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Cause and Effect: Giving Back

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 8/23/18 10:15 AM

Digital West is privileged to be involved in our community and give back to many San Luis Obispo area organizations; our combined strength through community involvement helps all of us thrive and grow. 

One of our core values is Giving Generously. This is the value that inspires us to contribute our support to communities and organizations, who in turn help the Central Coast flourish. We continue to grow because we are stronger together in all areas - commerce, education, non-profit and government. 

Imagination Park Fall Classic Golf Tournament

Jack's Helping Hand is one of the very special organizations in our region which assists hundreds of Central Coast families and children who live with illness and physical challenges

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Topics: Community, Digital West News

Digital West is a 2018 Inc. 5000 Honoree

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 8/17/18 9:50 AM

Inc. magazine today revealed that Digital West is No. 1813 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, with a three-year revenue growth of 238 percent. The Inc. 5000 is the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

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Introducing MetroBackup: Securing Your Business

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 7/26/18 8:30 AM

 

What’s the big deal with backing up your data? Because in our data-driven world, good data protection secures your business. Data loss is caused by a multitude of different sources - natural disaster, theft, hardware failure, human error, viruses or other cyberattacks - and the associated costs have risen dramatically. Digital West introduces MetroBackup, a hosted robust backup system that protects your data, allows quick and easy access to your files and supports businesses of any size. We recognize that there are circumstances where you may not be able to prevent data breach, but minimize your down time and maximize your business continuity with powerful and reliable data backup and recovery.

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Topics: Data Center, Security, Remote Backup, Cloud Computing

Backup by the Numbers: 3-2-1

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 7/24/18 12:58 PM

We are creating more data than we could have imagined 10 years ago, both personal and business. All this data is vulnerable to loss: viruses and cyberattacks, theft, hardware failure, physical damage, data corruption, natural disaster and let’s not forget - human error! We know that we should backup our data and other digital "stuff" so that we're able to recover our data in the event of catastrophe or loss, big or small.

Years ago, backing up was a straightforward process: copy all of your files to some other external device from time to time, keep the backup device somewhere safe,and use it to restore the data in the event of a problem. But with all our data, is one backup still enough? How can you really be sure your data is fully protected and recoverable? Not only recovery of irreplaceable photos and personal files, but data protection is critical to business continuity as well.

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Topics: Data Center, Security, Remote Backup, Cloud Computing

Tim Williams Named to Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Board

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 6/8/18 2:40 PM

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau, and Economic Development Commission elected its new board members for the 2018-2019 fiscal year which begins July 1, 2018.

The Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau and Economic Development Commission are led by a unified Board of Directors, made up of senior executives from member companies and partner organizations. The Board's goal is to provide strategic and policy guidance to ensure the Chamber’s program of work serves the best interest of its members and the Santa Maria Valley community.

Just recently, Digital West joined the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce (SMCVV). Founder and CEO Tim Williams was elected one of four new board members, along with Ron Cossa who is a Risk Advisor with Tolman & Wiker Insurance Agency; David LeRoy, who is the General Manager of Toyota of Santa Maria; and Laura Tamura, who is President and Principal Planner of Urban Planning Concepts, Inc.

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Introducing MetroVoice: How It Works For You

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 4/30/18 1:58 AM

Last week, we introduced MetroVoice, our unique cloud-based phone system and the newest product in our Voice Services line. Cloud communication and MetroVoice can unify your business communications systems, give you a cost-savings and expand your company's reach.

The business communications landscape has been changing as rapidly as technology grows. The current cloud-based telephone solutions and other unified communications platforms now make it more viable, affordable and cost effective than even a few years ago.

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Topics: MetroVoice, Voice Services, Digital West News

Smarter is Here: Introducing MetroVoice

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 4/26/18 9:46 AM

Introducing MetroVoice, our unique cloud-based phone system and the newest product in our Voice Services line. MetroVoice provides your business with a unified telephone and communications system that scales to your company, no matter what size.

With MetroVoice, you'll actually get more features than an on-premise phone system but at a lower cost! MetroVoice is a robust communications system that provides your business with a phone system with full calling features plus mobile apps, instant messaging, online integration collaborative communication and much more.

And, by controlling our On Net engineering end-to-end, MetroVoice gives you the best voice quality possible.

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Topics: MetroVoice, Voice Services, Digital West News

California Super Net Neutrality Bill

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 3/19/18 9:30 AM

SB822, state senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and coauthors’s bill that assures net neutrality regulations stay alive in California, went to legislation in the Senate and Assembly on March 13, 2018. If SB822 passes, it joins Washington State’s model open internet bill and could usher the way for Montana, New Jersey, New York and other ally states to introduce similar bills.

Wiener is seeking to merge his bill with SB460, senate president Kevin de León’s (D-Los Angeles) bill that passed the state senate this January. de León’s bill was the first bill introduced after the FCC repeal and garnered wide support. SB460 prohibits “paid prioritization, or providing preferential treatment of some Internet traffic to any Internet customer.” It also prohibits Internet service providers (ISPs) from hindering their customers’ ability to “select, access, and use broadband Internet access service or lawful Internet content, applications, services, or devices of the customer’s choice.”

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Topics: Connectivity, Digital West News, Internet

Net Neutrality Battle in California

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 1/17/18 5:13 PM

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reversed net neutrality rules that regulate broadband providers who connect us to the Internet. This month, the net neutrality battle arrived in Sacramento. State Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, introduced SB822, a bill that requires telecommunication companies doing business in California to guarantee equal Internet access. “We will protect a free and open Internet in our state,” tweeted Wiener.

SB822 will attempt to leverage state Public Utilities Commission regulations that oversee telecommunication companies to compel providers to maintain net neutrality rules.

The bill’s draft would require the state to buy Internet services from companies that comply with net neutrality. It would also require cable franchise agreements, state consumer protection laws, and “state-granted right to attach small cell or other broadband wireless communication devices to utility poles” to adhere to net neutrality rules.

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Topics: Connectivity, Digital West News

2017 IRS Section 179 Tax Deduction: Create your own tax break before year-end

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 10/26/17 12:32 PM

2017 is ticking away - are you aware that the IRS Section 179 Tax Deduction deadline is December 31, 2017? You can create your own tax break using this the 179 Deduction when you purchase qualifying business property, like a telephone system, before year-end. Digital West offers several types of telephone systems, including Panasonic and Cisco phone systems, that will help your business get a tax break using Section 179.  

Section 179 Deduction allows you to deduct the full purchase price of your business phone system and other business equipment and assets up to $500,000 from your gross income. So, now is a great time to invest in or upgrade to a new phone system and take advantage of the Section 179 Tax Deduction.

Under the IRS tax laws, business owners are allowed to recover the costs of all or part of specified equipment or buisness purchases  up to $500,000. The Section 179 Deduction allows owners to use the deduction immediately for eligible property, providing the items were purchased (bought or financed) and used in the deduction year. IRS Section 179 is fairly simple to use for recouping your business property and asset costs. 

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Topics: Voice Services