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The personal information of hundreds of thousands of CenturyLink customers was exposed online via an open database that has since been closed. According to a report by Comparitech, the exposed database contained information such as names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and other account specific information. - The number of hyperscale data centers hit a new high-water mark in the third quarter, according to Synergy Research Group. The number of hyperscale data centers increased to 504 at the end of 3Q, which tripled the total from the beginning of 2013. - Comcast Business has extended its broadband and network management capabilities into parts of Canada via a partnership with iTel Networks. Comcast Business is serving its U.S.-based Fortune 1000 customers with managed broadband services at their Canadian branch offices by working with iTel Networks. - After two years of building anticipation, Pensando, a company formed by prominent former Cisco executives, has come out of stealth mode. Pensando made a splash on Wednesday when it announced a $145 million Series C round of funding led by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lightspeed Venture Partners. - With Kubernetes far and away the leading container orchestration environment, Microsoft and Alibaba Cloud are forming a new open standard. Microsoft and Alibaba Cloud have teamed up to create the Open Application Model (OAM) standard for building cloud-native applications with Kubernetes. - Cisco announced on Thursday that former Home Depot executive Carol B. Tomé has been nominated for election to its board of directors. If elected at the company's annual meeting of shareholders on December 10, Tomé would replace Steven M. West, who is retiring from the board after 23 years of service. - Do-it-yourself security systems are causing some shifts in the residential security and monitoring market. According to Parks Associates, more than two million broadband homes will have a self-monitored system by year's end. - U.K.-based toob has tapped Adtran to help it build a full fiber platform to deliver gigabit speeds to more than 100,000 premises by the end of 2021. With rural areas largely underserved by broadband, the British government set forth a mandate of having full-fiber to every home in the U.K. - Red Hat on Wednesday announced it has added new developmental tools and automation capabilities to its latest version of OpenShift. OpenShift 4.2 is aimed at speeding up the development of cloud-native applications that are based on Kubernetes. - Comcast Business is the first service provider to boot up Akamai's new cloud-based Security and Personalization Services Secure Business solution. Comcast Business is using Akamai’s SPS Secure Business as part of its new Comcast Business SecurityEdge cloud-based internet cybersecurity solution for small businesses. - Internet2 has picked Ciena's photonic and coherent optical gear to upgrade its network to a more scalable and programmable architecture. Internet2’s core infrastructure components include the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network. - CenturyLink has expanded its on-demand network connectivity to Google Cloud Platform. CenturyLink is now able to connect business premises and public data centers with its Cloud Dynamic Connect Connections service to Google Cloud Platform. - The Broadband Forum and ONF are teaming up to drive virtualization and automation across access networks. Over the past several years, open source communities and standards development organizations (SDOs) have started to collaborate with each other in order to speed up the development of new applications and services while not duplicating each other's efforts. - Girls Who Code were the winners of the first $50,000 IBM Open Source Community Grant. Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization working to increase the number of women working in computer science. - Lanner Electronics announced on Monday that it had teamed up with Intel to help build the second generation of Verizon's uCPE offering. Using Lanner's white boxes, the uCPE service features Intel's x86 Atom-based processors with scale pre-defined for small and medium multi-core architectures. - Comcast is tapping into artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to gain valuable insights across its networks. It has also come up with an internal program to make sense of all of the buckets of data that its machine learning and AI are gathering. - The recent SD-WAN Summit 2019 gave attendees plenty to think about in regards to where SD-WAN is headed. The theme of the show was the "Second Wave of SD-WAN", which we at AvidThink view as service providers and managed service providers getting into the game with multivendor, uCPE-based solutions. - Google is gobbling up real estate in the San Jose, California, area as part of its plan to build a colossal second headquarters in the area. Google has formally applied to build an 80-acre headquarters that includes up to 7.3 million square feet of office space, - While there has been a lot of progress on the use of cloud-native containers since the start of this year, there are still a few key considerations. Red Hat's Susan James said cloud-native is key to moving to the cloud and containers. - In order to enable fabric-wide orchestration, visibility and control, Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) has turned to Pluribus Networks and Dell EMC. AMS-IX is using Pluribus Netvisor ONE network operating system and Adaptive Cloud Fabric running on Dell EMC Open Networking Switches as key elements in its network modernization project. - Cox Enterprises announced on Thursday that it has hired Richard Cox Jr. as its chief information officer and senior vice president. In his new role, Cox will provide oversight and direction to corporate IT and business leaders on strategy, standards and opportunities for data analytics and business intelligence. - Colt announced on Thursday that it has re-launched its uCPE solution to better offer virtual network functions to its enterprise customers. Colt switched from using a Versa Networks-based virtual customer premises equipment solution to a network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVi) model that is provisioned by Adva's Ensemble Connector. - SD-WAN revenues surged in the second quarter as corporations started to swap out their base of installed routers with SD-WAN-enabled gear. According to a report by to IHS Markit, second quarter revenues were up 23% sequentially. - Open source vendor Suse has pulled the plug on its OpenStack Cloud a few months after its latest release, the company announced on Wednesday. Suse is throwing in the towel on OpenStack in favor of its Cloud Application platform, which is based on the open-source Cloud Foundry platform, and a Kubernetes based-container platform. - Network assurance and intent-based network verification vendor Forward Networks has raised $35 million in a Series C round of funding. Forward Networks said the investment round would go toward expanding its sales and marketing teams into new regions and to fund additional R&D activities. -

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