Archive for August, 2012

31 aug

The First30Days Change Quiz

happier_confidenceAre You Good at Change?

You can be good at skiing, math, or sculpting, but can you also be good at change? Some people certainly seem to face change better than others. Ever wonder why your boss isn’t fazed by the biggest corporate changes, but your mother gets frazzled if there’s the slightest shift in her daily routine? And we all have friends who have successfully made major changes in their lives—like quitting smoking or losing weight—and others who give up the minute it gets tough. Whether it’s a change in your job, health, family, relationships, or life in general, transitions are an inevitable part of life. How well do you handle change? Take this quiz and find out!

1. Change makes me feel:

- Lonely and unlucky.
- Uncertain, but excited about what lies ahead.
- Paralyzed and afraid.
- Hopeful and inspired.

2. When faced with a challenging change, like losing my job or receiving bad news from the
doctor, I:

- Try to find the positive in the situation.
- Cry, scream, and then hide out in bed.
- Call a trusted friend.
- Eat excessive amounts of something chocolaty.

3. When I think of all the changes I would like to make in my life, like getting in shape, going back to school, or improving my relationship with my spouse, I:

- Remember how many times I’ve tried and failed before.
- Focus on one but never seem to get very far.
- Begin them all enthusiastically on January 1st and am back to my old self by the time March rolls around.
- Visualize exactly what I want to happen, create an action plan and start moving forward.

4. When I decide to make a major change, like leaving an unfulfilling relationship or
moving to a new city, the first thing I do is:

- Seek out others who have gone through similar changes.
- Feel overwhelmed by the work that lies ahead.
- Find books and web sites that can help.
- Think about all of the reasons why I’ll probably fail.

5. When I think back to the changes that I’ve already been through, I:

- Recognize how each one brought something positive into my life.
- Feel as if others have experienced more than I have.
- Am impressed with all that’s happened in my life.
- Wish that I had handled them differently.

6. When I tell others about a difficult change that’s come into my life, I:

- List the many reasons why I think it has happened.
- Outline a clear plan for moving through any pain or suffering that I may be experiencing.
- List all of the reasons why it will never get better.
- Feel overwhelmed, but capable of moving forward.

7. My friends would probably say that I:

- Can handle any change that comes my way and am unafraid to initiate changes in my life.
- Avoid change at all costs.
- Become angry and depressed when faced with change.
- Have a generally positive attitude and try to accept change.

8. When I feel stuck and unsure during change, I:

- Go for a run or take a yoga class.
- Sleep…a lot.
- Write in my journal and listen to some soothing music.
- Watch TV or drink alcohol.

9. When faced with change or hoping to initiate a change, I take some time to be quiet and
look within:

- Never—who has time to be quiet?
- Rarely—quiet alone time is a luxury.
- Sometimes—I can find a few minutes for myself right when I wake up or before drifting off to sleep.
- Often—I take a long walk or meditate several times a week.

10. When something changes in my life, I:

- Long for things to be as they once were.
- Accept the change and work to move through it.
- Get angry at life for making things harder.
- Feel as if I’m being protected.

How to Interpret Your Score

[32 - 40 points] Change Optimist

Change isn’t something you handle; it’s something you seek out! You welcome every change that comes into your life—even the tough ones—believing that each one serves a purpose and will eventually lead to good. You don’t waste time looking back at the way things were, instead you accept your new circumstances and wonder what’s around the next corner.

[21 - 31 points] Change Agent

Change is a familiar friend. Though you don’t always have the time to give it the attention it deserves, you accept the changes that life hands you and feel confident in your ability to initiate changes when necessary. You also understand that you never need to be alone when going through change. There are always people and resources that can help.

[11 – 20 points] Change Explorer

You’re not opposed to change, but it’s not something you welcome, either. When a difficult change comes up, you tend to hide or ignore what’s happening instead of accepting the change and working to move through it. Remember that from every change, even the most challenging, something good will always come. Keep moving—take a walk, clean the house, write in your journal—action helps dissipate the anxiety and tension that can arise during change; seek the help of others; and use empowering language to describe your change. Each one of these steps will help to make your journey through change less stressful.

[1-10 points] Change Novice

You don’t like change. In fact, you’d even say you hate it. You’re not alone. Many people find change difficult and feel isolated, misunderstood, and generally unlucky when changes come their way. But now is the perfect time to create a different belief system about change. The next time you’re faced with change, instead of asking, “Why me?” ask yourself if this change could be protecting you from something or helping you grow in some way. And, though it’s tempting to curl up in a ball and hide during change, it’s essential to seek out help from others—there are friends, family, colleagues, clergy members, support groups, and therapists available to guide you through change.

Posted by First 30 Days on August 31st, 2012 in General, New Directions | No comments

28 aug

Tips for When You Choose to Downsize

JennaSmithMost people tend to accumulate possessions throughout their lives, sometimes from as far back as their childhood. The result of this is usually a home filled to the brim with clutter. A house that is overfilled with stuff can be an unpleasant place to live and feeling overcrowded, overwhelmed or stressed out is common. Furthermore, it’s not nice to look at and can make the home seem unkempt.

Unfortunately, downsizing can be a difficult process. Many people are emotionally attached to their possessions, and letting them go is often harder than expected. Whether you’re moving to a smaller home or just want to clear some of the clutter taking over your living space, if you don’t want to get rid of your cherished keepsakes, you’re going to need to find someplace to keep them.

Storage containers are ideal for both long and short term storage of all the things that won’t fit in your home or take up too much room. One of the biggest advantages of these containers is that they can be kept locally to allow you convenient access at all times.

If you don’t wish to keep the container on your property, you can have it removed to a storage unit, many of which feature climate-controlled spaces and excellent security. Best of all, you’ll still be able to access your items as needed without the container taking up additional room in your yard or garage.

Many people eventually realize, especially once they get older, that they simply no longer hold significant feelings of attachment to their possessions and that they could be distributed to people who might need or appreciate them more. However, when choosing to downsize your collection, you’re not likely to find takers for all of the items at once. Unless you want to keep living with the clutter until you can get it all sold or donated, storage containers are your best bet.

A storage container provides a convenient and safe place to keep your items until you can decide what to do with them, and you’ll feel better knowing that they’re kept safe and out of the way until then.

They’re also convenient for home remodeling or interior design fanatics. It’s easy to make hasty decisions about item combinations and styles, so it’s not always a good idea to just get rid of everything. Keeping the excess in a storage container will allow you to maintain a variety of furniture and decor without contributing to cluttered garages, attics and basements.

Whatever your reason for downsizing, don’t be so hasty to dispose of or impulsively sell everything, especially if you think that things may be valuable or you might want them again later. A storage container is a great solution for both long and short-term storage.

Posted by Jenna Smith on August 28th, 2012 in Uncategorized | No comments

24 aug

To Shift Your Life

ZulmaCarbajal Most people believe that the more they worry about something it will not happen. However, the opposite is true. The more you worry about something the greater the chance that it will come to pass. It is very difficult to change your thoughts from negative to positive when you are in the middle of chaos or things are falling apart left and right. Unfortunately if we do not make more of an effort the negative circumstances will continue and could even get worse.

I learned through my own experiences many tools that help change your thoughts and in response your circumstances improve as well. I share here a few techniques that I use to help myself shift out of negative thoughts and situations.

Avoid Negative Conversations
In order for you to start improving not only your life but to create a significant shift in the world, you have to stop getting involved in negative conversations. This includes watching negative shows on TV. We are all a lot more sensitive to negativity than we know. When you engross yourself in what is bad in the world you only create more of the same.

Avoid Energy Drainers
Now that I am more aware of my energy I could tell the difference immediately when I am with a positive person or an energy drainer. Before all I knew was that as soon as the energy drainer was gone I felt depleted, sick, or moody. In fact, a few times I literally became ill. I later began imagining that she stold my positive energy and she gave me all of her yucky energy. Once my studies on energy started I found out that this was not my imagination, it was actually happening. In order to manifest good things you have to be feeling very good. You can not do that if your positive energy is regularly being sucked dry by energy drainers. If you need more information please view my blog listed at the bottom of the article.

Shift Your Focus
We are all masters at knowing what we do not want. The evidence on how masterful you are has shown up in your environment, circumstances and relationships. The time has come to not only know what we do want, but in using our mind to assist us in getting it. Most people let their mind run wild and therefore they keep sabotaging themselves from attracting their desires. Then things start getting worse. Believe me it is much harder to get out of the hole of negative thougths when you are in deep with the unwanted circumstances that you created. It is much better and easier to catch yourself when you are thinking negatively when things are more stable.

Stop the Blame
When we are children we are indeed victims of circumstance. However, once we become adults we have the ability to transform our lives any time we want. I admit that change is not necessarily easy. However, it is not even possible when you have given your power to somebody or something else. This keeps your focus “out there” when the solution for your problem is actually “in here”. The more you get into the blame game the longer you will stay in the negative situation that you find yourself in. I agree that there are some very bad people in this world. However, there is a reason why we attract these people into our lives. You may get rid of one bad person, but if you do not change what is going on in the inside you will attract someone else who is just the same.

If you would like more tips please see my blog quantumlifechanges.blogspot.com for contact information.

Posted by Zulma Carbajal on August 24th, 2012 in New Directions | No comments

24 aug

A Spiritual Conspiracy

goinggreen_lushgreenparkThe word conspiracy means really to “breathe together.” I was sent this poem and wanted to share it as it applies to so many who are part of what I call “the change movement.” Each of you is taking a stand for change, being an example whether in yourself, your family, your workplace, or your community. Thank you for what you do, who you are and your work in the world. You know who you are.

On the surface of our world right now
There is war, violence, and craziness
And things may seem dark.

But calmly and quietly
At the same time
Something is happening underground.

An inner revolution is taking place
And certain individuals
Are being called to a higher light.

It is a silent revolution
From the inside out
From the ground up.

This is a global co-operation
That has sleeper cells in every nation.
It is a planetary Spiritual Conspiracy.

You won’t likely see us on T.V.
You won’t read about us in the newspaper.
You won’t hear from us on the radio.

We don’t seek glory.
We don’t wear any uniform.
We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles.

We are in every country and culture of the world
In cities big and small, mountains and valleys
In farms and villages, tribes and remote islands.

Most of us work anonymously
Seeking not recognition of name
But profound transformation of life.

Working quietly behind the scenes
You could pass by one of us on the street
And not even notice.

We go undercover
Not concerned for who takes the final credit
But simply that the work gets done.

Many of us may seem to have normal jobs.
But behind the external storefront
Is where the deeper work takes a place.

With the individual and collective power
Of our minds and hearts
We spread passion, knowledge, and joy to all.

Some call us the Conscious Army
As together
We co-create a new world.

Our orders come from the Spiritual Intelligence Agency
Instructing us to drop soft, secret love bombs
when no one is looking.

Poems–Hugs–Music–Photography–Smiles–Kind words
Movies–Meditation and Prayer–Dance–Websites
Social Activism–Blogs–Random Acts of Kindness

We each express ourselves
In our own unique ways
With our own unique gifts and talents.

“Be the change you want to see in the world”
That is the motto that fills our hearts.
We know this is the path to profound transformation.

We know that quietly and humbly
Individually and collectively
We have the power of all the oceans combined.

At first glance our work is not even visible.
It is slow and meticulous
Like the formation of mountains.

And yet with our combined efforts
Entire tectonic plates
Are being shaped and moved for centuries to come.

Love is the religion we come to share
And you don’t need to be highly educated
Or have exceptional knowledge to understand it.

Love arises from the intelligence of the heart
Embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse
Of all living beings.

Be the change you want to see in the world.
Nobody else can do it for you.
Yet don’t forget, we are all here supporting you.

We are now recruiting.
Perhaps you will join us
Or already have.

For in this spiritual conspiracy
All are welcome, and all are loved.
The door is always open.

–Author Appropriately Unknown

Posted by Ariane de Bonvoisin on August 24th, 2012 in Spirituality | No comments

23 aug

The Highest Pass

HighestPassWell, I never really did think my backside would be prominently featured on a giant movie poster! It was never one of my life goals to be honest and yet, boom — it has happened.

I also never thought I would ever sit myself on a motorbike going 80 miles an hour! I’ve lost friends on motorbikes so you can imagine it wasn’t something I was eager to do. You know those things that you will “never do”? I call it the anti-Bucket List. Those things that you’ve decided, nope, not me. Either because it brings up fear or some other emotion you’re not really up for. I’m talking bungee jumps, speaking in public at an important event, or even something like telling that guy or girl you’ve been friends with for years that you actually have feelings for them. What is on YOUR anti-Bucket List?

Back to the movie. So, riding a motorbike was on my anti-Bucket List. So when one of my best friends, Brooks, an avid rider himself, asked me if I wanted to go to the Himalayas and ride across the highest roads in the world as part of a documentary film, I said sure (that’s my type of thing!) but, I’d happily stay in the film vehicle. I therefore arrived in India, with no riding gear, but excited to be part of this adventure and see these beautiful mountains that hold such spiritual significance as well.

There were eight riders, all guys and another seven guys, all crew, drivers, mechanics, you name it. That’s a lot of men and testosterone for one woman!

Within a few days of the journey getting started in Rishikesh (the birthplace of yoga), I figured, why not try and get on a bike. Was I really safer in the jeep? Was God more present in a car than on the bike? Also, another big reason was that there wasn’t much space for me in those film vehicles while the crew recorded our every move and conversation.

I found a helmet, bright yellow biker pants (for guys, of course, so they were way too big) and one of the guys lent me a spare leather padded jacket. I looked like the Michelin man! “Great,” I thought. My first entrance onto the big movie screen and I look terrible. High-def cameras on me at all times and I had no make up ever. I didn’t even have a mirror for the whole month we were gone and we didn’t exactly wash much! Here began my first lesson in letting go — letting go of wanting to look good, of being a certain way on camera, of how people were going to see me and think of me. Letting go of controlling other people’s opinions of me. Of allowing myself to be seen, exactly the way I was — whether I was tired, sick and suffering from altitude sickness, hungry, wanting my space, freezing, terrified, whatever was present for me. All of it was going to be captured on camera. Vulnerability at its max!

The next big lesson in giving up control came from actually getting on the BACK of the bike. This I can tell you is actually harder than being the one riding it! Roads in India are a massive danger zone. They are filled with people, cows, trucks, kids. There are no traffic lights ever, no signs. People die all the time on them. There is so much going on, the noise, the distractions. And once we started getting out of the cities and into the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, roads turned to snow, avalanches, ice, rocks, dirt, sand, you name it. I literally had to put my life in the hands of the guy who was riding the bike. Brooks first, (then he had an accident and couldn’t ride with a passenger anymore), then Mike. Mike showed me how to ride and feel safe.

When you’re on the back, you’ve got to basically go where they go. So, when they lean all the way right, that’s what you’re doing even though every part of you thinks that gravity is going to make this bike tumble. And tumble I did, a few times. The most pleasant fall being in sandy dunes where the weight of two riders basically sank the bike into the sand!

We traversed mountain peaks, through all weather conditions, altitudes of up to 19,000 feet. We slept in army barracks, monasteries. We ate a lot of lentil soup and drank chai tea daily. We rode over 2,000 miles in about a month. We became a family. We each had very distinct personalities and every day brought another set of challenges, either individually or as a group.

The ultimate lesson was facing death I guess. It was very clear the level of danger we were all undertaking. (We were higher than Base Camp Everest just to give you a sense!) I guess I’ve never had to actually go right into the feeling that at the end of any one of these days, either one of my fellow riders or I might be gone. All I can say is that there is real freedom when you do. When you understand that you are safe no matter what. That you are not the physical body. That you are never really in control of anything. And not to get this intellectually, like “it’s great to overcome my fear” kind of thing, but when your bones really get it, your life is very different.

India changes people. But this experience left me looking at life as something to love and learn from. It was never about becoming someone, making it, being successful, being safe and in control, or getting some approval from the world. Life became about a deep search for truth, for knowledge for what is really worth doing and becoming.

I ended up going back to New York, getting rid of most of my stuff and then traveling the world for nearly two years. Yes, I may end up writing a lot more about this life changing experience! In the meantime, I invite you to look at the trailer www.thehighestpass.com. The movie has been released in movie theaters in LA and Seattle and will be coming to many other cities. I’m also honored to be screening it at Google and Twitter in mid-July.

Posted by First 30 Days on August 23rd, 2012 in Ariane, New Directions, Personal Stories, Spirituality | No comments

23 aug

How Even Small Weight Loss Can Save Your Life

JennaSmithIt is no secret that many people in the United States and abroad are overweight. The problem of obesity has reached epidemic proportions, with many people developing weight-related illnesses every year. The only real solution to this problem is permanent weight loss. Even a small amount of weight loss could mean the difference in curing the ailments associated with obesity.

Heart Conditions

Excess fat causes stress on the heart. The body has to work harder to stay alive when you carry excess weight. The heart has to fight to carry blood to the rest of the body, causing stress on the heart ventricles and valves. This extra exertion can lead to heart attack and premature death. Excess fat around the midsection puts stress on all of the body’s major organs, including the kidneys, liver and pancreas. Dieting research has shown that obese people are at a greater risk of heart attack than people of a healthy weight.

Losing just ten percent of excess body fat has been shown to make a significant difference in the body’s processes. With this weight loss, breathing becomes easier and the heart pumps blood more efficiently.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is common in people struggling with obesity. Snoring is one of the major symptoms of sleep apnea. These loud noises are not merely an annoyance, they are a sign of your body struggling to push air into your lungs. During an apnea episode, your breathing level drops down to dangerous levels and your body fights to wake you up so that you will start breathing normally again. Many people with sleep apnea don’t get adequate sleep.

Because of this sleep disturbance, many people struggling with obesity don’t have the energy to exercise. They also suffer from more headaches and eye disorders. The only real cure for sleep apnea is weight loss. Even just losing a few pounds can make the difference in someone suffering from sleep apnea.

Diabetes

Especially debilitating, many obese people will eventually find themselves with diabetes. This condition causes extreme drops in insulin. Some diabetics require a regular injection insulin daily. Diabetes can lead to loss of limbs if left untreated. This condition is almost exclusively found in the overweight and obese.

Significant weight loss has been shown to ease the symptoms of diabetes. In some cases, the disease disappears entirely after weight loss. Supplements like Sensa make it easier for you to lose weight by curbing cravings and boosting metabolism. To combat diabetes, eat a diet low in sugar, excess calories and excess fats. Choose from whole grains and avoid refined sugars and processed foods.

Obesity is the major contributor to a number of illnesses that kill people every year. By embarking on a weight loss program that includes healthy eating and exercise, you can avoid suffering from weight-related diseases. In many cases, simply losing a portion of your excess body weight makes a huge difference in your overall health. Combine Sensa with a healthy diet and regular exercise and enjoy a life of health and vitality.

Posted by Jenna Smith on August 23rd, 2012 in Uncategorized | No comments

21 aug

Education Is Changing Rapidly

JennaSmithWhile education has maintained a lot of the same techniques over the years, it has evolved into something completely new in the last few years. Thanks to technology, game design colleges and other growth markets related to higher learning are able to progress at an exponential pace. The education sector is thus becoming something much different than it once was, an engine of social learning and innovation that could benefit many parts of the population.

Let’s assess a few of the ways this could manifest itself:

Mobile Education

In the past, you had to go to a central location to be able to learn what you need to know, a prestigious educational institute or facility. For example, in order to acquire a college degree, you had to commit to regularly visiting a brick and mortar program. In today’s society, many people are engaging in mobile forms of education.

For example, you can take complete degree programs online from anywhere. Instead of having to worry about going to a classroom everyday, you can learn everything you need to know from your laptop, tablet, or mobile device. This makes it possible to get your education while you are accomplishing other tasks instead of confining yourself to one location.

Social Media

In addition to being able to learn where you are, many people are also using social media to change the educational field. For example, you can use social media sites to glean information about degree programs, schools, scholarships, and other items. When one of your contacts finds out about a new scholarship program, he or she may share this information with friends. This information can then be shared with more people until it becomes viral.

These viral memes are how critical pieces of information are being shared with large groups of people very quickly. Communication movements like this make education programs much more accessible than they once were.

Learning a Niche Trade

With so many stunning advancements in technology, it is possible to learn a trade in a completely different way than you normally would. For example, you can actually pursue cutting edge new research without actually having to go through all of the normal classes and requisites that you’d go through in college. Many programs are allowing students to focus in on what they actually need to know to master a niche trade instead of giving them an all-around education on topics that they may not actually need to know or care to pursue.

Regardless of what you want to learn, the information is much more accessible than it once was. Many people are even learning online without taking any formal courses. Whether you want to attend a regular college or simply read an e-book, the field of education is changing rapidly and it will never be the same again.

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14 aug

Best Tips for Managing Your Green Dot Account

JennaSmithIf you have joined the millions of other Americans who have discovered the Green Dot prepaid card, you are in good company. This prepaid debit card has been a lifesaver for many who want the convenience of plastic without the fees associated with traditional bank accounts and credit cards. With the Green Dot card, banking is easy. Signing up takes just minutes and you can use your new card anywhere VISA or MasterCard is accepted.

By following a few tips for using your new card, you will be well on your way to enjoying the independence of using a prepaid credit card:

Keep Good Records and Protect Your Card

If your card is ever lost or stolen, you will need to replace it quickly to avoid the loss of your loaded funds. When you receive your Green Dot credit card, record your account number and the phone number to customer service in a secure place. This will make replacing the card and recovering your funds simple. Don’t delay in reporting a lost or stolen card. A thief can clean out your account in a matter of minutes, so it is important to take swift action if your card is misplaced.

Protect your card like cash and don’t share your PIN (personal identification number) with anyone. Memorize the PIN instead of writing it on the card so you won’t lose your funds if your card ever falls in the wrong hands.

Check Your Balance and Manage Your Account Regularly

When using your card, make sure to check your balance regularly to keep track of any irregularities. Although the Green Dot company is known for its reliability, glitches can occur. By checking your account from your computer or mobile device, you will be assured that your account is in good standing. Add funds periodically to maintain an adequte budget and avoid fees.

Set Up Automatic Transfers

If you are looking to use your Green Dot card as a savings account, it is helpful to set up automatic transfers between your bank and the card. You can transfer money to and from an outside account for savings purposes. Automatic transfers also assure that your account will never be completely empty, allowing you to avoid monthly fees. With automatic transfers you can set it and forget it. Watch your money grow effortlessly with automatic transfers to and from your external bank account.

The Green Dot card is Wal-Mart’s answer to high bank fees, overdrafts and finance charges. By making a card that is accessible to all, it makes the anxiety of the credit check a thing of the past. Now anyone can enjoy a credit account without the fees.

With the Green Dot card, you can refill your card when it is convenient and use it anywhere VISA or MasterCard are accepted. With several options for refilling your card, you can add money and use your card at worldwide retailers. Sign up for a Green Dot prepaid credit or debit card today and enjoy the power of plastic.

Posted by Jenna Smith on August 14th, 2012 in Finances | No comments

08 aug

Figuring Out How to Realize Your True Potential

JennaSmithMany people go through their careers and never actually come close to realizing their true potential. If you don’t like the idea of coasting through life and never really living, there are ways that you can improve your skills and get closer to your potential. Here are a few tips on breaking through the barriers holding you back and to become a more valuable asset.

Finding Your Strengths

If you are interested in finding your strengths, there are a few different resources that you could use to get the job done. For example, some colleges and universities have tests that you can take to determine what your strengths are. They ask you a series of questions to find out what you like and then test your skills. This type of tool can help tremendously as it tells you exactly what you’re good at.

In addition to looking at your strengths, you can also take a personality test. With a personality test, you’ll be able to see what type of personality you have, so that you can match that up with the things you’re good at. When you have a personality that lends itself to a particular career and that happens to be one of your strengths, you have a good chance to unlock your potential.

Motivating Yourself

There are many different resources that you can research about unlocking your potential. Get some books about unleashing your potential and read them. This can provide you with a basic understanding that you can use to move in the right direction. Regardless of where your strengths and weaknesses are, motivation is still arguably more important. Motivated individuals are the ones highlighting strengths, minimizing weaknesses, and never making the same mistake twice.

Developing Weaknesses

Although you definitely want to become aware of your strengths, you also need to work on developing your weaknesses. The things that you are not good at are typically holding you back from doing more. If you can at least get your weaknesses up to average skill level, they may no longer hold you back.

Regardless of whether you’re good at attorney staffing, nuclear physics or sales, it’s important to figure out what you’re really skilled at. When you figure out what you enjoy and what you are good at, you can demonstrate potential that you didn’t even know you had.

At that point, it’s no longer a chore to go to work, because you’re doing something that you’re good at and that you really enjoy on a regular basis.

Posted by Jenna Smith on August 8th, 2012 in Uncategorized | No comments

03 aug

The All-Optical Network

JennaSmithNetworking is essential to any business. Most companies require some form of networking solution to handle business applications, phones, remote data storage or a host of other activities. MLPS is a viable solution to a company’s networking needs.

What is an All-Optical MPLS Network? The multiprotocol label switching (MLPS) carries data from one network node to another. The mechanism uses short path labels to accomplish this goal. An all-optical MPLS network is responsible for encapsulating packets of network protocols and supports T1/E1, DSL, ATM and Frame Relay. MPLS is preferred by many companies because it is highly scalable and “protocol agnostic.” How Does It Offer More Security? MPLS are private networks that are highly secure. Authorized traffic can be routed through the firewall. The firewall will offer security to the user. Hosting companies will also monitor the networks with proactive monitoring services.

Trained professionals can determine if a security breach is in progress and take steps, with the lessor’s approval, to mitigate losses. With proactive monitoring services, clients often do not notice any negative consequences. Most trained IT professionals can deliver a solution quickly and avoid downtime.

How is All-Optical MPLS More Efficient? Since networks are now viewed as mission-critical, companies must ensure that the networks are reliable and fast. MLPS is capable of handling security threats and data-intensive applications. The all-optical network is capable of handling high speeds. With simplified packet forwarding, the routing decision only has to be made once.

MPLS networks include tools that control paths with different flows. Traffic can be avoided with advanced tools. This allows companies to have an efficient and fast network with no complications. Because of the label stacking capability, MLPS networks are highly scalable. The networks have multiple layers of abstraction and are arranged in a hierarchy.

MPLS networks also support VPNs. With MPLS, a certain quality of service (QoS) will be delivered. Numerous differentiated services are offered to customers. This is a major benefit. Any service level agreements will also typically be honored by the hosting company.

All Optical Networks Offer Many Benefits to the Consumer Many vendors offer MLPS networks to consumers through hosting plans. The all-optical network is more affordable when hosted through the cloud. Customers can save money on the networking infrastructure and receive the benefits of Internet access without the up-front investment. Many new startups can benefit from this service. If security and business efficiency are a concern, business owners should consider MLPS networking a viable solution. MLPS is reliable, scalable and delivers exceptional performance.

Posted by Jenna Smith on August 3rd, 2012 in Uncategorized | No comments