Light Reading
Opens another London data center as demand for managed and hosted services grows

AT&T Preps for Euro Cloudburst

Ray Le Maistre
10/7/2010
50%
50%

In preparation for the expected growth in demand from enterprises for cloud and other hosted services, AT&T added to its European footprint today with the opening of its second Internet Data Center in London. (See AT&T Opens London Data Center.)

The move, part of the carrier's US$1 billion investment in its global capabilities, has, according to the carrier, been designed to "support high-density computing" that will allow customers to put their faith in hosted and cloud-based services. (But the carrier isn't saying how much it invested in the new London center.) (See AT&T's $1B Repeat and AT&T Shifting Capex to App Support.)

Steve Caniano, VP, Hosting and Cloud Services, at AT&T, says managed services –- particularly SAP AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: SAP) and Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications -– are growing in popularity, along with managed messaging and the carrier's Synaptic Hosting service.

And enterprises are warming to cloud services too, says Caniano. "In the past year there's been a shift from the exploratory stage to the trial and use case stage. The 'if' has been removed -- now it's about 'how' to use the cloud," says the AT&T man.

Demand differs from customer to customer, but there aren't any companies jumping in with both feet just yet. "I don't see anyone doing a forklift shift to the cloud – there's no compelling reason to do that," he says. Instead, they are adopting cloud services when new decisions about technology or business practices are made. "It's when customers introduce a new application or refresh a technology -- those are the decision points."

Of course, AT&T is just one of a number of service providers battling for the hearts and wallets of enterprise users when it comes to the purchase of networking, hosting, and cloud services in Europe. (See Orange, Cisco, et al. Forge Cloud Alliance, Colt Reaches for Clouds , Interoute Extends MPLS to the Office, Cloud Formation at Verizon Business, Orange Unveils Cloud Formation, and BT, Microsoft Get Cloudy .)

So is the intensifying competition squeezing AT&T's margins in Europe? Caniano says there's no sign of any price pressure at the moment. "In Europe it's stable. There are a number of rivals, and most deals are competitively bid, but the business is healthy -- we wouldn't have come into this market if we didn't think it was healthy."

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink: Building the Case for NFV

12|19|14   |   02:14   |   (0) comments


At the 2020 Vision Executive Summit, James Feger, VP, Network Strategy & Development at CenturyLink, talks about how the US operator is approaching virtual network functions from an operational and business case perspective.
LRTV Interviews
Liberty Global Sees Business Goldmine

12|18|14   |     |   (0) comments


Steen Sorensen, VP of business services for Liberty Global, explains where the giant international MSO sees growth potential.
LRTV Documentaries
EE: The Road to 5G

12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
LRTV Documentaries
US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
LRTV Interviews
How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

12|15|14   |     |   (2) comments


Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Event Highlights: Huawei at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014

12|15|14   |   3:43   |   (0) comments


Huawei joined the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow Congress as one of the key sponsors and contributors. At the event, Huawei reinforced the openness and flexibility of its network infrastructure strategies, and provided updates on its SDN and NVF innovations. Through participations at the exhibitions, forums and speeches, Huawei encouraged the industry to "think bigger and ...
LRTV Interviews
How Cable Biz Services Hit $10B Mark

12|12|14   |     |   (1) comment


Cable operators reached $10 billion in annual business services revenues by delving deeper into their vertical markets and expanding beyond the smallest firms.
LRTV Documentaries
Mediacom Aims to Test Connected Tractors

12|11|14   |   05:07   |   (3) comments


Cable business service provider is taking its services to the 'agribusiness' sector in partnership with farm equipment specialist John Deere and is getting involved in Gigabit Cities developments.
LRTV Interviews
TWC Business Looks Beyond $3B

12|10|14   |     |   (0) comments


TWC Business Services chief Phil Meeks explains how his unit has reached $3 billion in annual revenues and what its plans are for next year.
Upcoming Live Events
February 10, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Hot Topics
T-Mobile, BlackBerry Flirt With Reuniting
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/17/2014
1-Gig: Coming to a Small Town Near You
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 12/17/2014
Comcast Launches 4K Streaming Service
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 12/18/2014
US Carriers, You're Going to Cuba!
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/18/2014
T-Mobile Lights Up 27 Wideband LTE Cities
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/15/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive