Data Center World to Host Inaugural Innovation Startup Challenge at 2020 Event

Associated Press News | January 13, 2020

Data Center World, the leading global conference for data center, facilities and IT infrastructure professionals, announces the inaugural Data Center World Innovation Startup Challenge taking place at its annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on March 16-19, 2020. The Innovation Startup Challenge will host companies who are currently developing or selling a technology solution that directly impacts the data center industry, providing a valuable opportunity for these companies to showcase their technology. The qualifications to be considered a startup for this competition can be found on the Data Center World website.

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Internet2 Next Generation Infrastructure Operational, Transition to Fully-Automated, 400G National Infrastructure Complete

Internet2 | January 21, 2022

Internet2 today announced the completed transition of its research and education (R&E) network traffic to the fifth-generation backbone that interconnects with 37 state and regional networks and serves every state in the U.S. The network serves a critical niche in the national broadband infrastructure, underpinning high-capacity and advanced services for the demanding needs of research, education, and global collaboration. Known as the Next Generation Infrastructure, or NGI, the new network's optical layer now supports up to 32 terabits per segment with a new generation of transponders in increments of 400-800 gigabits per second. NGI's new packet layer provides 8-16 petabits per second of port capacity per location. NGI delivers new software-driven advanced capabilities while also creating a greener footprint, with an expected 70 percent reduction in power consumption achieved through the latest hardware advancements. "The technological advancements being enabled on the Internet2 network – together with software, tools, and security resources that have been developed in collaboration with community members – are providing next-generation capabilities that propel academic and research collaborations,A comprehensive upgrade of this scale allows us to support our community's R&E infrastructure needs now and into the future – from K-12 students with connected devices, to faculty teaching classes and lab components, to scientists collaborating with colleagues all over the country and the world." Howard Pfeffer, Internet2 president and CEO Behind those upgraded speeds and feeds – all delivered with a reduced carbon footprint – is Internet2's next-generation hardware. That includes 12,000 miles of new single-mode ultra optical fiber across the U.S., along with power- and space-saving optical and routing equipment that is the equivalent of going from two (or more) college dorm refrigerators to a handful of medium pizza boxes at each site. Increased Capacity, Simplified Workflows Research and education network traffic which connects K-12 schools, higher education campuses, government affiliates, and international partners – has seen exponential growth over the last decade. In 2021, Internet2 moved over two and three-quarters exabytes of data. For reference, that is equivalent to a video call that is 594,557 years long, or 27.5 million high-definition films. With Internet2 NGI, the network's increased capacity supports moving data quickly across the U.S. and globally, and removing obstacles within R&E networks that slow the progress of science. Another driver for the network upgrade is the need to simplify operations that support scientific research. Today's scientific collaborations include data movement between campuses, data repositories, on-premise computing sites, the commercial cloud, and large scientific instruments distributed around the world. With Internet2 NGI's software layer, these complexities in researchers' workflows will be increasingly simplified with an agile, flexible, and secure networking ecosystem. That ecosystem empowers researchers and campus administrators to build, monitor, and change their own extended networks from their local compute clusters to the cloud and their global collaborators and providers. "This fifth-generation Internet2 network delivers new services with greatly improved efficiencies that are enabled for both IT administrators and researchers," said Rob Vietzke, Internet2 vice president for network services. "As a community, we wanted to ensure that the new network infrastructure delivered accelerated and better experiences for our advanced users. The improvements in speeds, capabilities, security, and resiliency all contribute to realizing faster and more capable results for scientists and educators. Delivering NGI During Unprecedented Times Bringing Internet2 NGI to life took more than four years of member and community discussions, technical planning, procurement, and implementation. During the last 20 months, continuing pandemic risks added unique challenges to an already complex project as collaborators moved from the planning phase to active deployment. "Community and industry partners, along with Internet2 and GlobalNOC staff displayed extraordinary patience, resilience, flexibility, and dedication to the R&E mission throughout every phase of this project, but especially these past 20 months as we adapted to the challenges of the pandemic," added Vietzke. "For years to come, we can share stories about how the R&E community's member-centric services, active coalitions, and abundant capacity put us in a unique position to fulfill changing needs during this extraordinary time. Together, we continued delivering on program objectives at a time when we could not gather in traditional ways." These efforts involved dozens of community contributors, Internet2 staff, GlobalNOC at Indiana University staff, as well as in collaboration with the teams at Cisco, Ciena, Lumen, and General Datatech (GDT). "Ciena and Internet2 have a long history of success in building network architectures that fuel the next generation of scientific discovery," said Steve Alexander, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Ciena. "Years ago, we teamed up with Internet2 to create America's first 100G national research and education network and we look forward to supporting this next phase of their network evolution." "This initiative is a clear example of Cisco's commitment to education and our focus on driving industry innovation," added Renee Patton, Cisco's global director of education and healthcare. "Our work with Internet2 is a model for the future of research and education globally. With innovative approaches such as this, we are working together to power inclusive exploration and learning for all." "Lumen has been a key partner to Internet2 for years and provides the fiber backbone that powers their recent upgrade to Next Generation Infrastructure," commented Sonia Ramsey, regional vice president of the Lumen state and local government and education market. "Internet2's super high speed network is built on the Lumen optical fiber and colocation infrastructure that quickly and securely connects important research and development groups and academic institutions in more than 40 cities. These ultra-fast connections are designed to increase scientific collaboration among diverse organizations across the U.S." About Internet2 Internet2 is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 serves 323 U.S. universities, 59 government agencies, 46 regional and state education networks and through them supports more than 80,000 community anchor institutions, over 1,000 InCommon participants, and 54 leading corporations working with our community, and 70 national research and education network partners that represent more than 100 countries. Internet2 delivers a diverse portfolio of technology solutions that leverages, integrates, and amplifies the strengths of its members and helps support their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2's core infrastructure components include the nation's largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework. About GlobalNOC at Indiana University The GlobalNOC launched in 1998, at the dawn of the commercial Internet, with a singular goal: to provide operations support enabling Internet2 to create a new kind of network, built by the R&E community to serve the R&E community. Over time, we grew to support the needs of many network partners, but remain a nonprofit focused exclusively on research, education, public-interest networking projects and development of advanced network services. About Ciena Ciena is a networking systems, services and software company. We provide solutions that help our customers create the Adaptive Network™ in response to the constantly changing demands of their end-users. By delivering best-in-class networking technology through high-touch consultative relationships, we build the world's most agile networks with automation, openness and scale About Cisco Cisco is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securing your data, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering your teams for a global and inclusive future. Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. About Lumen Lumen is guided by our belief that humanity is at its best when technology advances the way we live and work. With approximately 450,000 route fiber miles and serving customers in more than 60 countries, we deliver the fastest, most secure platform for applications and data to help businesses, government and communities deliver amazing experiences. About GDT Since 1996, award-winning technology integration partner GDT has leveraged state-of-the-art facilities, industry-leading OEM relationships, and a team of IT professionals unparalleled in the industry to digitally transform the world's most noted enterprises. From managed services to GovCloud to collaboration technology and beyond, GDT has the resources and skill to design and build custom technology solutions to suit public and private sector organizations of all sizes, as well as provide the expert services to support them.

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Viaero Wireless, one of U.S.' largest regional carriers, selects Ericsson to upgrade network equipment

Ericsson | September 21, 2021

Viaero Wireless, a regional telecommunications company that has served parts of the Midwest and western U.S. for more than 30 years, has selected Ericsson to replace and upgrade its existing LTE equipment to end-to-end 5G-ready products and solutions. With this modernization, Viaero will be able to offer upgraded mobility and broadband services, which will result in an improved customer experience for their subscribers. "We needed a partner that could step up and provide a turn-key solution," said Frank DiRico, CEO and Founder of Viaero. "The key to our success is providing the best possible service to our customers. In addition to Ericsson's industry-leading products and solutions, we felt that Ericsson had the best team to make this project successful when looking at different technology options." Headquartered in Fort Morgan, Colorado, Viaero is one of the largest regional carriers in the country, covering parts of Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Kansas. Under the agreement, Ericsson will replace existing core, radio access network (RAN), microwave and router equipment across more than 900 LTE sites in Viaero's network. Ericsson will provide its industry-leading cloud-native core https://www.ericsson.com/en/core-network/5g-core/demos, as well its innovative best-in-class RAN portfolio, microwave, and transport solutions. This robust portfolio of products and solutions will allow Viaero to expand its connectivity footprint, reach more customers, and continue delivering high-speed internet to rural America. "With their large footprint across the heart of the U.S., Viaero recognized the need for reliable 5G-ready networks to bring connectivity and digitization to businesses and consumers," said Niklas Heuveldop, President and Head of Ericsson North America. "We're proud they've chosen Ericsson for this important work that will help bridge the digital divide and bring fast, reliable broadband service for all." As a trusted partner to all of the major service providers and many regional carriers across the country, Ericsson is committed to supporting the market through the most advanced technology and services. ABOUT ERICSSON Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company's portfolio spans Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services, and Emerging Business and is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson's investments in innovation have delivered the benefits of telephony and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world. The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York.

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Complete Edge Cloud Deployment Chat Mobility and Trilogy

prnewswire | January 13, 2021

Visit Mobility, Emerson, Iowa and Trilogy Networks, Inc., Boulder, Colorado today reported the finishing of Trilogy's Unified Multi-Cloud Edge Network foundation across bits of Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri. This basic Edge Cloud foundation will quicken Chat Mobility's arrangements to convey a 5G O-RAN organize and convey accuracy horticulture answers for a great many homesteads in their inclusion territory. Set of three, through the Rural Cloud Initiative (RCI), is joining forces with Chat Mobility to expand their Nationwide Single - Unified Edge Cloud Platform profound into the center and far edges of Chat Mobility's inclusion zone. 5G organization arrangements utilizing virtualized Open RAN advancements require powerful cloud and organization framework at cell locales and center areas in the organization. With the arrangement of Trilogy's EdgeHub, EdgeGate and EdgeRAN stages, Chat Mobility is all around situated to quickly convey the 5G organization in select areas of their working region. This organization will (likewise) uphold the conveyance of cutting edge accuracy agribusiness answers for thousands ranches across this multi-state inclusion territory. The arrangements incorporate arising Precision Agriculture applications like robots, mechanical technology and sensors being sent all through the cultivating and animals businesses. These arrangements enable ranchers and agribusiness organizations to change cultivating into a cutting edge computerized endeavor. With admittance to continuous information control and dynamic of associated gadgets, homesteads will fundamentally expand in general proficiency and yield through decreases in deterioration, energy costs, protection, and human asset costs. "The deployment of this advanced technology is crucial as many worldwide organizations have recognized there will be a massive global food shortage by the year 2050. On December 20th of 2018 the United States Congress formally acknowledged the forecasted global food shortage. They promptly made a declaration calling on US food producers to embark on activities to double their production without adding a single acre of land or an additional drop of water," says George Woodward, CEO of Trilogy Networks and FCC Precision Ag Task Force member. "To accomplish this monumental task, technology and advancements in precision agriculture will be required and need to start immediately. To support this the FCC is allocating an initial $1B to address Precision Agriculture technology and deployments. This represents the first of many initiatives to support the 2.1 Million farms and $136B annual agriculture segment. All of the advanced applications will benefit from a complete network evolution that includes both Private 5G systems and Multi-Cloud Edge Compute connectivity. " "Trilogy's deployment in our network gives us the capability and agility we need to build out a 5G network efficiently and cost effectively. We successfully completed the deployment of high capacity edge computing and storage, within our telco partners central offices, and at several cell sites across Southwest Iowa," said Brian Spurgeon, General Manager of Chat Mobility, in a prepared statement. "This forward-looking initiative continues our history of delivering the cutting-edge solutions needed by our customers, in this case, real-time analytics at the far edge of the network covering thousands of square miles of rich agricultural lands." Additionally, Trilogy and Chat, along with several RCI partners have completed the second phase deployment at Hurst Greenery as part of their Farm of the Future Series. "With the completion of this phase at Hurst Greenery, Trilogy, with the Rural Cloud Initiative, has created a deployment and blueprint model to replicate and scale Private LTE Systems and advanced precision Ag solutions all across rural America. Trilogy and RCI will be announcing a series of additional Multi-Cloud Edge network deployments over the next few months," said George Woodward, President & CEO of Trilogy Networks.

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