What features should I look for when selecting an Internet service for my growing business?
At Fastblue we often get asked this question from our clients. Some features are obvious; Speed is key, as well as reliability. Most of our clients know that they want these features before they even begin looking for a provider. But, what are some of the other features? Is there anything else to consider before making a selection? In this article we would like to discuss burstability and scalability. These two features make the difference for many of our clients today by allowing them to keep costs down.
Burstablity and scalability are features that come into play when we are discussing your bandwidth – this is similar to the amount of data transfer you have at your disposal. The concept of burstability and scalability are likely familiar to you because they are key features in cell phone service provider plans. A burstable Internet service is not unlike a cell phone service in which when you exceed your minutes you are not cut off, but instead you are allowed to keep talking while paying a premium for each additional minute over you continue to speak. Burstability works exactly the same way when it comes to Internet service. You can pay for a set amount of bandwidth but the burstability feature will be there to support you (at a cost) when you are in a pinch and in need of bandwidth. Clients like this feature because it allows them to purchase the amount of bandwidth that is sufficient for their business 95 percent of the time and they have the comfort in knowing that if necessary they have additional bandwidth available to them.
Scalability is another feature that we can relate to cell phone provider plans. A scalable cell phone plan would be one in which you choose between increments of minutes and get it as close to, but not exceeding the number of minutes that you use in order to keep extraneous minutes to a minimum. Then as your usage increases you move up to the next increment easily without the hassle of switching plans or services. With scalability you have the ability to easily scale up your service as your business evolves. Many of our clients enjoy the ‘purchase as you go’ aspect of this feature.
The team at Fastblue is dedicated to the client. We compare services and providers to get our clients the ideal service for their unique business at the most competitive price. Our customer service representatives are standing by 24 hours a day 7 days a week to answer your questions and provide price quotes. We look forward to working with you to enhance your business.
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