Showing posts with label Carolinas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carolinas. Show all posts

Monday, November 19, 2012

Overture Boosts its Carrier Ethernet Edge Platform

Overture rolled out a 3-port DS3 interface module and software enhancements for its Overture 1400 gigabit Carrier Ethernet edge platform, which enables premium business Ethernet and mobile backhaul service delivery over a variety of infrastructures, including native optical Ethernet, SONET/SDH, DS3/E3, DS1, and E1.

The new card can bond up to three DS3 circuits to overcome Ethernet service delivery challenges in areas outside of existing fiber network footprints and offer 100 Mbps or more using readily available DS3s.  The new card also supports Generic Framing Procedure (GFP) and Virtual Concatenation (VCAT) bonding using Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS).

The software upgrades add MLPPP bonding to the existing T1/E1 interface module, as well as capabilities for rapid service activation, dynamic re-marking of service classes, and synthetic loss measurements.

“Carriers are looking for ways to better serve the needs of all customers, including those who require reliable high bandwidth services but can’t connect directly to the optical network due to physical or geographical barriers, or other gating factors,” said Vijay Raman, vice president of product management and marketing, Overture Networks. “With the Overture 1400 Release 12.1 and the 3-port DS3 interface module, service providers can quickly and easily meet customer demand for premium business services. It’s another powerful solution that allows us to turn the difficult into the doable.”

http://www.overturenetworks.com


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Time Warner Cable Opens $82 Million Data Center in North Carolina

Time Warner Cable (TWC) inaugurated a National Data Center East in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The $82 million dollar National Data Center is a 178,000 square foot (16,500 m2) facility that includes 1,600 racks of technical equipment and four 12,000 square foot data halls. The second facility is a four-story, 103,500 square foot administrative office building. In support of TWC’s green initiative, both buildings will seek Silver LEED certification.

The new data center is part a $101 million expansion at the company's campus in Charlotte.

Time Warner Cable also highlighted that the new data center leverages Cloud Technology from NaviSite, a Time Warner Cable company.

“Time Warner Cable serves customers across 29 states and this National Data Center provides the management and support for all Time Warner Cable products and services including WiFi, High Speed Data, Voice, TV services on smart devices and Intelligent Home among others,” added Jim Ludington, executive vice president of national network operations and engineering, Time Warner Cable. “In addition, the building is strategically designed to double in equipment size to accommodate future growth.”

http://www.timewarnercable.com

Friday, October 26, 2012

RST Global Builds FTTP Underground Network in North Carolina

RST Global Communications, a privately funded company based in Shelby, North Carolina, has begun construction on a 100% fiber-optic network that includes backbone, middle and late mile installation.

The network, which will serve North Carolina’s growing Piedmont region, is installed entirely underground at an average depth of 10 feet.  The company said it is pursuing this approach instead of aerial fiber deployment in order to ensure maximum security, reliability and weather protection.

RST’s next phase of its Real Fiber Network will offer FTTP service to thousands of homes and businesses along the I-85 corridor.

http://www.rstfiber.com

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Google Opens North Carolina Data Center to Street View

Google posted a Street View tour of its massive data center in Lenoir, North Carolina.  A YouTube guided tour is also online.

Some notes from the production

  • Google highlights its custom server design
  • Each piece of data is stored on at least 2 servers
  • Important data is back-up to tape libraries
http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/inside/streetview/

Here are the locations of Google data centers:

Americas
Berkeley County, South Carolina
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Douglas County, Georgia
Lenoir, North Carolina
Mayes County, Oklahoma
The Dalles, Oregon

Quilicura, Chile

Asia
Hong Kong
Singapore
Taiwan

Europe
Hamina, Finland
St Ghislain, Belgium
Dublin, Ireland

Google Links Data Centers with Software-defined Networking



WAN economics to date have not made Google happy, said Urs Hoelzle, SVP of Technical Infrastructure and Google Fellow, speaking at the Open Networking Summit 2012 in Santa Clara, California. Ideally, the cost per bit should go down as the network scales, but this is not really true in a really massive backbone like Google's. This scale requires more expensive hardware and manual management of very complex software. The goal should be to manage...


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sentinel Builds Mega Data Center in North Carolina

Sentinel Data Centers has begun construction on  a 420,000 square foot (39,000m2) wholesale data center in Durham, North Carolina.

The Sentinel NC-1 multi-tenant facility will be available for occupancy in early 2013 upon completion and commissioning of an initial 120,000 square foot (11,000m2) phase.  The company expects its mega facility will ultimately yield approximately 200,000 square feet of net computer room space, divisible into autonomous, turnkey suites of multiple sizes and configurations.

http://www.sentineldatacenters.com/blog/sentinel-launches-nc-1-data-center

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Apple Plans Massive Data Center in Oregon

Apple is planning to build a massive data center in Prineville, Oregon, in proximity to Facebook's main data center, according to city documents reported by The Bend Bulletin. The facility reportedly will be over 500,000 square feet (46,451 m2) located on 160 acres of land. This would be equivalent in size to Apple's flagship data center in Maiden, North Carolina.
http://www.bendbulletin.com/





Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ciena Provides Optical Upgrade in the Carolinas for Spirit

Spirit Communications, a CLEC serving business customers in North and South Carolina has selected Ciena's 5430 Packet-Optical Reconfigurable Switching System (RSS) and OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane software to upgrade its transport network.

Ciena’s 5430 RSS will link Spirit’s major point-of-presence (POP) locations across the Carolinas. The upgraded network will support an increase in switching capacity at each location to serve existing TDM traffic migrated from legacy systems, as well as advanced Optical Transport Network (OTN) and Carrier Ethernet protocols, for increasing demands today and in the future. Additionally, by combining Ciena’s 5430 switching system with OneConnect, both key elements of the Ciena’s OPn architecture for programmable networks, Spirit is able to differentiate its service offering with mesh restoration, improved network resiliency and service availability, beyond what would be possible with a competitive platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

AT&T Southeast Reaches Tentative Labor Deal


AT&T Southeast (BellSouth Telecommunications) announced a tentative labor agreement with the Communications Workers of America covering more than 22,000 wireline employees in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The contract will be submitted to the CWA's membership for a ratification vote in coming days.

Key provisions include:
  • General wage increases in each year of the contract for most employees – 2.25 percent the first year, 2.75 percent the second year, and 3 percent the third year.
  • A 1 percent pension band increase in each year of the contract to the banded pension plan enjoyed by most current employees. New hires will continue to receive the Bargained Cash Balance 2 Pension Plan, with a one-time, 1 percent pay credit increase and an 80 percent match in the AT&T Retirement Savings 401(k) Plan.
  • Expands to additional employees a guaranteed job offer provision that promises qualified surplused employees a guaranteed job opportunity with AT&T.
  • Maintains one of the most robust health care plans in the nation, continuing to cover 100 percent of network preventive care, including such items as annual physicals and well-child care, with modest increases in employee contributions. For example, employees with individual coverage will pay monthly contributions of $38 in the first year of the contract, $58 the second year and $79 the third year of the contract. Employees with family coverage will pay monthly contributions of $81, $121, and $163 over the three years of the agreement. New hires will pay higher contributions. Deductibles for network care will be $500 for individual coverage and $1,000 for family coverage in each year of the contract.

http://www.att.com 08-Aug-12

Monday, August 6, 2012

AT&T and CWA Extend Contract Talks till Aug 9

AT&T and the Communications Workers of America failed to reach an agreement by the 11:59 p.m. EDT Aug. 4 expiration of the core wireline contract in the Southeast region. However, the parties agreed to a five-day extension of the contract and negotiations are continuing.

The contract covers more than 22,000 wireline employees in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. 
http://www.att.com/corewirelinebargaining http://www.cwa-union.org 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

CWA Negotiator Dies in Tragic Drowning


The Communications Workers of America is mourning the loss of Seth Rosen, vice president of Communications Workers of America District 4, who drowned in a tragic accident in North Carolina on Friday, July 20, 2012. He was 55.


Last week, Mr, Rosen was working to finalize a tentative agreement for CWA members at AT&T Midwest. He was elected CWA vice president in 2005, and was a leader in organizing, bargaining and many areas of the union.

http://www.facebook.com/seth.rosen.memorial

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Verizon Wireless and Comcast Extend Marketing Partnership

Verizon Wireless and Comcast began marketing each other's services in several cities across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. Verizon Wireless and Comcast have previously introduced this offering in the following markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Colorado, Kansas City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle. http://www.verizon wireless.com http://www.comcast.com

Verizon Wireless and Comcast Extend Marketing Partnership

Verizon Wireless and Comcast began marketing each other's services in several cities across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. Verizon Wireless and Comcast have previously introduced this offering in the following markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Colorado, Kansas City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle. http://www.verizon wireless.com http://www.comcast.com

Monday, June 11, 2012

Spirit Communications Expands Ethernet in Carolinas with Overture

Spirit Communications, a Service Provider in North and South Carolina, is expanding its Ethernet service footprint using Overture Networks' Carrier Ethernet solution.



Spirit’s Business Elite Ethernet service delivers speeds from 3 Mbps up to 10 Mbps.



“Since launching Business Elite this past year, we have seen a increase in the number of customers we’re signing and we’re very much encouraged by this growth,�? said Greg Guerra, Spirit executive vice president of Strategy, Product Management and Business Development. “Clearly, there are some logistical advantages to be working with a local company like Overture, but more importantly, our success is based on a shared passion for delivering unmatched service and support to our customers as we work together to build out Spirit’s network."http://www.overturenetworks.com

Spirit Communications Expands Ethernet in Carolinas with Overture

Spirit Communications, a Service Provider in North and South Carolina, is expanding its Ethernet service footprint using Overture Networks' Carrier Ethernet solution.



Spirit’s Business Elite Ethernet service delivers speeds from 3 Mbps up to 10 Mbps.



“Since launching Business Elite this past year, we have seen a increase in the number of customers we’re signing and we’re very much encouraged by this growth,�? said Greg Guerra, Spirit executive vice president of Strategy, Product Management and Business Development. “Clearly, there are some logistical advantages to be working with a local company like Overture, but more importantly, our success is based on a shared passion for delivering unmatched service and support to our customers as we work together to build out Spirit’s network."http://www.overturenetworks.com

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Obama Renominates Clyburn as FCC Commissioner

President Obama has renominated Mignon L. Clyburn to serve as one of the five FCC Commissioners. She has served since July 2009 and her term end June 30, 2012.



Mignon Clyburn previously was a member of South Carolina's Public Service Commission, which regulates the state's investor owned public utilities, including providers of telecommunications services. http://www.fcc.gov

AT&T Earns Homeland Security Certification For Disaster Preparedness

AT&T has earned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certification for disaster preparedness under the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program. The program enables private sector organizations to enhance their capabilities for planning, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters and other threats.



AT&T is the first company to earn this certification.



"We are proud to be the first company to achieve this Homeland Security certification, for it reflects AT&T's long-standing commitment to business continuity through disaster preparedness," said Pamela Lackey, President of AT&T South Carolina. "This accomplishment is a tribute to South Carolina's leaders who, for many years, have championed policies that encourage investment in advanced and reliable technologies across the state. As a result, our business and network operations are state-of-the-art when it comes to performing during and after a disaster or emergency."http://www.att.com

Obama Renominates Clyburn as FCC Commissioner

President Obama has renominated Mignon L. Clyburn to serve as one of the five FCC Commissioners. She has served since July 2009 and her term end June 30, 2012.



Mignon Clyburn previously was a member of South Carolina's Public Service Commission, which regulates the state's investor owned public utilities, including providers of telecommunications services. http://www.fcc.gov

AT&T Earns Homeland Security Certification For Disaster Preparedness

AT&T has earned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certification for disaster preparedness under the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program. The program enables private sector organizations to enhance their capabilities for planning, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters and other threats.



AT&T is the first company to earn this certification.



"We are proud to be the first company to achieve this Homeland Security certification, for it reflects AT&T's long-standing commitment to business continuity through disaster preparedness," said Pamela Lackey, President of AT&T South Carolina. "This accomplishment is a tribute to South Carolina's leaders who, for many years, have championed policies that encourage investment in advanced and reliable technologies across the state. As a result, our business and network operations are state-of-the-art when it comes to performing during and after a disaster or emergency."http://www.att.com

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Apple Commits to 100% Renewable Energy in N.C. Data Center

Apple will power its new data center in Maiden, North Carolina, using entirely renewable sources by the end of this year.  About 60% of the capacity will cover from on-site generation using the nation’s largest private solar arrays and the largest non-utility fuel cell installation in the country. The remaining 40 percent of the data center energy needs will be clean, renewable energy generated by local and regional sources.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

MCNC Advances North Carolina's Golden LEAF

The first round of MCNC's $144 million Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI) is complete with all fiber now actively in service to Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) including K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, health care facilities, public health facilities, libraries, research institutions, and other sectors of CAIs in western and southeastern North Carolina.

The GLRBI is funded through grants from U.S. Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and significant matching funds from private donations and investments including a $24 million investment from the Golden LEAF Foundation. Once complete through two phases, the GLRBI will greatly expand the reach and capacity of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) in the state.

Some highlights:
  • All North Carolina Community Colleges have been connected to NCREN;

  • The video services infrastructure on the network was upgraded;

  • East Carolina University received a 10gig network upgrade and now serves as a hub for most of eastern North Carolina;

  • the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville now has a 10gig connection

  • Vidant Medical Center in Pitt County became the first not-for-profit hospital connected to the N.C. Telehealth Network via NCREN,


  • MCNC received federal approval to begin the second phase of the GLRBI in June 2011. Since that time, MCNC has mobilized efforts and made significant progress on this portion of the project, which is three-times the size of the first phase.


  • The total of new miles spanning both projects is currently 2,604.


  • The routes for Round 1 as engineered represent 904 newly-operational miles of which 414 miles are new construction.


  • All Round 1 fiber is now lit and placed into service.


  • The routes for Round 2 as engineered represent 1,700 total miles, of which 1,338 are new construction and 362 are being obtained and/or leased via indefeasible rights of use (IRU) or existing fiber is being upgraded.
    595 miles of new conduit has been built along the Round 2 project route, 292 miles of fiber has been deployed within that conduit, and nearly 307 miles of dark fiber have been obtained via IRUs.


  • The participating vendors and contractors who worked on Round 1 include: Fiber Technologies for construction/installation of fiber in western North Carolina; Globe Communications for construction/installation of fiber in the southeast; Comtech for all the fiber splicing related to this portion of the project; Cisco Systems for providing the Cisco ONS 15454 Optical Design Network Solution; CommScope for supplying all fiber-optic cable and materials; and ONUG Communications for engineering design, project planning, and related services.


  • All construction for the GLRBI is to be complete by 2013.


"This first phase of the project already is having a positive impact on student learning, patient outcomes in health care, economic outcomes in job creation and community development, and is accelerating innovation and research all across the state," said MCNC President and CEO Joe Freddoso. "Our goal is to continue creating infrastructure that meets the advanced needs of research, education, and health care while stabilizing costs to consumers and small businesses in areas where affordable broadband currently isn't available."http://www.mcnc.orghttp://www.goldenleaf.org