The role for telcos in cloud computing

Date: April 22, 2010
Pages: 15
US$ 895.00
Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Strategic Report
Delivery: E-mail Delivery (PDF)
ID: R91384606FDEN

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The role for telcos in cloud computing
Over the last two years, cloud computing has grabbed the attention of the IT industry because of its potential to offer a new model for the provision of computing and applications to enterprises. More recently, leading global telcos have developed and launched their own cloud computing services, including infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), as they plan to compete head-on with solutions from leading players in the IT industry.

We believe that major telcos have an important part to play in promoting the awareness and understanding of cloud computing, and bringing enterprise-grade cloud computing solutions to a broader base of users. Telcos also have a unique opportunity to position cloud computing as an extension of their managed networking solutions (such as MPLS-based VPNs), by offering ‘on-net’ cloud computing capabilities backed up by end-to-end service-level agreements (SLAs).

In spite of the industry buzz around cloud computing, Ovum research indicates that it is not currently high on the CIO/IT manager agenda, and telcos are not seen as preferred providers of cloud computing by IT decision-makers. However, we believe that early market entry by leading telcos will give them the opportunity to establish awareness and credibility before the cloud computing market steps up a gear to a higher adoption phase.
Executive summary
In a nutshell
Ovum view
What is cloud computing?
The cloud computing model
Key characteristics of cloud computing services
On-demand and self-service provisioning of computing resources
Pooled resources
A utility pricing model
Standard network access
The telco role in the cloud computing model
Types of cloud computing service and relevance to telcos
Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)
Platform-as-a-service (PaaS)
Software-as-a-service (SaaS)
Communications-as-a-service (CaaS) and unified-communications-as-a-service (UCaaS)
Deployment models for cloud computing play to telco strengths
Public cloud
Private cloud
Hybrid cloud
Telcos will see intense competion in cloud computing
The cloud computing opportunity for telcos
Leading global telcos have set out their cloud computing strategies
Strategic fit of cloud computing with other telco services
An opportunity for domestic telcos as well as major global players
A new wholesale opportunity for leading telcos
Challenges for telcos


Table 1: Examples of established cloud computing offerings


Figure 1: The cloud computing model
Figure 2: Enterprise preference for cloud service providers
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