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Month: August 2015

“And the Envelope Please…” Global Capacity Earns a Consecutive TMC Product of the Year Award

Once again, the trophy case at Global Capacity’s Chicago headquarters will require expansion. The leading connectivity as a service company has just earned the 2015 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award from TMC for its One Marketplace™ Network Builder application. Global Capacity’s Network Builder is the newest application of its award-winning One Marketplace connectivity platform.  Network Builder empowers customers to quickly design Wide Area Networks (WANs) for applications such as voice, video, Cloud, storage and Point of Sale (POS) by automating visibility into the impact of variable design options to just a few clicks, with an intuitive visual user interface.  TMC’s Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award honors exceptional products and services that facilitate voice, data and video communications that were brought to market during the last annum. This is the second consecutive year that Global Capacity has been recognized for its game-changing One Marketplace platform. As John Maeda—a nationally recognized computer scientist and author who founded the Simplicity Consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and was a recipient of Smithsonian Institution National Design Award—posited, “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” For the Company whose brand promise is Connectivity Made Simple™, Maeda’s postulate is never more evident. Global Capacity’s Network Builder application features a real-time “what if” tool bar, which allows users to filter connectivity results based on such variables as cost, latency, contract terms...

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Open-IX Association Onboards Gabe Cole as Executive Director

Global data center IP traffic is expected to reach seven zettabytes per year by 2017.  As the Internet grows, it has become incumbent upon the entire Internet community to overcome the connectivity, resiliency and security challenges that have arisen from its proliferation.  The Open-IX Association is one of the organizations leading the charge.  Open-IX establishes consensus-based standards that not only ensure performance, reliability and security for data centers and interconnection exchanges, but that in effect protect the lifeblood and future growth of a global economy. OIX is on a mission to promote higher standards for interconnectivity around the world, generating a uniform landscape of open and simplified connections.  As it pushes forward with its international expansion, OIX is expanding its team with knowledgeable industry veterans to ensure global success.  Its latest addition: the appointment of 20-year technology veteran and Open-IX’s Data Center Standards Committee Chair, Gabe Cole, to the newly created position of Executive Director. In his new role, Mr. Cole is instrumental in the overall design and execution of strategic practices to advance the OIX mission, as well as general management and operations of certification and member programs.  Having served as the Chair of the Open-IX Data Center Standards Committee charged with overseeing the development of facility, infrastructure and operating standards necessary to support installation of an OIX-endorsed Internet exchange, Mr. Cole has extensive and proven leadership experience...

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Ferocious Change Gives Rise to a Ferocious Conference

The DatacenterDynamics As‐A‐Service Conference and Expo, taking place at the Hilton Chicago on October 27-28, 2015, is the inaugural two-day leadership forum created to serve all stakeholders in the rapidly evolving ecosystem for data centers, outsourced IT, and cloud infrastructure and services. With DatacenterDynamics just‐published forecasts indicating enterprise spending on outsourcing will double to $57B in just five short years, progressive-minded senior executives and technology professionals keen to anticipate the future of the data center industry have every reason—economic and technological—to block out these two days on their fall calendars. As George Rockett, DCD CEO and Co‐Founder, recently commented, “We’re in a period of ferocious change with no end in sight… the upshot is that in-house provision of IT capacity is increasingly being scrutinized and challenged as organizations seek to meet business growth and agility demands…” Highlighting the event, renowned data center industry executive and “Cloudonomics” author, Joe Weinman, will deliver the opening keynote. Weinman will draw on his latest book, “Digital Disciplines: Attaining Market Leadership via the Cloud, Big Data, Social, Mobile, and the Internet of Things” (Wiley & Sons, 2015), to reveal the drivers galvanizing cloud computing. Positioned to become the de-facto platform where over 1,500 professionals in an increasingly globalized sector will gather to explore how they can develop even more competitive infrastructure and services to enable the digital enterprise, DCD As-A-Service Conference and Expo will...

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Capacity North America 2015 Releases Additional Agenda Details

Ever want to be in a room filled with thought leaders and influencers from the Voice, Data and content sectors to discuss challenges and opportunities in the North American wholesale market? Then register to attend Capacity North America 2015, taking place September 30 through October 1, at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto, ON, Canada. This conference is considered to the premier networking events for C-level executives working in Canada and the U.S., as well as the global telecommunications industry. Capacity North America 2015 is unlike any other networking platform in the world. It connects representatives from wholesale carriers, data centers, Information and Technology companies and many more. With over 300 attendees from 120 different countries present, Capacity North America 2015 provides unparalleled networking opportunities for participants. There will be two days of thought provoking discussions by leaders who will provide insight into the rapidly changing North America wholesale market. The first day will include talks from executives discussing the intricacies of the competitive and evolving market, educating enterprise customers on how to increase profitability to their businesses, and highlighting the significance of emerging technologies and investment strategies. The second day features a discussion of how to increase awareness of the threats of cyber attacks and how Over-the-Top services and content can provide the best end-user experience. Additional Capacity North America 2015 agenda details just released include: “Forging Closer Relationships between...

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ZenFi Networks, Inc. to Speak at the Tower & Small Cell Summit at CTIA Super Mobility 2015

ZenFi CEO, Ray La Chance, to Discuss Fiber Architecture to Support Network Virtualization Strategies for HetNet RAN, Small Cells and CloudRAN New York, NY – August 25, 2015 – ZenFi Networks, Inc., New York City’s carrier-neutral fronthaul fiber provider, announces today that its President and CEO, Ray La Chance, will participate on a panel during the Tower & Small Cell Summit, taking place September 9-11, 2015 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. The Tower & Small Cell Summit, co-located with CTIA Super Mobility 2015, will focus on the opportunities and hurdles tower owners, operators, and supply partners face during this mobile broadband revolution. On Thursday, September 10 at 3:00 PM, Mr. La Chance will join industry experts from SOLiD, Fujitsu, Wireless 20/20 and Dali Wireless on the “Network Virtualization Strategies for HetNet RAN, Small Cells and CloudRAN” panel, part of the event’s Mobile Network Densification Track, to discuss modern network virtualization strategies. This panel discussion will focus on the transition toward virtualized Radio Access Network (RAN) and how this new architecture is driving an increased need for high-capacity fiber optic fronthaul to support Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) connections between Remote Radio Heads (RRHs) and baseband pools, centralized data centers and carrier hotels. “Meeting CPRI fronthaul requirements is a challenge for many of today’s mobile operators and service providers due to lacking current network topology,” explains La Chance....

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Conference Agenda Announced for Capacity North America 2015

Thought-Leaders and Influencers from Voice, Data and Content Sectors to Discuss Key Drivers of the North American Wholesale Market London, UK, August 25, 2015 – Capacity Conferences, specializing in connecting regional carrier communities, announces the final agenda for the 15th annual Capacity North America 2015 conference, taking place September 30 through October 1, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto, ON, Canada. Capacity North America is widely regarded as the premier C-level networking event for the United States and Canada and the international carrier communities. Capacity North America offers a unique platform for wholesale carriers, regulators, content players, data centers, Information and Communication Technology companies and vendors to meet with C-level executives who are directly responsible for navigating voice, data and value added services across North America. “Bringing Capacity North America 2015 back to Toronto exemplifies our commitment to ensuring decision-makers from wholesale carriers, content providers, data centers, Information and Communication Technology companies, and vendors can collaborate in a convenient location,” comments Gabriella Gillett-Perez, Conference Producer at Capacity Media. “A special thanks is extended to our Gold sponsors, Iristel, Bell and Rogers, our Silver sponsor, Windstream Carrier Solutions, and our Associate sponsors, Level 3 and Q9, for supporting this illustrious industry event at one of the world’s most beautiful international destinations.” With over 300 attendees from more than 120 different companies, the Capacity North America 2015 agenda blends in sessions...

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Mid-Year 2015 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Port growth unprecedented in the first half of 2015; Mergers may shake up the market by the end of the year BOSTON, MA, AUGUST 24, 2015 – Vertical Systems Group’s U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD results for mid-2015 are as follows (in rank order based on retail port share): AT&T, Level 3, Verizon, CenturyLink, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, XO and Cox. Port shares were calculated using the base of enterprise installations of Ethernet services, plus input from surveys of Ethernet providers. The LEADERBOARD threshold is four percent (4%) or more of billable port installations. “U.S. Ethernet port growth was unprecedented in the first half of 2015 and easily surpassed previous estimates. This market seems to be defying the law of large numbers, as there are few indications of the typical slowing growth patterns that we look for when services reach this size and maturity,” said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “Primary drivers for growth are massive migration from TDM to Ethernet services, robust demand for higher speed Ethernet private lines and rising requirements for connectivity to public and private Clouds.” Other providers selling Ethernet services in the U.S. are segmented into tiers as measured by port share. The Challenge Tier includes providers with between 1% and 4% share of the U.S. retail Ethernet market. The following six companies attained a position in the mid-2015 Challenge Tier (in alphabetical order): Bright House, Charter, Cogent, Lightpath, Windstream and Zayo. Pending mergers could shake up the Ethernet marketplace by the end of 2015. In April 2015, Comcast ended its bid to...

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