The cloud computing strategies of global telcos

Date: July 23, 2010
Pages: 18
US$ 1,495.00 US$ 1,271.00
Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Strategic Report
Delivery: E-mail Delivery (PDF)

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The cloud computing strategies of global telcos
This report provides a review of the cloud computing strategies, roadmaps, and offers of AT&T, BT, Orange Business Services, and Verizon Business. It is primarily aimed at vendors and service providers with a competitive cloud computing offer or those planning to launch cloud computing services, particularly IaaS. While the report is not intended to provide a comparative buying guide for end users (i.e. enterprises planning to adopt cloud computing), it can also help end users to understand the positioning and capabilities they can expect to see from these and other major telcos worldwide, and to make an informed decision about whether to consider telcos for their cloud computing needs. It also offers end users some guidance in terms of what to look for in cloud computing services, particularly in areas such as SLAs, pricing models, and networking options.

For a more general introduction to the role of telcos in cloud computing, refer to Ovum’s report “The role for telcos in cloud computing.” This report also provides a background to the terminology used in cloud computing.

Executive summary
In a nutshell
Ovum view
Analysis of player strategies in cloud computing
Cloud computing framework
SLAs will be a key differentiator for telcos
The global telcos are able to leverage their strong global IP connectivity
Professional services are a key component of the offer
Pricing lacks transparency and this makes cost comparison difficult
Cloud computing is still an embryonic market
Barriers to cloud computing
AT&T’s strategy for cloud computing
AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service
BT’s strategy for cloud computing
Communications-as-a-service (CaaS)
BT Virtual Data Centre
Orange’s strategy for cloud computing
Software-as-a-service: IT Plan
Orange Flexible Computing
Other Orange cloud computing services
Verizon’s strategy for cloud computing
Verizon Computing as a Service (CaaS)
Verizon Cloud Storage


Figure 1: Cloud computing framework
Figure 2: Barriers to adoption of cloud computing
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