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    CENX Continues on its Fast Track to Success

    Posted by Matt Mariani on Nov 21, 2016 11:34:44 AM

    deloitte-technology-fast-500-1.pngMany start-up companies and entrepreneurs are undertaking new initiatives to develop a product or service that changes how the world sees and does things.

    Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 recognizes companies on this journey, as the annual rankings aim to spotlight next generation market leaders who are driving innovation and pushing the boundaries in their industry.

    Last week, for a second consecutive year, CENX had the outstanding honour of being named as one of those companies on the fast track to success.

    What’s the secret to CENX’s success?

    CENX’s revolutionary approach to helping service providers manage and assure their network operations has made us one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America.

    Today’s network operations have become dramatically more complex due to disruptive virtual infrastructure. CENX’s Exanova solution allows service providers to usher in next-gen services by providing end-to-end orchestrated service assurance across multi-domain and multi-vendor networks. To help reduce operational cost and complexity, our solution offers three key capabilities:

    1. Establish a trusted view of network topology and its services with Service Visualization
    2. Ensure network inventory accuracy with Continuous Data Audit
    3. Build out network infrastructure efficiently with Capacity Planning

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    Selection for Deloitte’s Fast 500 is based on a company’s percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2012 to 2015. During that time period, CENX achieved a revenue growth of 487 percent, good enough to have us place in the top half of the list at 174th overall.

    The strides we’ve taken in 2016

    Over the course of the past year, some business ventures which have contributed to CENX’s growth have been the win of a Tier 1 EMEA service provider contract and our continued work with prominent Tier 1 service providers around the world.

    Back in May, CENX was able to expand its global footprint  when we were awarded the opportunity to orchestrate and assure on-demand cloud and data center services for a European service provider. Additionally, CENX’s proven capabilities to help global mobile, wireline, and cloud service providers provide higher-quality service has been instrumental to our continued success.

    At CENX, we understand that in order to maintain our position as a revolutionary company, we must continue to drive development and progress forward. In 2017, we look to build upon our company’s successes, and once again be named to Deloitte’s Fast 500 list.

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    CENX Takes Home MEF Excellence Award

    Posted by Matt Mariani on Nov 14, 2016 4:11:49 PM

    At last week’s MEF16 conference in Baltimore, CENX had the outstanding distinction of being named the recipient of the MEF 2016 Excellence Award for Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Technology of the Year. This award win, which recognizes CENX’s technological excellence and innovation in the global Third Network community, comes on the heels of an already successful 2016 where CENX has been recognized by Telecoms World Middle East and the IEEE.

    MEFAward_Graphic-01-1.jpgSince the technology was first introduced, service providers have primarily focused on spinning up and integrating Virtual Network Functions into their existing network as it offers significant opportunities to deliver new data services to customers. Recently, that mindset has begun to shift as service providers are now interested in assuring services across hybrid physical and virtual infrastructure.

    Service providers are now at a crossroads where they must make significant decisions regarding how they will manage their virtualized infrastructure going forward. This endorsement from the MEF reinforces CENX’s ability to help solve this problem by accelerating and assuring end-to-end operations across multi-vendor and multi-domain networks.

    In the past, the word ‘orchestration’ has been used more often in the context of service fulfillment. However, we cannot be too quick to overlook the importance of service assurance. This win reinforces the value of assurance orchestration as a key part of the lifecycle, and showcases to the market that service providers need automation in both the fulfillment and assurance processes in order to be successful going forward.

    The 11th annual MEF Awards, which were presented on November 8th, spotlighted leadership in emerging dynamic Third Network services powered by CE 2.0 + LSO, NFV, and SDN networking technologies. CENX shares this award win with Amdocs.

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    CENX Makes its Mark in the Middle East

    Posted by Matt Mariani on Nov 9, 2016 9:41:16 AM

    A major global telecoms forum has recognized CENX’s achievement in driving technological innovation across wireline, mobile, and cloud networks. Telecoms World Middle East presented CENX with the award for Best Network Infrastructure Solution at their 10th annual awards, which celebrates industry excellence in the region. The 2016 edition of the Telecoms World Awards saw a deep pool of nominees, with over 50 finalists named across 12 categories, and included large telecom companies such as Vodafone, Orange, and Ooredoo.

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    In today’s highly competitive market, networks have become increasingly dynamic due to the emergence of new, disruptive SDN and NFV infrastructure and intensifying customer requirements. As a result, service providers are now faced with complex challenges when it comes to managing their network operations.

    CENX, recognizing the need of today’s service providers, offers an end-to-end service assurance solution that helps drive the deployment and assurance of real-time, reliable, and advanced connectivity by unifying the operational gaps between physical and virtual infrastructure. Our award winning Exanova software harnesses the power of big data analytics by collecting, correlating, and analyzing key performance indicators in a single pane of glass to deliver real-time actionable intelligence across multi-domain and multi-vendor networks.

    As the telco ecosystem in the Middle East experiences a period of rapid development, delivering quality assured services are top of mind for operators. In order to provide the level of service quality users have come to expect, service providers require a highly scalable solution that enables them to drive service agility and assure service quality.

    Built on innovative technology, CENX’s Exanova provides the central intelligence based on sophisticated real-time and historical analytics that eliminates operational complexities and ushers in next-generation network operations. The value of Exanova as a network infrastructure solution is significant as it allows service providers to generate new revenue opportunities, reduce costly manual operations, and increase customer satisfaction.

    This latest award win comes as CENX was also recently presented with the 2016 Outstanding Information and Communications Technology Company Recognition Award by the IEEE.

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    CENX Aims to Make its Mark in the Middle East

    Posted by Matt Mariani on Aug 18, 2016 11:42:51 AM

    A major global telecoms forum has recognized CENX’s achievement in driving technological innovation across wireline, mobile, and cloud networks. Telecoms World Middle East announced the list of finalists for their 10th annual awards, which celebrates industry excellence in the region, and CENX’s Exanova Service Intelligence solution had the outstanding distinction of being short-listed for the Best Network Infrastructure Solution category.

    Award-1.pngAs disruptive technologies emerge, and customer requirements cause networks to become more and more complex and dynamic, service providers are faced with increased operational challenges. CENX’s next-gen technology automates the deployment and assurance of reliable, advanced, and rapid connectivity through its ability to unify the operational gaps between physical and virtual infrastructure, while also simplifying network operations. The software harnesses the power of big data analytics by collecting, correlating, and analyzing key performance indicators (KPIs) in a single pane of glass to deliver real-time actionable intelligence.

    As the telco ecosystem in the Middle East experiences a period of rapid development, delivering service quality and service assurance are top of mind. In order to provide the high-level quality of experience (QoE) customers have come to expect, service providers require a highly scalable solution that enables them to deliver new services faster, across both physical and virtual network functions, while getting more out of existing network investments. Through CENX’s intuitive approach, service providers can optimize the assurance and orchestration of differentiated services to generate new renevue opportunities and increase customer satisfaction. Additionally, Exanova’s rich User Experience (UX) offers Google-like contextual search, macro-geographic views, and detailed path visualization for rapid assurance of end-to-end services.

    The 2016 edition of the Telecoms World Awards will see a deep pool of nominees, with over 50 finalists named across 12 categories, and will include large telco companies such as Vodafone, Orange, and Ooredoo.

    The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, September 27, at the Conrad Hotel in Dubai, where the region’s top telecom operators and vendors will be recognized. Stay tuned to find out who will be crowned Best Network Infrastructure Solution!

     

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    Top 4 Business Trends at Cloud Innovation Summit

    Posted by Ryan O'Grady on Apr 27, 2015 3:30:00 PM

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    Last week in San Francisco, NetEvents held their Global Cloud Innovation Summit. This year’s event featured the new Clouded Leopard’s Den award; a competition that recognizes top innovative cloud computing start-ups.

    5-Cloud-Innovation-Awards-Finalists-938253-editedFinalists for the event were chosen a week prior to the event and they were split into two categories. The early-stage innovator finalists were Taplink, Truedash, and Innovate Create Ltd. The later-stage, pre-IPO finalists, were Mirantis, Viptela, and CENX.

    For the final stage in the Clouded Leopards Den competition, finalists presented “Shark Tank” or “Dragon’s Den”-style elevator pitches to the judges on the merits of their start-up.  Representing CENX at the competition was Nan Chen, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman.

    In addition to the premiere of the Clouded Leopard’s Den award, this year’s Global Cloud Innovation Summit provided organizations with a lot of valuable information on business trends and the future of cloud. Here are a few key points from the event:

    1. The #1 issue for the public cloud is security

    Standards bodies are recognizing that they need to move faster to set guidelines and provisions to ensure assured services. The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is working to define Software-Defined Networking (SDN) standards and they are now trying to use the Dev/Ops agile method for standards. A trend that is emerging recently is collaboration between standards bodies. For example, the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) and TM Forum are collaborating on a model to accelerate delivery of on-demand, cloud-centric connectivity services.

    2. Organization process is the biggest barrier to cloud migration

    When it comes to cloud migration, the biggest barrier is actually the organization process. There were lots of references to Lifecycle Service Orchestration being required at different layers (e.g. MANO) to help with the transition.

    3. Private to hybrid private/public cloud

    Enterprises are moving from solely private cloud approaches to hybrid private/public cloud approaches.

    4. CIO and CTO are merging

    The roles of CIO and CTO are merging as network infrastructures are evolving and next-generation SDN and NFV solutions are gaining popularity. 

     

    To learn more about CENX’s innovative cloud solutions, explore our cloud exchange service orchestration use case.

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    CENX Named as Finalist for Cloud Innovation Award

    Posted by Ryan O'Grady on Apr 17, 2015 11:36:00 AM

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    In early 2015, nominations opened for the Clouded Leopards Den competition, which recognizes top innovative startups that are early-stage innovators or later-stage, pre-IPO companies.

    A shortlist was chosen by a group of media and analyst judges and the finalists for the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 were chosen by a panel of five top venture capitalists, technology innovators and industry luminaries. This panel was chaired by “Top Cat” Dr. Bob Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor and Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering.

    Today, CENX is proud to announce that it has been named as a finalist for this cloud innovation award and is recognized as top innovative startup in the later-stage, pre-IPO company category. The other later-stage finalists are Mirantis and Viptela.

    Metcalfe_Bob_011-3Dr. Metcalfe said, “The finalists for the Clouded Leopards Den are inventing new technologies, products and services. These companies are leveraging communications technologies to make a positive change. I offer CENX my congratulations and wish them good luck in the next phase of the competition.”

    The final stage in the Clouded Leopards Den competition will occur at the NetEvents Global Cloud Innovation Summit which will be held at the Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, San Francisco on April 23. The finalists will present “Shark Tank” or “Dragon’s Den”-style elevator pitches to the judges on the merits of their startup, and one winner will be chosen from each category at the Global Summit.

    Rounding out the judging panel are Jim Lussier, Managing Director and Head of Dell Venures; Janice Roberts, Partner in Benhamou Global Ventures; Dan Scheinman, an angel investor in high-growth emerging tech companies; and Murli Thirumale, Co-Founder and CTO of Portworx Inc.

    Jim_LussierJim Lussier of Dell Ventures said, “We see enormous market opportunity in the cloud. The finalists for the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 demonstrate creativity, talent, vision and potential for tremendous growth. Early-stage and larger-stage startups like CENX are to be commended for their hard work and success. As entrepreneurs, they are the future.”

    The Clouded Leopards Den 2015 prize is sponsored by OpenCloud Connect (OCC), a global industry alliance founded in May 2013 to address the need for scaling and enhancing Ethernet technology to meet the stringent demands of delivering cloud services.

    Previously known as the Cloud Ethernet Forum, the OCC is creating an open test and iterative standards development program for service providers, industry vendors and over-the-top cloud service providers and includes a dedicated proof of concept test laboratory based in Silicon Valley, to provide ongoing testing and support for the iterative development of OCC’s CloudE 1.0 open cloud framework.

    The name “Clouded Leopard’s Den” is inspired by the elegant but threatened Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), a rare and beautiful big cat barely surviving in the Himalayan foothills. US$10 for each nomination will be donated to the Clouded Leopard Project, which works to save these endangered animals.

    Follow the Clouded Leopards Den on Twitter @CloudLeopardDen.

    To learn about CENX’s innovative approach to lifecycle service orchestration, download CENX and Heavy Reading’s white paper, “NFV’s Biggest Barriers: Overcoming the Operations Challenge".

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    Topics: Industry Awards, Cloud