This paper is the first in a series describing Ciena’s vision for the future of cloud networking, and the solutions that turn that vision into reality for both IT providers and IT users. A Data Center Without Walls is the combination of geographically distributed data centers able to function as an efficient shared resource pool to address any magnitude of workload demand from anywhere across that geography with assured service performance.
Belgian incumbent operator Belgacom has launched a cloud storage service for its fixed internet customers, offering 10GB of storage for free, 30GB for a monthly fee of €2.95 and 200GB for €9.95/month. The Belgacom Cloud service will also enable users to access stored files across the operator’s pay TV system, Belgacom TV.
The telco as buffalo is an appealing image. On the one hand buffalo can be quick for their size, extremely strong, dangerous in a fight and difficult to bring down—especially when they’ve got momentum. But they are also short sighted, easily spooked and exhibit the definitive herd mentality—particularly when they sense a threat.
As uptake of cloud computing services by multinational corporations takes off, Ovum research indicates that the credibility of telcos as trusted providers in the space has increased significantly in the past year.
Business applications provider SAP has warned that Amazon’s recent EC2 cloud service crash will make it more difficult for the industry to convince business to move to the cloud.
At a time when speculation that both Google and Apple are preparing to launch cloud-based music services is rife, Motorola Mobility Ventures has announced the investment of an unspecified sum into Catch Media, a cloud-based content delivery service that last year, was rumoured to be part of Google’s plans to take on Apple in the online music space.
There comes a time in every successful business when it becomes hard to grow. In developed and developing countries alike, market saturation in telecoms is limiting customer acquisitions and value added services have not been able to generate the same revenue as voice services. To continue to grow, it is time to look for other revenue sources.
NEC believes that for sustainable and substantial growth, “Business IT from the cloud” should be one of the first places to look.
London and Tokyo, January 18, 2011 – NEC Corporation (NEC) announced today that it will attend the Mobile World Congress 2011 at the Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona February 14 – 17, 2011. This year, NEC will showcase a range of innovative and revenue-generating solutions for mobile operators at Stand No 8A125, Hall 8 including quick-to-market cloud services and next-generation mobile broadband solutions: LTE, backhaul, femtocell and Operational Support Systems (OSS).