High Definition Video Communications

Give your company the personal touch

 

Everyone knows communication is key to running a successful business. Most companies need to travel to meet clients, colleagues, employees or to collaborate with other partners.  This involves long hours travelling and can be hugely expensive, not to mention the impact this all has on the environment.  Why not drastically cut your expenses by having all your meetings in the office via a video link on your computer.

 

Point Systems would like to introduce you to Lifesize.  Lifesize is a fairly recent company which leads this domain and has many products to suit all your needs.

 

LifeSize is a pioneer and world leader in high definition video collaboration. Designed to make video conferencing truly universal, our full range of open standards-based systems offerenterprise class, IT-friendly technologies that enable genuine human interaction over any distance. Founded in 2003 and acquired by Logitech in 2009, LifeSize, with its commitment to relentless innovation, continues to extend the highest-quality video conferencing capabilities to anyone, anywhere.

Since its inception, LifeSize has simplified, streamlined and improved the face of video conferencing, building a better, clearer solution for organizations across the globe. As a pioneer and leader in HD video communications, LifeSize enables businesses to bring products to market faster, allows teams to collaborate without boundaries and breaks down competitive barriers in the global marketplace.

Since delivering the world’s first HD video conferencing product in 2005, LifeSize has continued to drive universal video collaboration with groundbreaking products that have changed the way people and organizations work together. LifeSize works with businesses of all sizes and offers the highest-quality HD video communication available at the lowest total cost of ownership.

So why not do your bit for the environment and save money too. To find out more contact Point Systems.



High Definition Video Communications

PRTG Network Monitor is the all-in monitoring software that assures the availability of network components, and measures traffic and usage with one single solution, suitable for networks of any size. PRTG offers you easy, fail-safe, and complete control over your network, proven in more than 150,000 installations worldwide. All of this comes in one license—no hidden costs, no add-ons, no extra efforts!

The latest version of PRTG supports among many other new features monitoring of NetApp SANs, monitoring of large networks with the 64bit version, comes with new application and hardware sensors and a new “Configuration Guru” that guides you through the initial setup, and has also been added a new AJAX web interface and mobile GUI in comparison to version 9. This all makes installing, setting up and monitoring with PRTG even easier than before.

This new version of PRTG also has some new features which might really help your business along. These include;

  •  improved geo maps functionality – in addition to Google Maps, geographical maps from other providers can now be integrated. With the new geo maps you can use an interactive zoom feature for greater flexibility, you can position markers manually and there is no longer a limit as to the number of markers on a map.

 

  • new visualizations for ‘toplists’ – this allows you to quickly understand the current traffic pattern in your network.

 

  • a host of new PRTG sensors - for example; application sensors VMware, WMI SharePoint Process Sensor, WMI IIS Application sensor, SNMP Cisco ASA VPN Monitoring, Fritz!Box Monitoring and SIP Options Ping.

 So if you need to monitor your network with the utmost of ease, maybe PRTG 12 is the right software for you.

For more information, or to order your new version of PRTG, please contact Point Systems.

 



Monitor your network with PRTG 12

Need new Terminated Fibre Links?

 

Then look no further..

 

POINT Systems is now able to offer you 100% Pluggable Terminated Fibre Links.

 

 

 

 

Yes this little piece of kit is such a great idea. Its simple, fast, cost effective and high performing.

 

SIMPLE:

No terminations, No expensive equipment

Simple internal fibre management

FAST:

48 fibres installed in about an 1 hour  (typical time to load patch panels)

COST EFFECTIVE:

Compared to on-site termination

Around 35% cheaper  (based on direct comparisons with traditional on-site terminated fibre networks)

HIGH PERFORMING:

Factory Consistent Lower Insertion Losses

 

This simple piece of kit has many benefits, a few being: instant installation – 100% pluggable, up to 65% reduced installation time over on-site Terminated fibre, and 3 to 5 day Lead Times.

And if you needed any more persuasion, it also comes with a 25 year product warranty.

Can we POINT you towards 100% pluggable terminated fibre links? If so, please call 01625 531851

 



Pre-Terminated Fibre Links

As with all IT technology satellite broadband solutions continue to improve.

Recently we’ve seen some new KA Band services being deployed – while there have been some “teething problems” they do offer more bandwidth at a reduced cost.

To compete with these new services, suppliers of KU band technology are offering new service packages and lower costs.

Depending on the customer application, these services can be more cost effective than the newer KA Band services.

For example, ASTRA are providing faster download speeds now – and their prices have been reduced!

POINT systems can help with advice on the most appropriate solution. Why not give us a call?

 



ASTRA reduces satellite bandwidth costs

There are 6 main factors driving installers and end users to use a pre-terminated solution as opposed to terminating on-site: –

  1. 1.     It’s the best way to terminate a fibre
    1. a.     the method of terminating (adding connectors directly to the core fibre) mains that quality of the terminations is high and consistent and thus giving guaranteed performance.

 

  1. 2.     It’s the cheapest way to terminate a fibre
    1. a.     the cost of terminating in a factory is less than on-site. This is due to speed at which multiple terminations can be done and also because the termination technique (hot cure oven) is the cheapest form of termination. This cost comparison doesn’t include other costs incurred by an installer of fibre such as capital expenditure on equipment and training of staff.

 

  1. 3.     It’s the only way to produce high volumes in short timescale
    1. a.     high volumes can be terminated on-site but space and set up times often restrict operations. Not to mention the cost of labour on-site to complete large projects escalates when overnight accommodation and travel costs start to be included.

 

  1. 4.     Access to site
    1. a.     time on-site is dramatically reduced. Although using pre-terminated fibre is not a “plug and play” solution when using traditional fibre links, the work on site is simplified to pulling, cleaning, inspecting and testing.

 

  1. 5.     Lead times
    1. a.     with products being delivered in 3 – 5 days it is quicker to order a completed fibre link than order the component parts from a distributor and then wait on-site for the delivery and then terminate

 

  1. 6.     Access to the skills and equipment
    1. a.     with the downsizing of many installation companies and the competition for new work, often installers do not have the in-house capacity to complete a project once it has been won.

 

 

 

Comparing the Installation Cost between

Pre-terminated fibre and On-site terminations

Example comparison: Installing 3 x 24 fibre LC-LC Tight Buffered OM3

30m link from rear of patch panel 1 to rear patch panel 2

100% On-Site terminations Product Costs from a distributor:

Method 1: Using epoxy and polish

  1. 105m fibre (35m per link) = £210
  2. LC simplex connectors x 144 = £0.80 each
  3. Termination consumables = £20

 

TOTAL COST  £345.00

Labour Costs:

Terminating 144 connectors: -

  1. Stripping the cable
  2. Preparing the epoxy
  3. Applying the connector
  4. Scribe and polishing
  5. Inspecting (both visual and with a microscope)
  6. Testing

 

Estimated at:

2 men x 2 days @ £200 per day*

TOTAL COST = £800.00

Product and Labour

 

 

 

 

 

£1145.00

Product Costs:

Method 2: Splicing pigtails

  1. 105m fibre (35m per link) = £210
  2. LC simplex pigtails x 144 = £0.90 each
  3. Splice protectors x 144 = £18

 

 

TOTAL COST = £357.00

Labour Costs:

Splicing 144 pigtails: -

  1. 1.       Stripping the cable
  2. 2.       Splice pigtail
  3. 3.       Inspecting (both visual and with a microscope)
  4. 4.       Testing

 

Estimated at: –

2 men x 1 ½ days

TOTAL COST = £600.00

Product and Labour

 

 

 

 

£957.00

100% Pre-terminated Product Costs:

  1. LC-LC 24 core OM3 @30m = £180 each

 

TOTAL COST = £540.00

Labour Costs:

 

  1. Inspecting (both visual and with a microscope)

2 men x ½ day

TOTAL COST = £200.00

Product and Labour

 

£740.00

 



Check out the benefits of using Pre Terminated Fibre

POINT systems has signed up as a partner for Paessler – developers of world leading PRTG Network Monitor.

So if you want answers to questions such as:

       Who or what is using my network bandwidth?

     What applications are using cpu cycles / memory / disk space?

     How do I monitor virtual servers / VoIP connections?

Then this is what you should do:

First – watch this short (4 minute) video

Here is  the link to the PRTG Introduction video: http://www.youtube.com/user/PaesslerAG#p/u/5/Y33dd_tox68

 Then download the free 30 day trial software

Trial download link

http://www.paessler.com/download/prtgtrial/reseller_trial_link/18bed

When you’ve run the trial software for a week or two you’ll want to know the price of the software

Contact POINT systems – we’ll help you determine the optimum solution

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you get for your investment!

You can use the inbuilt mapping and graphs to determine trends helping to solve problems before they occur

 



Network Monitor – avoid performance bottlenecks and reduce costs

Following the acquistion of PREVX Webroot has been developing an integrated desk top security solution utilising the most adavanced features of both product sets.
The resulting product – Webroot Secure Anywhere – has been receiving much acclaim.

Here are a few comments:

“Webroot SecureAnywhere is truly revolutionary – in a standardized benchmark test, out of a possible 98 points, we scored 90. Our closest competitors scored 62.”

From Passmark Software

Conclusions : 4.75 out of 5 stars
Webroot has gone from being a midlevel competitor to possibly one of the best suites out there. The impact on your computer memory is remarkably low, you could easily beat the installation process in a staring contest it’s so fast, and the features are solid and work well even for a high-end premium security suite. The integrated mobile support bodes well for the future, too.

From CNET Editor

 

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus AND Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete won Editors’ Choice from PC Magazine today (scored 4.5 / 5)

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2393918,00.asp#fbid=5ljhab5um1T

This unusual system definitely works. Webroot detected 100 percent of the sample threats and scored a perfect 10 of 10 points for overall malware blocking, rootkit blocking, and scareware blocking.

 



See what the experts are saying about the new WEBROOT product

We are pleased to introduce a new award-winning security service provided by Webroot. Security Software as a Service (SaaS) is a sustainable security approach that is cost-effective, manageable and flexible.

Most importantly, Security SaaS provides better protection by blocking threats in the cloud, away from your network. There are no software or hardware purchases, no single-point-of-failure risks, and no unexpected outages and replacements. Service Level Agreements (SLAs) guarantee top quality performance and availability, so you can rest assured you have the highest level of protection.



POINT systems announces partnership with Webroot SaaS

We’d like to invite you to attend a Webinar to find out more about Security Software as a Service (SaaS).

5 Key Differences You Need to Know About SaaS vs. On-Premise Security

Tuesday 1 March, 2011, 12.00 PM – 13.00 PM GMT

Wednesday 9 March, 2011, 12:00 PM – 13:00 PM GMT

Please choose your preferred date and click one of the links below to register and receive full details.

REGISTER for Tuesday 1 March, 2011 Webinar

REGISTER for Wednesday 9 March, 2011 Webinar



Invitation to Webroot SaaS Webinar and link to registration

We have recently won two new contracts with construction companies to supply and install satellite broadband kit for rapid deployment at new construction sites.

We can do this at any mainland location in the UK, and it can typically be installed within 2 or 3 days. We can also provide a site survey and decommissioning service.

Two options are available:

  • Customer owned equipment – We will manage storage / delivery etc
  • POINT Systems owned equipment – Customer pays rental for period of hire

We have recently provided satellite broadband to two major construction companies:

COSTAIN Limited

CROUDACE HOMES Limited

In both cases they had been waiting for a long time for installation of fixed links. They chose POINT systems to deliver a satellite broadband solution




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