Conterra Networks | June 03, 2022
Conterra Ultra Broadband Holdings, Inc. ("Conterra Networks") announced that it would continue investing in fiber network expansion in Iredell, Catawba, and Burke counties, with an initial expenditure of $26 million and an additional anticipated $34.6 million over the next five years.
Conterra Networks planned and constructed its 100% fiber network in North Carolina counties, with symmetrical service, speeds of up to 10 Gbps, and network dependability of 99.99 percent. The local staff of the firm runs the all-fiber network, which is presently accessible to 6,167 enterprises and increasing.
"We continue to prioritize the communities we serve by investing in local network infrastructure. This investment is critical to the growth in Iredell, Catawba, and Burke counties. With the ever-increasing business connectivity requirements, we are always committed to enabling limitless communications opportunities for our customers by providing access to custom-designed, ultra-high-capacity broadband networks."
Craig Gunderson, President and CEO of Conterra Networks
Conterra Networks is expanding and investing in North Carolina areas such as Salisbury, Kannapolis, Jacksonville, Morehead City, Statesville, Mooresville, Newton, Hickory, Morganton, Sanford, Rocky Mount, Greenville, Pinehurst, and Southern Pines. The extension is part of the company's larger network infrastructure development throughout the United States. Conterra Networks now has 13,250 fiber miles, 2,700 schools serviced, and more than 7,500 on-net sites.
Betacom | May 25, 2022
Betacom, a wireless pioneer and enabler of Industry 4.0 via private 5G wireless networks, has become a partner at mxd, the Digital Manufacturing Institute, and the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing, and will provide a private 5G network to the organization's Chicago headquarters and Factory Floor Lab. The network, among the first indoor private 5G implementations in the United States, will serve as the basis for developing and enabling technologies that will power Industry 4.0.
Industry 4.0 is a technological revolution that has the potential to reintroduce manufacturing to the United States. Automation, which is at the heart of the movement, has the potential to bring supply lines closer to consumers, eliminate the need for human labor in production, generate new business models, and modify established business models in order to produce next-generation products and services. The high speed and low latency of private 5G networks, along with robust security mechanisms, allow iot installations that drive productivity increases and maximum efficiency in manufacturing, warehousing, and other environments.
Chandra Brown, CEO of mxd said that “Cutting-edge communication capabilities introduce the ability to get data in near real-time to make faster, better-informed decisions in manufacturing facilities across the United States. 5G is an enabling technology that will help unlock potential for manufacturers to be more efficient and competitive, and we are excited to deploy this private network at mxd in partnership with Betacom.”
The industry's first completely private wireless service, Betacom 5G as a Service, is a game changer for many U.S. organizations, providing access to cost-effective, high-performance 5G networks built, installed, and maintained by one of the most trusted brands in wireless networking. Betacom has a longstanding and successful track record of wireless installations in mid-to-large companies, employing carrier-class equipment and experience to fulfill customers' most demanding connection requirements.
Betacom is deploying the mxd network in collaboration with Airspan Networks Inc., a subsidiary of Airspan Networks Holdings Inc., which is delivering the new 5G radio access network, and Druid Software, which is providing the 5G-core software. Betacom handles network design and implementation, with network administration handled by its contemporary cloud-based Security and Service Operations Center (SSOC) based on Zero Trust security design principles.
Betacom CEO Johan Bjorklundsaid that “We are extremely pleased to have joined mxd and look forward to collaborating closely with our partners, who include the most innovative manufacturing technology companies in the world today. The opportunity that this collection of organizations has to truly redefine the nature and the direction of manufacturing globally, and to return manufacturing to the U.S., cannot be overstated. We are incredibly proud to be able to supply the high-performance, highly-secure network that will support those efforts.”
Airspan's end-to-end Open RAN (Radio Access Network) solution, a leader and pioneer, is at the frontline of CBRS shared spectrum connectivity and was the first in the United States to have its 5G CBRS small cells approved by the Federal Communications Commission. Airspan has also played an important role in hastening the development of the 5G CBRS ecosystem by conducting compatibility testing with industry players. Airspan's small cell radios and software enable a variety of virtualization choices based on 3GPP, the O-RAN Alliance, and the Small Cell Forum standards, as well as an all-in-one architectural option.
Airspan is a leader in innovative 5G private network deployments. We are proud to be an integral part of delivering this Industry 4.0 deployment, working with Betacom and Druid to position mxd to accelerate the private network ecosystem for innovative manufacturing use cases.”
Glenn Laxdal, Airspan’s president and chief operating officer said that
Netskope | August 08, 2022
Netskope, the leader in Security Service Edge (SSE) and Zero Trust, today announced it has acquired Infiot, a pioneer in enabling secure, reliable access with zero trust security, network and application optimization, and AI-driven operations.
As Netskope Borderless WAN, the addition of Infiot's revolutionary technology will enable Netskope customers to apply uniform security and quality of experience (QoE) policies to the widest range of hybrid work needs, from employees at home or on-the-go, to branch offices, ad-hoc point-of-sale systems, and multi-cloud environments. For customers, all of these capabilities are delivered in a single architecture, using one policy framework, and one console, which dramatically simplifies operations, preserves network performance, and ensures SASE success.
The Benefits of SASE
Businesses and governments are rapidly adopting SASE to safeguard data wherever it moves, support digital transformation efforts, and realize better efficiency and return-on-investment from their technology. Netskope is a widely acknowledged leader in SSE, which describes the security services needed for a successful SASE architecture.
Relevant to SASE growth, Gartner notes:
"By 2024, 80% of SD-WAN deployments will incorporate SSE requirements, up from less than 25% in 2022"
"By 2025, 80% of enterprises will adopt a strategy to unify web, cloud services, and private application access from a single vendor's SSE platform"
Despite SASE's popularity, however, confusing vendor messaging often accompanies piecemeal product sets that are spuriously marketed as "SASE." Most of these products are not natively integrated, nor able to simplify technology environments, and lack critical network and infrastructure transformation capabilities—all of which risk higher levels of security incidents, network downtime, and poor ROI.
Netskope Borderless WAN combines with Netskope Intelligent SSE in a fully converged SASE platform, uniquely addressing these challenges.
Borderless WAN Unlocks Full SASE Potential
Founded in 2018 by veterans of the SD-WAN market, Infiot was one of only four vendors recognized in the 2021 Gartner "Cool Vendors™ in Cloud Networking" report, was twice named to The Futuriom Top 40, and has been successfully deployed by customers in healthcare, retail, education, energy, manufacturing, telecommunications, and other industries.
Infiot technology leverages a cloud-based, zero-touch deployment and provisioning model with multiple physical and virtual appliance form factors. The solution includes built-in routing, a transport-agnostic approach that supports both wired and wireless networking, app-aware QoE enforcement combined with policy-based traffic steering, and other integrated network security functions critical for deployment at the edge. For customers, all of this capability is delivered in a single architecture, using one policy framework, and one console, which dramatically simplifies operations for thinly-stretched networking and infrastructure teams.
As the foundation of the new Netskope Borderless WAN solution, Infiot technology will allow customers to embrace modern, cloud-first networking by leveraging Netskope SASE Gateways, creating secure, optimized connections between any enterprise location, including site-to-site, or the cloud. Netskope SASE Gateways also enable end-to-end optimization for improved app performance, provide increased network resilience through real-time link monitoring and dynamic path selection, and offer identity and per-app access policies to apply zero trust principles to the network.
Netskope Borderless WAN critical use cases include:
Easy access to industry-leading Netskope Intelligent SSE services powered by world-class Netskope NewEdge infrastructure
All-in-one intelligent access, routing, wireless WAN, network security, app assurance, and edge compute as an effective way to modernize, simplify and implement SASE architecture
The ability to offload MPLS and eliminate costs by sending more traffic direct-to-net, eliminate backhauling and leverage fixed/mobile connectivity options (such as 4G/5G)
Better guaranteed WAN connectivity to ensure end-to-end performance, from the "last mile" to the cloud or legacy data center
Simplified operational overhead associated with running custom third-party applications
"Today, leaders across IT, security, and networking and the world's best-known analyst firms agree that the explosion of data and devices, along with the numerous ways that people connect, communicate, and collaborate, make the transformation of both networking and security a critical imperative for businesses and governments. It is in this transformation where Netskope is uniquely positioned to help customers with a fully converged SASE platform, We're very excited to introduce Borderless WAN, and to welcome Infiot to our growing team."
Sanjay Beri, Netskope CEO
In addition to offering Borderless WAN capabilities, Netskope integrates with key SD-WAN partners, ensuring customers benefit from Netskope Intelligent SSE in mixed environments while maintaining flexibility and choice in vendor partners.
Financial terms of the acquisition are undisclosed. Parag Thakore and the Infiot product team now comprise Netskope's Borderless WAN group, and Infiot's sales team has joined Netskope's sales organization.
Read the Netskope blog for more on today's acquisition news. Visit Netskope.com for more on Borderless WAN and the Netskope SASE platform.
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