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Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative Carrier Cloud Service

The predominant trend in the cloud space has been the shift to hybrid clouds as enterprises seek to easily connect to multiple specific cloud offerings that meet their service and application needs.

The finalists for Most Innovative Carrier Cloud Service include a predominant player in the hybrid space but are also drawn from the growing pool of application- and service-specific clouds.

As cloud service delivery has become the generally accepted method of delivering a wide range of applications, the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of centralized functionality is being applied to voice and video, as well as IT services. Each of those is represented in this year's finalists for Most Innovative Carrier Cloud Service.

Here are the finalists in the category:

Equinix Cloud Exchange
While enterprises want to be able to mix and match cloud options in a hybrid environment, doing so without being forced to handle significant complexity is a challenge. The Equinix Cloud Exchange combines automated interconnection of cloud, network and managed services providers, along with advanced service orchestration, for the first time. It allows enterprises to easily build highly flexible cloud solutions while also guaranteeing security and performance.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange enables direct, on-demand access to multiple clouds and networks in 19 locations around the globe, supporting the hybrid cloud model for both service providers and enterprises on a global scale. While Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) had already offered direct connections to major public clouds including Amazon Web Services Inc. and Microsoft Azure, as well as private links into Verizon Enterprise Solutions , the Equinix Cloud Exchange allows cloud service providers to reach across multiple network service providers to enterprises and cloud consumers, as well as managed service providers and systems integrators.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange uses large-scale, high-bandwidth and highly redundant connections, and enables access to a wide range of cloud options from a single infrastructure, allowing virtual management through a single portal. Enterprises can access multiple cloud service providers through one port and either directly connect to the ECX from an Equinix data center or connect via a network service provider. ECX currently provides Layer 2 services and is in the process of providing Layer 3 and Layer 4-7 services.

Equinix also is letting its customers quickly expand to a global footprint with access to more cloud and network service providers through a single port than any other service or service combination.

Interop Technologies – CorePlus X
Interop Technologies has developed a wholesale carrier cloud offering that capitalizes on voice-over-WiFi (VoWiFi) and voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology, integrated into its CorePlusX managed IMS core and IP services platform. The platform lets rural wireless carriers offer voice services without the penalty of expensive roaming charges and lets any operator offer advance mobile voice and messaging without having to pay for, set up and maintain their own infrastructure.

The platform allows operators to tailor their own IP service offerings, combining the voice technologies along with rich communications services (RCS) and policy control, to meet specific customer demands. Mobile network operators can provide better in-building coverage, using VoWiFi and new competitive service providers can develop their own services using WiFi first, without having separate wireless spectrum. The secure, private Interop Cloud makes it possible to turn up new services quickly, at reasonable cost, without risking capital.

From this customizable service platform, smaller network operators or new competitive players can make the business case to deploy VoLTE or use VoWiFi to meet today's demands quickly, then deploy IMS-based services when it makes sense, and have a ready migration path. CorePlus X is in trial with a number of smaller operators, according to Interop.

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Lightpath Managed Video Conference
Video conferencing services have become more ubiquitous with the rise of smartphones, and Lightpath Managed Video Conference services supports collaboration further by allowing convenient, cloud-based video conferences on desktop computers, mobile devices or tablets, enhanced by the ability to quickly share files and content. To make this a business class service, Lightpath added features such as global connectivity and business class security, as well as 24/7 phone-based support and an option for proactive monitoring of service quality.

The service is fully managed, which means there is no need for enterprises to buy, install or maintain their own video equipment. Lightpath designs and installs virtual meeting room services that can use existing video equipment or new gear, and can be launched from any device. The service provider also provides training and ongoing support to make sure the cloud-based video services are being used as intended.

The managed video conference services is an addition to Lightpath's existing portfolio of cloud-based managed services, which includes Managed Backup, Hosted Voice and Managed WiFi, all designed to make it easier for business customers to add new features and applications to their business service without additional hassle, using one provider.

Broadview Networks OfficeSuite PrivateCloud
Competitive services provider Broadview Networks is using cloud capabilities to offer small to midsized businesses easy access to a fully outsourced private cloud for compute, storage, security and other IT applications. The OfficeSuite PrivateCloud is housed in Broadview Networks Holdings Inc. 's own data center ecosystem, which is deployed with full redundancy and geographic diversity, and is built on VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) virtualization.

The service is designed to be a complete outsourced data center service or to be part of a hybrid cloud approach, with the Broadview OfficeSuite PrivateCloud providing a high level of reliability and security for specialized applications and full administrative control.

The private cloud offer joins Broadview's OfficeSuite cloud-based voice service and Office Anywhere, a cloud-based collaborative solution. The services are offered nationally, via fiber-optic networks from the carrier, which in recent years has grown from regional carrier status to a national operation.

The Leading Lights 2015 winners and newest class of Hall of Fame inductees will be unveiled at the Leading Lights awards dinner, which will be held the evening of Monday, June 8, at Chicago's Field Museum. The star-studded soirée will follow a day of special workshops covering topics such as SDN, 5G and Carrier Ethernet for the Cloud that take place ahead of Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE), which this year is being held at the McCormick Place Convention Center on June 9 and 10. (Details and the agenda are on our show site, Big Telecom Event.)

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

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