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On Wednesday, Cisco announced two critical security warnings in regard to issues with its SD-WAN software and DNA Center software. The most critical warning was for Cisco's Digital Network Architecture (DNA) software that could allow an unauthenticated, adjacent attacker to bypass authentication and access critical internal services, according to Cisco. - Building on the work they've done across SD-WAN, Orange Business Services is teaming up with Cisco on software-defined LAN for enterprises. Cisco and Orange Business Services will tailor software-defined local area network (SD-LAN) in Orange's Open Labs program. - AT&T is driving forward on its multi-access edge compute (MEC) ambitions by working with HPE to deliver services to businesses. AT&T and HPE announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to a go-to-market program to accelerate business adoption of edge computing and edge connections. - Working with Comcast Business and Megaport, EdgeConneX has launched local cloud on-ramp services for enterprises in the Memphis area. By partnering with Comcast Business and Megaport, Memphis businesses now have local access to the major cloud platforms. - HPE is fully embracing the "as a service" model by pledging to deliver its entire portfolio as a service by 2022. HPE also announced Tuesday that it had updated its HPE GreenLake platform with new solutions for the mid-market and the edge, and expanded its strategic partnership with Google Cloud. - Ahead of a slowdown on its fiber build-outs, AT&T plans to cut 1,800 jobs from its wireline division by August or September. The 1,800 job cuts across 24 states affect wireline technicians who fix customer issues, do new installs, and build out AT&T's fiber deployments. - Microsoft beat Amazon Web Services and Google to the punch in the Middle East by opening up two data center regions. The new data centers, which are located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are now serving up Microsoft Azure and Office 365 applications and services. - BT bolstered its cybersecurity operations in Europe with a new security operations center in Paris and upgrades to two of its existing facilities. The Paris Cyber SOC will provide advanced incident detection, threat intelligence, orchestration and automation services. - Cloudian today announced a fully native S3-compatible object storage system for VMware Cloud Providers that's managed from VMware vCloud Director. Cloudian said its solution gives VMware Cloud Providers a scalable, cost effective and feature-rich storage foundation for serving up new and enhanced value-added services to their customers. - Windstream Enterprise is relaunching its Virtual PBX for Hospitality at tomorrow's Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition Conference . Windstream Enterprise upgraded HvPBX uses a Mitel-based hospitality platform that's purpose-built to integrate with hotels' existing hospitality management appliances and mobile devices. - Verizon has inked an agreement with the NBA to build out a fiber-based video distribution network that connects all of the NBA's 29 arenas. Each arena will be connected with two diversely routed 100G fiber circuits, which will improve network redundancies while boosting bandwidth tenfold. - Telco Systems announced that it has achieved a performance milestone in the development of a full Open vSwitch data path hardware offload solution. Telco Systems said its performance tests showed a three-to-five-times increase in the packet throughput, while also lowering the latency rate by double. - GBI is using Nuage Networks' SD-WAN technologies to connect branch locations to both public and private clouds in the Middle East and Africa. GBI offers managed IP services to hundreds of enterprise customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia. - For the first time, Huawei has put some numbers behind the impact that the U.S. ban is having on its bottom line. Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei said that Huawei's revenue would be down 30%, and that revenue would come in at an estimated $100 billion. - Faced with lawsuits and restrictions from the U.S. and other countries, Huawei's troubles are rippling across the company's product portfolio. With the increased pressure, vendors and telcos need to take a second look at their exposure to Huawei. - To better gauge which rural areas in the U.S. lack broadband services, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is proposing a new mapping process. During a Wednesday Senate Commerce FCC oversight hearing, Pai outlined his plan for providing more accurate broadband maps. - VMware announced Thursday afternoon that it was buying application delivery controller startup Avi Networks but didn't disclose the financial terms. Once Avi Networks is in hand, VMware said it will be able to deliver the industry’s only complete SDN stack across Layers 2 through 7 that's built for the modern multi-cloud era. - Google continues to execute on its $13 billion U.S. investment plan by announcing on Thursday that it's expanding a data center in Oklahoma. Google CEO Sundar Pichai was in Oklahoma to announce the $300 million expansion of the company's Mayes County data center. - To help IT teams sort through mounds of security and performance data, Barracuda has rolled out a security analytics platform for SD-WAN. Barracuda's Firewall Insights platform ingests security, application flow, and connectivity data from hundreds or even thousands of firewalls on the extended WAN. - The SD-WAN market is headed toward a M&A shakeup, according to analyst Scott Raynovich. While several large deals have already taken place, there are still quite a few companies with momentum that are being scoped out for acquisitions, which could happen any day now. - Huawei is going on the offensive by demanding more than $1 billion in patent licensing fees from Verizon even though Verizon isn't a customer. The Wall Street Journal reported that a Huawei intellectual property licensing executive sent a letter to Verizon that said Verizon should pay up "to solve the patent licensing issue." - AvidThink's Roy Chua examines how the fight for SD-WAN is evolving on multiple fronts as vendors seek to differentiate themselves. In this highly competitive market, SD-WAN vendors are fighting to stay relevant by evolving their products, and trying to create appropriate positioning in the minds of their target prospects. - Using its Umbrella internet gateway, Cisco has added cloud security into its SD-WAN solution. Security is top of mind for enterprises as they move WAN from the edge to the cloud, but the industry needs to rethink how it does security in the cloud, according to Cisco's David Goeckeler. - Apple has thrown its container cards on the table by joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). With that platinum membership, Apple's Tom Doron, senior engineering manager, has joined CNCF’s Governing Board. - CenturyLink checked off Latin America from its SD-WAN deployment list and is now drawing a bead on a few more countries later this year. CenturyLink is deploying Cisco's Viptela SD-WAN solutions in Latin America across various connectivity options that include MPLS, dedicated internet, broadband aggregation and 4G/LTE. -