CenturyLink, VMware team on enterprise clouds | AT&T joins with Carrier for smart HVAC units | Verizon moving toward 5G trials in 11 markets
February 22, 2017
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CenturyLink, VMware team on enterprise clouds
CenturyLink and VMware are stepping up their joint efforts in enterprise cloud services, offering customers software-defined data center technologies that mix VMware's portfolio with CenturyLink's cloud, managed hosting and network services. The CenturyLink Dedicated Cloud Compute will soon include VMware's Cloud Foundation, NSX and vSAN technologies.
Channel Partners (2/22) 
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AT&T joins with Carrier for smart HVAC units
AT&T has partnered with Carrier to provide wireless connectivity for Carrier's smart commercial HVAC systems. Systems equipped with the Carrier SMART Service will provide data collection, analytics and remote monitoring for improved maintenance, management and problem detection.
Telecompetitor.com (2/22) 
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Verizon moving toward 5G trials in 11 markets
Verizon will take its next steps toward 5G wireless service in an 11-market US trial over the coming months. The tests, which involve fixed wireless services, will kick off in April in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington, D.C.
Wireless Week (2/22),  CNET (2/22) 
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Report: Arris nears deal to buy Brocade's network gear unit
Arris reportedly is expected to offer about $1 billion to acquire the networking equipment business of Brocade Communications Systems. The deal would expand the set-top-maker's portfolio with a suite of high-speed broadband gear.
Reuters (2/21) 
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Seniors get healthy with wearables
Fitness trackers and smartwatches are often the go-to accessory for healthy millennials obsessed with exercise and fitness. However, by 2030, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65, making seniors a logical target for wearable marketers. Internet-connected wearables are revolutionizing the health of seniors by monitoring vital signs, tracking symptoms and helping maintain a health regimen. From a simple smartwatch app that reminds seniors to take their medication to sensor-laden smart fabrics that monitor and report vital signs, wearable technology is transforming elder care. Learn more.
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Sources: MLB live streams may be coming to Facebook
MLB reportedly coming to Facebook Live
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Facebook is in talks with Major League Baseball to live-stream a game every week in the upcoming season, sources say. The move is part of Facebook's push to acquire sports rights in an effort to appeal to a broader audience through video.
Reuters (2/21) 
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Intel, partners unite on 5G exploration
Intel has joined with four other entities to form the 5G Innovators Initiative, a group dedicated to exploring the use of 5G wireless technology to advance connected devices and related areas. Initial areas of inquiry will include the use of augmented and virtual reality applications for the industrial internet of things.
Engadget (2/21) 
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Cisco beefs up DNA offering, makes digital-ready network push
Cisco has introduced a series of products and services as part of its Digital Network Architecture offering that allow enterprises to achieve network virtualization, integrate cloud management and other tasks, and improve security. "DNA offers IT leaders a blueprint for building digital-ready networks," said Prashanth Shenoy of Cisco.
Network World (2/21) 
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