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Why Service Providers will win with carrier grade clouds

Written by Graham Wright

As we know, Cloud is a highly flexible, on-demand model that brings great potential to transform business for service providers and their customers. The cloud enables new services, new connections, and new business value by allowing everything to be delivered as a service. From computing power to business processes to personal interactions, whenever and however it’s needed.

By provisioning IT and network resources and applications “elastically”, cost can be reduced, deployment of services accelerated, management simplified, and service portfolios transformed to drive revenue generation. So the arrival of cloud computing has opened a wealth of new opportunities for communication service providers.

To stay competitive, Enterprises will increasingly turn to cloud services. This implies that even enterprise critical applications, with their high demand on security and performance, will have to be served from the cloud. These trends play to many of the communications service providers strengths, particularly relative to “over the top” rivals.

Communications service providers have a genuine opportunity to win in this market. The facts are that they have a carrier grade network in place which they control both in terms of quality of service and cost, they have existing, broad billing, rating and settlement relationships with their customers, and their brand is carried with them everywhere. 


Why the HP-Alcatel-Lucent joint cloud solution is the RIGHT solution for Service Providers

The market has already started to shift from casual public cloud/IaaS to Virtual Private Cloud and Dynamic Infrastructure as a Service: Dynamic VPN; Dynamic network resources allocation; SLA driven experience. The new delivery models represent a real growth opportunity and are a natural evolution from existing hosting and network solutions.

HP and Alcatel-Lucent saw the benefits that only communications service providers can bring to the market and together have forged a solution that leverages market strengths with leading technologies.

This telco-grade cloud solution integrates best-in-class solutions and network capabilities to improve application and network responsiveness. This “distributed cloud” also enables high-bandwidth or latency-sensitive applications to move closer to the user, utilizing existing real estate profile advantages. The joint cloud solution is a combination of HP CloudSystem Service Providers with Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand solution for the carrier cloud. The integrated solution means that communications service providers can bring the benefit of cloud to their own networks and business operations, and this puts them in an ideal position to offer a new range of high-performance cloud services for enterprises and consumers.

The unique differentiation comes from the combination of Alcatel-Lucent technology to allow full instrumentation and control of the networks combined with HP’s ability to control and manage the IT pool of resources. This enables communication service providers to leverage their inherent advantages such as existing customer relationships, regional distributed foot-print and network control. A win-win for communication service providers and their customers alike. Please visit our website to learn more.


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