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SpaceX vs. Airbus – The Internet Space Race

Like most people, we found SpaceX’s plans to deploy Internet-beaming satellites intriguing. Elon Musk’s company certainly has the resources to get the job done. After all, they’re always launching rockets into space, and few companies have the ability to do that. But one week after SpaceX sought FCC permission, one …

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Mergers & Acquisitions – What You Need to Know

More mergers & acquisitions news, on top of the recent headlines, means enterprises interested in data transport should take note. Charter Communications is set to acquire Time Warner Cable for $56.7 billion – a move that will add 150,000 miles of fiber to its network and continue the trend of …

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Inside Sales Representative – FiberLocator

NEF has an immediate opening for an inside sales position representing FiberLocator, a unique database of fiber-based facilities, fiber-lit buildings and data centers.  FiberLocator is the choice for enterprise and carrier network planners — but we need your help to get the word out!  The product is exciting, and the opportunity …

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What is Software-Defined Networking?

Back in April, Verizon announced plans to adopt software-defined networking, dropping network hardware like routers and switches for a software solution. Two things stuck out to us – Verizon’s Shawn Hakl likened software-defined networks (SDNs) to the Linux and data center virtualization movements of ten years ago, and Verizon isn’t …

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Cloud Direct Connects Improve Security and Data Speeds

With the increasing popularity of cloud deployments, more computing resources are being placed off-site. While this option provides great versatility and functionality, it also creates the two major issues of latency and data security. Cloud direct connects address these concerns by improving a cloud deployment’s accessibility and performance. Cloud Direct …

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May 2015 Newsletter

Fiber & Data Center News More M&A News, Public/Private Clouds & Emerging Markets What’s new in the industry? Two more major dominoes fell in the consolidation race as Lightower and Crown Castle change the fiber landscape with acquisitions…Enterprises are using private and hybrid clouds to boost performance while keeping applications …

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Emerging Data Center Markets Provide Great Opportunities

Emerging Data Center Markets Provide Great Opportunities In our recent Site Selection Magazine contribution, the NEF team offered some insight on growing, inexpensive data center markets. Areas as far east as North Carolina and as west as Reno have already gained attention in the industry, especially with growing fiber availability …

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Fiber Landscape News – Acquisitions and a Spin-Off

Fiber Landscape News – Acquisitions and a Spin-Off Competition in the fiber market decreased again at the end of April, with Lightower purchasing FiberTech in a $1.9 billion all-cash deal and Crown Castle acquiring Sunesys for $1 billion in cash. Both companies have been aggressive in acquiring fiber assets over …

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Public, Private, Hybrid? Choosing the Right Cloud

Public, Private, Hybrid? Choosing the Right Cloud “Cloud” used to be an easy term to understand – cloud vendors offering public hosting environments, making lives easier every day. More processes and applications are becoming candidates for residing in the cloud – but not all can go into that public version …

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Over the past decade, NEF has earned a reputation for being the go-to resource for dark fiber, data center solutions and network intelligence. Whether clients seek a commercially available solution or want a fully custom private network, NEF has the personnel, tools, expertise and depth of research to supply clients …