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Scaling ALU Technologies

OcularIP Provides Unmatched Scaling for ALU 5620 SAM

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Most carrier networks today have invested in a diverse set of technology vendors. And at LB Networks we are open to all technologies. You choose what is best for your network and we’ll support you with OcularIP™, the most flexible and cost-effective way to collect and provide custom performance metrics. We are on the cutting edge of technology updates and are enhancing our support of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) technologies. The recent OcularIP 3.4 release allows us to offer scalable integration with 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) releases 10, 11 and 12, giving us the ability to scale with ALU technology unlike any other partner. About ALU 5620 Service Aware Manager The ALU 5620 SAM is an integrated element/network management system that provides service-level visibility and assurance, simplified operations and advanced IP troubleshooting capabilities. It spans the entire ALU IP and IP-integrated optical network from access to metro to core, including the packet core, mobile backhaul and LTE Radio Access Network for…

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What You Need to Know About SDN in 2015

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The past year has been hectic. The industry spent 2014 writing about marketing trends, creating proof of concepts and making moves to prepare for 2015 – the year carriers will adopt SDN. SDN, or software-defined networking, provides many benefits to enterprises. If you aren’t familiar with SDN, now is the time to learn. What exactly is SDN? According to Wikipedia, SDN is: “An approach to computer networking that allows network administrators to manage network services through abstraction of lower-level functionality. This is done by decoupling the system that makes decisions about where traffic is sent from the underlying systems that forward traffic to the selected destination.” What does this mean in layman’s terms? Software can recognize trends and be programmed to automatically reach out and send requests to make a network change, without the need of a highly certified IT professional. The Benefits of SDN There are countless benefits to utilizing SDN. Here are just a few: Reduce WAN expertise…

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5 trends shaping the future of network technology in 2015

5 Trends Shaping the Future of Network Technology in 2015

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Thanks to our recent participation in Digital Disruption Live 2014 and the Telecom Council‘s Quarterly Investor & Service Provider Forum, LB Networks is poised to help you stay on top of 2015s hottest network technology trends. Read on for our top 5 predictions for 2015 and what you should do about each of them. #1. CEM (Customer Experience Management) CEM or Customer Experience Management means focusing the operations and processes of a business around the needs of individual customers. CEM allows customers of service providers to log in and see how their circuits are performing, even to troubleshoot those circuits. Sharing this information allows customers to have knowledge they didn’t have otherwise, creating better relationships, saving time and money. Unfortunately many studies have shown that the telecommunications industry has continually ranked high on a list it would rather not be associated with – poor customer service. The truth is, if you aren’t thinking about CEM you will lose customers. It’s…

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LBN Security Bulletin – Heartbleed

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Local Backhaul Networks is aware of the vulnerability, dubbed “Heartbleed”, which is a security concern for users of OpenSSL, a widely-used opensource cryptographic software library. It can allow attackers to read the memory of the systems using vulnerable versions of OpenSSL library (1.0.1 through 1.0.1f). This may disclose the secret keys of vulnerable servers, which allows attackers to decrypt and eavesdrop on SSL encrypted communications and impersonate service providers. In addition, other data in memory may be disclosed, which conceivably could include usernames and passwords of users or other data stored in server memory. All OcularIP and W.O.O.D. Data Centers providing Customer Web Portals do not suffer from the Heartbleed vulnerability as described above. This means all users logging into the OcularIP or W.O.O.D. Customer Web Portals are secured and do not suffer from this identified vulnerability. We do recommend all users change their passwords following customer’s best practice policies. For more information, please contact the Local Backhaul Networks support…

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Shellshock

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Local Backhaul Networks is aware of the Bash (Bourne Again SHell) UNIX Shell vulnerability, dubbed “ShellShock”, which is a security concern due to the ability for Bash bypassing environment restrictions in certain environments, a widely-used opensource *NIX shell. It has been discovered that Bash incorrectly handled trailing code in function definitions. An attacker could use this issue to bypass environment restrictions, such as SSH forced command environments. All OcularIP and W.O.O.D. Data Centers providing providing Customer Web Portals are secured from this vulnerability. This means all users logging into the OcularIP or W.O.O.D. Customer Web Portals are secured and do not suffer from this identified vulnerability. For more information, please contact the Local Backhaul Networks support team.

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