Here's a quick rundown on some news items from the first half of this week:
Windstream has joined the Open Network Automation Platform project. For Windstream, it's another step down the path of SDN and NFV after introducing SDN orchestrated waves last month. ONAP was recently formed when the open source initiatives ECOMP and OPEN-O combined.
Peak 10 is expanding its interconnection ecosystem with the help of Console Connect. Console's cloud connectivity and 170 network endpoints will be available to Peak 10's customer base. That customer base will be rather larger soon given the ViaWest acquisition they announced a few weeks ago.
MegaPath is upgrading its UC solutions portfolio. They've added SMS texting, screen sharing by external guests, and other improvements. I haven't been paying too much attention to MegaPath since it sold off two thirds of itself to Global Capacity and GTT a couple years ago, two pieces that will soon be back together again actually.
8x8 is adding some partner reach to its cloud communications efforts. They are teaming up with the IT solutions provider SoftChoice to take integrated cloud communications, collaboration, and contact center capabilities to both the midmarket and larger enterprises. Softchoice will be able to take the additional products to market across the US and Canada.
And Ciena has won a convert to its packet-optical platform. The Luxembourgish operator LuxNetwork has selected their gear for a new 100G network with in-flight encryption. LuxNetwork is integrating the assets of Telecom Luxembourg and Ciena's gear will help them consolidate and modernize the combined assets.