Two months after we first told you about more layoffs at CenturyLink, you're still looking for information about them.
On May 4, we published an article detailing the hundreds of jobs being cut at the company as a result of its Level 3 acquisition, increased efficiencies and automation.
“As a result of our acquisition of Level 3, our customers, from individual consumers to global enterprises, benefit from our expanded, innovative network solutions and our complementary managed services,” said CenturyLink spokesman Mark Molzen. “However, the combination of two large companies also creates redundant positions that must be addressed to remain competitive. In addition, as part of our ongoing efforts to deliver high levels of customer service, we are implementing best practices and increasing automation."
SolarWinds, the IT management software provider, released a pair of updates it says arms IT professionals with the broad system-management capabilities needed to optimize performance in hybrid environments.
The new version of Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) extends support to solutions from HPE, Dell EMC, INFINIDAT and IBM, while the update to Server & Application Monitor (SAM) provides application-dependency functionality that enables customers to automatically discover network-based relationships, between applications and servers, by correlating communications at the application process level.
In a story published on May 31, Dino DiPalma, Avaya's new president of strategic partners and global accounts, described the philosophy he will bring to his new role.
"We need to shed the reputation of being a legacy company," DiPalma told us. "We and (our) team will work to demonstrate that we are innovative. The work we are doing in [contact centers], cloud, mobility, artificial intelligence (AI) (and) UC are first rate. The world needs to know. We will leverage partners and our go to market team to tell the story."
CounterTack, the endpoint-security provider, announced the purchase of GoSecure, giving its partners a full cybersecurity arsenal to complete against CrowdStrike, Carbon Black and others.
GoSecure is a cybersecurity managed detection and response (MDR) provider. CounterTack said the acquisition expands its previous partnership with the company to provide a “best-in-class MDR platform-as-a-service” for the company’s domestic and international customers.
After two years in "beta" mode, HPE officially announced "Complete," a program that delivers integrated HPE and third-party solutions that are preconfigured, integrated, tested and validated.
HPE tech partners such as Zerto, Commvault, Nvidia and Mellanox are among the three-dozen or so members of the program.
#6 — Windstream Fights Potential Rate Hike
Windstream and USTelecom are asking the FCC to approve an agreement on wholesale network access with no price increases on unbundled network elements (UNEs) until at least February 2021.
UNEs allow competitive carriers to offer service without having to lay network infrastructure, such as copper wire, optical fiber and coaxial cable.
The proposal included an immediate 15 percent price increase followed by an 18-month transition period. In his blog, Tony Thomas, Windstream’s president and CEO, said it “would have been devastating for competitive providers (CLECs) and their customers.”
Bad news can linger, and in this case, it has in terms of your interest in layoffs at AT&T.
A story we published on Jan. 2 continues to draw eyeballs. The carrier didn't disclose how many people would be let go – or specifically from where – but media reports put the number anywhere from several hundred to a couple thousand.
AT&T downplayed the report, citing that it is adding staff in areas where it's experiencing higher customer demand.
“At the same time, technology improvements are driving higher efficiencies and there are some areas where demand for our legacy services continues to decline, and we’re adjusting our workforce in some of those areas,” the carrier said.
#3 — Channel People on the Move
One of our most popular posts every month, our latest Channel People on the Move gallery didn't disappoint in June. We highlighted new hires and promotions in the channel from May.
Among this batch were personnel changes at RingCentral, TBI and CenturyLink.
#2 — Cisco Takes on Microsoft in UC
As Microsoft migrates the online version of its Skype for Business and Teams into a single communications, messaging and conferencing platform, Cisco is waging a battle for customer and partner wallet with a “Teams” offering of its own.
Cisco’s new Webex Teams brings together Spark and WebEx solutions, which had many overlapping features. The networking giant demonstrated WebEx Teams during last month's Cisco Live in Orlando, Florida.
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