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123Net Expands Fiber Network in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — 123Net, the Southfield-based provider of network solutions, announced an expansion of its metro fiber data hub in Grand Rapids and vicinity.

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New Software From GR Firm

GRAND RAPIDS — Fox Technologies Inc., the Grand Rapids-based provider of Linux security software, announced the release of BoKS ServerControl 7.1, an access management system for organizations strategically deploying Enterprise Linux.

The company said BoKS ServerControl 7.1 addresses new web-scale infrastructures being used by global financial institutions, governments, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, and technology companies faced with securing access to their most critical systems and data in rapidly changing business environments.
Business and technology executives can no longer rely on legacy tools and script-driven methodologies to cost effectively, and securely manage today’s dynamic IT infrastructure environments. According to annual Linux Foundation reports, there is already a worldwide deficit of Linux administration skills, therefore driving operational managers towards solutions that optimize the use of existing staff, and deliver a forecastable profile and return on investment over the lifespan of the new infrastructure.

“Our customers include many leading global corporations that rely on Fox Technologies to provide real-time controls in order to meet internal and regulatory security requirements across diverse Enterprise Linux environments,” said Mark Lambaise, CTO at Fox Technologies. “BoKS ServerControl provides a centralized solution to keep pace with changes in IT infrastructure and security requirements to remain in compliance, as they digitally transform their business … No other product on the market for Linux/UNIX critical infrastructure offers this level of granular access control, nor use-cases for wide scope of deployment architectures.”

Fox Technologies will be in Booth 318 at the Red Hat Summit in Boston through May 4.

Fox Technologies, a portfolio company of Parallax Capital Partners, is a global security company that helps organizations centralize Linux and UNIX privileged access management across hybrid IT environments. For more information, visit http://www.foxt.com.

AT&T To Launch Gigabit Service To The Home, Business In GR

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. announced it will expand its ultra-fast AT&T
Fiber internet service in parts of Grand Rapids, the company’s first
expansion of the service in West Michigan.

AT&T introduced the service in metropolitan Detroit last year —
specifically, parts of Canton Township, Clinton Township, Novi and
South Lyon — and plans to expand the service to Ann Arbor, Detroit,
Ferndale and Roseville later this year.

The service will offer homes, apartments and small business locations service at a blazing 1 billion bits per second.

AT&T has rolled out the service in 52 metropolitan areas across the country and plans to add another 23 soon.

AT&T says gigabit speed allows users to download a 90-minute HD movie in a little over 30 seconds. It also allows effortless, glitch-free telecommuting and videoconferencing.

The company says it invested nearly $1.65 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Michigan between 2013 through 2015.

Visit att.com/fibermap to see if the service is available in your area.

State Support OK’d For Business Expansions, Flint Incubator

LANSING — The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved three grants to create a new business incubator in Flint and build new manufacturing plants in the Grand Rapids area and Port Huron.

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Comcast Business Expands Multi-Gigabit Network In Michigan

PLYMOUTH — Comcast Business announced it has completed a two-year, $8.3 million expansion of its fiber-based network in Michigan that adds more than 70 miles of fiber to 1,260 buildings housing 2,260 business tenants across southeastern Michigan.

The newly served areas include Midtown Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing.

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M2 TechCast Features Cybersecurity, Tech Startups

ROYAL OAK — A look at cybersecurity trends for 2017, help for tech entrepreneurs, and a look at how legal cannabis could help the state’s budget woes.

That’s the lineup for the Monday, Dec. 19 M2 TechCast, live on the internet at 3 p.m. Eastern time today at http://www.podcastdetroit.com.

The show will kick off with Keith Brophy, state director of the Michigan Small Business Development Centers, with a special guest entrepreneur helped by his SBA-based organization.

Next, Peter Schwartz from East Lansing-based software developers Supported Intelligence will discuss a report that shows how legalized cannabis sales could generate a lot of tax revenue for Michigan.

In Segment Three, Irene Spanos, director of economic development and community affairs for Oakland County, will explain the results of the 2016 Oakland County Economic Report.

The show will wrap up with cybersecurity expert Dan Lohrmann, who  will provide his Cyber Year in Review and cyber predictions for 2017.

Today’s show will be the last one of 2016 for the M2 TechCast, which is taking a two-week holiday break. The TechCast will return Monday, July 9 with a special show focused on mobile technology being displayed at the North American International Auto Show.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

AT&T Upgrades Network Around Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T has upgraded its network in several areas throughout Michigan to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

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Today’s M2 TechCast: LTU Entrepreneurial Engineers, Trump Tax Plans, IT Services and more

ROYAL OAK — The Monday, Nov. 14 edition of the M2 TechCast will feature another great lineup of guests talking all things tech and entrepreneurship.

The show will open with Cristi L. Bell-Huff, director of the Studio for Entrepreneurial Engineering Design at Lawrence Technological University. She’ll cover LTU’s efforts with a Wisconsin foundation and others to inject more entrepreneurship and design thinking into engineering curriculum — making engineers who can invent and start businesses.

Other guests will include Tember Shea, director of the inGAGE women’s entrepreneurship training program at Inforum, interviewing Lisa McLaughlin, CEO and co-founder of WorkIt Health, an Ann Arbor-based digital health and wellness services provider; Lansing’s Anderson Economic Group, outlining tax changes they hope the Trump Administration will enact; and Mike Lomonaco, director of marketing and communications for Grand Rapids-based Open Systems Technologies, about the latest IT work his company’s doing in the business world.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

GR Software Firm Gets $8.6M In Capital

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids-based data center management software developer Blue Medora announced the close of an $8.6 million Series B funding round led by St. Louis-based Lewis & Clark Ventures.

Blue Medora’s existing investors — Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware Inc., Ann Arbor-based eLab Ventures, and Grand Rapids-based Start Garden and Grand Angels, also supported the round, bringing Blue Medora’s total capital raised since its inception to $14.5 million.

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New Asset Tracking Software From GR’s Radley

GRAND RAPIDS — Radley Corp., the Grand Rapids-based supply chain management products and services provider, announced enhancements to its Asset Tracking software. In response to customer requirements, the software now offers a more sophisticated Container Tracking system for use in manufacturing.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on reusable containers, racks and packaging with little thought as to how they will be managed and maintained.  Manual processes that take place to inventory, reroute and replace containers can be a significant unplanned cost, a drain on resources and ultimately affect overall ROI.

Radley helps manufacturers increase visibility to the supply chain by identifying areas that can be automated and streamlined using sophisticated software for EDI, manufacturing and warehouse.

“Once again our customers have inspired us to tackle a challenge they’re up against,” said Radley Senior Vice President David Barks.
Radley’s platform, which encompasses software for data capture, reporting and analysis, and the latest radio-frequency identification (RFID) hardware, along with consulting services, now offers complete end-to-end container tracking.

Highly configurable and easy to use, Radley’s container tracking software can be integrated to existing enterprise systems or as a stand-alone system. Using RFID, data is collected as containers move through the manufacturing, warehouse and distribution processes. Radley filters, aggregates and validates the data to provide real-time reports, dashboards, alerts and notifications based on a company’s specific business rules and requirements that can be viewed from a PC, device or tablet.

The Radley container tracking systeml can improve visibility and control of reusable containers, racks and packaging as they’re moved throughout the supply chain. With reliable data, better business decisions can be made; shrinkage levels drop, error and risk is minimized, labor is reallocated and product movement workflows are improved.

Radley will introduce the new container tracking system at the Pack Expo event in Chicago Nov. 6-9. More at http://www.radley.com.