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Cisco’s Ethernet VPN solution is particularly important for Colt’s 5G backhaul because it can replace the need to deploy fiber in some cases. - Frost & Sullivan selected Smart Edge's multiaccess edge computing (MEC) platform as its 2019 North American Technology Innovation Award winner. The MEC platform optimizes the way in which enterprises offer differentiated services—such as high-priority content and applications—in unique and challenging edge environments. - Version 2.1 of PX-Enterprise, which is Portworx’s cloud-native storage product for Kubernetes, adds security and disaster recovery features to the platform. - Last year was a good one for the server sector, according to IHS Markit. The firm found that server revenue grew 15% year over year, and it generated $81 billion in revenue, a 27% increase over 2018. White box server vendors, in particular, have seen strong growth. Other major server vendors include Dell EMC, HPE, Inspur and IBM. - Huawei Cloud's footprint has been expanded, and the company claims it is the first provider to offer three availability zones in Hong Kong. - AT&T has opened an application programming interface (API) marketplace to help businesses quickly build collaboration apps for their voice, text and other communications services. - The rise of artificial intelligence is raising a hornet's nest of complex issues for society and the technical community developing these powerful platforms. The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, which will be housed in a new 200,000-square-foot building at the center of the campus, aims to push AI in a more humane direction. - As part of the upgrades, the level of performance customers set for their applications is guaranteed even if one of the links that the SD-WAN maps out doesn’t have sufficient QoS. - Data center technology now must fit into tighter, and in almost all cases far more challenging, spaces. Doing so in an open and repeatable manner is vital. - Juniper Networks announced native integration of its QFX and PTX data center switches with SONiC to better serve hyperscale data center customers. Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) originated with Microsoft three years ago as a means to improve network switch operations. - While network functions virtualization sputters along, software-defined networking (SDN) continues to flourish across service providers' networks. According to a report by Global Market Insights, the SDN market will increase from just over $8 billion last year to $100 billion by 2025. - Microsoft kicked off the Open Compute Project Summit on Thursday with the news that it has put its cloud-compression algorithm into open source. Microsoft is also contributing its hardware design cloud specifications and Verilog source code for register transfer language into the Open Compute Project. - In order to keep pace with evolving data center and switch designs, Microsoft and Facebook have joined forces on co-packaged optics. The two industry giants are looking to address the challenges associated with the increasing demands on data centers, as well as the adoption of future technologies, through their aptly named Co-Packaged Optics Collaboration. - Deployed data center capacity grew 4.6% globally in the first half of 2018 compared to the second half of 2017, according to an IHS Markit report. The biggest growth occurred across Europe, the Middle East and Africa with an 8.2% increase in the first half of 2018 over the previous half-year. - CenturyLink is laying claim to being the first supplier to receive authority to operate under the General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS), a 15-year, $50 billion program that awards contracts to vendors to help federal agencies update their IT and communications infrastructure. - CBTS, the business services-focused division of Cincinnati Bell, is putting elements of the Open Networking Foundation's SEBA reference design into play with a new reference architecture called COI. - The Linux Foundation announced the formation of CommunityBridge, which is a new platform created for open source developers. Microsoft-owned GitHub said it would donate $100,000 to CommunityBridge. - Big Switch Networks is demonstrating an open source network operating system that uses Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC). The OCP Summit demonstrations pair SONiC with Big Switch’s Open Network Linux to enable automation, zero-touch provisioning and visibility. - Bare metal automation vendor Packet announced a new service that enables automated interconnects with Microsoft Azure for cloud and IoT applications. Packet Connect was built using Packet's automation software and APIs to provide virtual interconnections for developers working with Azure. - Thanks in part to varied deployments by cloud service providers, the adapter market was somewhat volatile in the fourth quarter, according to a report. A new report by Dell'Oro Group found that shipments of high-speed Ethernet controllers and adapters—25 Gbps and faster—had mixed results in the fourth quarter of last year. - The Linux Foundation announced on Tuesday that it has launched the Continuous Delivery Foundation to collaborate on the delivery of software tools. With the continued proliferation of cloud-native, Kubernetes and microservices, continuous delivery and continuous integration (CI/CD) have become key tools but to date they have been largely fragmented. - F5 Networks announced Monday afternoon that it was buying virtual load balancing vendor NGINX for $670 million. F5 plans to integrate its security solutions and cloud-native technologies with privately held NGINX's load balancing software and code in order to give it an entry point into the containerized application delivery controller market. - IHS Markit's latest report provides further proof that SD-WAN is making the move out of the do-it-yourself model and into managed services. While the shift to managed services bundled with other network functions virtualization services and connectivity is underway in 2019, both direct and channel sales will continue to drive SD-WAN market growth for the foreseeable future. - Nvidia has emerged as the winner in a scramble to buy chipmaker Mellanox Technologies. The $6.9 billion deal will give Nvidia a large foothold into the booming market for data center and supercomputer components. - Last month’s Mobile World Congress was full of excitement about 5G and growth opportunities in areas like connected cars, but telco revenues have been stagnant for years. To afford the network upgrades that loom in the next 2 to 3 years, telcos are getting serious about cutting labor costs. -

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