Service providers and virtualization vendors kicked off the last month of 2016 with a flurry of announcements, ranging from new virtualization customers and technological advances to executive placements and an acquisition that brings big data and analytics deep into cloud orchestration and security.
Read on to discover the details:
Citizens Fiber of Pennsylvania is moving from legacy switching to virtualized network functions as the basis of its voice over IP offerings with the assistance of cloud-native communications software developer Metaswitch. The high-speed Internet, cable and telephone service provider is deploying
Metaswitch Networks soft switches, application servers and session border controllers, and eventually all consumer endpoints will connect to its IP core allowing it to quickly roll out new services, according to a release. "This approach ensures flexibility and scalability over time, and will allow us to introduce new services more quickly as our customer base continues to grow. Metaswitch is also supporting our go-to-market efforts, which will significantly reduce our time-to-revenue," said Zach Cutrell, director of operations at Citizens.
Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. demonstrated 5G technology plus end-to-end (E2E) autonomous network slicing, a technology necessary to support diversified 5G services that's crucial to the evolution of 5G network architecture, according to both companies. This demonstration, conducted at the service provider's 5G:haus Lab in Germany, was built on an earlier software-defined foundation with new dynamic and real-time slicing of the 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and data centers plus interconnecting transmission network. "Network slicing is envisaged for 5G to provide differentiated connectivity quickly and efficiently for the diverse future applications that our customers will demand. With automated network slicing, the development of highly flexible end-to-end network slicing becomes more complete," said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) CTO, in a statement.
In other Huawei news, the vendor teamed up with Orange (NYSE: FTE) to inaugurate a global network operation center (GNOC) that covers nine countries in Africa, part of a five-year managed services project that started in 2015. The GNOC -- located in Abidjan and Dakar -- evolved from the transformation of Orange networks within the continent, one designed to bring together the service provider's core network activities and service platforms under a common center to provide optimal network quality, customer experience and operational performance, according to the partners. Huawei implemented the GNOC for Orange Group Africa.
Also from Orange: Moroccan telecom operator Medi Telecom (Meditel) will be rebranded as Orange next week, according to published reports citing Stephane Richard, CEO of Orange Business Services . The French service provider acquired 49% of Meditel in mid-2015.
Colt Technology Services recently relocated its British headquarters, moving to a new office in the heart of East London's Tech City, close to Silicon Roundabout. The service provider is in the process of hiring more than 300 sales people, some of whom will join Colt's existing 700 employees housed at the new UK offices.
On Thursday, Juniper Networks acquired AppFormix, developer of cloud operations management technology based on big data analytics and machine learning. After it goes through, the acquisition will allow Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) to incorporate these capabilities into Juniper's solutions. AppFormix' technology is designed to deliver real-time and historic monitoring, visibility and dynamic performance optimization to service providers and cloud operators in OpenStack and Kubernetes environments. In combination with Juniper Contrail, the solutions enhance cloud orchestration, security, accounting and planning, according to Juniper. The deal is expected to close before year's end.
Allot Communications appointed Alberto Sessa as chief financial officer, replacing Shmuel Arvatz, who is leaving to become CFO of another company. Sessa has spent more than two decades in finance and business leadership in the high-tech industry, says Allot CEO Andrei Elefant. Prior to joining Allot Communications Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALLT), Sessa served as the CFO of Flash Networks and ARA Minerals. He also held management positions at Amdocs Management and a privately held international group of companies.
Meet the New Boss
George Fischer (above) takes over from Chris Formant as president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
George Fischer was named president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions (VES) where he now is responsible for delivering business solutions to enterprise clients in industries such as healthcare and insurance, financial services, technology, manufacturing and automotive, transportation and distribution, retail, energy and utilities and the public sector. Fischer's team focuses on networking, IT infrastructure, business communications, security and professional services. Previously, Fischer was senior vice president of global sales at VES, where he oversaw 2,100 sales reps in more than 50 countries. He replaces VES president Chris Formant, who is retiring at the end of the year from Verizon Enterprise Solutions .