Check out the latest in deals, new development and innovative strategies in hyperscale, colocation, 5G, cloud migration, cloud services, edge compute, Hybrid IT, power, cooling and energy efficiency for February 20, 2020:
Edgemicro Completed Agreement with Cloudflare to Deploy in 30+ Markets: EdgeMicro has entered into a customer agreement with Cloudflare that makes the global cloud services company an anchor tenant in EdgeMicro’s existing facilities in Austin, Raleigh and Tampa as well as in 30+ additional sites in the U.S. These deployments will help Cloudflare deliver its cloud-based services to customers with ultra-low latency via infrastructure that is far closer to end users than traditional centralized peering infrastructures used today. “Clients like Cloudflare understand the value we are providing for the Edge, plus, we share the same vision for a better end-user Internet client experience. The collaboration we’ve had over the past several months has been amazing and goes deeper than the typical service provider-client relationship,” said Jason Bourg, VP Sales at EdgeMicro.
Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband Network Live in More Stadiums and Arenas: Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network is now accessible in 24 professional football stadiums and indoor arenas primarily used for hockey and basketball games. By enhancing the fan experience and changing the way businesses operate in arenas and stadiums, Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network has the potential to transform sports and entertainment. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service is now available in 17 NFL stadiums and 7 indoor arenas and will continue to add sports and entertainment venues throughout 2020. Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband service went live in 13 NFL stadiums on September 5, 2019. Followed by Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on December 13, the stadium in Cleveland on December 23, the stadium in Buffalo on December 26, and at the stadium in Kansas City which was announced on January 30. The first four indoor arenas were announced October 18 and 5G Ultra Wideband service went live in Buffalo’s professional hockey arena on December 26. More recently, service was turned on in basketball arenas in Portland and Chicago.
- Melissa McCoy of Flexential Recognized as a 2020 Channel Chief on CRN’s Annual List: CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Melissa McCoy, vice president of Channel Sales at Flexential, to its 2020 list of Channel Chiefs. This annual list recognizes the top vendor executives who continually demonstrate exemplary leadership, influence, innovation and growth for the IT channel. With nearly 20 years of experience in building and managing channel programs, alliances and go-to-market strategies, McCoy joined Flexential to oversee channel sales in 2018. She is responsible for managing the company’s partner program and driving channel sales for colocation, cloud and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). McCoy has won this award for the past two years. CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs list honors the distinguished leaders who have influenced the IT channel with cutting-edge strategies and partnerships. The 2020 Channel Chiefs have shown outstanding commitment, an ability to lead, and a passion for progress within the channel through their partner programs. The Channel Chief honorees were chosen by the CRN editorial staff for their dedication, industry prestige and exceptional accomplishments in driving the channel agenda and evangelizing the importance of channel partnerships.
Second Spectrum Selects AWS as its Preferred Cloud, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Media Services Provider: Second Spectrum, the Official Optical Tracking and Analytics Provider of sports leagues such as the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the English Premier League, has chosen AWS as its preferred cloud, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI) provider. Second Spectrum has also selected AWS media services to help deliver new kinds of live game-watching experiences to fans. Second Spectrum uses AWS’s industry-leading services to help sports leagues and their media partners deliver analytics, visualizations, and easily searchable video clips during games and matches to enhance the fan experience and provide teams with deeper competitive insights. For example, Second Spectrum leverages AWS to produce and deliver Clippers CourtVision, an augmented reality, livestreaming product for the Los Angeles (L.A.) Clippers that displays player tracking information, real-time stats, and explanatory animations for fans watching from desktops and mobile devices.
Red River Awarded Two Five-Year, $95 Million Contracts with U.S. Air Force: Red River, a technology transformation company, announced today that it has been awarded two U.S. Air Force LevelUP Cloud Services Basic Ordering Agreements (BOA). The contracts are each for five years and each have initial funding of $95 million. The first contract is for cloud services to support the Air Force’s new LevelUP Unified Platform, a cyberspace operations system for future cyber mission force capabilities. The cloud services acquired through the contract will be used to create a secure DevOps platform for engineers to build, test and deploy new products on a variety of systems and architectures. The second contract is LevelUp’s DevSecOps Tools, Pipeline and Platform Integration and Licensing contract, which provides access to the software titles, tools and other capabilities the Air Force needs to meet their next-generation mission requirements.