
What exactly is hybrid cloud?
Hybrid cloud allows businesses to experience the best of both worlds. It is the combination of both public and private cloud environments, offering public cloud scalability, with private cloud confidence. Both environments operate independently. Enabling organisations to run applications across multiple platforms, provides businesses greater flexibility and more data deployment options. Analysing the workloads of businesses with hybrid solutions, your business can experience significant cost and efficiency gains by choosing the right platforms for the right workloads. A Hybrid Cloud model ultimately allows businesses to achieve high levels of agility, scalability and efficiency. Businesses can dynamically adjust the amount of capacity they use in the public or private hosting environment, providing the agility every business deserves.
With the hype around cost benefits, it is also vital for businesses to consider hidden costs involved. This may be directly related to organisations that are required to comply with data protection regulations, which is often difficult to put a price on. Therefore, businesses are urged to select cloud providers with data centres based in Australia and have proven credentials as a specialist in hybrid cloud integrations.
Although adopting a hybrid solution may not provide the cost and efficiency benefits for some organisations, it is still worth consulting in your cloud provider. Understand how to fully capture the benefits of your current environment and discuss how your business may uncover the benefits of a Hybrid solution.
Call our Hybrid Cloud specialists today on 1300 546 389
Monday March 12th, 2018 – 5G Networks Limited (ASX: 5GN) announce the successful acquisition of Asia Pacific Telecommunications (APTel).
APTel is a Melbourne based voice, data and cloud communications service provider and aggregator. With over 20 years history, APTel service over 800 mid-market corporate clients, hotel groups and commercial offices throughout Australia.
APTel is a company that falls under leading Australian integrated property development company, the Deague Group. Growing from an internal division of the Deague Group, servicing only their tenants network requirements, APTel grew to become a standalone service provider with a diverse client base. Conversely, APTel demonstrate significant strengths within the network, installation and managed services market and the addition of this business to the 5G Networks group will provide positive synergies and growth.
5G Networks Managing Director, Joe Demase, stated that “The acquisition of APTel is a significant illustration of the strategy that we outlined in our IPO prospectus. Immediately, it increases our revenue and gives access to a substantial new customer base that we can use to leverage our core offerings. The integration of the APTel service suite with our own offering, delivers a powerful business solution that can meet the modern demands of the mid-tier business market for broadband and cloud services”.
APTel also bring an energetic and experienced team that will integrate with the current 5G Networks framework. “Our immediate focus will be on the successful integration of the APTel business and personnel and delighting the APTel customer base with the high quality services the combined APTel 5G operation will deliver” Mr Demase said.
A partnering agreement has also been struck between the two parties for 5G Networks to partner with the Deague Group for current and future Deague Group property developments, including IT infrastructure and network access. 5G will provide all IT services for the Deague Group under a long term service agreement. Additionally, 5G will have roof top access to all existing and new Deague Group properties across Australia which will accelerate 5G’s wireless network rollout.
They key to business success is making business processes more efficient and profitable and the Internet of Things (IoT) has the power to do so. Expected to reach $150US Billion by 2024, it’s time to ask yourself if your business is ready.
Signs your business is IoT ready
The first question to ask is if your network has the ability to handle a multitude of connections and an increase in the flow of information. If your network is currently slow and experiencing contention with a small number of connected devices, it is inevitable that your business will run into problems upon scaling towards growth and the use of IoT. The matter at hand will be the growth in the number of endpoints connected to your network and that all of these devices will have their own IP addresses and your network may not be able to accommodate all of these endpoints.
In order for IoT to function properly, the applications require real time data, meaning your network cannot afford to experience any outages. In order to remain confident that your network will not experience unexpected outages, your network provider must guarantee that the network provided will have near perfect levels of uptime.
Looking for the right partner
Latest findings suggest that 29% of organisations across the globe have adopted IoT to some measure, and is expected to rise to 48% over the next 12 months. The race to join the IoT gold rush is heavily linked to the cost savings and product enhancement benefits. Therefore, finding the right partner to capitalise on these benefits is key and involves finding a partner that is IoT ready themselves. More importantly, a provider that owns the network infrastructure is key, as this will ensure that the provider has a vested interest in maintaining a fully operational network, in turn providing reliable network that can easily withstand the demands of IoT.
In 2018, standardisation on IoT devices is a must. If you’re unsure your network is ready for IoT, contact the team at 5G Networks on 1300 546 389 to be connected with one of our specialist channel partners and kick-start your transformation, enabled by high performance networks.