Month: March 2017

The Intelligent Transportation Era Is Here

Over the last several years, tech industry pundits have been predicting that the Internet of Things (IoT) will take over the transportation industry. It’s always been a matter of when, not if, this will happen. Just recently, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) selected two companies — Tilson and Mobility Tech — to manage the design and build of an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) project along the F.E. Everett Turnpike. Tilson is an information technology professional services and network construction company that builds, integrates and maintains technology and communications infrastructure, while Mobility Tech offers consulting and management services to public and private ITS, transportation engineering and construction companies. The project will include the design, planning and installation of dynamic messaging signs, roadway detectors, closed circuit cameras and wireless communications systems linking the NHDOT Transportation Management Center to the ITS. Together, these systems will streamline incident management, facilitate greater fuel efficiency, create smart roads for handling future self-driving cars, and improve work zone safety. “The ITS will deliver real-time traffic and road condition information that helps people travel more safely while assisting New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation to manage their facilities more efficiently,” stated Mike Costa, Mobility Tech Principal and strategic partner to Tilson. “Autonomous vehicles are right around the corner. The wireless infrastructure that Tilson builds out will be a key enabler to emerging technologies such as self-driving...

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What WebRTC Enables

By Manoj Jain, Chief Operating Officer, Bankai Web real-time communication (WebRTC) has the potential to transform the World Wide Web by embedding peer-to-peer sharing applications into browsers and enabling live video streaming over mobile phones. WebRTC is fully supported by Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, for example, thereby enabling websites to become service providers. While this situation could increase competition for voice carriers, it also provides additional revenue opportunities for entrenched carriers via unified communication services (UCS), mobile text, video and voice services, and WebRTC, both as a platform and for WebRTC termination to PSTN and mobile networks. WebRTC is simple to deploy via JavaScript code on any device that can run a web browser.  WebRTC provides an IP-based open source application program interface (API), and depending on one’s point of view, can be compatible or competitive with VoIP. WebRTC is only available through browsers, while VoIP can be used over several protocols. More importantly, WebRTC enables web developers to build VoIP into their web-based applications. WebRTC and VoIP can be used concurrently, and WebRTC allows developers to embed VoIP service directly into a web browser. There are drawbacks to WebRTC, including the lack of a set standard, the incomplete list of browsers supported, and the possibility that it is not as “plug and play” as its supporters may want customers to believe. These initial weaknesses are typical of...

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Expanding Your Data Center?

Expanding a data center can be a stressful undertaking, especially when it comes to complicated merger and acquisition activities. It pays to have access to a team of experts to oversee the project every step of the way. One company offering this service is Competitive Telecoms Group (CTG), which is one of the leading consulting and recruiting companies in the telecommunications and data center space. CTG now has nearly 100 global carrier and data center clients, and recently expanded its consulting group with the appointment of industry veteran Larry Fisher to the role of Vice President, Consulting Services. Mr. Fisher is well-known throughout the telecommunications ecosystem for his role in managing new product development at Sprint. He later led MCI’s (now Verizon) partnership with IBM. This drove over $500 million in annual outsourcing contracts for MCI. Later, he brought this experience to NTT America, the second-largest telecommunications group in the world, where he became Senior Vice President of Sales and Services. Previously, at Dun & Bradstreet, Mr. Fisher first led the new product development team for the Marketing Services division. He later served as Vice President of Strategic Alliances, where he was instrumental in developing the company’s partner distribution strategy. The Dun & Bradstreet partner distribution strategy that Fisher put in place secured relationships with Oracle, SalesForce.com, IBM, Microsoft and others. Most recently, he led development of financial markets...

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1025Connect to Be a Prime Sponsor of ITW 2017

Long Island’s Premier Network Neutral Facility Set to Meet with Global Wholesale Telecom Industry Executives WESTBURY, NY – March 29, 2017 – 1025Connect, Long Island’s premier network-neutral Meet-Me Room for network interconnection and colocation, today announces that the company will be a prime sponsor of International Telecoms Week 2017 (ITW). ITW, taking place May 14-17 at the Hyatt Regency and Swissotel in Chicago, IL, is the annual meeting for the global wholesale telecoms industry, providing a platform for more than 6700 delegates from nearly 2,000 companies and from more than 140 countries to meet and discuss key issues and developments affecting the global telecom sphere. Sitting on the “Continental Edge” in the Eastern region of the United States, 1025Connect’s colocation facility on Long Island provides direct access to multiple submarine cable systems connecting North America, Europe and Latin America.  In addition, the facility offers direct connectivity to internet peering and cloud platforms with multiple Manhattan bypass fiber routes, enabling diverse and fortified solutions for enterprise and global telecom communications services. “1025Connect is pleased to be a Prime Sponsor of ITW 2017,” comments Dan Lunde, Managing Director, 1025Connect. “Our mission, which we look forward to sharing with ITW attendees, is to help companies gain access to space and power while delivering alternative connectivity options that include local, regional and international networks, along with internet and peering platforms that power cloud...

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GTT to Speak at WAN Summit New York

McLean, VA, March 28, 2017 — GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced today that it will sponsor and speak at TeleGeography and Capacity’s WAN Summit New York. The event brings together enterprises and service providers and examines WAN market drivers, trends and innovations. WAN Summit New York will be held April 3-4, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis. Samir Desai, GTT director of managed services, will speak on a panel titled Hybrid Transformations – Experiences with Adopting SD-WAN and Integrating Internet into the WAN on Monday, April 3, at 10 a.m. Eastern time. This session will discuss strategies and best practices to successfully deploy SD-WAN and hybrid WAN environments, and how these service models and technologies are rapidly changing the industry and organizations in which they are implemented. GTT is the exclusive Global Series Partner of the WAN Summit and an industry leader in wide area networking. The company provides its multinational clients with a comprehensive portfolio of flexible and secure Ethernet, VPLS and MPLS services, enabling them to securely connect to any location in the world and any application in the cloud. About GTT GTT provides multinationals with a better way to reach the cloud through its suite of cloud networking services, including wide area networking, Internet, managed services and voice services. The company’s , ranked in the top five...

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Global Capacity to Speak on the One Marketplace Experience of Hybrid SD-WAN Transformations

Senior VP of Product, Chris Alberding, to Join Industry Leader Panel at WAN Summit New York Waltham, MA, USA, March 28, 2017 – Global Capacity, the leading connectivity as a service company, today announces its participation at WAN Summit New York, taking place April 3-4 in New York, NY.  The WAN Summit, being held across the globe in New York, San Jose, Singapore and London, brings together buyers and providers of enterprise WAN Services to discuss common challenges, gain new perspectives, and explore the latest enterprise network design trends and business demands that shape today’s WAN strategies. Global Capacity’s Senior Vice President of Product, Chris Alberding, will join industry-leaders from Tata Communications, Gate Gourmet, GTT Communications and VWR on the panel “Hybrid Transformations – Experiences with Adopting SD-WAN and Integrating Internet into the WAN.”   The panel, moderated by Steve Garson, President, SD-WAN-Experts, will discuss insights and learning from SD-WAN deployments, including designing the right network that incorporates a variety of access and network technologies.  Panelists will further discuss the cost impact of deploying an SD-WAN solution, how it will influence the relationships of customers with their service providers, and approaches to planning and mitigating risk in WAN transformation. “Our customers are finding SD-WAN technology is easy to use, fast to deploy and reliable,” shares Chris Alberding, SVP of Product at Global Capacity.  “No other network is better built to...

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GDPR Awareness Coalition Launches; Names Co-chairs

Host in Ireland Founder and President, Garry Connolly, and Internet Hall of Fame Pioneer, Dennis Jennings, to Serve as Co-chairs of the Initiative DUBLIN, IRELAND – March 28, 2017 – The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition today announces its launch, as well as the instatement of Internet Hall of Fame Pioneer, Dennis Jennings, as the coalition’s Co-chair, serving alongside Host in Ireland Founder and President Garry Connolly. The GDPR, which takes effect on 25 May, 2018, is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU).  The GDPR Awareness Coalition is a not-for-profit, fixed-term initiative designed to assist in raising awareness of the data privacy obligations for companies resulting from the implementation of the GDPR. The establishment of this initiative was motivated by the growing concern that GDPR awareness throughout Ireland is unbalanced among enterprise, construction and retail sectors.  In response to this issue, the GDPR Awareness Coalition has assembled an expanding list of more than 50 engaged Coalition Partners that include GDPR experts, vendors, and legal, fiscal, event and general collaborators, and business associations. Host in Ireland is a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location. “Ireland has a very strong and...

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Data Digitization Drives Enterprise Need for Terabit-Scale Connectivity

We are now in the “terabit era,” with businesses storing and transmitting massive amounts of data, and enterprises requiring access to multi-site, terabit-scale connectivity. Sabey Data Centers recently announced a major upgrade that will provide terabit-scale connectivity across all of its data centers using PacketFabric’s Software-Defined Networking (SDN) platform. PacketFabric is a provider of next-generation Ethernet-based cloud networking services. Its fully automated network platform facilitates instantaneous, direct and secure provisioning for terabit-scale connectivity between all locations on the PacketFabric network. PacketFabric’s any-to-any SDN-powered network enables coast-to-coast connectivity across 118 carrier-neutral colocation facilities in 11 major U.S. markets. The platform transmits hundreds of terabits per second with on-demand connectivity across its purpose-built private backbone network. Its innovative architecture enables customers to easily procure and maintain network services in real-time, while reaching hundreds of destinations without the need to deploy and manage costly infrastructure or rely on the public internet. PacketFabric customers can dynamically design and deploy any network configuration, leveraging an advanced Application Programming Interface (API) and web-based portal for unparalleled visibility and control over network traffic and services. Additionally, its real-time analytics and interactive troubleshooting capabilities help PacketFabric to offer the strength of a packet-switched network while also ensuring consistent and reliable performance. This solution is now available in Sabey Data Center facilities located in New York (Intergate.Manhattan), Seattle (Intergate.Seattle), Virginia (Intergate.Ashburn) and central Washington State (Intergate.Quincy). “With PacketFabric,...

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