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.

Sprint Offers Switch Business Phone System Replacement

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Switch Communications announced today that it has joined with Sprint to offer Switch, the unified communications system for businesses. Switch unleashes the productivity potential of mobility, a key factor in attracting millennials and supporting BYOD preferences among employees. Switch...Learn More

Exec Details Verizon Data Center Service Orchestration Cluster Technology

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Verizon plans to deploy service orchestration cluster technology in its data centers beginning this summer – a move that Verizon Labs Director Larry Rau said is aimed at “virtualizing software from the underlying hardware to absorb faults [and] scale apps up and down along with...Learn More

Vonage Continues Push into Hosted UC with iCore Acquisition

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VoIP pioneer Vonage is continuing their transition from a low cost residential VoIP provider to a unified communications platform targeting the business sector. Their latest move is the purchase of iCore Networks for $92 million. iCore specializes in serving larger business customers with a Unified...Learn More

Windstream Partners With HP to Deliver New Cloud-Ready Solutions

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications and managed cloud services, today announced that it has joined the HP PartnerOne Program for service providers and will team with HP to provide innovative hosted solutions,...Learn More

Customer Analytics, E-Rate Fuel Cloud Wi-Fi Opportunities

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Selling cloud-based Wi-Fi can be an excellent opportunity, especially now that cloud platforms can support a range of value-added capabilities. I got a demo of some of these capabilities at Adtran Connect, an event for press and analysts at telecom vendor Adtran’s Huntsville, Alabama headquarters...Learn More

GCI Increases Investment in Cloud Services in Alaska

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Alaska’s leading communications provider, General Communication, Inc. (“GCI”) (NASDAQ:GNCMA), boosted its investment in cloud services with the purchase of Network Business Systems. Cloud services enable businesses to store and process data remotely, increasing efficiency, reliability and performance and eliminating...Learn More

GfK Finds Mixed Level of Interest in Cloud Storage

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Despite widespread use of multi-platform cloud services 3 in 10 U.S. Internet users (29 percent) don’t see any value in cloud storage. On the flip side, nearly as many (27 percent), consider it essential, according to the results of a study conducted by GfK. The...Learn More

Report: Hosted VoIP/ UC Users to Reach 42 Million by 2021

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Growing adoption and use of cloud computing and communications systems is on the rise, boosting use of IP telephony and unified communications and collaboration (UCC) services. A new market research report from Frost & Sullivan says end-users are taking a closer look at the quality...Learn More

Verizon Launches Smart Grid-as-a-Service

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Verizon is making a bold, strategic move to expand its presence among utilities looking to or already deploying smart grid technology and systems. The telecom carrier on July 29 announced the launch of Grid Wide Utility Solutions, a platform-as-a-service that offers electric utilities the means...Learn More

Administrator Details Kansas Upgrade to AT&T NG911

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With AT&T as a key supplier, the state of Kansas has undertaken a major upgrade to its 911 system that could serve as a prototype for the sort of upgrade that 911 administrators nationwide should be considering soon if they aren’t already. “There is an...Learn More

CenturyLink Continues Open-source Momentum With Contribution of Docker, Chef and vSphere Projects

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MONROE, La. — July 20, 2015 — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it has contributed three projects to the open-source community designed to improve the way developers use Docker, Chef and vSphere technologies. The projects are: Chef provisioning driver for vSphere simplifies the process to provision Chef...Learn More

Alianza Exec: Cloud VoIP Gains Speed as Softswitches Reach End of Life

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Alianza’s announcement this week that three smaller cable companies will use its cloud-based VoIP offering illustrates a broader trend, said Alianza Vice President of Marketing Kevin Mitchell in an interview. After deploying softswitches and other VoIP equipment five to 10 years ago, or buying service...Learn More