Microsoft Office 365 is becoming to telco SaaS what the Big Mac is to fast food. That’s not a health warning, but a fact, based on a 38-country study* of 51 communication service providers’ business SaaS portfolios that I’ve just completed. Microsoft powers an astonishing 51% of these CSPs’ productivity and collaboration offers. Want a SaaS [...]
Going into 2013, the communications industry will continue its campaign to be the enabler of critical functions for cities and public services. These are challenging markets that demand patient investment. Administrative systems and working practices – not to mention public policy and regulation – take time to adapt to connected environments. Citizens and consumers also need time to understand their more proactive role.
It’s been a year for serious cloud investments and networking specialist Cisco has closed out 2012 with a $1.2bn outlay on privately held cloud management company Meraki.
The Telco Big Data & Real Time Analytics Summit held in London last week spanned a surprisingly wide range of data management, BI and analytics-related topics and delivered useful insights from operators, vendors and other industry players. However, it was the operator presentations that stood out, as much because we’re now getting to a stage where operators are beginning to dip their toes in the water with projects or launches that include elements of Big Data or real-time analytics.
Citing its previous infrastructure as being expensive to run and time consuming to maintain Orange Digital, which manages the online portals for EE, has moved to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The firm claims that by moving to Amazon’s cloud, it is better able to support spikes in traffic and capacity and reduce costs by £2m over a three-year period.
Networking equipment vendor Cisco has announced its intention to acquire privately held cloud management company Meraki for $1.2bn in cash.
The African enterprise space may be in the nascent stages of development, but it’s time has certainly come. A new stream, Enterprise ICT Africa, made its appearance at AfricaCom this year, putting a strong focus on the opportunities for cloud services in the region.
Ever the innovator, Telefónica Digital is bolstering its global public cloud service with a toolkit that offers users greater control and provisioning of virtual servers.
An organisation founded in 2010 to define the future of Linux on low power mobile chips from ARM has won support from social networking giant Facebook.
A subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom is building a datacentre the size of 30 football fields in order to help satisfy Germany’s high demand for cloud services.
There is a clear need for standardisation of network virtualisation and cloud services – that was the verdict of Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Chief Technology Officer at Deutsche Telekom, delivering a keynote presentation at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this morning.
Enterprises are facing a challenge from employees who want to use personal devices to access corporate data. Perceived benefits around cost and productivity are balanced by concerns around device management and security. Mobile operators are positioning themselves to address these concerns and facilitate the trend.
As in previous years, a number of operators articulated (and advocated) their specific approaches to the CDN market (among them were Telefonica, du, Pacnet and Cox Communications), while discussions about CDN federation proved to be as popular (and unpopular) as ever. And while both operators and vendors spoke about the need to better understand the needs of content owners, Mashable’s CTO, Robyn Peterson, who joined the event via a Skype video call from New York, turned the question around and spoke about how content owners can better educate CDN providers about their specific needs.
Milliseconds can mean millions of dollars in the hyper-competitive world of high-frequency financial trading. Trading institutions are driving demand for ever faster throughput speeds in communication networks that span the globe.
Revenue generated from the sale of content delivery network (CDN) services will grow threefold in the five years to 2017 to reach $4.63bn, on the back of a fivefold rise in global CDN traffic, according to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media.