Month: February 2016

Living on the Mobile Edge

Today’s growing mobile dependency puts intense strain on the macro cellular network. Whether it’s getting a presentation you need in five minutes or streaming a video, when the network fails to make it happen, you are clearly on the edge! The edge is where we work and play and sleep and experience life.  It’s also where the macro cellular network fails to meet our expectations. Think Times Square on New Year’s Eve at midnight when thousands of people are trying to upload their selfies to Facebook at the same time, or on a subway car speeding along a track, or in a high-rise building where your office has a dead zone. Surges in traffic that strain bandwidth and RF interference can create an edge effect, where you can’t connect or stay connected. A different model is needed: Edge Densification. In this model, a network of radio nodes—DAS or small cells—communicates with subscribers’ mobile devices.  Edge densification adds access points that extend wireless coverage and create a dynamic, flexible network that delivers capacity where and when it is needed. Densifying the edge increases the effective bandwidth per square meter, while addressing rapidly changing coverage demands. Unfortunately, demand for edge densification is outpacing the budgets of carriers.  Yesterday’s tier one model, one that addresses very large venues and strategic locations for the carriers, no longer applies. Carriers have already implemented edge...

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Bank of America & Ticketmaster Share DC Optimization Stories

Software-defined data center to dominate the airwaves at New York conference The newly launched “Software-Defined” conference track at DCD Enterprise in New York on April 19-20 will explore the subject from every angle. “SDDC simply means that no layer of the converged infrastructure layers will escape being set free from proprietary hardware; abstracted, virtualized and delivered ‘as-a-service’,” says Bruce Taylor, EVP DatacenterDynamics. “The journey towards the true SDDC is data-driven and requires automation at every layer of the stack including DCIM and now DSCO.”  “For the last 20+ years data center demand at Bank of America has grown continually along with increasing requirements for greater resilience. Through this the Bank has invested in growing its data center estate and upgrading facilities,” says Nic Barnes, Global Head of Data Center Strategy at BofA, who will be onstage. “With the advent of ‘the cloud’ and the Bank’s drive toward an internal private cloud this has changed. The data center demand profile has changed and we are adapting to a new paradigm.” Nic will present an overview of the business drivers leading to the adoption of a software-defined infrastructure at Bank of America, how this is influencing both technology and business decisions, and how adjustments are being made to their data center and hosting philosophy. Ticketmaster cloud usage and big data analytics Fuelling the debate at the conference will be Brent Eubanks,...

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Heading to the Prestigious Montgomery Summit? Don’t Miss Console Inc.’s Presentation

Enterprise software and interconnectivity provider Console Inc. recently announced that it has been selected to present its business and innovative technology solutions at the annual Montgomery Summit, which will take place March 8 and 9 in Santa Monica, California. The presentation, which will be part of the conference’s Emerging Company Track, will allow Console to reach a select audience of more than 1,000 corporate executives, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. It’s a prestigious invitation, considering that Console was one of just 140 companies that were chosen to present from a pool of over 4,000 nominees. As Montgomery Summit founder Jamie Montgomery explained following the announcement, the competition was particularly strong this year. “The caliber of companies nominated for this year’s summit was higher than ever and the selected presenters will provide excellent insight and expertise into their respective and rapidly evolving fields—from enterprise data to financial technologies to connected devices,” Montgomery said. In case you’re not familiar with Console, which is an IIX company, the organization streamlines global connectivity between businesses and cloud providers, SaaS providers and partners by allowing them to bypass the public Internet. In fact, its platform is the first of its kind to do so. Console provides global network-to-network and enterprise-to-enterprise collaboration through a system of greater than 150 global points of presence in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. The main benefits to...

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EdgeConneX® and Electric Lightwave™ Release Case Study

EdgeConneX® and Electric Lightwave™ have released a case study highlighting the benefits of their long-standing partnership. EdgeConneX purpose-built, proximity-based Edge Data Centers®, combined with Electric Lightwave’s reliable, secure and high capacity fiber network, move Internet content, Cloud and enterprise applications closer to the end-user. The case study examines how uniting Edge Data Centers with Electric Lightwave’s resilient network has created a faster end-to-end solution, while enhancing performance and reducing costs for accessing the Cloud, social media or corporate infrastructure. Built for enhanced security, speed and performance, EdgeConneX Edge Data Centers enable customers to deliver digital content to any end-user as fast as possible. Each facility is strategically located at the end-user’s nearest point of access to reduce network latency and optimize performance. By virtue of local proximity, the Cloud is also brought to the enterprise, enabling more secure, real-time access to cloud applications and services while offering reduced backbone transport costs.   The partnership between EdgeConneX and Electric Lightwave began in early 2013. Since that time, customers have had access to the most innovative data center ecosystem in the western U.S. The ability for Edge Data Center tenants to tap into virtually unlimited bandwidth and achieve more reliable fiber connectivity, exceptional performance and faster delivery of their content has been a major benefit. Additionally, the enablement of Cloud, social media and corporate infrastructures with new capabilities and opportunities for...

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CentriLogic to Offer Direct Access to Console’s Software and Interconnection Platform

CentriLogic has joined the Console Partner Program, a move that will enable the company to provide its customers with access to Console, the enterprise software and interconnection platform that is changing the way businesses directly connect to their clients, vendors and partners. CentriLogic, a global provider of managed hosting, cloud, co-location and advanced IT outsourcing solutions, will become the first Canadian end-to-end IT infrastructure solutions provider offering the Console platform to its global customer base, privately connecting all client locations to its data centers through to the cloud. By joining the Console Partner Program, CentriLogic will now be able to offer customers direct access to Console for network-to-network and enterprise-to-enterprise collaboration globally, all while bypassing the public internet. Direct access from CentriLogic’s data centers, combined with Console’s network automation technology, will provide customers with simple and secure connectivity to a global ecosystem of cloud service providers, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Box and Zendesk, while eliminating configuration complexity. IT managers are continually looking to increase security, improve user experiences and reduce complexity. Utilizing Console, customers will now be able to employ CentriLogic’s private hosting and network services to directly connect to cloud infrastructure and applications outside of the data center. Additionally, bypassing the public Internet, Console will virtually eliminate the security and performance issues that often arise with public cloud service adoption. CentriLogic customers will now experience private, high-performance and consistent...

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TEOCO releases AcuWorld 5.1 for cost-efficient global routing

Leading international routing solution now includes intelligent management of bilateral agreements TEOCO, the leading provider of assurance, analytics and optimization solutions to communications service providers (CSPs), has today announced the release of AcuWorld 5.1, the latest version of its international routing solution. AcuWorld’s updated feature set now includes Intelligent Bilateral Routing Management to maximize a CSPs benefits from bilateral routing agreements. The new Intelligent Bilateral Routing Management module enables CSPs to optimize the selection of routes and calls to be routed under the agreements, ensuring they can meet their commitments at the lowest possible cost. AcuWorld now has near-real time tracking and reporting of incoming and outgoing obligations, with up-to-date notifications and alerts that report the current state of all bilateral agreements. This essentially eliminates any penalties resulting from traffic shortfalls or surpluses. The new version of AcuWorld also enhances percentage routing by either destination or vendor, and adds additional KPIs to better monitor and manage quality of service characteristics. Uniquely, AcuWorld routes at the ‘digit’ level rather than destination. This more optimal method of routing greatly reduces rate disputes and also saves CSPs millions of dollars in termination costs. AcuWorld can optimize routing management according to the CSP’s particular needs – whether that’s lowest cost, best margins, and the best quality of service – and allow for product and class of service distinctions among those attributes to differentiate product offerings. “Along with the increasing complexity of today’s telecoms networks, with their mix of legacy and next-generation elements, CSPs must deal with the additional...

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NEC and Juniper Networks Expand Global Alliance to Deliver Latest NFV-based Solutions

NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leaders in network innovation, today announced the expansion of their global alliance relationship to deliver Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)-based solutions that allow service providers and enterprises to gain greater service agility to transform their business operations and help them lower overall costs. The joint solutions combine the NEC Cloud System (OSS building model), which is an OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure, with NetCracker’s OSS/BSS systems, end-to-end service orchestration, systems integration capabilities and consulting options along with Juniper Networks’ networking equipment and virtual network functions (VNFs), such as the Juniper Networks® vMX routing platform and vSRX Virtual Firewall. Juniper Networks’ networking equipment and VNFs (vMX and vSRX) are the building blocks that enable NFV solutions to deliver greater levels of business agility through automation. NEC will leverage Juniper Networks’ NFV-ready hardware and software within their enterprise virtualized Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) solution to enable the flexibility of a virtualized service environment. When combined with NetCracker OSS/BSS and end-to-end service orchestration capabilities, the solution can provide service providers and enterprise customers with a viable means of delivering cloud-based business services in a fully automated fashion in near real-time. NEC and Juniper have been working together since 2003 with a common goal of offering robust solutions for service providers and enterprises, and focusing on key areas, such as microwave/IP backhaul and optical/IP integration, that deliver dynamic, application-aware network performance. With today’s announcement, their global alliance relationship expands to include software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV-based solutions to aid customers...

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Where Websites Live

As originally published on Hosting Facts Being able to find a reliable web host is more important, now, than ever. Being able to see how they measure up against the competition and how their infrastructure works is also just as important, in this day and age where websites are our entire livelihoods. This map shows us where the world’s largest data centers are, how much money has been invested in them, and how big they are. Why is this important? With the migration to the cloud taking place, data centers are becoming bigger and bigger in order to keep pace with the need of the companies — both large and small — that are choosing to go with third party data centers versus investing the time and money into hosting their own servers, which can be both expensive and troublesome. For example, centers with less than 1 million square feet didn’t even make it onto our map of the world’s largest data centers. With facilities growing at a massive pace to keep up with demand, new projects now involve campuses of buildings that house complex networking and cooling systems as well as the servers themselves. With the expected number of websites to exceed 1 billion in the next year and as needs increase, those data centers that only have less than 1-2 millions square feet will probably fall off...

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