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Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian announced on Wednesday that Robert Enslin has been named as the company's president of global customer operations. Enslin will replace the current president of global customer relations, Paul-Henri Ferrand, on Monday. - Israel-based DriveNets announced on Wednesday that its 400G virtual router was being tested and certified by an unnamed Tier 1 telco. In what it claims is an industry first, DriveNets' Network Cloud software-based disaggregated router has added 400G-port routing support. - CloudGenix has been among the more successful SD-WAN vendors to date, which was reflected in Wednesday's $65 million round of financing. In addition to existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, Charles River Ventures, Mayfield Fund and Intel, new investors, such as ClearSky Ventures, took part in the latest investment round. - While IBM reported a mixed bag of first-quarter results Tuesday afternoon, its cloud sales were a bright spot. IBM posted cloud sales of $19.5 billion over the last 12 months, which was an increase of 10% year over year. - After shutting down its much-ballyhooed fiber service yesterday in Louisville, Kentucky, Google Fiber has agreed to pay $3.84 million to make amends. In a rare public admission of failure, Google Fiber announced in February that it was closing up shop on its fiber-based network in Louisville on April 15. - Chinese investigators raided Ericsson’s offices in Beijing after receiving complaints about the licensing fees that Ericsson charges phone makers. Officials from China's State Administration for Market Regulation are looking into Ericsson's patent licensing practices. - A bankruptcy judge granted Windstream a temporary restraining order against Charter Communications over an ad campaign that targeted its customers. The judge ruled from the bench yesterday with a written order to follow, according to a Windstream spokesman. - India's Bharti Airtel has picked Cisco as a technology partner, which includes deployment of Cisco's Viptela SD-WAN services. - Former Deutsche Telekom and current T-Systems executive Axel Clauberg says telcos need to embrace a "failure culture" with their employees. Why? Because not everything will work on the first try. Still, transforming employee culture is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome in the telecom industry. - For the most part, enterprises aren't tapping into the benefits of automation for their security efforts, according to a report sponsored by IBM. According to IBM Security's global study, just 27% of the organizations said they were significant users of automation. - The Common NFVi Telco Task Force is seeking to reduce the number of NFVi versions in use today in order to speed up the deployment of VNFs. The task force is comprised of AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Jio, Orange, SK Telecom, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone. - While Amazon and Microsoft made the cut for the Pentagon's $10 billion cloud services contract, Oracle and IBM did not. The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Wednesday that Amazon and Microsoft met the minimum requirements to win its cloud contract that's known as the JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) project. - T-Systems' Axel Clauberg says that standards bodies and open source communities could do an even better job of collaborating with each other. At last week's Open Networking Summit in San Jose, California, he spoke about the need for collaboration between these groups ahead of a panel that was comprised of many of the leaders of those organizations. - Juniper Networks' SD-WAN strategy has been in the works for a while now, but this week's announcement brings it into a sharper focus. Juniper's announcement to create a new cloud-based SD-WAN management platform also gives visibility on how Juniper could leapfrog Cisco to modernize the router. - Citrix and VMware, through its VeloCloud SD-WAN solution, both announced on Tuesday they that were extending their SD-WAN solutions into GCP. SD-WAN vendors moving to the cloud is more of an evolutionary step than a revolutionary one. - Instead of engaging in one-upmanship and 10G and 5G marketing hype, the cable and telco industries should focus on gratification. The cable industry should focus its efforts on what its broadband access technologies can achieve for its customers and not just how fast they are. - The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced today that it has completed its merger with P4.org. The groups first announced that P4.org was coming under the ONF fold last year. - Israel-based startup flexiWAN is looking to shake up the SD-WAN sector by launching it in an open source architecture. Among the goals of flexiWAN co-founder and CEO Amir Zmora is to give enterprises and service providers the ability to differentiate their SD-WAN services instead of relying on SD-WAN vendors to define them. - Fortinet is well known as a security vendor, but it made waves in mid-2018 when it began offering SD-WAN directly to consumers and competing against pure-play SD-WAN vendors. - CenturyLink announced today that it won a contract to provide fast, secure connectivity to NASA. As part of the contract, CenturyLink will provide core backbone network services with speeds of up to 100 Gbps to NASA over a period of nine and a half years. - According to a federal lawsuit filed on Friday, Windstream Holdings is alleging that Charter Communications launched a "scare-tactic campaign" to win over its subscribers. Little Rock, Arkansas-based Windstream, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February, filed the lawsuit with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York. - One week after closing its deal to buy Mist, Juniper Networks announced it was leveraging it in a cloud-delivered version of its SD-WAN service. Juniper's new SD-WAN service was designed to give enterprises full visibility into their wired and wireless networks while also simplifying connectivity via the cloud with Amazon Web Services Direct Connect. - The optical transport controller will manage and control the Voyager and Cassini transponders developed by TIP members. - The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has pivoted from a new concept to having product categories for its service provider membership. ONF's efforts reached fruition today with the news that three of its reference designs—SEBA, Trellis and ODTN— are now publicly available. - AT&T's Andre Fuetsch got down to the brass tacks of his company's software and virtualization efforts during his keynote address Thursday at ONS. Fuetsch, president of AT&T Labs and AT&T's chief technology officer, said in his keynote address that he has a soft spot for the Open Networking Summit conference. -

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