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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.

DukeNet Communications Drives 100G Capability Throughout its Southeastern Footprint

DukeNet Communications announced today that it’s upgraded its core network, enabling it to deliver 100G wavelengths across its service area. The network enhancement provides 100G-capable coherent Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology, enabling deployment of 40G and 100G solutions for its carrier and enterprise customers without the need to replace existing fiber infrastructure.

Bandwidth consumption continues to rise; data centers, content delivery networks and large and small enterprises alike are demanding high-capacity, reliable bandwidth services. Wireless network operators are reacting swiftly to deliver more capacity, DukeNet Communications, 100G, fiber optic network, optical transport network, Tony Cockeram, Michael Prendergast, Southeastdriving more demand to the fiber backhaul networks that support them. Fiber-optic network providers such as DukeNet are responding by integrating higher network capacity to deliver scalable networks that efficiently aggregate traffic and can handle today’s bandwidth-intensive applications.

“Upgrading our legacy infrastructure to allow for 100G connections across key routes in our footprint is critical to our ability to continue meeting our customers’ growing demand for high-bandwidth services in an efficient manner,” comments Tony Cockerham, DukeNet Communications Chief Operating Officer.

“Our customer base is experiencing heavy demands on the network,” adds Michael Prendergast, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing at DukeNet. “This upgrade proactively positions us to respond in a way that underscores our ‘Next Gen Next Door’ philosophy. Whether it’s an upgrade to an existing 10G or a new 40G or 100G service, the DukeNet network is ready to meet our customer demands right away.”

GlobeNet Opens Fastest US – Brazil IP Traffic Route Via Platform Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that GlobeNet, an international wholesale provider of submarine capacity and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oi, has extended its low latency network into Equinix’s MI3 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Boca Raton, Florida. GlobeNet’s expansion into Equinix’s MI3 data center opens the fastest IP traffic route from the United States to Brazil.

Specifically designed to link Latin America with the rest of the world, Equinix’s MI3 facility serves as a carrier-neutral network access point for GlobeNet to connect its low latency, subsea cable route from Equinix’s SP2 facility in São Paulo, Brazil. This new connectivity between North and South America allows network service providers around the world to be able to tap into economic opportunities stemming from emerging commercial centers in Latin America.

Roughly 75 percent of all network traffic emanating from Latin America is coming into the United States via Miami. Globally, MI3 has the sixth highest Internet capacity and is a key hub location for domestic and international traffic routes. As a result, Equinix and its Brazilian subsidiary ALOG are perfectly positioned to serve high-bandwidth events, such as the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

Erick Contag, Chief Operating Officer, GlobeNet: “In response to the demand GlobeNet is seeing for high capacity, low latency connectivity throughout the Americas, we made a strategic decision to deploy in MI3. As a major international hub for network traffic, M13 offers GlobeNet customers direct access to high performance networks in which to extend existing networks or expand into new markets.”

 

Global Capacity Enhances LATTIS, the De Facto Database of Local Tariff Rates

Global Capacity, the leading network connectivity company, today announces the enhancement of LATTIS, the industry standard tariff pricing database, with real-time geocoding to deliver more efficient and accurate pricing of access network solutions.  With more than 4,500 end-users, LATTIS is the premiere database for sourcing US-based, intra and inter-state access price quotes.

 

LATTIS has served as the go-to database for carriers and service providers to identify, establish and maintain tariff pricing across the U.S for over 20 years.  The enhancement of real-time geocoding capabilities enables LATTIS to provide customers with a more efficient process for converting addresses, postal codes and other segmented location information into geographical coordinates of various business sites, including offices and datacenters. By streamlining the process of generating accurate tariff quotes, LATTIS dramatically reduces the time, effort and cost of identifying and sourcing access network solutions, providing a boost in efficiency for back-office operations of carriers, integrators and service providers around the world.

 

“LATTIS provides a one-stop solution for accurate US tariff pricing, eliminating the need for multiple systems and cumbersome manual processes,” says Ben Edmond, Chief Revenue Officer of Global Capacity. “Having an accurate understanding of tariff rates is the core foundation of access network pricing.   Quickly and accurately calculating tariff rates allows service providers around the world to improve the time it takes to deliver quotes to customers, resulting in increased business wins and an improvement in overall client satisfaction.”

 

LATTIS subscriptions are licensed on a per-user basis and rates are updated monthly.  The database’s latest geocoding enhancement is automatically available to all active subscription holders through the platform’s monthly update.  To learn more about LATTIS, visit www.globalcapacity.com/pricingtools-lattis.php.

Level 3 to Enable VoiceAmerica’s Global Radio Platform

level3 LVLT Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced it is providing content delivery network (CDN) services for VoiceAmerica, a producer of more than 300 original live Internet talk radio programs delivered on a weekly basis. Level 3’s CDN services will help enable VoiceAmerica to deliver its online content to a more global audience.

VoiceAmerica streams hundreds of live and on demand Internet radio programs per day, reaching three million listeners. With more than 250 on-air hosts, VoiceAmerica features a wide variety of talk show formats including sports, business, pop culture, health, hobbies and child-oriented programming.

“VoiceAmerica’s popularity is rising across the globe, and in order to continue providing a superior streaming experience to a growing audience, we must have a CDN that can handle high demand and scale to meet our expansion needs,” said Jeff Spenard, President of VoiceAmerica. “Level 3’s suite of media delivery services and its extensive IP backbone allows us to seamlessly deliver our content to more browsers, mobile devices and listeners around the globe.”

“Level 3’s global Internet backbone combined with its powerful CDN enables us to provide an exceptional streaming experience to every corner of the world,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of Media and IP Services for Level 3. “We’re pleased to provide the streaming platform that will give VoiceAmerica the foundation it needs to not only grow, but also continue to provide an exceptional user experience to an expanding audience.”

The Level 3 network is trusted by many leading entertainment and media companies to deliver content to audiences worldwide. The company’s services are engineered to seamlessly deliver high-quality online content to end-users, allowing media companies to spend more time developing the best content possible and less time focusing on how to deliver it online.

Cbeyond Receives Achievement in Customer Excellence Award

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)

 Cbeyond Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses, has been awarded a 2013 Confirmit ACE (Achievement in Customer Excellen! ce) Award.  The accolade demonstrates Cbeyond’s long-term commitment to customer satisfaction during the sales and installation process.

The Confirmit ACE Awards program celebrates outstanding achievement in customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and/or partner satisfaction.  Receiving a Confirmit ACE Award is a distinct honor that demonstrates the recipient’s rigorous application of customer feedback processes and its outstanding performance as measured by those processes.

Cbeyond earned the Confirmit ACE Award based on its Cbeyond Sales and Installation Survey methodology and overall customer satisfaction performance as evidenced by over 2,300 Cbeyond customer responses spanning Oct. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2012.  Cbeyond increased its Promoter Score by 23% during this period.  Formerly known as the Five-Day Survey, the Sales and Installation survey also earned a 2011 ACE Award.  Launched in 2009, the survey gathers daily feedback for all customers installed the previous five days across all Cbeyond markets.

“We are honored to have been awarded a Confirmit ACE Award.  This recognition is a testament to our commitment to delivering the best customer experience possible,” said Terry Trout, vice president, Service Delivery at Cbeyond.  “Our customer fan scores are a prime focus for our employees.  We pride ourselves on listening to our customers and continually work toward an experience that makes our customers happy they chose Cbeyond.  Since almost a third of our business comes from referrals, we recognize thatearning the admiration of our customers takes more than simply delivering a product or service: it requires delivering superior sales, installation and on-boarding support.”

“We are delighted to recognize Cbeyond as a customer excellence leader,” said Henning Hansen, President and CEO of Confirmit.  “The Voice of the Customer is critical in enabling businesses in competitive industries to satisfy and retain customers, and drive business change.  As an ACE Award winner Cbeyond clearly understands this, and we are proud that they rely on Confirmit for these vital business initiatives.”

 

Successful trial of 100 Gbps, 200 Gbps and 400 Gbps data transmissions over an optical network

alcatel-lucentTelefónica España and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) have today announced an industry breakthrough in addressing the ever-escalating demand for broadband traffic on data networks by successfully completing a field trial of flexible optical networking.
The solution, which employs “agile optical networking” technology, more than doubles an operator’s fiber capacity without having to invest in additional optical fiber infrastructure. The trial, made using Telefónica live network in Spain, successfully demonstrated the capacity of Telefónica España existing network to operate at different combinations of line rate, reach, and spectrum width to provide the best balance between network performance and resource usage.

With the advances proven in the trial, Telefónica España will be able to meet the ever growing capacity demand of its customers. It will also use the new network flexibility to increase overall network resilience in working around outages or failures by diverting capacity to where it is needed in the network. GMPLS-based control plane intelligence will allow new ways for protecting highly meshed traffic dynamically so that subscribers can have their expectations met even when there are one or more failures in the network.

Key Facts:

  • The Alcatel-Lucent/Telefónica España trial is a technology breakthrough: the first live network link running at 100 Gbps, 200 Gbps and 400 Gbps speeds using agile optical networks.
  • Telefónica España is testing innovative technology to augment network capacity and resilience based on dynamic allocation of resources in the network putting the capacity where it is most needed at a particular time.
  • Trial successfully demonstrated flexible optical networking with adaptive 100 Gbps/200 Gbps/400 Gbps transmission on a live network through the live optical channel successfully adapting to different speeds, distances and spectrum.
  • This technology enables maximizing fiber performance: each channel is assigned just the piece of spectrum required for the performance needed in each case, and adjusts the parameters to have optimum speed/distance balance.
  • The trial has demonstrated the capacity of Telefónica España network to scale up by a factor of 2.66 to 23 Terabits per second (Tbps) in a single fibre pair.

 

Manuel Fernández Daza, Director Access, Aggregation and Transport Networks Technology and Planning at Telefónica España said: “The future integration of 400 Gbps in our core network will enable us answering with optimum quality our clients’ ever growing demand for more bandwidth. Solutions that make the best use of our existing infrastructure, like the photonic mesh technology demonstrated in this trial, are how we will maintain our lead in the marketplace.”

Roque Lozano, President Alcatel-Lucent Spain and Global Account Manager for Telefónica said: “The success of this trial is a prime example of how Alcatel-Lucent works closely with our customers to bring new solutions to the marketplace in order to meet ever changing demands. Telefónica trusted us to perform what we said we would do on their network, and we did. We have a long standing track record in delivering 100Gbps coherent solutions to service providers around the world and we’ve made significant strides in developing and bringing to market a solid 400 Gbps offering.”

Technical details of trial:

  • To perform the trial, the photonic mesh of Telefónica España at Catalonia was equipped with Alcatel-Lucent’s new 400G adaptive-modulation transponder and flexible grid ROADM integrated in the 1830 Photonic Service Switch.
  • The field trial was carried out over an operational 1830 PSS mesh network carrying 40Gbps channels with live traffic. New 100 Gbps, 200 Gbps, and 400 Gbps light paths were established using PDM-QPSK and PDM-16QAM formats: 100Gbps and 200Gbps channels were provisioned with either 50GHz or 37.5GHz spacing, while 400Gbps channels were tested using either  100GHz or 75GHz spacing.
  • The maximum tested distance was around 650 km, on the longest available path in the network. Commercially available flexible grid ROADMs were used to create 37.5GHz and 75GHz channels.
  • All channel configurations were generated using the new 400Gbps module based on the Alcatel-Lucent 400Gbps Photonic Service Engine chip, featuring real-time coherent detection and soft-decision FEC. The switch among different operating modes only involved software commands.

Former Comcast Business Director Lanny Gray joins Telarus as new VP of Business Development

Lanny Gray - telarus picture Telarus, Inc., the premier telecom master agent and patent holder of real-time carrier quotes, announced today the hiring of Lanny Gray as its new VP of Business Development with a focus on supplier management. Lanny Gray comes to Telarus after four years at Comcast Business, where he served as the Director of Commercial Sales and Marketing for the Mountain (Utah and Arizona) region.

Adam Edwards, President & Co-Founder of Telarus, Inc.
Adam Edwards, President & Co-Founder of Telarus, Inc.

“We are extremely excited to have Lanny join our executive team,” commented Adam Edwards, president of Telarus, Inc. “During his time at Comcast he demonstrated superior management and sales skills, but more importantly, he understands the channel. Having a tenured executive like Lanny leading our cable and fiber strategy and managing supplier relationships at a high level is going to be key for us going forward as we continue to focus on becoming the preeminent distributor of enterprise data, voice, and cloud services.”

Lanny Gray has a long history in telecom, working for industry-leading companies like Comcast Business, Broadweave (Veracity), American Fiber Systems (Zayo), Level 3, and XO Communications. While at Comcast Mr. Gray helped build and manage the local SMB and enterprise fiber sales forces who experienced consistent growth during his tenure.

“I am excited and honored to join the Telarus executive management team,” added Lanny Gray, Telarus’ new VP of Business Development. “I have always admired Telarus from a distance and I’m thrilled the time has finally come that I can be a part of their management team. They clearly have differentiated themselves in the telecom distribution space and I’m looking forward to helping Telarus continue its exponential growth.”

In his role as VP of Business Development, Mr. Gray will be responsible for all high-level supplier relationships, including sitting on advisory boards, formulating go-to-market strategies, high-level escalations, strategic marketing initiatives, and new supplier contract negotiation.

“Lanny Gray is a difference-maker,” commented Patrick Oborn, VP of Marketing for Telarus, Inc. “Over the years we’ve worked hard to develop a culture of innovation and to treat our agent and supplier partners with honesty and integrity. Lanny will fit right in and his impact will be immediate on our business. We look forward to leveraging his talents and connections to help us accelerate the growth of our company.”