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Report: Healthcare IoT Revenues to Reach $410 Billion by 2022

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Growing use of connected medical devices, smartphones and software automation will fuel revenue growth in the global market for healthcare IoT technology, according to new market research from Grand View Research. Global healthcare IoT revenues will reach $410 billion by 2022, the market research company...Learn More

Windstream Expands Metro Fiber Network in Richmond

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May 23, 2016 – RICHMOND, Va. — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, today announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in the Richmond area. Windstream’s expansion will provide the area’s growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless...Learn More

Open-IX Pursues Lower-Reliability Edge Data Center Standards

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At a time when some data center operators are trying to one-up each other on reliability, it might seem surprising to learn that open standards organization Open-IX is moving in the opposite direction. The organization is working on edge data center standards that would be...Learn More

Comcast Business Begins Selling Microsoft Office 365 Through Its Cloud Marketplace

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May 19, 2016  — PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comcast Business today announced that Microsoft Office 365 is now available through its cloud application marketplace for small- and medium-sized businesses; Comcast Business Cloud Solutions (formerly Upware). Businesses can sign up today for the leading cloud-based office software and quickly...Learn More

Research: Telecom SMB Cloud Growth Should Be Stronger

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U.S. and U.K. telecom providers are dropping the ball when it comes to cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) opportunities among SMB customers, according to a new market analysis from cloud services marketplace provider BCSG. The researchers argue that telecom SMB cloud growth should be stronger, contrasting telcos’...Learn More

Verizon to Launch New Enterprise Cloud Backup

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May 11, 20176 — BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and BOSTON – Verizon Enterprise Solutions has joined forces with Actifio to launch a new cloud backup service using the copy data virtualization leader’s technology platform. The service will support customers using virtualized infrastructures – including a combination...Learn More

Open Networking User Group Launches SDN Standards Effort

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The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) has launched four industry initiatives aimed at fostering adoption of open, software-defined network (SDN) architectural frameworks. The initiatives are the initial fruits of ONUG’s first collaborative effort to develop standards and open source code as it works to organize...Learn More

CenturyLink Joins G2G Marketplace

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G2G Marketplace is a simple, user-friendly procurement marketplace launched in 2014 by government IT officials from Oakland County, Michigan as a “government-to-government” resource to make it easier for agencies to purchase high-quality technology services. Government customers use the website to research, purchase and implement technology solutions...Learn More

Lumos Networks Joins Equinix Cloud Exchange

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May 05, 2016 — WAYNESBORO, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: LMOS), a leading fiber-based infrastructure provider in the mid-Atlantic region, announced it has joined the Equinix Cloud Exchange™, an interconnection solution that provides direct, private access to multiple cloud service...Learn More

Consolidated, Syringa News Highlights Ethernet, Cloud Services Growth for Tier 2/3 Telcos

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Two announcements this week remind us of how important Ethernet and cloud services growth is for Tier 2 and 3 telcos. Syringa Networks announced it had achieved Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for several services. Additionally,  Consolidated Communications announced new metro markets for its cloud offerings....Learn More

Lumos Introduces Express Cloud Access Service

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April 28, 2016 — WAYNESBORO, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: LMOS), a leading fiber-based provider of data, voice and IP-based telecommunication services in the mid-Atlantic region, launched Lumos Express Cloud Access, a network service that bypasses the public Internet to...Learn More

Verizon NFV Plans: Data Centers Are Just the Start

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Network function virtualization (NFV) is most commonly viewed as a way to reduce network equipment costs by replacing traditional purpose-built devices with software controlled general purpose hardware. But as Verizon NFV plans illustrate, the technology could have other benefits as well. Verizon anticipates NFV providing...Learn More