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Apr 01

AT&T Again Tops Latest SD-WAN Rankings

By | Managed Services News

Expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020.

AT&T, Hughes and Verizon retained the top three positions while Comcast jumped to fourth on the latest Vertical Systems Group SD-WAN rankings for year-end 2020.

Vertical Systems Group’s Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services Leaderboard lists AT&T atop its peers for number of managed SD-WAN customer sites in the U.S. at the end of last year. AT&T has been partnering with VeloCloud since 2016 for its platform.

SD-WAN VSG Leaderboard Year-End 2020Comcast replaced Lumen Technologies in fourth, moving up from seventh position in 2019. Lumen is now sixth. Windstream remained fifth. Aryaka dipped from sixth to seventh. And TPx debuted in eighth, moving up from the challenge tier.

These seven service providers in the SD-WAN rankings each had 2% or more of installed and billable carrier managed SD-WAN customer sites in the United States.

Enduring the Pandemic

Rick Malone is principal of Vertical Systems Group

“The managed SD-WAN market in the U.S. endured the pandemic as service providers installed hundreds of new networks in extremely challenging conditions throughout the past year,” he said. “Businesses and enterprises accelerated the retirement of MPLS assets, and made purchase decisions for SD-WAN solutions that enable more flexible access options and dynamic connectivity. Some provider positions changed on our 2020 leaderboard benchmark. And we expect further shuffling of the ranks as additional sizeable networks are activated this year.”

MetTel advanced to the challenge tier, up from the market player tier. The challenge tier also includes Fusion Connect, GTT and Meriplex. Those are service providers with between 1% and 2% share of U.S. carrier managed SD-WAN sites.

Despite the pandemic, expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020. As previously projected, demand was resilient across bandwidth intensive markets, but vulnerable for verticals like retail and travel. Pre-pandemic site growth was 89% for managed SD-WAN services in 2019.

AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Windstream attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services certification.

The primary technology suppliers for the leaderboard companies are VMware, Versa, Fortinet and Cisco. Additionally, Aryaka and Hughes use technologies they developed internally.

Versa, VMware and Fortinet have attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Technology certification.

Market players include such providers as AireSpring, Bigleaf, Cox, Frontier Communications, T-Mobile and Zayo.

Apr 01

AT&T Again Tops Latest SD-WAN Rankings

By | Managed Services News

Expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020.

AT&T, Hughes and Verizon retained the top three positions while Comcast jumped to fourth on the latest Vertical Systems Group SD-WAN rankings for year-end 2020.

Vertical Systems Group’s Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services Leaderboard lists AT&T atop its peers for number of managed SD-WAN customer sites in the U.S. at the end of last year. AT&T has been partnering with VeloCloud since 2016 for its platform.

SD-WAN VSG Leaderboard Year-End 2020Comcast replaced Lumen Technologies in fourth, moving up from seventh position in 2019. Lumen is now sixth. Windstream remained fifth. Aryaka dipped from sixth to seventh. And TPx debuted in eighth, moving up from the challenge tier.

These seven service providers in the SD-WAN rankings each had 2% or more of installed and billable carrier managed SD-WAN customer sites in the United States.

Enduring the Pandemic

Rick Malone is principal of Vertical Systems Group

“The managed SD-WAN market in the U.S. endured the pandemic as service providers installed hundreds of new networks in extremely challenging conditions throughout the past year,” he said. “Businesses and enterprises accelerated the retirement of MPLS assets, and made purchase decisions for SD-WAN solutions that enable more flexible access options and dynamic connectivity. Some provider positions changed on our 2020 leaderboard benchmark. And we expect further shuffling of the ranks as additional sizeable networks are activated this year.”

MetTel advanced to the challenge tier, up from the market player tier. The challenge tier also includes Fusion Connect, GTT and Meriplex. Those are service providers with between 1% and 2% share of U.S. carrier managed SD-WAN sites.

Despite the pandemic, expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020. As previously projected, demand was resilient across bandwidth intensive markets, but vulnerable for verticals like retail and travel. Pre-pandemic site growth was 89% for managed SD-WAN services in 2019.

AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Windstream attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services certification.

The primary technology suppliers for the leaderboard companies are VMware, Versa, Fortinet and Cisco. Additionally, Aryaka and Hughes use technologies they developed internally.

Versa, VMware and Fortinet have attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Technology certification.

Market players include such providers as AireSpring, Bigleaf, Cox, Frontier Communications, T-Mobile and Zayo.

Apr 01

AT&T Again Tops Latest SD-WAN Rankings

By | Managed Services News

Expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020.

AT&T, Hughes and Verizon retained the top three positions while Comcast jumped to fourth on the latest Vertical Systems Group SD-WAN rankings for year-end 2020.

Vertical Systems Group’s Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services Leaderboard lists AT&T atop its peers for number of managed SD-WAN customer sites in the U.S. at the end of last year. AT&T has been partnering with VeloCloud since 2016 for its platform.

SD-WAN VSG Leaderboard Year-End 2020Comcast replaced Lumen Technologies in fourth, moving up from seventh position in 2019. Lumen is now sixth. Windstream remained fifth. Aryaka dipped from sixth to seventh. And TPx debuted in eighth, moving up from the challenge tier.

These seven service providers in the SD-WAN rankings each had 2% or more of installed and billable carrier managed SD-WAN customer sites in the United States.

Enduring the Pandemic

Rick Malone is principal of Vertical Systems Group

“The managed SD-WAN market in the U.S. endured the pandemic as service providers installed hundreds of new networks in extremely challenging conditions throughout the past year,” he said. “Businesses and enterprises accelerated the retirement of MPLS assets, and made purchase decisions for SD-WAN solutions that enable more flexible access options and dynamic connectivity. Some provider positions changed on our 2020 leaderboard benchmark. And we expect further shuffling of the ranks as additional sizeable networks are activated this year.”

MetTel advanced to the challenge tier, up from the market player tier. The challenge tier also includes Fusion Connect, GTT and Meriplex. Those are service providers with between 1% and 2% share of U.S. carrier managed SD-WAN sites.

Despite the pandemic, expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020. As previously projected, demand was resilient across bandwidth intensive markets, but vulnerable for verticals like retail and travel. Pre-pandemic site growth was 89% for managed SD-WAN services in 2019.

AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Windstream attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services certification.

The primary technology suppliers for the leaderboard companies are VMware, Versa, Fortinet and Cisco. Additionally, Aryaka and Hughes use technologies they developed internally.

Versa, VMware and Fortinet have attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Technology certification.

Market players include such providers as AireSpring, Bigleaf, Cox, Frontier Communications, T-Mobile and Zayo.

Apr 01

AT&T Again Tops Latest SD-WAN Rankings

By | Managed Services News

Expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020.

AT&T, Hughes and Verizon retained the top three positions while Comcast jumped to fourth on the latest Vertical Systems Group SD-WAN rankings for year-end 2020.

Vertical Systems Group’s Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services Leaderboard lists AT&T atop its peers for number of managed SD-WAN customer sites in the U.S. at the end of last year. AT&T has been partnering with VeloCloud since 2016 for its platform.

SD-WAN VSG Leaderboard Year-End 2020Comcast replaced Lumen Technologies in fourth, moving up from seventh position in 2019. Lumen is now sixth. Windstream remained fifth. Aryaka dipped from sixth to seventh. And TPx debuted in eighth, moving up from the challenge tier.

These seven service providers in the SD-WAN rankings each had 2% or more of installed and billable carrier managed SD-WAN customer sites in the United States.

Enduring the Pandemic

Rick Malone is principal of Vertical Systems Group

“The managed SD-WAN market in the U.S. endured the pandemic as service providers installed hundreds of new networks in extremely challenging conditions throughout the past year,” he said. “Businesses and enterprises accelerated the retirement of MPLS assets, and made purchase decisions for SD-WAN solutions that enable more flexible access options and dynamic connectivity. Some provider positions changed on our 2020 leaderboard benchmark. And we expect further shuffling of the ranks as additional sizeable networks are activated this year.”

MetTel advanced to the challenge tier, up from the market player tier. The challenge tier also includes Fusion Connect, GTT and Meriplex. Those are service providers with between 1% and 2% share of U.S. carrier managed SD-WAN sites.

Despite the pandemic, expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020. As previously projected, demand was resilient across bandwidth intensive markets, but vulnerable for verticals like retail and travel. Pre-pandemic site growth was 89% for managed SD-WAN services in 2019.

AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Windstream attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services certification.

The primary technology suppliers for the leaderboard companies are VMware, Versa, Fortinet and Cisco. Additionally, Aryaka and Hughes use technologies they developed internally.

Versa, VMware and Fortinet have attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Technology certification.

Market players include such providers as AireSpring, Bigleaf, Cox, Frontier Communications, T-Mobile and Zayo.

Apr 01

AT&T Again Tops Latest SD-WAN Rankings

By | Managed Services News

Expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020.

AT&T, Hughes and Verizon retained the top three positions while Comcast jumped to fourth on the latest Vertical Systems Group SD-WAN rankings for year-end 2020.

Vertical Systems Group’s Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services Leaderboard lists AT&T atop its peers for number of managed SD-WAN customer sites in the U.S. at the end of last year. AT&T has been partnering with VeloCloud since 2016 for its platform.

SD-WAN VSG Leaderboard Year-End 2020Comcast replaced Lumen Technologies in fourth, moving up from seventh position in 2019. Lumen is now sixth. Windstream remained fifth. Aryaka dipped from sixth to seventh. And TPx debuted in eighth, moving up from the challenge tier.

These seven service providers in the SD-WAN rankings each had 2% or more of installed and billable carrier managed SD-WAN customer sites in the United States.

Enduring the Pandemic

Rick Malone is principal of Vertical Systems Group

“The managed SD-WAN market in the U.S. endured the pandemic as service providers installed hundreds of new networks in extremely challenging conditions throughout the past year,” he said. “Businesses and enterprises accelerated the retirement of MPLS assets, and made purchase decisions for SD-WAN solutions that enable more flexible access options and dynamic connectivity. Some provider positions changed on our 2020 leaderboard benchmark. And we expect further shuffling of the ranks as additional sizeable networks are activated this year.”

MetTel advanced to the challenge tier, up from the market player tier. The challenge tier also includes Fusion Connect, GTT and Meriplex. Those are service providers with between 1% and 2% share of U.S. carrier managed SD-WAN sites.

Despite the pandemic, expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020. As previously projected, demand was resilient across bandwidth intensive markets, but vulnerable for verticals like retail and travel. Pre-pandemic site growth was 89% for managed SD-WAN services in 2019.

AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Windstream attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services certification.

The primary technology suppliers for the leaderboard companies are VMware, Versa, Fortinet and Cisco. Additionally, Aryaka and Hughes use technologies they developed internally.

Versa, VMware and Fortinet have attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Technology certification.

Market players include such providers as AireSpring, Bigleaf, Cox, Frontier Communications, T-Mobile and Zayo.

Apr 01

AT&T Again Tops Latest SD-WAN Rankings

By | Managed Services News

Expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020.

AT&T, Hughes and Verizon retained the top three positions while Comcast jumped to fourth on the latest Vertical Systems Group SD-WAN rankings for year-end 2020.

Vertical Systems Group’s Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services Leaderboard lists AT&T atop its peers for number of managed SD-WAN customer sites in the U.S. at the end of last year. AT&T has been partnering with VeloCloud since 2016 for its platform.

SD-WAN VSG Leaderboard Year-End 2020Comcast replaced Lumen Technologies in fourth, moving up from seventh position in 2019. Lumen is now sixth. Windstream remained fifth. Aryaka dipped from sixth to seventh. And TPx debuted in eighth, moving up from the challenge tier.

These seven service providers in the SD-WAN rankings each had 2% or more of installed and billable carrier managed SD-WAN customer sites in the United States.

Enduring the Pandemic

Rick Malone is principal of Vertical Systems Group

“The managed SD-WAN market in the U.S. endured the pandemic as service providers installed hundreds of new networks in extremely challenging conditions throughout the past year,” he said. “Businesses and enterprises accelerated the retirement of MPLS assets, and made purchase decisions for SD-WAN solutions that enable more flexible access options and dynamic connectivity. Some provider positions changed on our 2020 leaderboard benchmark. And we expect further shuffling of the ranks as additional sizeable networks are activated this year.”

MetTel advanced to the challenge tier, up from the market player tier. The challenge tier also includes Fusion Connect, GTT and Meriplex. Those are service providers with between 1% and 2% share of U.S. carrier managed SD-WAN sites.

Despite the pandemic, expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020. As previously projected, demand was resilient across bandwidth intensive markets, but vulnerable for verticals like retail and travel. Pre-pandemic site growth was 89% for managed SD-WAN services in 2019.

AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Windstream attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services certification.

The primary technology suppliers for the leaderboard companies are VMware, Versa, Fortinet and Cisco. Additionally, Aryaka and Hughes use technologies they developed internally.

Versa, VMware and Fortinet have attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Technology certification.

Market players include such providers as AireSpring, Bigleaf, Cox, Frontier Communications, T-Mobile and Zayo.

Mar 31

AT&T Again Tops Latest SD-WAN Rankings

By | Managed Services News

Expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020.

AT&T, Hughes and Verizon retained the top three positions while Comcast jumped to fourth on the latest Vertical Systems Group SD-WAN rankings for year-end 2020.

Vertical Systems Group’s Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services Leaderboard lists AT&T atop its peers for number of managed SD-WAN customer sites in the U.S. at the end of last year. AT&T has been partnering with VeloCloud since 2016 for its platform.

SD-WAN VSG Leaderboard Year-End 2020Comcast replaced Lumen Technologies in fourth, moving up from seventh position in 2019. Lumen is now sixth. Windstream remained fifth. Aryaka dipped from sixth to seventh. And TPx debuted in eighth, moving up from the challenge tier.

These seven service providers in the SD-WAN rankings each had 2% or more of installed and billable carrier managed SD-WAN customer sites in the United States.

Enduring the Pandemic

Rick Malone is principal of Vertical Systems Group

“The managed SD-WAN market in the U.S. endured the pandemic as service providers installed hundreds of new networks in extremely challenging conditions throughout the past year,” he said. “Businesses and enterprises accelerated the retirement of MPLS assets, and made purchase decisions for SD-WAN solutions that enable more flexible access options and dynamic connectivity. Some provider positions changed on our 2020 leaderboard benchmark. And we expect further shuffling of the ranks as additional sizeable networks are activated this year.”

MetTel advanced to the challenge tier, up from the market player tier. The challenge tier also includes Fusion Connect, GTT and Meriplex. Those are service providers with between 1% and 2% share of U.S. carrier managed SD-WAN sites.

Despite the pandemic, expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020. As previously projected, demand was resilient across bandwidth intensive markets, but vulnerable for verticals like retail and travel. Pre-pandemic site growth was 89% for managed SD-WAN services in 2019.

AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Windstream attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services certification.

The primary technology suppliers for the leaderboard companies are VMware, Versa, Fortinet and Cisco. Additionally, Aryaka and Hughes use technologies they developed internally.

Versa, VMware and Fortinet have attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Technology certification.

Market players include such providers as AireSpring, Bigleaf, Cox, Frontier Communications, T-Mobile and Zayo.

Mar 31

AT&T Again Tops Latest SD-WAN Rankings

By | Managed Services News

Expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020.

AT&T, Hughes and Verizon retained the top three positions while Comcast jumped to fourth on the latest Vertical Systems Group SD-WAN rankings for year-end 2020.

Vertical Systems Group’s Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services Leaderboard lists AT&T atop its peers for number of managed SD-WAN customer sites in the U.S. at the end of last year. AT&T has been partnering with VeloCloud since 2016 for its platform.

SD-WAN VSG Leaderboard Year-End 2020Comcast replaced Lumen Technologies in fourth, moving up from seventh position in 2019. Lumen is now sixth. Windstream remained fifth. Aryaka dipped from sixth to seventh. And TPx debuted in eighth, moving up from the challenge tier.

These seven service providers in the SD-WAN rankings each had 2% or more of installed and billable carrier managed SD-WAN customer sites in the United States.

Enduring the Pandemic

Rick Malone is principal of Vertical Systems Group

“The managed SD-WAN market in the U.S. endured the pandemic as service providers installed hundreds of new networks in extremely challenging conditions throughout the past year,” he said. “Businesses and enterprises accelerated the retirement of MPLS assets, and made purchase decisions for SD-WAN solutions that enable more flexible access options and dynamic connectivity. Some provider positions changed on our 2020 leaderboard benchmark. And we expect further shuffling of the ranks as additional sizeable networks are activated this year.”

MetTel advanced to the challenge tier, up from the market player tier. The challenge tier also includes Fusion Connect, GTT and Meriplex. Those are service providers with between 1% and 2% share of U.S. carrier managed SD-WAN sites.

Despite the pandemic, expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020. As previously projected, demand was resilient across bandwidth intensive markets, but vulnerable for verticals like retail and travel. Pre-pandemic site growth was 89% for managed SD-WAN services in 2019.

AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Windstream attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services certification.

The primary technology suppliers for the leaderboard companies are VMware, Versa, Fortinet and Cisco. Additionally, Aryaka and Hughes use technologies they developed internally.

Versa, VMware and Fortinet have attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Technology certification.

Market players include such providers as AireSpring, Bigleaf, Cox, Frontier Communications, T-Mobile and Zayo.

Mar 31

Cisco Readies Usage-Based Network-as-a-Service Offering with Cisco Plus

By | Managed Services News

Expect Cisco Plus Hybrid Cloud to debut by midyear.

Cisco will start offering its network, security and management solutions as a service with the debut of Cisco Plus. The new consumption-based solutions, announced at the Cisco Live virtual conference, will start rolling out this summer.

The move promises to initiate a major shift in the delivery of enterprise network infrastructure by the industry’s largest provider. Instead of providing its hardware and software for purchase, Cisco will offer what it calls its network-as-a-service (NaaS) model, with usage-based pricing. Cisco said it will provide unified subscriptions across compute, storage, network, security, cloud and application management architectures.

Todd Nightingale, general manager of Cisco’s enterprise networking and cloud business, introduced Cisco Plus during the Cisco Live keynote session.

Cisco's Todd Nightingale at Cisco Live

Cisco’s Todd Nightingale at Cisco Live!

“Cisco Plus delivers complete, flexible solutions as a service, Nightingale said. “Cisco Plus is not just hardware as a service or software as a service; [it] is focused on outcomes and experiences. It’s brought to you by Cisco and built from, and backed by the technology teams and the promise of Cisco.”

Cisco Plus is cloud-native and is designed to provide agile service delivery.

“And it comes with a new observability experience that can help our users understand what’s really happening in their infrastructure,” he said.

Initially, the company will offer Cisco Plus Hybrid Cloud. It consists of Cisco’s data center compute, networking and storage portfolio as a consumption-based service. Cisco will also include third-party storage, though it didn’t disclose any suppliers. Cisco will offer it through a self-service portal via its Cisco CX Cloud.

The next offering in the pipeline will be the new Cisco secure access service edge (SASE). Also launched Tuesday at Cisco Live, the expanded Cisco SASE is a cloud-native security solution. It provides a protection for endpoints, data loss prevention, cloud malware detection, an expanded SD-WAN solution with Viptela, observability based on its recent acquisition of ThousandEyes, and password-less authentication.

Potential for Disruption

It remains to be seen whether the economics and flexibility of Cisco Plus are comparable with other cloud and SaaS models. But company officials emphasized that with the increase in remote and hybrid work environments, expanded implementations of IoT solutions are accelerating demand.

Cisco Plus is poised to upend how users buy the company’s solutions, and how partners sell them. The particulars of how Cisco Plus will impact how partners get compensated remain to be seen. Asked about that during an analyst and press briefing, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said he has navigated major shifts before.

“Having been deeply involved in the partner programs over the years, it’s a constant change that we have to deliver,” Robbins said. “The short answer is, we’ll continue to evolve our programs to make sure that our partners are included and part of our value chain. We think that it’s super important to us going forward. Does that mean 100% of everything? No, but we’ll continue to make sure that’s the case. We have partners that will be ahead of us, we have partners that will go with us and we will have partners that will lag; they tend to move at different paces.”

Industry analyst Maribel Lopez of Lopez Research, who posed the question to Robbins, said the introduction of Cisco Plus was …

Mar 31

AT&T Again Tops Latest SD-WAN Rankings

By | Managed Services News

Expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020.

AT&T, Hughes and Verizon retained the top three positions while Comcast jumped to fourth on the latest Vertical Systems Group SD-WAN rankings for year-end 2020.

Vertical Systems Group’s Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services Leaderboard lists AT&T atop its peers for number of managed SD-WAN customer sites in the U.S. at the end of last year. AT&T has been partnering with VeloCloud since 2016 for its platform.

SD-WAN VSG Leaderboard Year-End 2020Comcast replaced Lumen Technologies in fourth, moving up from seventh position in 2019. Lumen is now sixth. Windstream remained fifth. Aryaka dipped from sixth to seventh. And TPx debuted in eighth, moving up from the challenge tier.

These seven service providers in the SD-WAN rankings each had 2% or more of installed and billable carrier managed SD-WAN customer sites in the United States.

Enduring the Pandemic

Rick Malone is principal of Vertical Systems Group

“The managed SD-WAN market in the U.S. endured the pandemic as service providers installed hundreds of new networks in extremely challenging conditions throughout the past year,” he said. “Businesses and enterprises accelerated the retirement of MPLS assets, and made purchase decisions for SD-WAN solutions that enable more flexible access options and dynamic connectivity. Some provider positions changed on our 2020 leaderboard benchmark. And we expect further shuffling of the ranks as additional sizeable networks are activated this year.”

MetTel advanced to the challenge tier, up from the market player tier. The challenge tier also includes Fusion Connect, GTT and Meriplex. Those are service providers with between 1% and 2% share of U.S. carrier managed SD-WAN sites.

Despite the pandemic, expansion of carrier managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020. As previously projected, demand was resilient across bandwidth intensive markets, but vulnerable for verticals like retail and travel. Pre-pandemic site growth was 89% for managed SD-WAN services in 2019.

AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Windstream attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services certification.

The primary technology suppliers for the leaderboard companies are VMware, Versa, Fortinet and Cisco. Additionally, Aryaka and Hughes use technologies they developed internally.

Versa, VMware and Fortinet have attained MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Technology certification.

Market players include such providers as AireSpring, Bigleaf, Cox, Frontier Communications, T-Mobile and Zayo.

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