For the US, Labor Day weekend is now past and the fall has unofficially begun. Here's a quick look at some news this shortened week is getting started with:
AT&T is taking the cloud storage model to the Federal government with a new offering. Governments seem to have a love-hate relationship with the cloud. They love the savings and the capabilities, but hate the thought of the disruptions involved in migrating anywhere to get them and fear the fallout of any security snafus. AT&T is seeking to allay the latter by taking its commercial cloud offerings and adding physical tower separation, logical partitioning, and 2-factor authentication.
Alcatel-Lucent has some 100G work to do in Spain. They'll be deploying their gear for Telefonica's new network platform in the country's northwest, east, and south, boosting capacity in response to 4G LTE adoption. The initial deployment of 8.8Tbps has room to grow up to 24Tbps.
ADTRAN had some luck out on the US west coast with the Northwest Telecommunications Association. They are enabling NWTA members' FTTH initiatives in Oregon and Washington, with more than half now standardized on ADTRAN's broadband plaform. That includes a 10G underwater fiber network measuring volcanic activity off the coast for the NSF's Ocean Observatory Initiative.
And late last week, Zayo expanded its cloud connection portfolio, offering direct connections to AWS and Softlayer among other cloud providers. Zayo filed for its long-awaited IPO earlier this summer, and has been relatively quiet since. They should be announcing their fiscal Q4 earnings soon though, where we may hear about any updates on that front.
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