A few that slipped through my nets last week plus a new M&A worth noting:
CenturyLink recently made multiple moves to upgrade its cloud with the help of VMware and other partners. They added 5 major enhancements to CenturyLink Private Cloud: expansion to third party and edge data centers, support for Enterprise PKS, support for HCX, support for Caveonix RiskForesite, and support for 2nd generation Interl Xeon Scalable CPUs. Meanwhile the company also launched its Private Cloud services for VMware Cloud on AWS, with several regionsl coming online by this winter.
Mitel picked up a selection of interesting K-12 education contracts recently. California’s Anaheim Union High School District, Oregon’s Beverton School District, and Texas’s Lovejoy Independent School District have all picked communications and collaboration services from Mitel to power their efforts. Each needed to upgrade legacy infrastructure to keep up with the times.
Transtelco has become the latest to add on-ramps via Microsoft Azure ExpressRoutes. Under an agreement last week they became a partner for the cloud connectivity service, which they will use to connect the company’s customers to cloud desitnations within Azure. Transtelco specializes in metro and regional fiber connectivity that spans the US/Mexico border.
Hurricane Electric has added another German PoP to its collection. They have expanded their IPv6-native backbone into e-shelter’s facility in the Spandau district of Berlin. e-shelter’s Berlin 1 Data Center spans 13,000 square meters of data center space along with 2,000 square meters of offoce space. It’s HE’s second PoP in Berlin and its eleventh in Germany now.
And Cisco has made another inorganic move to boost its contact center portfolio. This morning they announced their intention to acquire CloudCherry, a CEM company that specializes in customer journey mapping, integration with multiple platforms, and predictive analytics. Assuming the transaction goes as planned, after closing in Cisco’s fiscal Q1, the CloudCherry team will join Cisco’s Contact Center Solutions business unit under Vasili Triant.
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