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Networking and Infrastructure News Roundup: February 19 Edition

Keeping up with today's new technologies and the slew of products and services introduced to support them is a daunting task. Here is a brief list of some networking and infrastructure news of the week to help you navigate the choices.

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Verizon Business announced the expansion of its long-standing strategic partnership with Cisco, with the addition of three new SD-WAN managed services offerings. This expansion provides enterprise businesses with an extensive global footprint, access to new solutions and capabilities, as well as a management and policy administration model to support the desired business outcomes. The Verizon and Cisco solution expansion includes:

  • Co-managed Cisco SD-WAN powered by Viptela that provides customers the option to control and self-manage SD-WAN security and application policies while relying on Verizon managed service support for fault, performance, and configuration management.
  • Managed SD-WAN powered by Viptela for the Cisco ISR1100 Series platform that is ideal for smaller branch office deployments, providing customers highly secure SD-WAN services on a high-performance, low-cost branch appliance.
  • The introduction of new managed service tiers for Cisco SD-WAN powered by Meraki, which complements Verizon’s complete Cisco Meraki cloud-first platform managed services to deliver seamless, secure connectivity, as well as global deployment support.

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, announced an expanded set of integrated, easy-to-deploy Edge and IoT solutions designed to enable organizations to bring employees back to physical workplaces safely. Developed using Aruba Wi-Fi access points (AP’s), EnOcean 800/900MHz radios that insert into the AP’s, and compatible IoT devices from Aruba Technology Partners. These solutions monitor hoteling spaces, room occupancy, air quality, and cleaning/disinfection scheduling. By operating on customers’ existing Aruba infrastructure and leveraging cloud-based applications, the solutions can be rapidly deployed and eliminate the need for expensive IoT overlay networks.

Major League Baseball announced it has selected Extreme Networks as its official Wi-Fi solutions provider. Extreme will deliver in-stadium Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi analytics in 16 MLB ballparks to improve the fan and media experience, with installations scheduled through 2026. Further, Extreme will power the network at MLB's Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida. The faster, more efficient network capability will support the high-bandwidth application requirements of media and broadcast analysts so they can more quickly send and receive multimedia updates during the nearly 1,300 games the 16 stadiums support over a full season and postseason.

Franz Inc. announced Allegro NFS Server 7.0 for Windows with 64-bit performance. Allegro NFS was originally developed for Franz's internal purposes due to our dissatisfaction with free and commercial NFS Servers on the market and the incredible technical difficulties faced in configuring them on Windows. Allegro NFS Server 7.0 runs on all the current versions of the Windows operating system, including Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2012, Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit), Windows 8 (32 and 64-bit), and Windows 10 (32 and 64-bit). Allegro NFS also has a version that runs on Windows XP.

IBM and Delta Air Lines announced a multi-year agreement to speed Delta’s modernization and digitalization efforts by moving to the public cloud. IBM will transform Delta’s computing environment to run on a hybrid cloud architecture built on Red Hat OpenShift. IBM will work with Delta to use the IBM Garage Methodology and IBM hybrid cloud software, such as CloudPaks, to modernize existing applications and co-create new solutions.

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