Can Telcos Succeed As Cloud Service Providers?
Someone sent me a link to this article this morning. While reading it I
started to think about the competitive landscape for cloud service providers
and the challenges telcos have competing in this market. After all, when you
think cloud service provider, which names come to mind? Amazon? Microsoft?
IBM? Google? Sure, but how about CenturyLink? AT&T? Verizon? What are the key
differentiators between the first and second groupings? The first group is
closely associated with software and innovation, while the second is
associated with dropped calls, poor customer service experiences and
expensive telecommunications services.
Understandably, telcos have a perception challenge being considered a
competitor on par with technologically innovative firms. However, these
vendors have a strong value proposition being linked to th... (more)
Regardless if you’ve migrated multiple applications or this is your first
migration to a public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) you will want to run
a small proof-of-concept to make sure that the basic elements of data flow
operate as expected and your components will run in the IaaS environment.
This week I spent some time experimenting with the three top IaaS offerings:
Amazon AWS, Google Compute Cloud and Microsoft Azure. The architecture was
relatively simple: three docker containers, one hosting a LAMP—Linux,
Apache, MySQL & PHP—stack running WordPress, one hosting Postfi... (more)
Why Platform-as-a-Service is the Operating System Of The Cloud
When I took my operating systems fundamentals course in college I was taught
that an operating system provides very specific capabilities that provides
users with access compute resources for building and running applications.
Over time as networking capabilities and bandwidth increased, the notion of a
set of modules that interface between the user and the hardware has changed
to incorporate concepts of distributed operating systems, network operating
systems and autonomous systems. While the notion of the operating s... (more)
North Bridge in partnership with GigaOm Research released their 2014 Future
of Cloud Computing – 4th Annual Survey Results. As you examine the 124
slides, one thing is obvious that the greatest growth in cloud computing is
coming from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Market research like this is very
important because it provides tangible proof for our anecdotal hypotheses.
That said, the report does not extrapolate what is the most interesting facet
of SaaS hyper growth—59% in three years—the model for commoditization of
business function is market validated.
Like all things that... (more)
Over the past couple of days Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has taken some hard
knocks in the press. See here and here. PaaS has always had a hard life.
It’s typical middle child syndrome. It’s older sibling SaaS is very
mature and is growing considerably everyday thanks to the adoption by
line-of-business leaders. It’s younger sibling, IaaS, gets all the
attention from the uber geeks who prefer to manage everything themselves.
Poor PaaS is left trying to wring out an identity for itself; some unique
value that users can grasp onto. Unfortunately, the support PaaS ne... (more)