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Every Business Needs Private Cloud

What is Cloud Computing?

Before we look at the benefits of using a private cloud infrastructure, let’s first define cloud computing. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) says it’s “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable resources, such as networks, servers, storage, applications and services. These resources can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”

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Your Business Needs a Managed Service Provider

Keeping Up with Technology’s Frenetic Pace of Change

In today’s ever-changing world, there is nothing more important for a business than the ability to be flexible and fast. Being able to quickly act on big ideas, tackle problems or adjust to changes is what gives businesses a competitive edge. Technology is what supports these rapid business moves and ensures they’re executed flawlessly.

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How Berkshire Hathaway Uses Limelight PCaaS

Berkshire Hathaway’s Specialty Insurance has been seeing tremendous growth across the entire world. To keep up increasing demands, Berkshire Hathaway needed a reliable phone service provider that promised minimal system outages and predictable results.

The solution? TBL’s Limelight PCaaS — Private Cloud as a Service.

Limelight PCaaS has given Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance the ability to focus on their business, strategies and relationships. See how dedicated equipment and personalized solutions have delivered amazing results at Berkshire Hathaway in this case study.

Berkshire Hathaway

Past Event: Win a FREE Apple Watch by Attending a TBL Lunch & Learn!

free apple watch

We love new technology – it’s part of the job here at TBL Networks.  So as news about the Apple Watch started picking up speed, we started seeing endless possibilities for the world’s newest piece of wearable tech.  And when we see an opportunity for technology to make businesses better, we just have to share it.

That’s why we want to give you the chance to win a FREE Apple Watch!  Yes, you read that correctly.  We’ll be selecting a winner to be one of the first wearing the Apple Watch after its release in April.

Win a Free Apple Watch

Register and attend our March 19th Lunch and Learn, and you’ll be entered to win the Apple Watch!

TBL Networks’ Lunch and Learn event is a chance for you to learn how we can help your business strategically leverage our Limelight Private Cloud as a Service.  It’s an on-premise solution that is completely managed by TBL, so your team can keep their attention on deploying the next big thing for your company.  It encompasses what we’re all about at TBL – linking what you pay to the outcomes you receive.

If you can’t make it to the March 19th event, don’t worry!  You’ll still have a chance to be entered into the drawing.  Schedule a private Lunch and Learn before March 31st by contacting Cameron Corbin here (

Using the Apple Watch for Business

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Of course, we can’t resist gushing over this slick new piece of technology.  Apple has graced the world with many creative tech innovations and we are certain the Apple Watch will be no different.  The smartwatch will be a useful tool for on-the-go business people who need to be accessible at all times.  Here are some of our favorite features:

  • Notifications – The Apple Watch will allow users to have their alerts and notifications conveniently delivered to them, without even having to look at their phone.  When your iPhone receives a text message, email, calendar alert or reminder, the Apple Watch will buzz on your wrist.  You’ll never miss a message again.
  • Siri – Of course Apple’s famous virtual assistant will have a place on the Apple Watch.  Just say “Hey Siri” to verbally set reminders, get directions or check your calendar.
  • Apps – Unlike other smart watches, the Apple Watch will have third-party apps available for download.  Manage your social media accounts or check in for a flight, right from your wrist.

If you want to be entered to win Apple’s first ever piece of wearable technology, attend a TBL Networks Lunch and Learn to learn about our Limelight PCaaS!

 Attend our March 19th event (register here, space is limited) or contact Cameron Corbin ( to schedule a private consultation by March 31st!

TBL Networks Announces Strategic Addition To Sales Team

Daniel Smithson
TBL Networks’ newest addition, Daniel Smithson.

RICHMOND, Virginia – February 10, 2015 –
TBL Networks, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner headquartered in Central Virginia, announced the addition of Daniel Smithson to their sales team. Smithson will support TBL’s continued growth and delivery of the best advanced technology solutions in the marketplace.

“TBL is experiencing a growing demand from companies that are looking for better ways to perform and collaborate while cutting costs. The experience and expertise of Daniel will allow us to expand our IT practice across multiple industry verticals,” said Alan Sears, President and CEO of TBL Networks. “He is joining our team in making incredible technology incredibly simple to companies.”

As Account Manager, Smithson will lead with TBL’s Limelight Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS). Limelight PCaaS offers a company the scalability to grow or shift priorities, giving them ultimate control over their bottom line.

“Today’s businesses need a seamless technology solution that allows them to do their best work. Daniel has been able to offer his customers a unique combination of business acumen and technology prowess. We are confident that he will help our clients lay the foundation for a more agile tomorrow,” added Sears.

Prior to joining TBL Networks, Smithson worked as an Account Executive at Gartner where he serviced Global 1000 enterprises. Smithson has proven ability to understand customers’ challenges offering strategic and integrated solutions that have led organizations to achieve greater successes in reaching their business goals.

About TBL Networks, Inc.

TBL Networks is about moving forward with innovative technology. TBL empower clients’ collaboration strategy, virtualization and data centers to do more with less. TBL delivers these advanced solutions directly where it counts the most – the desktop. Building secure and reliable solutions that introduce efficiencies in human interaction is how we see the future. For more information about TBL Networks visit:

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Past Event: March 19th Lunch and Learn: Limelight PCaaS


TBL Networks invites you to join us at our Lunch and Learn seminar for some tech talk and, of course, some mouthwatering morsels.  As you’re diving into your steak, we’ll be discussing our Limelight PCaaS (Private Cloud as a Service) – your own private cloud with no capital expense.

Our Lunch and Learn seminar is all about making sure your company has the right technology for your needs, on a predictable pricing structure that has the ability to grow with your business.  Because at TBL, we think you should be able to have your cake and eat it too (feeling hungry yet?).

TBL Networks
TBL Networks is about moving forward with innovative technology. With over 60 years of combined technical expertise, TBL empowers clients’ collaboration, virtualization and data centers to do more with less, building secure and reliable solutions that introduce efficiencies in human interaction.

Introducing Limelight PCaaS (Private Cloud as a Service)
TBL’s Limelight PCaaS is an original new way for organizations to consume technology, spotlighting the key benefits of both on-premise and public cloud solutions. TBL is bringing this unique service to market initially for its three core technologies: Limelight Collaboration for voice, video & collaboration solutions, Limelight Desktop for VDI solutions and Limelight Infrastructure for server consolidation solutions.

Hondos Restaurant
4120 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Registration: 11 – 11:30 AM
Lunch & Learn: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Register by March 17, 2015.
RSVP and learn more about TBL Networks’ Lunch and Learn here.
Menu selection will be ordered the day of the event.
Available to select: Broiled Chicken Breast, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Chef’s Fish du Jour, Filet Mignon, Penne Pomadoro

Can’t wait to see you there!

A Trifecta of Cisco Partner Certifications

Cisco Powered

TBL Networks has successfully landed a trifecta of Cisco Partner Certifications.  Along with the renewal of our Cisco Gold Certification, we have also met all criteria to become Master Collaboration Specialized, and a Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Master Partner.

So what does this mean for you?  It means that we have an extensive suite of services that can meet all your technology needs.  It confirms that you can trust us to deliver, manage and support your personalized IT solution, a
nd it verifies that our Limelight Private Cloud as a Service is a system you can depend on.

TBL’s Limelight PCaaS is an original new way for organizations to consume technology, spotlighting the key benefits of both on-premise and public cloud solutions. We are bringing this unique service to market initially for its three core technologies: Limelight Collaboration for voice, video and collaboration solutions, Limelight Desktop for VDI solutions and Limelight Infrastructure for server consolidation solutions.

Cisco Gold Certified Partner

Cisco Gold Certification PartnerFor the third time since 2011, TBL has renewed our Gold Certification, the highest level of Partner Certification that Cisco offers.  In order to be honored with this certification, you must demonstrate savvy in all technology areas of Cisco solutions.

When evaluating companies for the Gold Certification, Cisco takes a multitude of factors into consideration.  Partners must meet support requirements – such as offering 24/7 customer service – as well as complete surveys that verify customer satisfaction is being achieved.

There are currently only 159 Cisco Gold Partners in the United States and we are proud to have been one of them, year after year.

Master Collaboration Specialized

Cisco Master Collaboration PartnerSpecialization in Cisco collaboration solutions means that we have demonstrated mastery of Voice, Video and Contact Center solutions.  Right now, only 79 partners in the United States can say that they are Master Collaboration Specialized.

To gain this title, TBL showed that we are skillful in a variety of communications technologies, including call processing, messaging, and conferencing.  In addition, Cisco also requires that companies complete a live audit and submit 5 complex customer references.

Master Cloud and Managed Service Provider

Cisco Master Services PartnerCisco understands “you want the same experience from the cloud as your on-premises solutions.”  Those who have achieved the Master Cloud
and Managed Service Provider designation are companies that Cisco is assured can provide reliability and security.

TBL’s own Limelight offerings are now branded as Cisco Powered services.  As a result, when you use this service, you’re using a Cisco validated solution that has met strict qualifications. Cisco Powered services go through third party audits to ensure you’re delivered what
you’re promised.

Out of the 15,502 registered Cisco Partners, there are only 41 who hold all 3 of these designations.  We are proud to be one of them, and to give our clients further confidence in TBL Networks.

Missed our Last Dash & Dine Business Event? Don’t Fret!

TBL Networks October Dash & Dine Event RichmondTBL Networks is holding another Dash & Dine business networking event Thursday, October 2nd!

Dash in, meet and greet with TBL Networks’ account team, mingle over a few appetizers and drinks, and dash out with dinner to go for your family (you’ll be the hero!) And just like that, in no time at all, we will be acquainted… or reacquainted!

During our time, we would like to make a quick introduction to TBL’s Limelight PCaaS — Private Cloud as a Service.

TBL’s Limelight PCaaS is priced as a monthly, per user expense. This structure allows you to plan on predictable costs to offer services as your user-base expands. You no longer need to worry about adding another user and reaching the next inflection point resulting in a costly expansion of the system. Best of all, this means that it’s an operating expense — no huge outlay of capital dollars. Instead, Limelight PCaaS offers the scalability to grow or shift priorities, giving you ultimate control over your bottom line. Finally, you can have your cake and eat it too, with your own Private Cloud as a Service.

Say that you will join us:
 Thursday, October 2
4 – 7 PM (drop by for the 30 minutes that’s best for you!)

Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy
11800 W Broad Street, #2204
Richmond, VA  23233
(Look for us in the BAR!)

RSVP by September 30th on EventBrite

VCE, EMC, VMware Cisco and TBL: Innovating Together

Limelight Private Cloud as a ServiceWith Limelight PCaaS – Private Cloud as a Service – TBL has developed strategic alliances with VCE, EMCVMware and Cisco, to bring you access to the most flexible and reliable technology and infrastructure possible at a per user monthly fee and with no capital expenditures.

With Limelight PCaaS, we manage an advanced solution of network and infrastructure for you. We take care of maintenance, updates, backups, integrations, configurations and more all on equipment that sits at your location. By having your own private cloud, you can have the peace of mind of predictable costs and security with none of the hassle.

Through these strategic alliances with VCE, EMC, VMware and Cisco, you’ll seamlessly utilize the best in server infrastructure, desktop virtualization, and collaboration, enabling you to focus on your business, customers, and service while TBL focuses on serving your organization with Limelight PCaaS.

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How the Internet of Everything is Effecting Education & Jobs

In January, we talked about how Cisco defined the Internet of Everything and some of their top 10 insights in “Connecting the Unconnected“. This month, Cisco published a blog article detailing the Internet of Everything effecting education and jobs in the U.S. and worldwide. To quote their infographic, “Twenty-five billion devices will be connected by next year, and that number will grow to 50 billion by 2020.” They also state that “it will create 600,000 more manufacturing jobs alone in the U.S. to automate and analyze supply chain data over the network. This data will of course need to be analyzed, resulting in 300,000 new data analyst jobs to bring intelligent decisions to big data.” That’s an extensive amount of people that will need educated in the field.

With Cisco taking this step towards IoE, they have included many certifications available for engineers. Read more about how they plan to help develop knowledgable IT professionals.

The VP of Learning Cisco talks about IoE and jobs: