A few interesting items worth keeping track of:
AT&T has won a significant federal contract. The Department of Justice has selected the telecommunications giant to help it with technology modernization, shifting 120K employees across 2,100 locations to a nextgen platform covering everything from voice and data to cloud, security, and professional services. It's an award from the GSA's EIS program valued at $984M over 15 years. After a decade and a half, they're going to need the next-next-generation already I'd say.
The data center provider CoreSite has rolled out a new interconnection option for its customers. The SDN-powered solution connects CoreSite's data centers in seven edge markets in the US with pipes up to 10Gbps via the company's Open Cloud Exchange. The idea is to help tenants simplify cloud architectures, reduce provisioning times, and gain easy access to more of CoreSite's ecosystem.
Tata Communications is teaming up with Thales to apply security to IoT. The two are working together on a new product that pairs Tata's MOVE mobielity and IoT platform with Thales' T-Sure solution, which leverages Gemalto technology. The idea is to provide secure vaults within a device, e.g. a car, in which data is encrypted and available only to the right people, thus adding layers of security to data stored there and making the devices harder to hack overall.
And Seacom plans to double capacity on its cable along the eastern coast of Africa. The upgrade will take the cable from 1.5Tbps to 3Tbps in Q4 of this year. Meanwhile, the company says it is talking with Google on a number of projects in the region.
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