How do the tier-1 telecommunications carriers fit into cloud?
The large telecommunication service providers or carriers might seem well-positioned to provide and benefit from the cloud computing model. The tier-1 carriers (e.g. AT&T, France Telecom, NTT Docomo, Vodafone) have the infrastructure, enterprise customer base, and the geographic reach to provide cloud services over great distances. Additionally, they are well-versed in multi-tenancy; all I have to do is look at my monthly communications bill to get a glimpse in the detailed reporting of my mobile roaming and texting use.
However, though in a good position, these carriers need to add new proficiencies to their core competencies to meet the demands of the different size organizations that comprise their potential customer base for cloud computing services. Much like the late 1990s when deregulation in the telecommunications industry and the shift of voice services to the Internet and the emergence of new data services, carriers need to navigate the changes to offset declining revenues in some of their traditional services with new cloud-based offerings. Continue reading
Can you get the most out of your data storage in your cloud?
Chances are you have challenges delivering storage-as-service regardless of the make-up of your data center. Most likely these challenges are a result of exploding data growth, different user data demands driven by a variety of workloads spanning traditional enterprise and scale-out cloud applications, a heterogeneous storage environment (including multiple software management tools), and multiple locations spreading your data center infrastructure over great distances. Add to this scenario a hybrid cloud computing model and the challenges get compounded by the multiple arrays and multiple locations of your public cloud service providers.
The storage industry has been moving in the direction of addressing some if not all of these challenges for some time. NetApp ONTAP, IBM SVC, and others provide heterogeneous storage support but no offering preserves the value propositions of third-party storage. Additionally, no vendor provides the integrated management platform to coordinate the delivery of storage-as-a-service regardless of cloud model—though some startups do offer software and services to construct solutions. A closer look at the storage challenges gives a good indication of what is needed for effective solutions.