Across Iowa, Infrastructure is Key for Small Businesses
High-Speed Internet Just One Component of Key Business Communications Solutions
Articles published July 17, 2019 by Ron Schmudlach
For small businesses, a few things are critical to driving success. Infrastructure, particularly communications and internet services, has been rated as a key priority for successful operations.
The Small Business Index for Q1 2019 reports that 64% of small business owners surveyed say high-speed internet is “very important” to their success. The service industry, in particular, heavily relies in quality internet service, with 85% of respondents rating high-speed internet as the most important small business infrastructure.
Iowa Roots Run Deep … And Fast
Since 1986, when we were Iowa Network Services, Aureon has continued to grow, simplify and optimize our network, with more than 3,800 miles of fiber that delivers industry-leading performance to small businesses. Across Iowa and the Midwest, the Aureon Fiber Optic Network provides premier high-speed internet service and scalability and delivers reliability through multiple access points across the state.
To ensure the next generation of internet and cloud-based services are available to small businesses across Iowa, we’ve taken strategic steps to make our network stronger, more secure, and resilient. This includes a $60 million investment in infrastructure, fiber, and network equipment, making it the largest fiber installation in Iowa. Additionally, our national partnerships allow us to reach across the county, with currently more than 100,000 fiber miles of high-speed internet access.
More Than Just Bandwidth
While 57% of small businesses surveyed put the priority on improving internet speeds, other key infrastructure components to consider are firewalls and internet security. Simply protecting business assets with an internet firewall may not be enough. A managed firewall solution takes a unified threat management approach to secure networks and servers, allowing for security across the internet, your network, and email.
For businesses with multiple branches or locations, a Virtual Private Network can securely connect those locations with a safe and protected firewall and wireless security.
Choosing a provider that not only owns the network but also offers ever-evolving solutions for security can keep your business running when it matters most. Aureon offers an Iowa-based customer service center with a designated point of contact for all your needs, and 24/7 local internet support that can be there fast.
Simplify to Prioritize
Hardware and other key IT components can be costly and take up valuable office space, something many small businesses can’t afford to lose. Rather than purchasing the necessary hardware and software, businesses have another option — cloud technology. Moving to a hosted model, like Aureon’s Cloud WAN (SD-WAN), allows businesses to avoid significant upfront costs and eliminate on-site servers and associated expenses.
For businesses with multiple locations or branches, cloud solutions can improve remote access and limit downtime. With an SD-WAN network, traffic can go straight to your cloud applications and corporate data without routing through a primary server first, which means employees in various locations access the information they need faster and more securely. Choosing a WAN (wide area network) solution allows you to simplify IT and network operations, leaving you to work on priority projects and improve your business.