Anytime Mailbox Leading Innovator in Postal Mail Virtualization Space has Officially Rolled out an API for Operators

Anytime Mailbox | September 14, 2020

Anytime Mailbox, the largest global provider of digital mailbox services, with over 800 locations in 25 countries currently, has officially rolled out its API for mail center operators. The API delivers critical capabilities to operating partners that enable fully integrated Anytime Mailboxes best of breed services within the operating partner’s existing platforms. This creates a truly white label, single platform experience for the operator’s customers.

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Cloud computing remains the buzzword winner of the current technology paradigm. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines cloud computing broadly as “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (for example, networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”1 NIST further describes cloud along three axes: characteristics, deployment model, and service model. This provides a rather bewildering matrix of possible implementations of cloud. However, by focusing on the characteristics that NIST defines, GP can see how close to an “ideal” cloud implementation your organization can perform. One central element to note about the NIST.

Spotlight

Cloud computing remains the buzzword winner of the current technology paradigm. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines cloud computing broadly as “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (for example, networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”1 NIST further describes cloud along three axes: characteristics, deployment model, and service model. This provides a rather bewildering matrix of possible implementations of cloud. However, by focusing on the characteristics that NIST defines, GP can see how close to an “ideal” cloud implementation your organization can perform. One central element to note about the NIST.

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Windstream Enterprise and VMware Partner on SASE to Simplify Security and Deliver a Superior Customer Experience

Windstream Enterprise | October 19, 2021

Windstream Enterprise (WE), a managed communications service provider, announced a partnership with VMware to bring Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) to mutual customers faster. The solution fuses Windstream Enterprise’s Cloud CoreTM network and VMware SASE Points of Presence (PoPs) to deliver an optimal and more secure application experience to remote access users. “The integration of the Cloud Core and VMware SASE makes it easier for customers to transition from outdated legacy networks to the next era of networking and security. This partnership gives us the ability to quickly expand our feature set as VMware develops additional innovative cloud-delivered features and functionality.” Mike Frane, vice president of product management, Windstream Enterprise The unification of Cloud Core with the hosted VMware SASE PoPs allows Windstream Enterprise to deliver a Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) with optimum performance on its own cloud-based services such as Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), OfficeSuite UC and managed security in addition to native MPLS integrations. Windstream Enterprise’s Cloud Core architecture maximizes the reliability and performance of its cloud services while streamlining the extension of services to include VMware SASE cloud services, including VMware Cloud Web Security (CWS) and its Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution, VMware Secure Access. “The global footprint of VMware and our partner PoPs delivers cloud-based networking and security services that effortlessly scale with customers’ needs,” said Mark Vondemkamp, vice president of edge operations and services, VMware. “The services delivered through our PoPs will be quickly and seamlessly consumed by both Windstream Enterprise and our end users to deliver a leading-edge SASE solution.” By bringing Cloud Core and VMware SASE closer together, customers benefit from: Advanced SASE solution that enables hybrid SD-WAN and MPLS networks Maximum control over the quality and experience provided by the application since the applications never leave the Cloud Core network Unparalleled visibility, personalization and control via Windstream Enterprise’s award-winning WE Connect portal Centralized and consistent security policies for all remote workers, regardless of location or device The solution supports today’s need for a highly distributed remote workforce. Once a mere 6 percent of the pre-pandemic workforce,1 work-from-anywhere has surged to 62 percent over the course of last year.2 Today’s organizations require immediate and uninterrupted access to critical network and cloud-based resources in order to support the swift pace of digital business transformation and the rise in hybrid work. One of the most effective technologies being used increasingly by businesses to address these shifts is SASE, which is set to explode with growth. According to Gartner, “By 2024, at least 40% of enterprise will have explicit strategies to adopt SASE, up from less than 1% SASE at year-end 2018.” “There is a need to enable secure connectivity from anywhere, on any device. This integration allows businesses to simplify security to protect all users, devices, applications, services and data,” said Layne Levine, president of Windstream Enterprise. “The end result is a highly differentiated customer experience.” About Windstream: Windstream Holdings is a privately held Fortune® 1000 communications and software company. Windstream offers managed communications services, including SD-WAN and UCaaS, and high-capacity bandwidth and transport services to businesses across the U.S. The company also provides premium broadband, entertainment, and security services through an enhanced fiber network to consumers and small and midsize businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states.

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NEXCOM and Enea Jointly Develop Open Source Software Kit for Secure SD-WAN

NEXCOM | January 19, 2021

Enea and NEXCOM have mutually built up an open source programming pack for secure SD-WAN, making it simple for frameworks integrators and correspondence specialist co-ops to assess and convey endeavor networks utilizing all inclusive client premises hardware. The unit incorporates flexiWAN, an open source SD-WAN application, and pfSense, an open source firewall, both virtualized to run on uCPE. Additionally included are robotization contents for onboarding and testing, just as broad how-to-guides. The open source software is configured for Enea's uCPE virtualization and management platform, Enea NFV Access, and two of NEXCOM's Intel-based whitebox appliances – DTA 1160 and TCA 5170B. The two equipment stages give distinctive systems administration limits at various value focuses, covering a wide scope of execution necessities for different use cases. NEXCOM's DTA 1160 depends on an Intel Atom processor and intended for lightweight, scale-out outstanding tasks at hand, while TCA 5170B depends on an Intel Xeon D processor for high virtualized execution. The two arrangements have been tried to meet throughput prerequisites of generally little and medium sized branches. The arrangement brief was made by Intel Corporation. Giving a total application structure, including open source Virtual Network Functions and every fundamental arrangement, the product pack altogether abbreviates the time expected to raise an answer on uCPE. It can undoubtedly be adjusted to oblige inclinations for explicit VNF merchants by supplanting the open source VNFs with other SD-WAN or firewall VNFs, or expanding them with extra applications. "Our collaboration with Enea is part of our strategy," says Allan Chiu, VP of Network & Communication Solutions at NEXCOM. "It allows us to bring pre-verified solution kits to the market for quick and easy adoption by end customers. We hope to increase our collaborative efforts in the years to come." "The demand for uCPE-based SD-WAN and security is growing rapidly, and this kit is a great way to shorten time-to-market," says Karl Mörner, Vice President of Product Management at Enea. "We think of it not only as a starter kit, but also as a complete, cost-effective software solution for deploying secure SD-WAN." "Leveraging the open source SD-WAN of flexiWAN allows vendors such as Enea and NEXCOM to ship their products pre-installed with a ready-to-use solution," says Amir Zmora, CEO and Co-Founder of flexiWAN. "The system automatically registers with flexiWAN's cloud management, and users can open a free account and start using the system." About Enea: Enea is one of the world's leading suppliers of innovative software for telecommunication and cybersecurity. Focus areas are cloud-native, 5G-ready products for data management, mobile video traffic optimization, edge virtualization, and traffic intelligence. More than 3 billion people rely on Enea technologies in their daily lives. Enea is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. About NEXCOM: NEXCOM was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. Integrating diverse capabilities, NEXCOM operates six global businesses, including the Network and Communication Solutions (NCS) unit, which focuses on high performance computing and network technology, and is committed to helping customers build network infrastructure. NCS's network application platform is widely adopted in CDN, Cyber Security Appliance, Load Balancer, uCPE, Router, SD-WAN, Edge Computing, Storage, NVR, and other network applications.

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Cortavo Revolutionizes Virtual Private Server Performance With a Data Center Refresh

Cortavo | September 14, 2021

Cortavo™, a leading IT managed services provider (MSP), has undertaken a full-scale infrastructure refresh spanning May to July of 2021. Cortavo's Engineering Leads Peter Miles and Paul Coad partnered with Tom Lasswell, their Vice President of IT Operations for the project. This internal team completely upgraded the Cortavo data center hardware supporting their VPS cloud service and all their hosted customers. Normally, hardware and software refreshes represent a standard routine of continuous system hygiene required of all data centers, yet this refresh was far from the routine. The overhaul included new cabinets, robust servers, the latest Intel® CPUs, more RAM, better cabling and generous storage hardware. The refresh also consisted of a host software upgrade to the latest version of VMware and vCloud Director, widening their storage capacity to operate faster with plenty of extra capacity for growth and upgrading their internet connectivity. Cortavo's technology refresh marks the debut of Cortavo Cloud®, its VPS cloud hosting service offered to small and medium-sized businesses. This refresh fortifies system capacity to shoulder the demands of Cortavo's new suite of cloud services, stepping up user experience through several key benefits, including: Processing Speeds: the overhaul replaced the previous processors with the latest generation of Intel 3.1 GHz processers, thereby raising the clock speed for better user performance and experience. SD-WAN: new hardware appliances allow for redundant internet connection through a vast peering network with other major data centers spanning a secure tunnel. This tunnel connects through a powerful backbone beginning with a major local hub, producing a short communications pathway with increased speed, resulting in a better browsing and phone experience with no latency. Cortavo Cloud's new hosting offers a full, redundant internet connection leveraging two channels and two different carriers for enhanced speed by prioritizing channels of least resistance. Enhanced Storage: accompanying a recent enlargement of storage, all primary workloads run on solid-state drives while nearline storage for archive and retention resides on advanced Seagate® hard drive storage. vCloud Director: allows for multi-tenancy in a VMware® environment. This environment grants console entry to view the machine's admin panel as a typical administrator, thus offering an access level currently unavailable with other major cloud providers. System security scales with usage and multi-tenancy, and NSX-TTM Data Center adds a virtualization layer to the network providing another layer of software protection. "As many project participants have realized, this is not simply a routine refresh, but also an upgrade," Tom Lasswell stated. "With this new infrastructure in place, our Cortavo Cloud VPS customers and users should experience lightning-fast interactions, proceed with the confidence of heightened security and enjoy console access seldom granted with big cloud providers. This is a huge leap forward for our clients and they're going to feel the difference as they use our services." About Cortavo Cortavo is an all-inclusive MSP solution created by Aventis Systems. Based in Atlanta, GA, Cortavo provides all the hardware, software and cloud services necessary to address small businesses' technology needs and challenges at a predictable monthly cost. Cortavo manages technology expansion and supports thousands of small business employees throughout the Southeastern United States.

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