When communication service providers and virtualization vendors arrive in Austin next week, they can expect a plethora of panels, presentations and products surrounding NFV and SDN.
But this upcoming event is not the only item hitting the New IP headlines. Read on and learn more.
Many of the world's leading service providers and telecommunications vendors will converge on Austin next week for the Big Communications Event, from May 24 to 25. Speakers and panelists include experts from AT&T, Brocade, Dell, Huawei, Intel, Verizon and Vodafone to name just a few.
Orange Business Services is extending and expanding its network contract with AngloGold Ashanti, a South Africa-based, international mining company. Under the deal, Orange Business Services provides network services across 44 sites in Africa, America and Australia to improve collaboration and securely manage Internet and cloud growth. Building on its existing 12-year relationship, the multi-year, multi-million-dollar contract includes a hybrid network solution with terrestrial and satellite connectivity, managed security and business VPN Internet, designed to enable AngloGold to securely manage its increasing Internet traffic via an enhanced user experience; worldwide application of security policies, plus the flexibility of cloud-based business applications, according to Orange Business Services.
Digging for Gold in the Cloud
Orange Business Services is extending its services to AngloGold Ashanti, allowing the international mining company to be more agile and secure.
The worldwide data center and enterprise software-defined networking (SDN) market is exploding, growing 82% to $1.4 billion in 2015 compared with the prior year, according to IHS. This market includes SDN Ethernet switches, SDN controllers, SD-WAN appliances control and management, the analysis and consulting firm finds in Data Center & Enterprise SDN Hardware & Software Tracker, released this week. SD-WAN revenue alone will reach $1.3 billion by 2020, says Cliff Grossner, senior research director for data center, cloud and SDN at IHS Technology.
For its part, Masergy Communications Inc. expects to roll out its approach to SD-WAN as a managed service this summer, CTO Tim Naramore tells Light Reading in an interview. (See: Masergy: Predictability Drives Private Cloud Connection Boom .) Despite the buzz around SD-WAN products, Naramore has yet to see anything with the multi-tenancy of a service provider solution, and they remain vendor proprietary, he says. Plus, enterprises that do this internally may have to handle multiple broadband connections from different operators -- something many of them have already outsourced and don't want to take back, according to Naramore.
Partly propelled by cybersecurity and cloud services, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) (OTC: SGTJY) saw both net profit and earnings per share increase in the fourth quarter and year-end. In its report for the quarter ended Mar. 31, Singtel's net profit was up 0.8% to $946 million (Singapore dollars), about $684.4 US. For the fiscal year, net profit was $3.87 billion Singapore or $2.8 billion US, an increase of 2.4% versus 2014. Earnings would have been higher, had the telecommunications service provider not been impacted by negative currency fluctuations against the Singapore dollar, Singtel said.
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