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Month: November 2016

MEF16 Advances Third Network Services for Hyper-Connected World and Digital Economy

The Third Network made quite the showing at the recent MEF16 global networking event in Baltimore. Hosted by MEF, MEF16 attracted more than 1,000 registrants from 30 countries and 260 companies. There were more than 120 sponsors, event partners and participating companies on hand as well. “MEF16 provided an extraordinary opportunity for attendees to engage with world-leading service and technology innovators and to be inspired by their diligent efforts to usher in a new era of on-demand services that will reshape the communications landscape,” stated Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF. MEF16 brought together industry experts, service providers and others in order to share information about industry efforts that enable Third Network services. These emerging services provide an on-demand experience with user-directed control over service capabilities and cloud connectivity and delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV, and CE 2.0 (Carrier Ethernet 2.0). MEF16’s themes were threefold: Transition to Third Network Services Is Underway Dozens of service providers are now offering orchestrated, on-demand connectivity and NFV-based services or are planning to do so within the next three years. At MEF16, several leading providers shared impressive examples of how their dynamic services are being positively received by customers. What’s more, many service experts discussed plans to evolve their portfolios and enable innovation by virtualizing and automating their networks.  Based on keynote presentations,...

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Data Center Efficiency, the New Mark of Leadership

Originally posted to Data Center POST, What does it take to be successful in business today? It requires more than just turning a strong profit. Now, businesses must also prove they can efficiently and responsibly manage their data center resources. LinkedIn is an enterprise that takes this message to heart. Just recently, LinkedIn was awarded the Efficient IT (EIT) Stamp of Approval at Infomart’s flagship data center, Infomart Portland, by Uptime Institute, an advisory organization focused on improving efficiency, reliability and business critical infrastructure through independent certifications. So, what is the Efficient IT Stamp of Approval, and why is it so important? Receipt of this approval is given after a complete evaluation of enterprise leadership, operations and computing infrastructure. It’s designed to help guide businesses to lower costs, increase efficiency and leverage technology for good stewardship of corporate and environmental resources. To read the full article please click...

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Healthcare Providers, Are You Struggling With Cloud Computing?

Originally posted to Data Center POST, The cloud is supposed to streamline operations and reduce costs for businesses, but many healthcare organizations are learning that the cloud can be complex and challenging too. For this reason, Gartner just released a new report that helps to clarify the current challenges, industry trends and notable players in the cloud market for healthcare organizations. The report, titled “Market Guide for Cloud Service Providers to Healthcare Delivery Organizations,” offers IT strategy recommendations and projections for the industry’s future. In the report, Gartner explains that the cloud is becoming increasingly important to healthcare providers because of the pressures these companies are facing with regulatory requirements, the need to be responsive to market changes, and to control and reduce costs. Webair, a high-touch, agile cloud and fully-managed infrastructure service provider, was identified in the report as a Representative Vendor in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)/ Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) category. To read the full article please click...

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Do You Have the Skills You Need to Become an IT Project Manager?

Originally posted to J Patrick + Associates by Alyssa Wishingrad, As the IT field increases to expand, so does the demand for qualified Project Managers. This role not only demands technical expertise, but also cohesive soft skills. This complex position can be broken down into three categories of expertise: Business Management, Human Resource Management, and IT skills. If you’re currently a manager in information technology and looking to move up to the next level, here are some skills to master on your journey to becoming an IT Project Manager. Communication Studies have shown that the most vital success factor to master before entering project management is effective communication. Managers must manage communication between their crew, upper management, and customers. You can think of communication as the bridge connecting you to your network, so it’s important that you be able to break down the given information and thoroughly understand it. To be an effective communicator, you must provide the correct information, in the correct format, and directed to the right audience at the right time. To read the full article please click...

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Overcoming the Geographical Barriers that Inhibit Bandwidth-Intensive Business Applications

Not all areas of the country have equal access to Ethernet, and for enterprise businesses in underserved regions, it can be very difficult to keep up with the competition. Global Capacity, the leading connectivity as a service company, has solved this problem by expanding its One Marketplace™ network backbone with high-speed Ethernet that utilizes Ciena’s® 8700 Packetwave® Platform. Global Capacity’s existing metro infrastructures have been interworked with new, higher-speed Ethernet architecture that will enable the company to scale bandwidth capacity along these routes to 100 Gigabit Ethernet. The Ethernet backbone expansion will help Global Capacity meet the growing bandwidth requirements for Cloud, Over-the-Top applications and data services including Ethernet Private Line (EPL), VoIP, SIP, Dedicated Internet Access, SD-WAN, MPLS and VPLS (VPN). “We see growing demand for Ethernet bandwidth, driven by cloud and data center connectivity, and the higher traffic needs at enterprise locations,” explained Patrick Hannon, Chief Revenue Officer of Global Capacity. “Installation of our high-speed Ethernet backbone along major U.S. routes allows Global Capacity to remove the geographical barriers that commonly inhibit bandwidth-intensive business applications, providing our customers with the most flexible network service options that enable seamless connectivity between locations.” Global Capacity’s expanded backbone architecture will leverage Ciena’s industry-leading 8700 to connect 11 Points of Presence (PoPs) throughout Seattle, Los Angeles, San Jose, Phoenix, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, Chicago, Ashburn, Miami and New York City. This will...

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Global Capacity Recognized at MEF16

The Network and Carrier Ethernet community recently gathered for the MEF16 Excellence Awards, a special presentation at MEF16, to recognize service, technology and applications as well as professional excellence and innovation within the field. Global Capacity, the leading connectivity as a service company, was presented an MEF16 Excellence Award in the “Best Service Innovation – North America” category for its Ethernet Cloud Connect service. The Ethernet Cloud Connect service streamlines commercial buying across the Cloud services ecosystem by combining the reliability and flexibility of multi-destination Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Global Capacity’s One Marketplace™ direct interconnects to internet, Cloud computing and Cloud application providers. This service also combines established interconnects with software orchestration to simplify multi-Cloud connectivity and improve service performance. The service was created to deliver a better user application experience for customers. Customers can use Ethernet Cloud Connect to connect to private Cloud locations, or select from a list of existing One Marketplace Cloud destinations. Current One Marketplace Cloud Service provider interconnects include: AWS Google Cloud Microsoft Azure Equinix Cloud Exchange Additional Cloud and Application Service Provider interconnects are still being planned for 2016. “This year, the competition among the MEF Excellence award submissions was fierce,” stated Erin Dunne, Director of Research for Vertical Systems Group. “Global Capacity’s Ethernet Cloud Connect service submission clearly illustrated an innovative yet simplified process for designing, pricing and ordering public...

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Passion and Inspiration at 200 MPH

On the Company’s Fifth-Year Anniversary, iMPR’s Team and Clients Reflect on Their Experience To celebrate iMiller Public Relations’ fifth-year anniversary, we asked members of our team how working at iMPR has impacted them personally and professionally. Additionally, several of our valued clients shared how they viewed their relationship with our organization. iMiller Public Relations Team Members Speak Out As a seasoned business executive, my goal in life is to continually learn and grow in both my personal and professional life. It’s the key to staying young and engaged. For me, iMPR’s vision of being the best public relations company it can be while moving at 200 mph has been inspiring and energizing. Working with my colleagues at iMPR reminds me that the passion to succeed can motivate you beyond what you ever thought possible, while continuing to live each day to its fullest. Jeffrey A. Sesol COO/CTO iMPR’s virtual office environment has taught me a new dimension of time and project management. Through the work that I do, the experience has also helped me to improve my communications skills and understand client and team requirements in a dynamic environment. Kwan Fai Cheng Digital Marketing Associate iMPR is an organization built upon a foundation of teamwork, professionalism, collaboration and ingenuity. I’ve learned in my short tenure here at iMPR how to meld each of these qualities together to bring about...

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GTT CEO Rick Calder Talks Company Growth for 2017

It’s been a busy few weeks lately for Rick Calder, president and CEO of GTT Communications, Inc (NYSE: GTT). In early November, GTT announced its acquisition of Hibernia Networks, continuing the company’s growth trajectory and further solidifying its dedication to meeting the needs of multinational clients. Rick recently spoke with Don Witt, ‎a writer and commentator at Telecom Reseller. The conversation focused on the GTT’s strategy moving forward in 2017. As Rick explained during the interview, market opportunities continue to grow for GTT, as applications move to the cloud. Corporate networks need increased bandwidth and capacity, as well as secure private access to cloud-based services and to connect to cloud service providers (CSPs). For a company with multiple locations and a wide area network (WAN), it’s extremely important to ensure that employees and partners have secure network connectivity to any location and to any app in the cloud.  GTT owns and operates a Tier 1 IP network that is ranked in the top five in the world. The network is characterized by extreme diversity in backbone and core, using multiple technologies including Ethernet and MPLS, and redundant fiber paths connecting its 250-plus global Points of Presence (PoPs). Security will continue to be a critical issue for GTT’s multinational customers. Fortunately, GTT can mitigate such threats as dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attacks via secure management, remote access and other...

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