Businesswire | May 12, 2023
Great Plains Communications (GPC), the leading Midwestern telecommunications provider with a growing, privately owned 16,500+ mile fiber network reaching 13 states, is deploying Ciena's (NYSE: CIEN) Coherent Routing solution and WaveLogic 5 Nano (WL5n) technology. This deployment will increase GPC’s network capacity, reliability, and resiliency to adapt to the continually increasing bandwidth needs of business, carrier, and residential customers.
With the enhanced capabilities made possible by the network upgrade, GPC can: • Support 5G and xHaul services for fiber-to-the-tower (FTTT) customers up to 10Gb/s—10 times the previous capacity • Provide high-performance, scalable 400G Data Center Interconnect (DCI) services to large cloud and data center operators • Ensure the utmost resiliency of Layer 2 VPNs with Segment Routing for the protection of packet services
“We strive to continuously improve our network to meet rising bandwidth demands with greater scalability and agility,” said Tony Thakur, Chief Technology Officer, Great Plains Communications. “GPC is committed to providing a customer experience that meets or exceeds the changing needs and expectations of our customers, whether it’s ultra-fast 5G, cloud computing, or high-bandwidth applications like streaming video and gaming—and Ciena’s coherent routing, switching, and optical technology plays a key role in this.”
“As a leading regional service provider in the Midwest, Great Plains Communications always has an eye to the future—especially when it comes to technology advancements and the growing traffic curve,” remarked Kevin Sheehan, CTO of the Americas, Ciena. “With Ciena’s innovative Coherent Routing solution, GPC can support voracious network demand and shifting traffic patterns, fulfilling the needs of its business and residential customers with new in-demand, high-bandwidth services for 5G, cloud connect, and more.”
Managed by Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) multi-layer domain controller, GPC’s network leverages Ciena’s Coherent Routing solution comprising the 5164 Router and 8110 Coherent Aggregation Router with WL5n 100G–400G coherent pluggables, as well as the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by WaveLogic coherent optics, for optical transport. Installation, turn-up, and test services for the network were provided by Ciena Services to accelerate time to market, and Ciena will perform ongoing maintenance services to ensure the network operates at peak performance.
• At International Telecoms Week 2023, hear Ciena CTO Steve Alexander speak on Monday, May 15, at 3:05pm (Stage 2) – Subsea fireside chat: What’s the next evolutionary step for subsea cable technology
• GPC will be attending International Telecoms Week 2023 to meet with current and prospective customers
About Great Plains Communications
Great Plains Communications is one of the largest privately-owned digital infrastructure providers in the Midwest and is headquartered in Blair, Nebraska. It has over a century of experience providing business and residential customers in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Southeastern Indiana communities with forward-thinking, fiber-based technology services including high-speed internet, Ethernet, video, hosted and traditional voice solutions. The company also takes pride in its progressive approach to accommodating the unique needs of all regional and national telecommunications carriers, LECs, ISPs, wireless carriers and other service providers utilizing superior engineering and custom-build strategies. At the core of its service offering is an extensive, MEF-certified 16,500+ mile regional fiber network that reaches 13 states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The network offers community access rings, last-mile and middle-mile solutions, all fully supported by the company’s 24x7x365 Network Operations CenterAbout Ciena Ciena is a global leader in networking systems, services, and software. We build the most adaptive networks in the industry, enabling customers to anticipate and meet ever-increasing digital demands. For three-plus decades, Ciena has brought our humanity to our relentless pursuit of innovation. Prioritizing collaborative relationships with our customers, partners, and communities, we create flexible, open, and sustainable networks that better serve all users—today and into the future.
VIRTUAL DESKTOP STRATEGIES, SERVER HYPERVISORS
businesswire | April 03, 2023
Leostream™, the world's leading Remote Desktop Access Platform provider, has announced its new integration with Amazon WorkSpaces Core, providing organizations with a seamless and secure experience for deploying virtual desktops and applications in hybrid cloud environments, particularly when using VMware infrastructures.
WorkSpaces Core enables customers and partners to create custom VDI solutions using purpose-built compute instances optimized for virtual desktops. By adding both Leostream and WorkSpaces Core, organizations that use on-premises VMware hypervisors can easily and quickly maximize the utility of desktops and applications hosted in the cloud, while benefiting from improved security and lower costs.
The combination of using VMware hypervisors on-prem, Amazon WorkSpaces in the cloud, and the Leostream Connection Broker to manage the entire environment provides numerous benefits, including simplified management, better end-user experience, enhanced security and compliance features, greater workflow flexibility, and easier user on-boarding.
"Organizations that rely on VMware for their digital workspace requirements often have users who would benefit from a cloud-based workspace," commented Leostream CEO Karen Gondoly. "However, IT needs a solution that can manage these hybrid environments from a single web-based administrator portal. Leostream is uniquely positioned to offer a seamless way to provide this hybrid experience with WorkSpaces Core and VMware environments. This latest solution is part of Leostream's ongoing efforts to enable enterprises to build a better way to manage hybrid work."
Leostream's platform offers the world's most robust desktop connection management and remote access feature set, providing organizations with the flexibility to choose best-of-breed components to satisfy their complex security, cost, and flexibility needs.
Furthermore, Leostream is renowned for being the go-to solution as the remote desktop access platform of choice—leveraging its unique ability to mix and manage on-premises and cloud-based hosting platforms. The platform's success stems from its ability to orchestrate disparate technologies from a single-pane-of-glass—allowing organizations to advance the state of their entire hosted desktop environment while integrating new technologies as they come to market.
At Leostream, we take great pride in knowing that we are the world's premier and most comprehensive Remote Desktop Access Platform. This is because we believe everyone deserves a seamless work-from-anywhere environment, regardless of industry, size, or location. With the Leostream platform, it all starts with insight paired with simplicity. Powered by a single-pane-of-glass admin console, our platform simplifies the management of users, cloud desktops, and IT assets—all with real-time dashboard access to view usage and environment details, helping to make informed decisions.
VIRTUAL SERVER INFRASTRUCTURE, VSPHERE, HYPER-V
Prnewswire | April 20, 2023
Scale Computing, the market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced Managed Services Provider (MSP) customer success with its SC//Fleet Manager solution, the first cloud-hosted monitoring and management tool built for hyperconverged edge computing infrastructure at scale. Integrated directly into the Scale Computing Platform, SC//Fleet Manager consolidates real-time conditions for a fleet of clusters, including storage and compute resources, allowing IT leaders to quickly identify areas of concern from a single pane of glass.
Cat-Tec, an MSP based in Ontario, Canada, provides enterprise-level computer network consulting to small and mid-sized businesses. Before modernizing its infrastructure with Scale Computing, Cat-Tec relied on a combination of Nutanix, VMware, and Hyper-V virtualization technologies to run its infrastructure and resell to its customers. However, they soon realized that the cost and complexity of deploying these systems were limiting their ability to scale their business and secure new customers.
"While our clients all have very different operating requirements, they all have one thing in common – they want to spend less time troubleshooting their technology stack and more time focused on running their business," said Genito Isabella, co-founder and VP of Systems Integration for Cat-Tec. "Every hour that one of our IT professionals spends manually updating firmware on a server or trying to correctly diagnose a performance issue is time that could be spent on other strategic, revenue-generating projects."
To overcome these challenges, Cat-Tec decided it was time to invest in a modern hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution that could help their team manage and scale their distributed infrastructure in a more efficient, cost-effective, and holistic manner. Following a rigorous vendor evaluation process, Cat-Tec selected Scale Computing due to the simplicity of its modular architecture, the ability of SC//Fleet Manager to monitor and manage multiple clusters from a single console, as well as the SC//Platform's native integration with leading third-party backup systems which ensures resilience in the event of a system-wide disruption.
"We estimate that the ability to pre-stage hardware has saved us an average of four hours per deployment per client implementation. Meanwhile, using SC//Fleet Manager to proactively troubleshoot issues remotely has dramatically improved our ability to meet our SLAs," continued Isabella. "This means we can now devote more time helping customers solve real problems rather than just constantly having to put out fires. It's not an exaggeration to say that Scale Computing has completely transformed our business."
About Scale Computing
Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, Scale Computing Platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime, even when local IT resources and staff are scarce. Edge Computing is the fastest-growing area of IT infrastructure, and industry analysts have named Scale Computing an outperformer and leader in the space, including being named the #1 edge computing vendor by CRN. Scale Computing's products are sold by thousands of value-added resellers, integrators, and service providers worldwide. When ease of use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing Platform is the ideal infrastructure platform. Read what our customers have to say on Gartner Peer Insights, Spiceworks, TechValidate, G2, and Trust Radius.