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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.

Report: Carrier SDN Plans Focus on Layer 3

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There has been “an explosion of service-provider activity” in the telecommunications sector as companies move beyond the hype and begin “grappling with the hard questions that come with actual implementation of SDN (softwared-defined networking) applications in the wide-area network (WAN),” according to new market research...Learn More

MEF GEN14: The Future is All About Ethernet and SDN

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When network operators look toward the future, what many of them see are networks based largely on Carrier Ethernet, software defined networking and the cloud. What this means for the industry was a key theme of the Metro Ethernet Forum’s GEN14 Conference in Washington, D.C....Learn More

Carriers Offering Cloud Services: Survey Finds Link Between Sophisticated Cloud and Network Services

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Nearly half of communications service providers worldwide (47%) and more than half of North American communications service providers are offering cloud services to small and medium size businesses, according to the Allot Cloud Trends Report released today. But as cloud offerings become more sophisticated, the...Learn More

Cloud Security Number One Concern as Shadow IT Proliferates

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The cloud services technology market will more than double in size – growing 126.5 percent – this year with the software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market segments leading the way. The SaaS market will grow 199 percent, while the IaaS market will grow 126 percent...Learn More

Comcast Leans on Ethernet for New Cloud Connectivity

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Nov 17, 2014 — PHILADELPHIA, PA — Comcast Business today announced a data center and cloud program designed to provide customers with more efficient access to their own cloud solutions. This new initiative will give businesses more freedom and added flexibility to perform critical processes...Learn More

Streaming Video Alliance Seeks Open Standards

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Responding to the ongoing surge in online video viewing, a host of leading companies spanning the industry value chain have joined to form the Streaming Video Alliance. Counting a large, diverse range of online video “ecosystem” participants, the new industry alliance aims to foster “creation...Learn More

Nokia Networks and HP Partner to Accelerate Operator Deployment of Telco Clouds

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12 November, 2014 — Espoo, Finland and Palo Alto, Calif. – Nokia Networks and HP are collaborating on a joint telco cloud solution compliant with ETSI NFV* principles, designed to provide operators with an open source-based cloud that meets their demanding reliability and availability requirements...Learn More

Zayo Announced as Google Cloud Platform Authorized Services Partner

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Boulder, Colo. – November 5, 2014 – Zayo Group, LLC (“Zayo”), a global provider of Bandwidth Infrastructure services, today announced Google Cloud Interconnect (GCI) has been added to Zayo’s Connect to the Cloud program. Zayo is offering its customers connections to Google Cloud Platform via...Learn More

Juniper vMX Virtual Router Aims to Open Up a New Edge Market

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Juniper Networks expects to begin shipping what it says is the “first carrier-grade virtual router” in the first quarter of 2015. The offering, announced today and known as the vMX Universal Edge Router, is essentially a virtualized version of Juniper’s popular MX2020 router targeted for...Learn More

IDC: Public Cloud Spending Will Become Over Half of Software, Server, and Storage Spending

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Spending on public IT cloud services will grow at about six times the rate of the overall IT market, increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 22.8 percent, according to the latest forecast from IDC. Public IT cloud spending will reach $56.6 billion...Learn More

CenturyLink Builds Next Generation IP Core Network with Alcatel-Lucent

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MONROE, La. and PARIS, Oct. 29, 2014 — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the U.S., has deployed the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) to meet the growing data and video demands from...Learn More

Hyperscale Survey: Data Center Bandwidth Exploding

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Designed to enable massive increases of scale rapidly, hyper-scale networking characterizes nearly six of ten (57 percent) of enterprise data center networking environments, according to results of a survey of 1,623 U.S. and European IT professionals announced by network hardware and software provider Emulex Corp...Learn More