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Fortinet announced on Thursday that it has bought Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) vendor CyberSponse. Fortinet didn't release the financial terms of its deal to buy CyperSponse, which was previously a Fortinet Security Fabric partner. - Deutsche Telekom has extended the reach of its cybersecurity protection technologies into Asia with a new security operations center (SOC) in Singapore. The new integrated cyber defense and SOC in Singapore is Deutsche Telekom's 17th overall. - In order to improve employee productivity, Citrix has added an intelligent feed and personalized workflows to its Workspace digital platform. Citrix said the new features in Workspace helped eliminate "digital noise" by bringing to the surface the primary business processes that users need. - Telia Carrier has upgraded its network capacity in its Phoenix Metro data center, and expanded its partnership with phoenixNAP. With the upgrade, phoenixNAP can provide its customers scalable, multi-terabit capacity and connectivity. - Analyst Scott Raynovich says that Cisco's newly announced ASIC is a big gamble for its business model, and could impact other areas of revenue. Cisco may have just thrown its Applications Centric Infrastructure (ACI) under the bus, according to Raynovich. - Orange Digital Ventures is the lead investor in a financing round of $24.3 million for software-defined cloud interconnect (SDCI) vendor InterCloud. Partnering with Orange gives InterCloud a broader reach for its interconnection services in Europe while Orange brings in a new member into its innovation ecosystem to support commercial services and applications. - After years of aligning optics, silicon and software elements, Cisco announced its "Internet for the Future" strategy at an event in San Francisco Wednesday morning. Front and center of Wednesday's news is Cisco's Silicon One chip, which is a unified silicon architecture that can work anywhere in the network and be used in any form factor. - Microsoft has struck up yet another partnership with an industry heavyweight by announcing on Tuesday it has inked a multi-year alliance with NTT. The alliance merges NTT’s ICT infrastructure, managed services and cybersecurity expertise with Microsoft’s cloud platform and AI technologies to enable new digital solutions for both companies' enterprise customers. - Silver Peak is out of the gates with several key updates that target large-scale global enterprises that have multiple divisions. Silver Peak has added multi-fabric orchestration and management, one-click automation with cloud providers and advanced segmentation capabilities into its edge SD-WAN platform. - Cato Networks is the latest SD-WAN vendor to announce it has blended SIEM capabilities into its platform. But Cato is laying claim to being the first vendor to add SIEM, which stands for security information and event management, into a secure access service edge (SASE) platform at no additional cost. - Israel-based DriveNets announces a raft of vendor partnerships on Tuesday including UfiSpace, Edgecore Networks and Delta. By announcing the white box vendors, DriveNets is showing that it's getting down to the brass tacks of creating an open ecosystem for disaggregation using flexible software and lower-cost white boxes. - Amazon is putting the loss of the $10 billion Pentagon JEDI cloud contract squarely on the shoulders of President Trump, according to a filing. In a filing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, Amazon said that President Trump put "improper pressure" on the U.S. Department of Defense to award the contract to Microsoft. - Ericsson announced late Friday afternoon that it had agreed to pay $1.06 billion in fines to U.S. regulators after pleading guilty to bribery charges. From 2000 to 2016, Ericsson doled out tens of millions of dollars to bribe government officials in Africa and the Middle East, as well as to customers in China. - Amid a reorganization effort, Cisco is losing two key executives, including a former CIO and its top data center sales leader. According to an internal email that was viewed by The Information, Guillermo Diaz Jr., Cisco's current senior vice president of customer transformation since February and former chief information officer since 2015, will leave the company in February. - BT Ireland and Huawei are laying claim to the first 1.2 Tb/s transmission real-time trial based on a commercial product platform in a live network. The trial used Huawei's OptiXtreme series oDSP chips and optical transmission modules to implement a high-speed interconnection between two data centers in Dublin. - Google Fiber announced this week it was pulling the plug on its 100 Mbps service to new customers in order to just offer its gigabit service. Google Fiber's $50-per-month internet plan is grandfathered in for its existing customers, but the company said the focus would be on its gigabit service going forward. - MEF outlined an ambitious roadmap at last month's MEF19 conference that included deeper partnerships with cloud providers using the LSO Sonata APIs. - Adva is taking the lead position on a research project that is drawing a bead on expanding the capacity of optical metro and core networks. The OptiCON project is exploring technologies that will enable fiber infrastructure to support 10 times more throughput than it currently carries today. - Cisco held onto the top spot in the third quarter in the service provider router segment, but the quarter was slow overall. Overall, the service provider router market was down 3% year-over-year in the third quarter, according to Dell'Oro Group. - In order to speed up processing times across data centers, clouds and edge locations, CenturyLink is offering a new network storage service. CenturyLink's Network Storage allows businesses to store and manage their data anywhere that the telco's network can reach. - Data center and colocation construction projects picked up the pace in the second half of this year, according to research by IHS Markit. A total of 9.9 million square feet of data center capacity under construction is expected to open during the second half of this year, according to the IHS Markit | Technology Cloud and Colocation Data Center Building Market Tracker. - After a bit of a lull in the first half of this year, hyperscale operator capex was once again booming in the third quarter, according to Synergy Research Group. Hyperscale provider capex in the third quarter reached the $31 billion mark, which was an 8% increase compared to the same quarter a year ago. - After a 29-year career, Dan McCarthy has stepped down as Frontier Communications' president and CEO, and has left the company's board of directors. Frontier's board unanimously appointed Bernie Han as McCarthy's successor across all three positions at the company. - Amazon Web Services and Cisco have taken their partnership to another level with a raft of announcements at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Among the announcements, Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) technology for the cloud, which is called "ACI Anywhere," will be available on AWS Outposts. - Orange Business Services was picked by Mars to build a network that will connect more than 12,500 Mars Associates across more than 80 countries. Orange Business Services is building an intelligent automated network (IAN) for Mars, which makes M&Ms, Snickers, Twix and other food items. -

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