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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.

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.

XO Selects Ciena to Deliver Nationwide Digital Video Transport

XO CommunicationsCiena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, and XO Communications today announced that XO Communications will use Ciena’s Digital Video Transport solution to deliver native digital video transport services to media and entertainment customers across the XO nationwide network. Underpinned by XO Communications’ coast-to-coast 100 Gbps network, Ciena’s solution will allow XO Communications to cost-effectively transport high-definition (HD) video content for its customers without affecting original quality.

Ciena’s Digital Video Transport solution includes the 565 Advanced Services Platform, a compact and cost-optimized metro WDM platform that enables a variety of data, storage and video services to be cost-efficiently aggregated onto an optical wavelength-based network or service. This provides a cost-effective way to multiplex different video signals alongside Ethernet services from remote studios, stadiums and other dispersed locations into a centralized studio or video production location. The solution also includes video diagnostic tools that greatly simplify testing and troubleshooting for motion picture and television pre- and post-production, and live broadcast television content contribution.

Leveraging these dynamics, XO Communications is employing Ciena’s Digital Video Transport Platform to deliver a reliable, flexible, and high-performance service that will allow broadcasters, content producers, and other media and entertainment customers to cost-effectively transport real-time, uncompressed video across the XO nationwide 100 Gbps network.

TA Names TelePacific Top Regional CLEC, MPLS Provider

telepacificTelePacific Communications (TelePacific) has won the Telecom Association’s 2012 Partner Choice Award in the Regional CLEC category and also been named a Top 10 domestic MPLS provider. The awards were given based on validated reviews from the 3,800 members of TA, a professional membership organization of telecom and technology consultants, agents, brokers and sales partners. This is the sixth consecutive year that TelePacific has been honored with TA Partner Choice Awards since they were established in 2006.

“We are very pleased to once again be recognized by members of the Telecom Association for our achievements as a regional carrier and national MPLS provider,” says Dick Jalkut, President and Chief Executive Officer of TelePacific. “These awards confirm that industry channel partners trust us to provide productivity enhancing solutions and industry leading customer service. That is a special honor because TA members are independent consultants. They don’t have to recommend us to their clients. But they choose to recommend us, and they do so knowing that their own reputation is on the line depending on our performance. That is very gratifying.”

Selection as a “Partner’s Choice” award winner showcases TelePacific’s long term commitment to technology solutions that work as well as customer service excellence, according to Dan Baldwin, Executive Director of the Telecom Association.

“Our association members are experienced technology industry consultants and channel sales partners that have compared all the best and affordable vendors against one another before recommending one or two to their business clients who view them as trusted advisors,”explains Baldwin. “They know which vendors to watch out for and which ones to recommend so having them review TelePacific as the best regional CLEC as well as an elite domestic MPLS provider means TelePacific is both trusted and proven.”

TelePacific is frequently recognized by the media, business partners and customers as innovative and industry leading. The company has grown revenue for 42 consecutive quarters, and been named one of Inc. magazine’s fastest growing private firms for six straight years. Internet Telephony, Next Generation Networks and Channel Partners magazines all have given TelePacific multiple company, product and executive awards. And well over 90 percent of TelePacific’s customers consistently tell third-party survey firms that they are satisfied with the company’s products and services.

“It’s inspiring to be recognized with these awards because they validate the hard work and effort that our 1,500 employees put into delivering communications solutions that make a difference for businesses,” adds Ken Bisnoff, Senior Vice President of Strategic Opportunities. “But TA awards are particularly satisfying because they demonstrate the positive impact we’re making on channel partners as well as customers.”

XO Receives U.S. Long Haul Wholesale Carrier Excellence Award

XO Communications

XO Communications  announced that the company has been honored with a U.S. Long Haul Wholesale Carrier Excellence Award from ATLANTIC-ACM, a leading telecommunications industry research firm. The company was honored for outstanding carrier performance in data pricing and billing accuracy. The award reflects the results of the ATLANTIC-ACM’s 2013 U.S. Long Haul Wholesale Carrier Report Card, which is based on individual ratings of telecommunications carriers by their wholesale customers.

ATLANTIC-ACM presented awards in ten categories – Data Quality, Sales Reps, Voice Price, Brand, Customer Service, Network, Voice Quality, Billing, Data Price and Provisioning. Boston-based ATLANTIC-ACM is a leading provider of strategic research and consulting services to the telecommunications and information industries.

“We’re very pleased that XO has once again been recognized with wholesale carrier excellence awards,” said David Allen, vice president of XO Carrier Services. “In addition to award-winning data services with our unique combination of extensive national and metro network assets, our carrier customers can expect excellence in wholesale pricing and billing.”

XO Communications provides high-performance wholesale data, IP, and network services at speeds up to 100 Gbps for domestic and international telecommunications carriers, cable companies, content providers, and mobile wireless companies. With a 20,000 route mile inter-city network and more than one million metro fiber miles, XO Communications provides wholesale customers superior network reach and performance