Tawasul opens second PoP in UAE

Point of Presence (PoP) hosted by Equinix in Dubai
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Tawasul Telecom is to have a second Point of Presence (PoP) in the United Arab Emirates hosted by Equinix in its IBX DX1 data center in Dubai.

The Middle East-based telco will use its international Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) gateway to open new data routes to Dubai and offer its regional business clients more connectivity options.

The installation in Equinix's Dubai facility gives Tawasul Telecom access to 25 network providers.

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Zayo launches Connect to the Cloud

Private network makes hybrid cloud more feasible
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Telco Zayo has launched a Connect to the Cloud program that links cloud providers – including Amazon web services (AWS) and Softlayer - with 500 data centers worldwide.

The aim is to simplify shopping for cloud connections and help customers to operate a hybrid cloud, according to Zayo, which uses its own network rather than the public internet in order to offer high service levels.

In 2011, Zayo became one of the first providers to offer direct bandwidth up to 10G through the AWS Direct Connect portal.

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Top 3 reasons to consolidate B2B integration

Growth is often a primary goal for organizations. But whether the growth comes organically or through mergers and acquisitions, growing organizations often find that their IT landscape has become duplicative, with multiple solutions doing (almost) the same thing. With B2B integration, for example, a mixture of point solutions acquired at different times may create an untenable situation. Perhaps one solution handles a particular B2B standard and another an acquired business unit. As companies seek to gain insight into their business and quickly respond to market changes, these disparate legacy systems can hold them back from further growth.

Here are three top reasons why organizations can benefit from consolidating their B2B integration solutions:

  1. Increase visibility: Often the duplicative systems organizations find themselves with after a period of growth all have different ways of being managed. And logs/data about B2B transactions can be stored differently. This creates great difficulty in getting a complete, consolidated picture of transactions in their supply chain. By consolidating B2B integration solutions, organizations can manage through a single console, get greater visibility into their B2B transactions, manage compliance, and better guard against security breaches.
  2. Increase agility: Multiple solutions means multiple places to make changes when you want to address a new B2B requirement. It means multiple solutions to manage in different ways. Simply speaking, this slows you down. And scalability? How can you ensure scalability across multiple, disparate solutions? A consolidated approach to B2B integration enables organizations to make changes once from a single point of management. And by adopting a scalable solution you can get the responsiveness you need to address the challenges of growth.
  3. Reduce complexity and cost: The typical hodgepodge of point solutions that were deployed at different times or obtained as part of M&A activity are complex, at best – if not downright impossible to manage.This leads to cumbersome maintenance and ongoing upgrades on multiple systems which means more effort and cost to manage. A consolidated approach leads to a single point of management and consolidated system which is both simple and easy to manage/update – resulting in lower cost.

Being successful at a consolidated B2B approach

A consolidated approach using a B2B gateway can help. For consolidation, choose a B2B integration gateway that supports a broad array of B2B standards. That way you can support all your B2B needs from a single platform. And to integrate with the rest of your applications, a B2B gateway that seamlessly integrates with your ESB is important. Finally, choose one with in-memory processing capabilities that can scale as you continue to grow.

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Why HP SDN sales messaging needs a makeover

This week, SDN bloggers question where HP SDN goes now that networking chief Bethany Mayer is leaving, and they explain NSX 6.1 enhancements, as well as why hardware is not the culprit behind slow service provisioning.
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CompTIA study shows bright future for managed print services market

In this week's channel news roundup, a CompTIA report says 86% of managed print service providers expect to see business growth in the coming 12 months; Continuum offers new mobile device management bundles; and more.
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War and Peace with HP’s New Gen9

I love my book club. We vote on what books to read and we always choose interesting and enlightening fiction and non-fiction. We always serve great food and drink. And, best of all, you don’t even have to read the book.

So I was really excited last month to hear about the book we would be reading. My good friend said she liked the book and the cover showed a woman in an olive grove. What could be better? Until I actually read the book and realized that there was nothing really that thrilling behind the cover.

And that’s exactly how I felt this week reading about HP’s newest announcement on their x86 HP ProLiant Gen9 servers. I mean, for goodness sake, we are at Gen9 — I’m sure we’ve come so far and there must be some thrilling new features and performance behind them.

But alas, once again, my excitement was thwarted by what I actually read.

There were 3 claims for these new systems:

  • Better TCO, optimization, and automation — but only comparing this new Gen9 to G6. I should hope there would be improvement.
  • Faster provisioning — The footnote says “Based on anonymous customer results” — hmmm. Plus the software isn’t even available yet for Gen9.
  • Improved performance — all it says is “equivalent controllers” in a “controlled environment.” — really hard to say what that means.

When I see claims like these with no real data all I can think is what real data looks like.

And it reminds me that the olive grove book is no Pride and Prejudice.

For next month we are reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez – so at least I will know to expect magic realism.

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U.S. District Court rules ‘massive theft’ of Oracle property

The U.S. District Court in Las Vegas ruled that Oracle's claims of 'massive theft' of property by Rimini Street are true. Rimini Street customers are just waiting for this to blow over.
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U.S. District Court rules ‘massive theft’ of Oracle property

The U.S. District Court in Las Vegas ruled that Oracle's claims of 'massive theft' of property by Rimini Street are true. Rimini Street customers are just waiting for this to blow over.
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Hadoop clusters provide single spot for spreadmarts, analytics

Consultant Wayne Eckerson says Hadoop offers a platform for reining in the spreadmarts set up by individual data analysts and business users, while still giving them a place to do self-service analytics.
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Hadoop clusters provide single spot for spreadmarts, analytics

Consultant Wayne Eckerson says Hadoop offers a platform for reining in the spreadmarts set up by individual data analysts and business users, while still giving them a place to do self-service analytics.
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