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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.”

 

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.”

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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