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In the age of the cloud, containers and Kubernetes, developers are increasingly becoming the key decision makers for enterprises. According to a report by International Data Corporation (IDC), developers should be viewed as the key stakeholders for IT purchases as organizations move to the cloud and work on their internal digital transformations. - AT&T's partnership with Microsoft last month was the telco's coming out party for its "public cloud first" strategy, which includes edge compute. Other key elements of the Microsoft deal, which is reportedly worth billions, include moving some workloads to the public cloud and a go-to-market strategy for the two large companies that share some of the same customers. - Adtran announced on Monday that it's teaming up the Arab Organization for Industrialization to develop a joint manufacturing program in Egypt. The initial work will include Adtran's XGS-PON, GPON and other SD-Access solutions. - Despite ongoing security concerns, the Trump administration extended the length of the license that allows Huawei to do business in the U.S. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Commerce granted a 90-day extension that allows Huawei to continue doing some business in the U.S. - The data center sector is on track for another record year for mergers and acquisitions, according to Synergy Research Group. Synergy Research Group's data shows that 52 data center-focused mergers and acquisition (M&A) deals have closed in the first half of this year, which was an increase of 18% over the first half of last year. - VMware announced on Friday that it's buying privately held Veriflow to beef up its pervasive network monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities. In a Friday blog post announcing the deal, VMware's Ajay Singh said Veriflow is an innovator in network verification, assurance and troubleshooting for enterprises. - Cisco has axed 488 employees, according to a filing with the State of California. The networking giant let 397 employees go from its San Jose campus, which serves as Cisco's headquarters, while another 91 workers in Cisco's Milpitas office also lost their jobs. - CenturyLink is focused on virtualizing systems that enable its customers to turn up and turn down services on demand, and it’s also focused on virtualization at the edge of its network. - Following on the heels of VMware confirming that it wanted to acquire all of Pivotal's stock, Pivotel's shares were up 66% in mid-morning trading. VMware is seeking to acquire all outstanding shares of Pivotal's class A stock for $15 per share in cash, which would be an 80.7% premium on Pivotal's $8.30 closing price. - Think the trade war between the United States and China won't have a big effect on the communications economy? Think again. Cisco shares plunged Thursday morning after the company reported weak revenue guidance as well as a large drop in Asian orders and weak growth in other parts of the world. - Dell is joining AT&T-led Airship in order to goose open source automation around bare metal and the provisioning of the telco cloud infrastructure. The Airship project was formed in May 2018 by AT&T, along with SK Telecom, Intel and the OpenStack Foundation. - Verizon is in a dustup with the city of Rochester, New York, over the fees related to deploying its 5G gear and the fiber needed to provision 5G. According to published reports, Verizon recently filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York that said Rochester's fees are higher than those allowed by federal law. - With 5G still in its infancy stage, wireline broadband service providers added 339,000 new subscribers in the second quarter, according to a report. Cable led the way for residential broadband adds in the second quarter, but its growth rate shrank on a sequential and annual basis. - Cisco has added 15 new partners and 20 integrations to its Cisco Security Technology Alliance (CSTA). CSTA is Cisco’s security development, integration and certification framework that's focused on enabling product integrations that deliver easier and better security in multi-vendor deployments, - CenturyLink is the market leader for session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking with the largest installed base of all North American providers, according to IHS Markit. It's the fourth year in a row that CenturyLink has led the SIP trunking market thanks to solid growth and the largest installed base of trunks, according to research by IHS Markit. - Santa Clara, Calif.-based Clumio came out of stealth mode on Tuesday announcing $51 million in funding as well as its software-as-a-service (SaaS) backup platform for enterprises. Led by Sutter Hill Ventures, Clumio brought in $11 million in Series A funding in October 2017 followed by the remaining $40 million Series B funding round in November 2018 - With the proliferation of devices in subscribers' homes, broadband security and privacy are top of mind for consumers, according to a report. According to a report by Parks Associates, 75% of the heads of U.S. broadband homes intend to buy a security or privacy service over the next 12 months, but 38% think they should be included in internet bundles at no additional charge. - Prior to current CEO Satya Nadella taking the helm in 2014, Microsoft wasn't known for its willingness to partner with other companies. Instead of insisting that the rest of the world subscribe to its products and services, Microsoft has been branching out under Nadella's reign. - A report by Dell'Oro Group predicts that nearly 290 million multi-gigabit Ethernet switch ports will be shipped over the next five years. The report also said that new entrants into the campus switching market could potentially lead to downward pressure on market prices. - India's Reliance Industries, which is the owner of telecom Jio, announced on Monday that it has signed a 10-year partnership with Microsoft Azure. The partnership poses a direct challenge to rival hyperscale cloud providers Amazon Web Services and Google, while also posing a threat to Reliance Jio's competitors. - CenturyLink served up its blueprint for edge compute services on Monday that will serve enterprise customers, cloud providers and wireless carriers. CenturyLink has booted up more than 100 initial edge compute locations across the U.S. to provide a range of managed services and hybrid cloud solutions to its customers. - GTT Communications saw its shares drop by 46% after the market closed on Thursday due its dismal second quarter results. According to a story by Seeking Alpha, Thursday was GTT's worst day on the stock market since 2012. - While Windstream Holdings is continuing its battle against former spinoff Uniti Group, the company's second quarter revenue was down. On Thursday's earnings call, Windstream CEO Tony Thomas said his company is looking to amend its lease agreement with Uniti. - White box switches with network operating systems (NOS) offer significant benefits in terms of cost and flexibility as compared to traditional switches and routers. Leading CSPs have started initial deployments of white box solutions in their data centers, and are investigating product deployment of white box routers at the edge of their networks. - Masergy has updated its Intelligent Service Control (ISC) web portal to give its customers a unified view of their SD-WAN applications. Web portals have become table stakes for SD-WAN vendors and telco SD-WAN services as their customers clamor for more control and visibility of their application performances. -