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As the broadband carrier ecosystem turns to the cloud for both their own network efficiency and for new service and product development, gain valuable insight on cloud and managed services news and developments here.

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions Expands Cloud Portfolio

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TAMPA, Fla.— June 17, 2015 — Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions announced today the introduction of two new cloud solutions designed to bring increased agility, cost-efficiency, and scalability to enterprise businesses.  The newly added Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) provide enterprises...Learn More

Central Office Transformation: CORD Demo on Tap

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It’s time to add another acronym to the telecom lexicon: CORD, for “central office re-architected as data center.” The idea behind CORD is to use software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) to “transform . . . carrier functions into workloads that are...Learn More

Hosted Unified Communications: Flexibility Sells

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In today’s marketplace, there are many factors pushing businesses of all sizes to embrace the cloud for their communications needs. Here are just a few: the growing number of remote workers, the need for more and better team collaboration, the growing use of wireless devices...Learn More

IHS Infonetics: Global PBX Spending Drops 6% in One Year

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Businesses’ increasing use of cloud services is dampening growth of unified communications systems (UCS), according to new market research from IHS Infonetics. Businesses are putting off purchases of new phone systems, IHS Infonetics highlights in “Enterprise Unified Communications and Voice Equipment.” The market research provider...Learn More

Small Telcos Gain Cloud and Hosting Scale with Codero Acquisition

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Updated BLM Acquisition Corp., a consortium of 32 regional telecom and broadband providers, announced today that it has acquired cloud hosting company Codero Hosting – a move that deal-maker Bill King said could enable the providers to compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services...Learn More

ZCorum and Alianza Partner for Cloud VoIP

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Alpharetta, GA and Lindon, UT (May 21, 2015) – ZCorum and Alianza announced today they have formed a new, strategic partnership to deliver a future-proof cloud-based VoIP solution for broadband service providers via ZCorum’s VoiSelect brand. Powered by the Alianza Cloud Voice Platform and ZCorum’s...Learn More

CFO Shares CenturyLink Gigabit Economics, Prism TV Profit Picture

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Most customers that CenturyLink has gained through its gigabit fiber-to-the-premises service actually sign up for speeds they could get over copper infrastructure, said CenturyLink Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Stewart Ewing at a financial conference today. Ewing made his remarks in a question-and-answer...Learn More

Amazon Web Services Launches Cloud Offering for Schools

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May 14, 2015 — SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced the launch of AWS Educate, a program that helps educators and students use real-world cloud technology in the classroom to graduate students ready to enter the cloud workforce. AWS...Learn More

IDC: Cloud Infrastructure Spending to Reach $32 Billion in 2015

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Worldwide spending on cloud IT infrastructure – servers, disk storage and Ethernet switches – will increase 21 percent year-over-year in 2015 to reach $32 billion, according to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker. Spending in the market segment will represent fully one-third...Learn More

CenturyLink Acquires Database Company Orchestrate

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MONROE, La. and PORTLAND, Ore., April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the acquisition of Orchestrate, a company that offers a fully managed database service for rapid application development. The acquisition enhances the CenturyLink Cloud platform with new Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) capabilities...Learn More

CenturyLink 911 Outage Fine: A TDM-to-IP Cautionary Tale

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As we were expecting, the FCC announced today that it has fined CenturyLink for a 911 outage that occurred in April. In addition the FCC fined Intrado, provider of cloud-based 911 software which contributed to the outage according to an FCC investigation. CenturyLink’s fine is...Learn More

FairPoint Wholesale Data Center Services Illustrate Small Telco Opportunities

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Cloud providers are the target market for a new wholesale data center offering from FairPoint Communications announced yesterday. The company also will be offering those services through resellers, including other network and data center operators nationwide that may need data center capabilities in FairPoint’s serving...Learn More