Cloud Zone

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.

The Art of Delivering Hosted Unified Communications

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With the explosive growth in hosted private-branch exchange (PBX) and unified communications (UC), many service providers are now considering selling hosted communications services to business customers for the first time. The financial rewards can be great for the service providers offering hosted PBX/UC services. But...Learn More

CenturyLink opens Cloud Development Center in Seattle

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October 15, 2014 — MONROE, La. – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the opening of the CenturyLink Cloud Development Center, the company’s new Seattle-area home for cloud platform development and innovation. The new facility serves as another cloud milestone for the company since the...Learn More

Survey: IT Hiring Trends Up, But Budget Trends Disappoint

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Anticipated increases in 2014 IT budgets haven’t materialized, casting doubts in the minds of IT leaders as to their organizations’ ability to meet business demands, says IT staffing provider TEKsystems. On the positive side, results of a TEKsystems survey of over 200 IT executives indicates...Learn More

AT&T Partners with Amazon for On-Demand Cloud

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DALLAS, Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are working together to extend AT&T NetBondSM to AWS. Customers will have a new high performing and highly-secure choice to connect to AWS, including the ability to scale their network at the same...Learn More

Integra Completes Acquisition of World Communications, Inc.

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VANCOUVER, Wash., Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Integra™, a provider of fiber-based, carrier-grade networking, communications and technology solutions, has completed its acquisition of Seattle-based World Communications, Inc. (WCI) following the receipt of regulatory approvals. The acquisition, which was first announced in July, brings to Integra...Learn More

TDS younited Offers Cloud-Based Backup for $5.95 Monthly

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TDS Telecom this week launched younited, a cloud-based service that can back up files from mobile phones as well as traditional computer files. Additionally the offering gives customers the ability to organize files and create collections to share, TDS said. The service will cost $5.95...Learn More

MEF Third Network Targets Network-as-a-Service

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The Metro Ethernet Forum’s Third Network  initiative, announced today, aims to combine the ubiquity of the Internet with the service assurance of Carrier Ethernet 2.0.  The goal is to enable network-as-a-service, explained Ethernet pioneer Bob Metcalfe, who is now an advisory director of the MEF,...Learn More

Alianza and GLDS Partner for Cloud VoIP Solution

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DENVER, Co., SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, September 22, 2014 – Alianza, the cloud voice platform company, today announced a new solution partnership and successful integration with WinCable from GLDS, the leading provider of billing, customer management and provisioning systems for small-to-medium global broadband providers. The partnership...Learn More

ViaWest/ Consolidated Deal Supports Consolidated Dallas Business Push

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Consolidated Communications has reached a partnership agreement with data center operator ViaWest to resell services delivered from a ViaWest data center in Dallas. The move represents another element of Consolidated’s push into the Dallas business market begun last year. “We continue to see demand grow...Learn More

Global Capacity/ MegaPath Deal Should Be a Win for Both Companies

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Global Capacity’s plan to acquire MegaPath’s wholesale business, announced today, would appear to be a win for both companies. MegaPath gains cash to invest in the cloud and managed services business that will now be the company’s sole focus. And Global Capacity gains MegaPath’s extensive...Learn More

Amazon Fire Phone Now 99 Cents with Two-Year Contract

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September 08, 2014 — SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Dynamic Perspective, Firefly, world-class customer support with Mayday, free unlimited cloud storage for photos, 32GB of storage—and, for a limited time, customers get 12 months of Prime membership with Fire phone, which includes unlimited streaming of tens of thousands...Learn More

Zayo Group Announces Expanded Connect to the Cloud Platform

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BOULDER, Colo. – August 28, 2014 – Zayo Group, LLC (“Zayo”) today announced its Connect to the Cloud platform, a program enabling connectivity to multiple cloud providers and over 500 data centers worldwide. The expanded program offers a direct connect option to many leading cloud...Learn More