Broadband Briefs for 06/17/09
• Qwest, IBM team to target mid-sized companies
By Brian Santo
Qwest Communications and IBM have signed a 5-year deal to target mid-sized businesses together.
The two seem to complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses; Qwest has a strong presence with SMB customers but limited resources, while IBM has resources but minimal penetration in the mid-sized business sector.
The pair will offer Managed Security Services powered by IBM Internet Security Systems; Network Management Services managed by IBM Express Remote Management Infrastructure Services (ERMIS); and Unified Communications Services also managed by ERMIS.
The Qwest managed services offering will enable customers to monitor the performance of their network services and make changes through a single, secure, Web-based portal with real-time alerts and advisories, Qwest said.
• KDDI expands its network with Juniper
By Brian Santo
KDDI America, the U.S. division of KDDI Corp., will use Juniper’s Networks Carrier Ethernet solution for entry into the U.S. market, the vendor said.
Successful in Asia-Pacific markets, KDDI said it is responding to market demand in the U.S. for its Ethernet-based services. KDDI America will be deploying Juniper’s MX Series routers in the core of its network and the EX Series Switches for aggregation and customer access.
“KDDI has a wealth of experience delivering Ethernet services in many markets around the world, and we are pleased to be working with them as they extend this experience and technology to the U.S. market with the same high quality experienced by their international customers,” said Dr. Mallik Tatipamula, vice president and head of wireline, wireless and managed services segments, Juniper Networks.