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Lumen Technologies Enhances SASE Portfolio For Partners Selling ‘Network-Adjacent’ Services
Gina Narcisi
September 12, 2023, 05:15 PM EDT

The company formerly known as CenturyLink has given its SASE portfolio a boost with new features, including Security Service Edge and cloud-hosted gateways, and has aextended the reach of its SASE Solutions portfolio globally.

How Lumen Technologies’ Network Is A Bridge To Strategic Services, SASE, Security
Gina Narcisi
September 01, 2023, 12:34 PM EDT

“The attach is there. People aren’t coming to us and saying: ‘I want to buy security from Lumen, but they are already embedded in … [Lumen] has done a good job of wrapping services around traditionally network-driven branding, said one Lumen partner who has seen an 80 percent uptick in its Lumen strategic networking services portfolio this year alone.

Cisco Secure Networks Revenue Grows 22 Percent In ‘Milestone’ FY 23 As Record Backlog Clears
Gina Narcisi
August 16, 2023, 06:35 PM EDT

The tech giant’s Secure, Agile Networks segment, which includes the core switching and routing businesses, posted impressive revenues that climbed 33 percent during its final fiscal quarter of 2023. Cisco expects to double-down on AI, cloud, and security in FY 2024.

MSP Velaspan Launches Innovative Private Cellular As Wi-Fi Complement
Gina Narcisi

‘Our peers aren’t necessarily making the same leaps that we’re making. They’re sort of waiting for something to happen … but our engineers that are jazzed about this because they’ve been designing Wi-Fi networks that never see the light of day,’ Velaspan Partner Dave Bond tells CRN of the firm’s new managed private cellular service.

Cisco To Buy Cloud-Native Mobile Core Developer Working Group Two For $150M
Gina Narcisi
August 10, 2023, 05:39 PM EDT

In its ninth announced acquisition of 2023, the tech giant revealed plans to buy Working Group Two to “turbo charge” the recently announced Cisco Mobility Services platform.

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