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CenturyLink expands its collaboration with VMware to accelerate enterprise cloud adoption

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Monroe, Louisiana — February 22, 2017 — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it has expanded its global strategic collaboration with VMware to deepen the level of software-defined data center (SDDC) technologies available to enterprise customers. This collaboration will help preserve and enhance customer investments in on-premises...Learn More

IDC: Public Cloud Services Spending to Grow 7x Faster than Overall IT

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Public cloud services spending will grow nearly seven times faster than global IT spendng growth overall, according to an update to IDC’s semiannual “Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Spending Guide.” IDC forecasts annual market revenue will grow at a 24.4% CAGR worldwide for the period 2015-2020...Learn More

Service Electric Cablevision Inc. and Adams Cable Adopt Alianza’s Cable VoIP 2.0 Solution

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Lindon, Utah — February 16, 2017 — Alianza Inc., the cloud voice platform company, announced today that two independent cable operators and National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) members, Adams Cable and Service Electric Cablevision, have selected Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform for their next-generation cable VoIP solution. Over...Learn More

Cybersecurity Trends Data: Organizations Short-Handed Just as Threats Multiply

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Public and private sector organizations find themselves short-handed even as the frequency and sophistication of attacks and threats rises, according to Crowd Research Partners’ 2017 Cybersecurity Trends Report. Crowd Research Partners joined with 13 cybersecurity vendors to produce its latest annual report on cybersecurity trends,...Learn More

CenturyLink Big Data as a Service Could Mesh with Enterprise Digital Transformation Plans

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If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to add big-data-as-a-service to your cloud service lexicon. CenturyLink yesterday launched CenturyLink Big Data as a Service (BDaaS) with Managed Cloudera, a data management and analytics service that would appear to mesh well with enterprise customers’ digital...Learn More

Gigabit Connections Reach TDS OneNeck Data Center

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DES MOINES, Iowa (Jan. 20, 2017) — OneNeck IT Solutions announced today general availability of OneNeck Connect for businesses in and around Des Moines, Iowa. OneNeck Connect provides area businesses with access to a 1 Gbps broadband pipe into the OneNeck’s state-of-the-art data center in...Learn More

Verizon Connected Grocery Store Project Illustrates Service Provider Digital Transformation Opportunities

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News this week from Verizon and retailer Ahold USA offers an example of the sort of opportunities that may be in store for communications service providers as enterprises get serious about what has come to be known as “digital transformation.” As research and consulting firm...Learn More

Consolidated Cloud Services Adds Managed Security Platform

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Consolidated Communications is adding a managed security offering to their Consolidated cloud services portfolio. The new managed security offering, Cloud Secure, will guard against a growing number of security risks and intrusions to data networks of business customers. “We are very excited to add Cloud...Learn More

Champaign Telephone Company (CTC) to Become Consolidated Communications

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – January 16, 2017— Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) announced effective today Champaign Telephone Company (CTC) will take on the Consolidated Communications brand. “Consolidated Communications is eager to continue its expansion in the Champaign-Urbana area and is now rebranding CTC as Consolidated Communications, supported...Learn More

Service Providers Embrace Cloud Voice Platforms for Next-Generation VoIP

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If you’re the CTO of a cable provider, telco or ISP, chances are you’ve had some unpleasant conversations with your CEO regarding investing in phone services. Voice is still important to your business, but the costs, operational complexities and lack of vendor innovation in legacy...Learn More

CenturyLink Wins U.S. Senate Contract

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WASHINGTON – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently won a multi-year contract worth approximately $11.4 million to provide U.S. Senate state offices with a unified communications-as-a-service platform for hosted voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) service. The contract award includes the installation, maintenance, operation and management of  CenturyLink-supplied hardware, software,...Learn More

Data Center Divestiture Trend Continues with Verizon Data Center Sale to Equinix

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Larger telecom carriers have entered a data center divestiture stage, with Verizon as the latest example. Data center operator Equinix will buy 24 data center sites from Verizon for $3.6 billion in cash. The 24 sites consist of 29 data center buildings in 15 metro...Learn More