Telesphere selected as one of the Top Companies to Work for in Arizona

TelesphereFor the second year in a row, CareerBuilder and Republic Media announced today that Telesphere has earned a spot on the CareerBuilder Top Companies to Work for in Arizona list. Telesphere is the nation’s leading provider of fully hosted VoIP and unified cloud communications services for businesses.

Top Companies were evaluated and selected based on a combination of overall satisfaction scores from an Employee Engagement Survey, and evaluation from an Employer Questionnaire covering topics related to HR programs, benefits and workplace culture.

Telesphere CEO Clark Peterson stated, “Telesphere is known as a desirable place to work, where the professional environment is highly productive, yet balanced. It’s good to know our employees feel the same. We’re very proud to receive this honor. Early on, we decided to make every employee a shareholder. We believe this pride of ownership contributes greatly to how hard our employees work, and how well they treat customers and each other.”

Peterson adds, “Our ability to attract and retain top talent directly contributes to Telesphere’s consistent growth, profitability, and industry-leading products and solutions. It’s our way of ensuring we always have the brightest and the best on our team.”

Winners were announced at a “Top Companies” breakfast reception June 27th and in a special supplement in the June 29 edition of the Arizona Republic, which can be viewed online at www.TopCompanies.azcentral.com.

Suddenlink Stays Ahead of Subscriber Demand With Device Provisioning and IP Address Management From Incognito Software

Incognito Software, a global provider of broadband software provisioning and service activation solutions, today announced that Suddenlink Communications, one of the largest cable operators in the United States, is using Broadband Command Center and Address Commander from Incognito Software to provision and manage IP addresses for its approximately 1.4 million subscribers. In addition to being able to quickly provision and activate new video, voice and data services on its network, this deployment will also allow Suddenlink to identify and reclaim unused or stale IPv4 IP addresses, while also preparing its network for a gradual migration to IPv6.

As the seventh largest cable operator in the country, Suddenlink offers TV, Internet, phone and other services to its residential and commercial customers. In its ongoing efforts to provide fast, reliable communications, Suddenlink began its search for an automated device provisioning and IP address management solution that could not only accommodate the ever-increasing number of new subscribers and devices being added to its network on a regular basis, but also seamlessly integrate with the company’s existing device monitoring, network troubleshooting, data reporting and other back office systems.

“After a competitive review, we chose Incognito based on its on-site support, ability to customize the solution to our needs, and rapid migration,” said Rodney Lanham, vice president, technical operations at Suddenlink. “We now have the ability to quickly add new subscriber services while also being fully prepared for the increasingly widespread adoption of IPv6, which will keep us one step ahead as our needs – and the needs of our subscribers – continue to evolve.”

With Broadband Command Center from Incognito Software, Suddenlink can now support the latest standards and technologies, including DOCSIS®, PacketCable™, SIP, and IPv6, while also customizing its provisioning based on device type, location, service speed or quality, or other criteria. This increases the speed at which new services can be released, as well as improves the subscriber experience by reducing activation time. The addition of Address Commander from Incognito Software also allows Suddenlink to quickly identify and reclaim unused IPv4 addresses for subscriber devices, while also easily generating new IPv6 ones where needed.

“Analysts estimate that approximately 119 million connected devices will be installed in U.S. homes by 2015, which means that IPv4 addresses are becoming scarcer by the day, making it is no longer possible for service providers to manually track their IP addresses,” said Stephane Bourque, president and CEO of Incognito Software. “Employing an automated device provisioning solution that can also ensure reliable IP address management gives operators like Suddenlink a holistic view of their network to save them both time and money while still keeping their subscribers happy.”

Allworx Introduces PowerFlex

Allworx, a
Windstream company and award-winning developer of Internet Protocol
based (IP) phones systems for businesses making the switch to
bandwidth-based voice infrastructure, today introduced PowerFlex(TM),
its new family of Ethernet switches. PowerFlex is specifically designed
to complement its current product line. The benefits are simplified
installation and added reliability for Allworx customers.

“PowerFlex allows our customers to have a complete Allworx solution
from end-to-end and will improve our customers’ experience by
simplifying installation and support of our systems,” said Chris
Hasenauer, vice president and general manager of Allworx. “Our
customers have been asking us to provide additional products built with
the reliability they have come to know with our existing products.
PowerFlex does exactly that.”

The PowerFlex line consists of three products targeted to match the
Allworx voice server sizes. All switches offer features such as Power
over Ethernet (PoE), 10/100/100 speed, and the capability to
auto-configure when Allworx servers or phones are connected,
eliminating the need for lengthy installations and post installation
troubleshooting.

“We are continuously making additions and enhancements to our product
line to enhance our users’ experience,” said Hasenauer. “PowerFlex
demonstrates that total commitment to our customers.”

Cbeyond’s Executives to Address COMPTEL PLUS Fall 2013 Convention & EXPO

Cbeyond Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY)Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY),
the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced that Brett Burgett, Cbeyond’s vice president, network engineering and planning, will speak at the COMPTEL PLUS Fall 2013 Convention & EXPO taking place Monday, September 23, through Thursday, September 26, at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida.

On Tuesday, September 24 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Cbeyond’s senior vice president and general counsel William H. Weber joins Robert W. Quinn of AT&T, Sean Lev of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Ronald A. Brise of the Florida Public Service Commission for a panel entitled “Trials and Tribulations: Next Steps in the Transition to IP”.
Moderated by Joe Gillan of Gillan Associates, panelists will discuss how the FCC can move the industry forward during the transition to IP technology as well as focus on the impact on competition and consumer protection in particular.

On Wednesday, September 25 from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. Brett Burgett, Cbeyond’s vice president, network engineering and planning, joins panelists from ETC Group LLC, Global Capacity, Neustar and TeliaSonera International Carrier for a panel discussion on “TDM to IP: Preparing Your Business for the Transition”. The panel will explore how the public switched telephone network (PSTN) is evolving from TDM to IP technology, the operational and economic benefits to be gained through VoIP interconnection and transport, and the appropriate sequencing of any future steps related to the signaling systems and databases.

Panelists also will showcase their current successes and approaches in efforts to implement their strategies, with a particular focus on the business issues related to IP-to-IP interconnection of managed networks.

On Thursday, September 26 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Greg Darnell, Cbeyond’s director of ILEC relations joins representatives from Cox, Time Warner Cable, TMI and XO Communications for a panel discussion entitled “VoIP Regulatory Strategies: One Size Does Not Fit All”. The panel will explore the relative merits of alternative regulatory strategies for competing in the telephony/VoIP markets.

“As the first company to build a 100% IP network delivering managed services to small business, Cbeyond has unique insights into the evolution and opportunities presented by IP-to-IP interconnection of managed networks,” said Brett Burgett, Cbeyond’s vice president, network engineering and planning.

Burgett is responsible for the strategic and tactical planning of Cbeyond’s IP Network and Voice infrastructure. His career comprises more than 19 years of management experience in voice, data and wireless networks with companies such as BellSouth, SDN Communications and BroadRiver Communications.

World’s Most Modern Satellite Communications Network Complete

Globalstar, Inc. (OTCBB:GSAT) announced today that all second generation satellites are
now in full commercial service, completing the world’s most modern
satellite communications network. With all satellites in service,
Globalstar has re-emerged as the leader in mobile satellite
communications.

“As the first in the mobile satellite communications industry to
establish a new and modern network, Globalstar is leaps and bounds
ahead of the competition,” says Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of
Globalstar, Inc. “With the most modern network in place, Globalstar
customers will be connected when it matters most, in emergencies, to
continue business, or to connect with a loved one.”

In 2006, Globalstar took the initiative to design, build and launch the
most modern satellite constellation. More than a billion dollars later,
its success can be heard with Globalstar customers experiencing
superior voice quality, connection, ease of use, and length of time to
maintain a call. Duplex service has been fully restored and Globalstar
customers are returning rapidly. In a recent earnings call, Globalstar
reported that new duplex voice and data subscribers doubled in the
second quarter and minutes of use increased 41%.

Globalstar’s new network supports its current lineup of voice, duplex
and simplex data products and services, including its SPOT-branded
consumer products which have initiated more than 2,500 rescues
worldwide. These new satellites have a 15-year design life, doubling
the life span of Globalstar’s earlier satellites.

Globalstar is the only MSS provider using the patented Qualcomm-based
CDMA technology, which provides crystal-clear voice quality from
anywhere within its global footprint. Calls occur with no noticeable
time delays on a network that transmits even a whisper.

Combined with the affordable and award-winning suite of consumer SPOT
retail products, Globalstar offers an extensive lineup of mobile
satellite services that meet the needs of the broadest range of
customers around the globe.

Cbeyond Achieves Cisco Master Service Provider Certification

Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY),
the technology ally for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs),
announced today that it has achieved the Cisco(R) Master Service
Provider Certification for cloud and managed services. This
certification recognizes Cbeyond as having the capabilities to sell and
deliver cloud and managed services to help accelerate time to market
and time to revenue. Additionally, the certification rewards partners
for their expertise and investments for creating, selling and
delivering cloud and managed services with financial incentives and
go-to-market benefits in all countries of legal presence.

“Obtaining Cisco Master Service Provider partner status marks yet
another significant milestone for Cbeyond,” said Paul Gies, vice
president, business development at Cbeyond. “The certification is
further validation of the powerful combination of our cloud product
offerings and the Cisco hardware platform. This combination allows
small and mid-sized companies to now utilize the cloud to run their
businesses just as efficiently as much larger enterprise companies.”

The Cisco Master Service Provider Certification is part of the Cisco
Cloud and Managed Services Program, focused on helping partners such as
Cbeyond to envision, build, market, and sell cloud and managed services
with business acceleration tools and services, sales training and the
Cisco Cloud Marketplace to address the varied needs of its customers.
As a Cisco Master Service Provider Certified Partner, Cbeyond will sell
and deliver at least two Cisco Powered services (managed and/or cloud
services with Cisco Powered services designations), built on the IT
Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework, and provide enhanced
management and stewardship practices to its customers.

In addition, Cbeyond has achieved Cisco Powered services designations
in Cloud Services, Cloud Service for Infrastructure as a Service,
Managed Services, MPLS VPN, Metro Ethernet, Managed Services Internet
Service, and Managed IP Trunking.

Cisco Powered services allow customers to connect with confidence to
achieve faster time to value by minimizing technology lifecycle
complexity to reduce cost and risk. Customers also experience assured
performance through superior service, security, and 24/7 support from
Cisco (Nasdaq:CSCO) and its certified partners while taking advantage
of continuous innovation based on open standards and Cisco’s extensive
R&D investment.

Unlimited SIP Termination Testing Ports Offered by Line-Provider.com – Both Dialer Traffic and Call Center SIP Termination Offered

Line-provider.com is celebrating their recent success of terminating over 100 million minutes of call center and dialer traffic per month by offering potential clients a free day of testing their carrier’s SIP termination with unlimited ports.

Line-provider.com is celebrating their recent success of terminating over 100 million minutes of call center and dialer traffic per month by offering potential clients a free day of testing their carrier’s SIP termination with unlimited ports. The company wants to quadruple the number of minutes they are terminating within a few months and are so confident of their dialer and long duration termination routes to the US, that they are willing to pay for a customer’s SIP termination for a day so that they can become confident with the quality and pricing.

Line-provider.com’s VP of carrier relations, Mr. M. Wind stated: “This is an extremely exiting offer for us to make, I don’t believe anyone has ever offered a free day of testing with unlimited ports before. Even customers using 10k ports are welcome to test – that is how confident we are of our routes quality, our customer service, speed of execution and not the least the pricing. We want to terminate at least 73 percent of the traffic from high volume users utilizing a LCR table – and once our NPA/NXX rates are in there, I am sure we will. So in order to prove our quality AND rates, we put our money where our mouth is. Test us for a day, send us all your traffic and we will not charge you for termination. Once you experience our routes and see how much you can save, we are confident our testing clients become long term customers”

Line-provider.com has stated that that only SIP traffic terminating to the United States will qualify for this no-cost testing promotion. While they are aware of taking a risk by terminating traffic for free with this promotion, the company finds it important that customers are able to test the real routes this way. “In our own testing of termination offerings, we have often received a handful of ports on a decent route but as soon as we send real live traffic and scaled up the number of ports, we got put on a lesser quality route. That is why we don’t want to restrict the number of ports our potential clients can use during their test”, Mr. Wind added.

Customers that want to learn more about this offering can visit this link. and register for free.

Global Capacity Expands Core Network Between One Marketplace PoPs

Global Capacity announces the expansion of its core network with more than 30 Gigabits of bandwidth between its One Marketplace Points of Presence (PoPs).  This capacity is being added to meet the increasing national connectivity demands of Global Capacity’s wholesale and enterprise customers.  Combining its core network with its industry leading interconnections into TDM and Ethernet access networks, Global Capacity is able to deliver near ubiquitous networking solutions to over 3,000,000 commercial addresses in North America.

Global Capacity delivers network connectivity solutions including local network connectivity, as well as a full suite of Wide Area Network (WAN) and Access services nationally.  This expansion of its core network capacity enables superior network performance at market competitive rates.  One Marketplace customers can leverage Global Capacity’s core network to gain access to the most competitive local access connectivity across markets, regardless of where the customer is interconnected to One Marketplace.  This enables simple, efficient delivery of competitive Ethernet and TDM services across geographies, increasing the addressable market of customers efficiently and cost-effectively while eliminating the complexity of managing multiple local and long-haul venders.

“The additional bandwidth deployed between Global Capacity’s network PoPs expands the capabilities of One Marketplace, further simplifying the process to extend network reach and automate the pricing and delivery of solutions more cost-effectively across the United States,” comments Greg Hough, Executive Vice President of Network Strategy for Global Capacity.  “This unique design of core network combined with our leading state of interconnectedness, allows for customers interconnected at one PoP to connect and seamlessly leverage the valuable access networks of other One Marketplace PoPs, providing a true one-stop network procurement.”

The additional 30 Gigabits of bandwidth is deployed across two core, interconnected and diverse national rings.  The core provides the national network platform for One Marketplace.  One Marketplace delivers national access to more than 380 markets, with additional locations being added in 2013.  This broad reach is delivered with a single MSA, centralized online ordering and standardized delivery as well as an ongoing single point of contact for management of network connectivity, simplifying how customers buy network connectivity.

IBM to Acquire SoftLayer to Accelerate Adoption of Cloud Computing

 IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire SoftLayer Technologies, Inc., the world’s largest privately held cloud computing infrastructure provider. The acquisition will strengthen IBM’s leadership position in cloud computing and will help speed business adoption of public and private cloud solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“As businesses add public cloud capabilities to their on-premise IT systems, they need enterprise-grade reliability, security and management. To address this opportunity, IBM has built a portfolio of high-value private, public and hybrid cloud offerings, as well as software-as-a-service business solutions,” said Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services. “With SoftLayer, IBM will accelerate the build-out of our public cloud infrastructure to give clients the broadest choice of cloud offerings to drive business innovation.”

IBM is acquiring SoftLayer to make it easier and faster for clients around the world to incorporate cloud computing by marrying the speed and simplicity of SoftLayer’s public cloud services with the enterprise grade reliability, security and openness of the IBM SmartCloudportfolio.

SoftLayer accelerates IBM’s ability to integrate public and private clouds for its clients, with flexibility that provides deployment options that enable a faster, broader transformation for small, medium and large businesses with a range of performance and security models.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, SoftLayer serves approximately 21,000 customers with a global cloud infrastructure platform spanning 13 data centers in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Among its many innovative cloud infrastructure services, SoftLayer allows clients to buy enterprise-class cloud services on dedicated or shared servers, offering clients a choice of where to deploy their applications. These clients will benefit greatly as new enterprise grade functionality from IBM emerges for SoftLayer customers, who will then have a unique opportunity to incorporate it as their business grows.

“SoftLayer has a strong track record with born-on-the-cloud companies, and our move today with IBM will rapidly expand that footprint globally as well as allow us to go deep into the large enterprise market,” said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer. “The compelling opportunity is connecting IBM’s geographic reach, industry expertise and IBM’s SmartCloud breadth with our innovative technology. Together SoftLayer and IBM expand their reach to new clients – both born-on-the-cloud and born-in-the-enterprise.”  

Already one of the world’s leading cloud providers, IBM expects to reach $7 billion annually in cloud revenue by the end of 2015. IBM offers more than 100 SaaS solutions to help marketing, procurement, ecommerce, customer service, human resources, city management, and other professionals make better decisions and better serve their customers. IBM also offers Watson solutions such as Client Engagement Advisor in the cloud, superior solutions such as IBM PureSystems and SmartCloud Enterprise+, as well as mission critical cloud services for SAP.

IBM is a leader with enterprise customers based on its vertical industry expertise delivered from 10 cloud computing centers on five continents. The acquisition of SoftLayer will complement IBM’s existing SmartCloud portfolio, providing enterprises with easy access to a broader range of choices that transform their workloads while continuing to innovate with SoftLayer to meet the needs of born-on-the-cloud firms.

New IBM Cloud Services Division 

Recognizing the importance of cloud to global clients, IBM today is announcing the formation of a new Cloud Services division. Following the close of the acquisition of SoftLayer, which is expected in 3Q 2013, this new division will combine SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud into a global platform. The new division will provide a broad range of choices to both IBM and SoftLayer clients, ISVs, channel partners and technology partners. SoftLayer’s services will complement the existing portfolio with its focus, simplicity and speed. The division will report to Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services.

“Our clients are telling us they want to realize the transformative benefits of cloud today – not just for individual applications, but across their entire enterprise,” said Clementi. “SoftLayer is a perfect fit for IBM. It will help us smooth the transition of our global clients to the cloud faster, while enabling IBM to more efficiently offer them its broad portfolio of open IT infrastructure and software services.”

IBM intends to expand SoftLayer cloud offerings to include OpenStack capabilities, consistent with its entire SmartCloud portfolio and historic commitment to open standards such as Linux. Given that most companies will mix public and private cloud services, clouds need to interoperate. In that way, firms can better leverage cloud to run their socialmobile and Big Dataapplications.

IBM will also support and enrich the SoftLayer cloud-centric partners and ecosystem and its performance capabilities for Big Data and analytics. IBM will provide go-to-market and customizable resources for its expanding cloud ecosystem.

The Value of SoftLayer 

Among its many innovative cloud infrastructure services, SoftLayer allows clients to buy enterprise-class cloud services on dedicated or shared servers, offering clients a choice of where to deploy their applications. By building out a cloud with IBM and SoftLayer, a client can choose the work that belongs on a dedicated or a shared computing resource – thereby tailoring the privacy, data security and overall computing performance to the client’s needs. Importantly, this level of reliability and scale is critical for cloud-centric companies.  

SoftLayer provides the infrastructure for cloud-centric, performance-intensive applications in the areas of mobilesocial media, gaming and analytics. The growing number of businesses incorporating mobile computing is helping drive SoftLayer growth.

·    In the last two quarters, more than 60 new gaming companies have moved to the SoftLayer global platform, frequently migrating from commodity cloud platforms because of problems with cost, latency, availability and raw performance.

·    SoftLayer’s architecture provides superior technical capabilities such as a software definable environment critical to a cloud infrastructure, programmable interfaces, and hundreds of hardware and network configurations.  This is designed to deliver a higher level of flexibility — mixing virtual and dedicated servers to fit a variety of workloads—automation of interfaces and hybrid deployment options.

·    SoftLayer’s automated networking infrastructure supports public, private and data center-to-data center architectures, and is designed to provide maximum flexibility and control for clients. The SoftLayer IT infrastructure connectivity enables connections with leading global network providers and Internet access networks.

•   IBM SaaS solutions for Smarter CitiesSmarter Commerce and other applications will be made available via SoftLayer over time, providing line-of-business clients improved time to value and new innovation across an increasingly integrated portfolio of solutions that accelerate business process innovation, provide analytics at the point of impact, and connect collaborative business networks within and across organizations.

The acquisition is expected to close following customary closing conditions including regulatory clearances.

About SoftLayer
SoftLayer, whose majority shareholder is GI Partners of Menlo Park, Calif., operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale. Spanning 13 data centers in the United States, Asia and Europe and a global footprint of network points of presence, SoftLayer’s modular architecture provides unparalleled performance and control, with a full-featured API and sophisticated automation controlling a flexible unified platform that seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices, and a global network for secure, low-latency communications. With 100,000 devices under management, SoftLayer is the largest privately held Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider in the world with a portfolio of leading-edge customers from Web startups to global enterprises.

About IBM Cloud Computing

IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of cloud- based transactions every day. IBM assists clients in areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services. IBM is unique in bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, a broad portfolio of cloud solutions and a network of global delivery centers. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visithttp://www.ibm.com/smartcloud. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ibmcloud and on our blog at http://www.thoughtsoncloud.com.

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