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IPv6 Mania: Why You Should Care

It seems like IPv6 is all the buzz lately but like many “hot” IT topics, you may be wondering: Do I need to pay attention now or is something to be aware of for down the road?

From our perspective, the time to pay attention to IPv6 is now. Here’s why:

IPv6 is the next-generation Internet Protocol address standard that’s been standing in the wings ready to replace the IPv4 protocol most Internet services use today. The primary difference between the protocols is that IPv6 uses 128-bit addresses compared to the 32-bit addresses used with IPv4. That means IPv6 can support approximately 340 undecillion addresses as compared to 4.3 billion for IPv4.

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Interop by the Numbers

Sometimes, it’s impossible to resist the allure of a good set of statistics. ThinkGig invites you to hold on to your hats and take a look at the numbers that describe the power of the gargantuan portable network Qwest built for INTEROP 2011. And while the smart folks on the Qwest InteropNet team would be the first to admit that their network leans a little towards overkill, they just can’t help themselves – they do it because they can. And isn’t that what Interop has always been about?

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Great Expectations: Interop 2011

May is here, and to many of us in the networking world, that means one thing: It’s Interop time.

As the anticipation grows, we thought it would be a good idea to consider what’s going to be hot this year, aside from the Nevada desert. From where we sit, two themes we anticipate to be hot this year at Interop are: IPv6 and cloud computing.

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Making Moves to the Cloud

You may have heard the news that CenturyLink will acquire Savvis. Given that the announcement was made just weeks after the closing of the CenturyLink – Qwest merger, we thought our business customers may have some questions. We’ve outlined some key questions and answers below that explain why this combination makes sense:

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Instant Gratification: The Future of On-Demand Services

With cloud a hot topic here at ThinkGig, and the merger still bringing up questions, we wanted to share what our EVP, Chris Ancell, had to say about our future plans for cloud. The talented Jessica Scarpati of SearchTelecom recently sat down with Chris to get his perspective about the cloud hype, on-demand services and the evolution of customer needs. Here’s a section from the interview we thought was particularly insightful:

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Perspectives on the Merger

It’s been a week since we shared that Qwest is becoming CenturyLink. Now that you’ve had a chance to consider how this might change the enterprise telecom landscape, we wanted to share a few perspectives from our executives in the market about the news.

Dow Jones covered the perspective of Glen Post, our CEO, on why the enterprise market is significant to CenturyLink as the company moves forward.

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A New Day

Today, we are very excited to announce that Qwest is becoming CenturyLink, creating the third-largest telecommunications company in the U.S.

So what does this mean to you? Besides operating under the CenturyLink brand once the transition is complete, this will ultimately turn us into a stronger alternative in the enterprise market. From my perspective, this merger means a few important things to our business customers:

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Key Takeaways for Successful BC/DR

If you missed our previous BC/DR posts, we’ve covered:

Wrapping up our series, we’re highlighting four key takeaways for ensuring a successful BC/DR deployment. We asked our BC/DR expert, Mike Cybyske to come up with his most critical advice for anyone developing or deploying a BC/DR strategy. Mike is a crisis manager at Qwest and is responsible for overseeing our corporate Crisis Management Team.

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