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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.

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

Colocation Market Forecast to Reach Nearly $52 Billion by 2020

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The market for global colocation services will grow at a 12.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach $51.8 billion by 2020, according to a new report from Allied Market Research entitled “World Colocation – Market Opportunities and Forecast, 2014-2020.” Huge demand to manage...Learn More

Zayo Introduces Cloud Infrastructure Services

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BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Zayo Group (NYSE: ZAYO) today unveiled its updated cloud portfolio to complement its base of infrastructure and connectivity services. The post-Latisys integration relaunch provides customers with a full product set, which includes private, public and hybrid infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud services in the...Learn More

CenturyLink Launches Big Data, Cloud and Security Forums for IT Executives

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MONROE, La., July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced its plans for a multi-city tour featuring industry analysts and select CenturyLink customers and executives to share technology insights and lessons learned with enterprise IT leaders about big data, cloud, security and...Learn More

IDC Cloud Spending Forecast: 26% Growth in 2015

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Spending on cloud IT infrastructure will grow 26.4 percent to reach $33.4 billion this year, according to the latest from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker. IDC’s forecast encompasses spending on private and public cloud IT servers, storage and Ethernet switches. Public cloud IT...Learn More

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