Here’s a quick mid-week roundup of some recent news:
At OFC this week, Ciena announced new capabilities for its packet-optical portfolio. Now that the next generation of optical technology has taken hold around the industry, vendors are working to make the platforms for managing it all better and better. In this case it is a better control plane, smart Raman configuration, and better fault detection, amongst other things.
Vermont’s Sovernet picked up two regional contracts from the state’s government last week. They’ll be providing WAN services to the Vermint Department of Information and Innovation as well as to Vermont State College. The former means hooking up 77 sites, and the latter 15. Sovernet is also the parent of the ION network over in upstate New York, so they’ve been busy lately.
North Carolina has a new state-wide network in play. RST Global, which has built its own backbone in part of the state and added IRU fiber to bring its route miles to some 3000, has now lit that fiber. Cisco gear is powering the effort, which pairs 100G pipes with carrier-grade IPv6.
And in the VoIP world, Alianza is aiming to pick up a few of the pieces of the first VoIP generation with a new migration program. Cloud communications does seem to be one of the strongest of the cloud product lines so far. Traditional TDM voice services themselves are still out there too, but they’re definitely on the run.
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