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TelePacific’s Forecast: Cloud Moving In

telepacificU.S. TelePacific Corp., which does business as TelePacific Communications (TelePacific), continues to focus on a strategy of providing small and medium sized businesses the benefits of simpler and more powerful communications solutions that take full advantage of rapidly evolving technology capabilities. The company, which has been in Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies in America” list every year since 2007, sees a clear roadway to continued fast track expansion in the cloud, shorthand for network-based offerings that provide both transport and managed services that let its customers shrug off the limits of location and investment restraints and opens the door for the rapid deployment of leading-edge business applications.

“Our business and its continued growth in the top rank of network service providers are completely driven by our customers and their challenges,” says David Zahn, Vice President of Marketing at TelePacific. “They aren’t interested in purchasing expensive communications technology that will be as dated as a 3G smartphone in two years. What they want – and we’re making the investments to deliver – are integrated communications offerings that simplify their billing, lower their capital expense, deliver worry-proof security and keep them current with their customers’ rapidly expanding expectations. The bar is set pretty high – deliver seamless, easy-to-use communications networks that weave voice and data into business-building solutions.”

TelePacific recently rolled out and sold its first Hosted PBX product, a network based VoIP-based offering that lets customers tie together all their locations and employees into a single, easily managed and constantly updated solution. Managed by TelePacific, Hosted PBX takes the telecommunications equipment customers own, and puts everything but the IP handsets in the cloud. An extensive suite of features and functionality is delivered as a service, ensuring that state-of-the-art technology is continually delivered without costly and time consuming premise-based equipment upgrades. With TelePacific’s private IP network and end-to-end access control, service level agreements guarantee 99.999% quality and uninterrupted service so that businesses can concentrate on growing their bottom lines instead of their technical staffs.

TelePacific continues to expand into additional cloud-based business-enhancing applications including Hosted Exchange e-mail along with Email Syncing, security and archiving, Desktop and Server Storage, Mobile Device Management and Hosted SharePoint. These products let small to medium businesses take full advantage of leading edge quality services and features that have traditionally been reserved for large enterprises with deep pockets.

TelePacific is also filling out its cloud-focused bench with top industry professionals whose mandate is to accelerate the growth of customer-focused products. Most recently, telecom veteran Matt Mair joined the TelePacific to lead the cloud marketing effort. Matt brings 20 years telecom experience, including a deep understanding of IP, VoIP and cloud services.

“Getting me to come to TelePacific didn’t take a hard sell at all,” he explains. “Their commitment to customers, willingness to invest in cloud solutions and bred-in-the-bone understanding of the critical nature of delivering the voice and data communications that businesses depend on for their lifeblood was pretty compelling.”

PeakColo Launches New Storage Offering Addressing Petabyte-Scale Amounts of Data

PeakColo, a leading enterprise-class IaaS cloud service provider for channel partners, today announces the launch of Mountain-Moving Storage, a white-label object-oriented storage as a service offering. Peak’s Mountain-Moving Storage enables value-added resellers, agents and service providers with an effective way to manage petabyte-scale amounts of data for their clients.

Based on NetApp’s Distributed Content Repository Solution, Mountain-Moving Storage offers multiple solutions for managing massive data repositories including deep archival of unstructured data, long-term backup retention, and archival of video and image objects such as medical records, addressing regulatory requirements including PCI, HIPAA, and SOX. With agreements providing 100% Service Level Availability, PeakColo’s new storage offering is also a way to leverage object-minded applications such as Web 2.0 and emerging applications designed with objects in mind.

“PeakColo’s Mountain-Moving Object-Oriented Storage service is a key differentiator for our channel partners – from value-added resellers to data center providers – that look to diversify their product portfolios with cloud-based offerings,” states Luke Norris , CEO and Founder of PeakColo. “With the massive amounts of unstructured data created and used by enterprises of all sizes, cost-effective management can be a real problem. Our Mountain-Moving Storage is easy to manage, while still allowing end-users quick access to their stored data. And unlike other providers, Peak does not charge customers for seeding or retrieving their data.“

“As a long-standing partner, PeakColo’s pure channel focus offers high-margin financial models to NetApp partners,” said Jon Mellon, vice president and general manager, Service Provider Partners, NetApp. “PeakColo’s new object-based storage service is a great addition to their portfolio and will help our channel partners better meet customer needs for managing petabyte-scale unstructured data.”

By bundling PeakColo’s unique storage solution into their own service offerings, channel providers increase their competitive advantages. Providers can create customized back-up solutions for their clients with full protection of their existing data, as well as plan for future data requirements. Once stored, data can be accessed anytime, from anywhere in the world.

Savvis Recognized as an Industry Leader for Managed Hosting in North America

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL)Savvis, a CenturyLink company (NYSE: CTL) and global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises, has been positioned by Gartner Inc. as a leader in the Managed Quadrant for Managed Hosting, North America.

“We believe our industry leadership position reflects the trust companies have in Savvis when they choose us to manage their business-critical applications, content and IT infrastructure,” said Jeff Von Deylen, president, Savvis. “Savvis employees know that every experience matters – to our clients’ success and to our success – and we take great pride in helping companies solve their immediate business problems and plan for future growth through our consultative approach and hybrid solutions.”

As part of its managed hosting services, Savvis offers a full suite of enterprise-class cloud services through data centers strategically located around the world. From shared, dedicated and hybrid cloud solutions to fully virtualized data centers, Savvis cloud services are part of a complete portfolio of IT solutions. In December 2012, the cloud portfolio expanded with the U.S. launch of savvisdirect, a simple, cost-effective cloud computing solution for businesses of all sizes.

Gartner analysts Douglas Toombs, Lydia Leong, Bob Gill, Gregor Petri and Tiny Haynes authored the Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting, North America, report, which was published April 9, 2013. The report is based on vendors’ completeness of vision, including market understanding, product strategy and innovation, among other criteria. The Magic Quadrant also assesses ability to execute, which includes capabilities, overall viability and customer experience.

About the Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Savvis

Savvis, a CenturyLink company, provides industry-leading IT infrastructure solutions that keep enterprises powered for business in today’s ever-changing global marketplace. Combining deep, proven experience with personal commitment, Savvis delivers cloud, colocation and managed-hosting services over advanced networks, enabling its clients to focus on their core environments and meet new market opportunities.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTMPrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations.

 

DE-CIX Offers High-Availability Peering With Full 100G Ethernet

DE-CIX, the world’s leading Internet Exchange operator headquartered in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), announces today the implementation of its newest interconnection platform, DE-CIX Apollon. This cutting-edge, scalable Ethernet platform will be the world’s largest and most advanced.

DE-CIX operates carrier-neutral exchanges for carriers, Internet service providers, content delivery networks and cloud computing providers in Frankfurt, Germany and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. DE-CIX in Frankfurt currently serves and connects over 500 networks from more than 50 countries.

Built with the latest technology to ensure the highest availability and best performance, DE-CIX Apollon utilizes ADVA Optical Networking’s flagship FSP 3000 platform, which provides transport speeds of up to 2 Terabits/sec per fiber pair. The switching layer is powered by Alcatel-Lucent’s Core Router 7950 XRS, which supports the world-leading port density of up to 80 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports per chassis. The core of the DE-CIX Apollon network is based on four supernodes that are built from the Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS and which are fed by customer-facing switches, both located at secure locations spread throughout the Frankfurt metro.

Once ready for service, DE-CIX Apollon will provide the full spectrum of Ethernet-based interconnection services, including DE-CIX’s premium peering at access speeds from 1 Gigabit to multiple 100 Gigabit ports, depending on client requirements. This furthers the overall scalability of DE-CIX, on which traffic has grown at a rate of 50-100% per year for the last 10 years.

“DE-CIX Apollon’s interconnection capabilities represent the largest interconnection architecture in the market, enabling clients to not only peer but establish immediate dedicated-capacity connections with other global service providers,” states Harald A. Summa, CEO for DE-CIX. “Partnering with industry leaders such as ADVA Optical Networking and Alcatel-Lucent further ensures DE-CIX continues to deliver best-in-class interconnection. With the launch of DE-CIX Apollon, we’ve set the foundation to support the demand for Layer 2 interconnection services and the creation of an even broader marketplace at DE-CIX.”

DE-CIX Apollon will be showcased at the Global Peering Forum in San Diego on April 10 and will be featured on a thirteen-event roadshow across North America, Europe and the Middle East from April–December 2013. The DE-CIX Apollon platform in Frankfurt is currently being deployed and will be ready for service in December 2013. DE-CIX Apollon will soon be extended to select international markets.

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Cbeyond Simplifies Cloud Management for SMBs

Cbeyond Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY) Cbeyond Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced it is making it easier for existing customers to view, customize, manage and control their cloud computing services through a single portal – Cbeyond Online™, resulting in significant resource and time savings. The new on-demand, self-service functionality also allows Cbeyond’s customers to use the cloud to meet their dynamic business needs and serve their own customers more efficiently.

The Cbeyond Online portal now supports Cbeyond’s cloud service platform, including TotalCloud™ Data Center, launched in October 2012, and TotalCloud™ Phone System, launched in December 2012.

Using this portal, all Cbeyond customers now have the ability to view computing, storage, and network utilization and performance reports, add real-time compute, storage and network capacity, as well as make changes to their cloud resources, such as provision, or resize their virtual machines. Customers can also manage their phone system features, such as setting time-based conditional call routing, viewing call detail records, and even assigning phone numbers to handsets. With much improved visibility into usage, customers can develop more informed, accurate decisions regarding capacity and shift utilization according to their needs.

cloud“Business owners want to view their asset utilization quickly, and make easy but necessary account changes that impact their services and bills,” said Chris Ortbals, Cbeyond’s senior vice president, Product Management. “Cbeyond continues to design and upgrade our platform with SMBs in mind – delivering solutions to help them transition to the cloud and, at the same time, optimize their cloud usage once they have migrated to the cloud.”

Account administrators may now also manage their Cbeyond accounts by accessing Cbeyond Online via Cbeyond mobile apps, available for download onto popular Android and Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) devices via Google play and iTunes respectively.

Masergy Intelligent SIP Trunking Now Rated Avaya Compliant

Avaya  (NYSE:AV)Masergy Communications Inc. today announced that its Masergy Intelligent SIP Trunking
service is now compliant with key communications solutions from Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communication solutions.

Masergy Intelligent SIP Trunking helps businesses transition their legacy voice systems to a hosted unified communications model.
The service is now compliance – tested by Avaya for compatibility with Avaya Aura®Communication Manager 6.2,AvayaAura®SessionManager 6.2 and Avaya Session Border Controller for Enterprise 4.0.5.“
Successful completion of DevConnect Compliance-Testing brings additional credibility to our Intelligent SIP Trunking offering, ” said John Dumbleton, senior vice president of business development at Masergy. “
This milestone will help assure customers that our systems will seamlessly work with Avaya’s solutions
.”

Masergy is a Technology Partner in the Avaya DevConnect program — an initiative to develop, market and sell innovative third-party products that interoperate with Avaya technology and extend the value of a company’s investment in its network.

As a Technology Partner, Masergy is eligible to submit products for compliance testing by the Avaya Solution Interoperability and Test Lab. There, a team of Avaya engineers develops a comprehensive test plan for each application to verify whether it is Avaya compatible. Doing so enables businesses to
confidently add best in class capabilities to their network without having to replace their existing infrastructure—speeding eployment of new applications and reducing both network complexity and
implementation costs.

“Partners like Masergy are helping Avaya further expand our overall solution offerings to businesses round the world,” said Eric Rossman, vice president, developer relations, Avaya. “Masergy’s Intelligent SIP Trunking service helps businesses transition their voice systems to next –
generation hosted unified communications solutions, while allowing them to keep and maintain their existing PBX investments.”

Global Capacity Provides a Service Providers’ Perspective on Accelerating Ethernet Service Delivery

Global Capacity, the leading connectivity company, announces that its Vice President of Product and Marketing Mary Stanhope will be speaking at Ethernet Europe 2013, a Light Reading and Heavy Reading conference and sponsor showcase, taking place April 16–17 at the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel in Frankfurt, Germany.  The event is collocated with the MEF Quarterly meeting.

 

Ms. Stanhope will join moderator Stan Hubbard, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, and other esteemed industry expertson the panel entitled Accelerating Ethernet Service Delivery with Scale & Enhanced Customer Experience, taking place on Tuesday, April 16 at 3:20 PM.  The segment will provide attendees with insight into key strategies for simplifying the delivery of Ethernet services in a complex, ever-evolving multi-vendor network to enable flow-through automation, real-time QoS, bandwidth updates, and delivery SLAs. Ms. Stanhope will provide a service provider perspective on buying and selling network coverage without complexity.

 

On Wednesday, April 17 at 9:10 AM, Ms. Stanhope will join fellow Ethernet Executive Council members from leading Ethernet wholesale providers on the Ethernet Executive Council Roundtable – Wholesale Service Challenges & Opportunities in the CE 2.0 Era. Panelists will share their perspectives on how the Ethernet market has changed over the past couple of years and provide insights into near-term opportunities. Ms. Stanhope, representing MEF on the panel, will comment on CE 2.0 standards and their influence on the market in terms of service deployment and extending service reach.

 

Through its One Marketplace, Global Capacity provides customers with automated, real-time pricing, ordering and provisioning of network services in a matter of seconds.   Global Capacity streamlines Ethernet delivery and ensures the best client experience by providing customers with a single interface through which to design, price and fulfill multi-network, multi-geography requirements, as well as a single SLA, contract, and point of contact, and full network visibility and management.

Beyond BYOD: Sweeping Changes Required to Capture Full Benefits of Mobility, New CompTIA Study Concludes

Organizations seeking to maximize the economic and productivity benefits made possible by mobile technologies must look beyond simply which devices are used and re-examine business processes and workforce needs, new research released today by CompTIA concludes.

“Rather than focus on the device level, companies will need to assess the specific needs of their workforce and match the device,” said Seth Robinson, director, technology analysis, CompTIA.
“For maximum benefit, workflow changes will need to be considered prior to evaluating workforce needs. But this is not a trivial matter and companies will need to weigh the cost of operational disruption and change management against the potential advantages.”

At this point, most companies are not taking these steps, according to CompTIA’s Second Annual Trends in Enterprise Mobility study. Most of the current activity revolves around devices – provisioning, securing and allowing access to existing systems.

The majority of companies in the CompTIA study allow their employees to bring their own mobile devices to work. The most popular option is to have a mix of corporate-liable and individual-liable devices (58 percent). A full third of companies still strictly mandate which devices can be used for work purposes and do not allow any type of employee-provided device. For another 8 percent of firms, employees provide everything.

For companies that provide at least some devices to employees, the top two reasons are to standardize and consolidate IT support, cited by 39 percent of firms; and because it is more cost effective to provide devices rather than a stipend (31 percent).

“This reasoning is contrary to the school of thought suggesting that BYOD can be a cost-savings move,” Robinson noted. “Best practices will emerge that may change the cost dynamics, but BYOD may be similar to cloud computing in that companies may find other compelling reasons beyond cost savings to pursue the strategy.”

As employees bring their own mobile device into the workplace, they also want to bring their own applications and services. As a result, the field of Mobile Device Management (MDM) is rapidly shifting to include Mobile Application Management (MAM).

Companies are pursuing a range of solutions, including exploring/implementing virtual desktops (49 percent), building custom mobile apps for business systems (29 percent) and moving business applications to a cloud model that can be accessed through a browser (28 percent).

Many Parts to Mobile Ecosystem
From an enterprise perspective, the mobile ecosystem – in conjunction with cloud offerings – presents a significant shift. Rather than having tight control over the entire experience, IT architects now must contend with devices that often serve dual purposes and connect to third-party systems. The accompanying chart illustrates this challenge.
“Between app developers, cloud providers, wireless carriers and device OEMs, there are now many parties that can influence function and workflow,” Robinson said.

This leads to many questions:
Who is in charge of the physical device?
Who controls the software on the device (including the OS?)
Who controls the way the device connects?
How secure are the backend systems that are accessed through mobile apps?
With 98 percent of the companies in the CompTIA survey claiming some amount of mobile solution adoption, this trend already shows extremely broad appeal and will have a high level of impact as it continues to evolve.

Zayo to Build 100G Wave Backbone for Hurricane Electric

Zayo Group logoZayo Group today announced that Hurricane Electric Internet Services, the world’s largest IPv6-native internet backbone, has purchased 100G Wavelength services on Zayo’s newly installed 100G routes. Zayo’s recently deployed 100G Wavelength upgraded routes include New York to Washington, D.C. and Chicago to Memphis.

Hurricane Electric is connected to 60 major exchange points and exchanges traffic directly with more than 2,700 different networks. The new 100G technology will provide a latency improvement relative to prior service applications. The new technology will reduce management need through network management requirements. Zayo’s 100G technology will also create greater per Gigabit cost efficiencies relative to prior service deployments.

Zayo Group began its implementation of 100G wavelength services across major markets in the U.S. in late 2012, servicing routes along the eastern corridor including New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., and a Chicago to Memphis route. Additional routes will be added later this year. The 100G system transmits information at 100 billion bits per second, offering the fastest dedicated line currently available to enterprise-level customers.

“The 100G Wavelength technology helps Hurricane Electric meet growing bandwidth needs and provides operational and cost efficiencies over previous platform options,” said Mike Leber, President of Hurricane Electric. “Additionally, this fortifies our commitment to providing neutral and scalable internet connectivity with high reliability.”

“Installation of our newly implemented 100G Wave system along major U.S. routes allows Zayo to leverage the latest generation technology to meet the capacity demands of customers like Hurricane Electric,” says Zach Nebergall, Vice President of Waves Product Group at Zayo.“This service delivers increased capacity and cost efficiency, as well as improved latency through the latest technology.”

The 100G expansion allows Zayo customers like Hurricane Electric, cost efficient, high bandwidth services between major U.S. markets. This service includes the latest “coherent optical” technology, as well as the ability to scale bandwidth capacity along these routes to 8 Terabytes.