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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.

Tybee Island Embraces IT Paradigm Shift, Adopts Network-as-a-Service

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The City of Tybee Island, a popular tourist destination situated on a barrier island off the coast of Savannah, Georgia is making use of a network-as-a-service package that combines enterprise network infrastructure and cloud-managed services. The ProCloud Subscription Service comes from Adtran, which says the...Learn More

Oregon Vineyard, Local Students Benefit from Agricultural IoT Project

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A project in rural Oregon illustrates the potential of the Internet of Things in agriculture, as well as providing an example of how technology can motivate students and support new ways of learning. The agricultural IoT project is a collaborative effort involving IBM, wireless ISP...Learn More

AT&T SDN/NFV Initiatives include Joining Intel’s ‘Super 7+1’

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Network traffic continues to soar as broadband connectivity expands and end users make greater use of a wider variety of connected devices and data-hungry software applications. Growing adoption of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), 4K video and Internet of Things only adds to the trend....Learn More

Public Cloud Services Forecast Raised to $195 Billion or More in 2020

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IDC boosted its global public cloud services forecast to reflect a CAR of 20.4% from 2015 to 2020. By 2020, the IDC public cloud services forecast calls for revenues of  more than $195 billion, more than double the $96.5 billion forecast for 2016. According to...Learn More

CenturyLink Broadband Roadmap: Funding Shifting From the Cloud

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CenturyLink has set a goal of bringing broadband service supporting speeds of at least 40 Mbps to 50% of its base by the end of 2018, said Tony Davis, head of investor relations for CenturyLink, at a financial conference today. Although CenturyLink has done some...Learn More

Report Forecasts Four Drivers for Data Center Growth

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A global data center forecast from Technavio calls for annual data center growth of close to 11 percent from 2016-2020. Increasing investments in building new and upgrading existing data centers that support the provision of Cloud services is among four main drivers of growth, the...Learn More

Verizon Virtual Network Services Quite Similar to AT&T Network Functions on Demand

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Verizon Virtual Network Services, launched today, will give customers “around the globe” the ability to download a range of network functions to generic premises-based hardware, Verizon said. The news came just days after AT&T announced a similar offering, which it calls “Network Functions on Demand.”...Learn More

Report: Two Paths Emerging for Voice Network Virtualization

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It wasn’t so long ago that VoIP and softswitches appeared to be the future for telecom voice networks. But much of that equipment already is due for replacement – and rather than deploying more of the same, service providers increasingly are looking at voice network...Learn More

AT&T Network Functions on Demand Lets Enterprises Download Routers in 76 Countries

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AT&T remains very active on the software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) fronts. And as an announcement Sunday about AT&T Network Functions on Demand illustrates, the company sees strong potential for the technology internationally. AT&T Network Functions on Demand will let the...Learn More

IaaS Revenues Forecast to More than Triple to $43.6 Billion by 2020

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The public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market is booming, according to new market research from IDC. Nearly 2/3 of more than 6,000 IT organizations surveyed are already using or planning to use public cloud IaaS by the end of the year, according to the IDC IaaS...Learn More

CenturyLink Launches Location-Based Analytics

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LAS VEGAS, July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today at Cisco Live, Cisco’s annual IT and communications conference, CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced the market introduction of CenturyLink Location-Based Analytics, a mobile engagement, analytics and marketing solution for owners and operators of spaces and places where...Learn More

Oak Hill Capital Partners Fiber Strategy Advances with Oxford Networks Acquisition

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Oxford Networks, which provides fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners. The move advances the Oak Hill Capital Partners fiber strategy, which is focused on building a major...Learn More