XO Communications launches DDoS mitigation service

XO Communications (XO) has launched Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Mitigation Service as part of the XO Security Services product portfolio, the company said.

The XO DDoS Mitigation Service provides customers an essential component of sound security practices recommended by cyber-defense experts to help mitigate crippling network attacks. With XO DDoS Mitigation Service, customers avoid unplanned and potentially exorbitant costs should their network come under a DDoS attack.

Deployment of high-performance DDoS mitigation network devices is quite costly resulting in many companies hesitating to dedicate company resources to install the equipment in their networks. To address customer needs, XO is offering its DDoS Mitigation Service with pricing plans that are based on the customer´s known circuit bandwidth, making it easy to ensure resources are in place should a DDoS attack occur.

XO Communications provides the technology that helps business and wholesale customers compete in a hyper-connected economy. In the US, XO owns and operates one of the largest IP and Ethernet networks that customers rely on for private data networking, cloud connectivity, unified communications and voice, Internet access, and managed services.

Senet and Paige Ag Partner to Deliver Smart Irrigation Solutions

Low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) for long range-based (LoRa®-based) Internet of Things (IoT) applications Senet has partnered with Paige Ag, a division of Paige Electric Co. to enable “smart” irrigation in agriculture, the company said.

Until now, poor wireless coverage in rural areas has impeded adoption. Farm land is often isolated from cellular, Bluetooth and WiFi technologies and where they do exist, cost and complexity of deployment can be prohibitive.

With device connectivity over very long ranges (~15 miles), very long battery power life (~10 years) and an extremely low per-device cost, LPWANs and LoRa®-compatible products are changing the paradigm of farming efficiency and transforming the way things are monitored and measured. LPWANs are ideal for gathering data about local agricultural conditions including weather, soil moisture, chemical compositions of the soil and other environmental conditions at a much lower total cost of ownership.

The LoRaâ„¢ Alliance is an open, non-profit association that has grown to more than 330 members since its inception in March 2015, becoming one of the largest and fastest growing alliances in the technology sector.

Telit introduces IoT cloud connector for Libelium Waspmote IoT ecosystem

Internet of Things enabler Telit has introduced a new integration agreement with Libelium, a maker of wireless sensor network hardware, the company said.

The Telit IoT Portal is a cloud-based IoT subscription service, powered by Telit´s deviceWISE IoT Platform. The Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) features a low cost pay-as-you-go service plan that lets you get started without any upfront investment.

Telit´s do-it-yourself cloud service enables instant access to all the necessary tools and resources for all Telit Services, and lets you create and manage your own IoT solutions from a single, intuitive web interface.

Telit (AIM: TCM) offers a portfolio of integrated products and services for end-to-end IoT deployments — including cellular communication modules in all technologies, GNSS, short-to-long range wireless modules, IoT connectivity plans and IoT platform services.

Libelium is a wireless sensor network platform provider that delivers, open-source, low-power consumption devices that are easy to program and implement for Smart Cities solutions and a wide range of M2M and sensor projects.

All of Libelium´s products are modular, horizontal and easy to integrate into third-party systems. Because of its innovative hardware integration design and horizontal approach, Libelium´s Waspmote–the company´s open-source wireless sensor platform–has the potential to be the standard, universal sensor network platform for the Internet of Things.

Kony enhances mobility platform

Kony, Inc., an enterprise mobility company, has introduced updates to its Kony Mobility Platform, including unveiling a new patented, omni-channel technology called Kony Nitro, the company said.

This new technology makes it easier for mobile app developers to build secure, rich native, hybrid and web apps that work across multiple devices and operating systems (OS), using visual design and development tools to accelerate the delivery of new apps.

The latest updates to the Kony Mobility Platform address this growing market challenge. Developers can bring their existing skills and tools to the Kony platform and blend together a mix of native, web and hybrid approaches to increase time to market, rather than having to learn an entirely new solution, rewrite the app or hire additional resources, which increases costs.

Kony delivers pre-built, omni-channel mobile apps across an array of devices and systems. Its cross-platform solution helps organizations design, build, configure and manage mobile apps to empower and better engage with customers, partners and employees.

TE SubCom partners with Ciena to deliver submarine cable networks

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) company, and Ciena (NYSE: CIEN), a network strategy and technology company, have agreed to an alliance that furthers the advancement of open submarine cable networking solutions, the companies said.

Customers seeking a single point of contact for both wet plant and dry plant will have the option to combine TE SubCom´s advanced wet plant designs and marine installation with Ciena´s industry-leading 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by WaveLogicâ„¢ coherent optics, to create a powerful and flexible next-generation undersea cable system.

TE SubCom (SubCom), a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, and a leading global supplier for today´s undersea communications requirements.

TE Connectivity is a USD12 billion global technology leader.

Ciena is a network strategy and technology company.

Sungevity replaces legacy on-premise system

RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) has been chosen by Sungevity, Inc. as its cloud communications solution, the company said.

As a result, Sungevity will be able to scale its business communications across its workforce more rapidly, and improve workflow efficiency by utilizing RingCentral´s integration with Salesforce®.

Sungevity will replace its existing legacy on-premise PBX system and other applications with RingCentral, which will be rolled out to over 700 users across the US, providing access to communication and collaboration capabilities from anywhere, anytime, on any device. Sungevity chose RingCentral after evaluating the significant technical, business and economic efficiencies that could be gained from adopting a pure cloud communications solution.

Sungevity is a technology company whose platform enables the sale and installation of solar energy systems to residential and commercial customers in the United States and internationally.

RingCentral provides cloud unified communications and collaboration solutions.

Zevacor deploys Interactive Intelligence unified communications service

Zevacor has deployed the unified communications and collaboration cloud solution, PureCloud Communicateâ„ , from Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ), the company said.

Zevacor is using PureCloud Communicate to support more than 100 employees across distributed offices who field calls from patients seeking advice from nuclear pharmacists.

PureCloud Communicate uses microservice architecture built atop the Amazon Web Services Cloud for fast and continuous feature delivery, and maximum reliability, scalability and security.

Zevacor Molecular and Zevacor Pharma are subsidiaries of Illinois Health and Science (IHS), a non-profit healthcare system that specializes in enhancing patient care through strategic investments in healthcare-related opportunities.

Interactive Intelligence Group offers customers fast return on investment, along with robust reliability, scalability and security.

Ascent delivers CH2 data center expansion suite

Comprehensive data center solutions provider Ascent, in partnership with Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT, Inc., has delivered a newly constructed expansion suite for an enterprise tenant in the CH2 Data Center facility, based in Northlake, Illinois, the company said.

The company added capacity for an additional 2.5 MW of critical power capacity in the approximately 16,000 gross square foot suite. Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT, Inc. has owned the facility since 2014.

Within 150 days of breaking ground for construction on the suite, the customer was able to install and power IT equipment in the data center racks. As part of the 250,000 square foot multi-tenant facility, the expansion suite provides the company with dedicated data center space entirely independent from the operations of other customers in the building.

Ascent is a leading provider of solutions for the development, engineering, construction and operation of data centers and critical facilities. Ascent partners with customers to solve technical, operational and financial challenges of running these facilities critical to customers´ businesses.

Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT, Inc., is a real estate investment trust that invests in mission critical real estate assets located throughout the United States. Mission critical real estate assets are purpose-built facilities designed to support the most essential operations of tenants. Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT, Inc. focuses its acquisitions of mission critical assets in the data center and healthcare sectors.

Viacom acquires Televisión Federal S.A. (Telefe) in Argentina for USD345m

Viacom Inc. (Nasdaq: VIAB, VIA) and Telefónica S.A. have acquired Televisión Federal S.A. (Telefe), one of the main free-to-air channels in Argentina, by Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), the companies said.

The transaction has been concluded for a total amount of USD345 million dollars in cash.

The transaction adds one of Argentina´s most popular television networks and biggest content producers to Viacom´s fast-growing portfolio of international TV networks and digital properties.

Under the terms of the agreement, Viacom will acquire all of Telefe´s brands and assets, including:

Telefe in Buenos Aires Capital and Gran Buenos Aires, one of the country´s leading free-to-air networks, initially launched as Tele Once in 1961. The network´s diverse range of programming includes Educando a Nina, Loco x Vos, Susana Giménez, Pesadilla en la Cocina and Telefe Noticias.

Eight wholly-owned channels in the interior of the country, including Canal Cinco in Rosario, Canal Siete in Neuquén, Teleocho in Córdoba, Canal Ocho in Mar del Plata, Canal Ocho in Tucumán, Canal Nueve in Bahía Blanca, Canal Once in Salta and Canal Trece in Santa Fe
Telefe Internacional, a pay TV channel seen throughout the Americas and distributed globally to ten million subscribers across 17 countries

Significant multiplatform presence through applications such as Mi Telefe (My Telefe) and Telefe Noticias (Telefe News), a multi-channel network called UPlay founded by Telefe and an e-commerce partnership with Mercado Libre
Twelve production studios which have a combined total of 12,000 m2 of production space

A library of over 33,000 hours of content currently distributed in more than 100 countries in 35 languages
The acquisition was financed from Viacom´s existing cash balances. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Viacom´s fiscal year 2017 earnings.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

UBS Investment Bank served as financial advisor to Viacom Inc., while M.& M. Bomchil and Shearman & Sterling served as its legal advisors. Citigroup served as financial advisor to Telefónica, while DLA Piper and A & F Allende Ferrante served as its legal advisors.

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries.

Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world by market capitalization and number of customers with a comprehensive offering and quality of connectivity that is delivered over world class fixed, mobile and broadband networks.

Telefe is a in the production, distribution and sale of content and multiplatform services in Argentina. It holds nine broadcast TV licenses and two channels; one national and one International with more than 10 million subscribers.

Teledyne Controls, GE Aviation agree to enable more effective engine maintenance operation

Teledyne Controls and GE Aviation have signed a strategic digital alliance partnership to transform engine health monitoring by using GE´s Predix platform to apply data and analytics on continuous flight data wirelessly collected by Teledyne´s technology, the companies said.

GE is connecting data, developers and Predix, the world´s first and only cloud-based operating system built exclusively for industry. Predix is powering innovative Industrial Internet apps that turn operational data into insight for better and faster decision making.

Headquartered in Southern California, Teledyne Controls LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: TDY).

GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” where each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect.