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For a successful implementation of cloud computing infrastructure, let's understand what is important to end-user customers of Public Cloud computing. Instant-on Business-centric Service: Customers want virtual services made available to them as and when their business needs, in configurations and sizes that meet their technical requirements. Faster deployment with self-service portal will result in quick time-to-market for the end users. Customers want to focus on their core business and get relieved from IT related tasks. Customers do not want to worry about software licenses, patch analysis and updates. They are focused on consuming the service which is expected to be secure, stable and available. Predictable TCO: Cloud customers want to know not just the price to entry but also want to know what it will cost as they continue to consume more cloud services. This k... (more)

Software Defined Networking – A Paradigm Shift

The networking industry has gone through different waves over last 30+ years. In the '80s, the first wave was all about connecting and sharing; how to connect a computer to other peripheral devices and other computers. There were many players who developed technology and services to address that, e.g. Novell, 3Com, Sun, IBM, DEC, Nortel. Across the industry, small islands of various protocols were created with multiple gateways to bridge them. In 90's and 00's, Cisco dominated the industry and did a brilliant job of pushing the industry towards a common approach built on Ethernet. ... (more)

Telco Big Data Analytics: Improve Market Share and ARPU

It's common knowledge that the subscriber growth enjoyed by wireless Communication Service Providers (CSPs) over the last several years is tapering off. The CSPs really need new sources of revenue to deliver the required growth. Over-The-Top (OTT) players on the other hand are moving quickly into the SP ecosystems and reaching out to their subscribers. To top it all, the regulators are encouraging new entrants and driving prices down. In Europe, regulations for low mobile termination rates and new international roaming charges are impacting revenue and profit for CSPs. The growth... (more)

VMware Pays to Maintain Leadership

VMware announced yesterday its plan to purchase Nicira. The deal is expected to close during the second half of this year. It includes $1.05 billion in cash and $210 million in assumed unvested equity awards. Nicira is a well-known start-up company and is considered a leader in network virtualization. It has focused on Layer 2 to deliver SDN based networking solution for data centers. It makes a virtual switch which sits in the hypervisor and a distributed network controller which talks to a collection of virtual switches and controls them. It delivers intelligence at the edge. ... (more)

Cloud Computing: Opportunities for Communication Service Providers

Cloud Computing is an evolution of existing technologies to deliver services to end users. Communication service providers have an early adopter opportunity to compete with new entrants, increase their bottom line and play a dominant role in delivering cloud services. Service providers have seen many so-called next- generation technology waves in the last 15 years. Cloud computing, which was seen as a new fad, has passed the initial test. Cloud computing is for real and not a vague idea anymore. It helps drive down costs for IT organizations by making infrastructure more distrib... (more)