Light Reading

Verizon Looks to Bridge Amazon

Mitch Wagner
5/12/2014
50%
50%

Everybody knows Amazon is the market share leader in cloud services, but the extent of that lead is amazing -- Amazon Web Services LLC has five times the computing capacity of 14 other leading cloud providers combined, and one third of Internet users visit a website powered by AWS daily.

Given that kind of lead, it seems hopeless to expect any other company to ever catch up, even if that company is a Tier 1 service provider such as Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ).

And yet Verizon thinks it has a secret weapon. Amazon provides basic cloud infrastructure service capabilities, prized by small developers and webscale companies such as Netflix, says John Considine, CTO Verizon Terremark. It's a terrific service, he says. But Verizon thinks it can top Amazon by offering hosted enterprise applications and services, such as those developed by partners including Oracle, Cloudera, NetApp, and F5. Enterprises can bring their familiar application and network environments to Verizon's Enterprise Cloud.

Of course, Verizon isn't exactly a small startup: It is building out its cloud platform in seven data centers globally, across the US, South America, and Europe. Its recent secure Cloud Interconnect connects enterprise private networks into Verizon's and other providers' clouds.

Verizon faces stiff competition, not just from Amazon, but from other service providers, which have their own enterprise cloud services.

To find out more about Verizon's plans to compete in the demanding enterprise cloud market, see my Prime Reading feature, Verizon Brings Thunder to the Cloud.

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to wagner@lightreading.com.


Want to learn more about SDN and the transport network? Check out the agenda for Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE), which will take place on June 17 and 18 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. The event combines the educational power of interactive conference sessions devised and hosted by Heavy Reading's experienced industry analysts with multi-vendor interoperability and proof-of-concept networking and application showcases. For more on the event, the topics, and the stellar service provider speaker lineup, see Telecommunication Luminaries to Discuss the Hottest Industry Trends at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event in June.


(12)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
bobrien
100%
0%
bobrien,
User Rank: Light Beer
5/22/2014 | 7:30:02 PM
Re: Get a Clue
Randy covered this pretty well. Pets = virtualization2.0/VMware/Oracle/EMC/Cisco, classic big enterprise gear & ultimately only yeilding hype on cost savings (effectively business as usual). Cattle = cloud/Supermicro/Quanta/Arista/KVM/Ceph/openStack/Cassandra & gain cost efficiencies in infrastructure. This accounts for most of the cost of telecom HA deployments. Many vendors are redesigning their applications for the cattle model and telcos that adopt that model will be able to see massive horizontal scale out, better availability/SLA's and data durability.   

Overall, it's a not a good or bad thing, rather reflects an architectual & operations cultural decision. Are you looking for the massive scale, efficiency and speed of something like Google or Facebook, and Amazon? Is it attractive to your product team to deploy new products or enhancements weekly, while lowering prices multiple times a year across your portfolio? That requires a different architecture across the board and culture change. Most won't have the stomach or vision and NFV merely becomes a check box they can check because they deployed a firewall or router vm in their existing vmware pods.

 
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/20/2014 | 12:05:53 PM
Re: Get a Clue
Bobobrien - Interesting. What are pets and why are they bad?
bobrien
50%
50%
bobrien,
User Rank: Light Beer
5/17/2014 | 6:18:52 PM
Re: Get a Clue
FakeMitchWagner - Check out http://cloudscaling.com/blog/cloud-computing/pets-vs-cattle-the-elastic-cloud-story/. Randy's blog is excellent if you have time to read past blogs. Few telco's will deploy clouds actually built like google or amazon. Interestingly, most NFV architectures from the big telcom vendors leverage openstack, but then inflate their infrastructure costs by buying "Pets". Thus, vendors recover revenue loss from the commodization promised by SDN, with "Pets", bloated NFV Software suites and PS engagements. The more things change the more they stay the same. LOL.
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/17/2014 | 4:37:35 PM
Re: Get a Clue
bobrien - What do you mean by the "'pets vs. cattle' thing"?
bobrien
50%
50%
bobrien,
User Rank: Light Beer
5/16/2014 | 4:11:14 AM
Get a Clue
I would invite you and folks at Verizon to visit the AWS Marketplace and HW VPC pages. https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/ref=gtw_navhdr_header/183-6116729-7353030 & https://aws.amazon.com/vpc/

Until Telco's really understand the whole "pets vs cattle" thing, they can merely imitate Amazon but will never beat them at price, scalability and speed to market.  
brookseven
100%
0%
brookseven,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/13/2014 | 3:21:01 PM
Re: Seems like a natural
mhhf1ve,

I disagree with your opinion.  Amazon is productizing and selling what it is doing for itself.  That several hundred million in R&D is what does AWS.  There is essentially no telco R&D.

seven
mhhf1ve
50%
50%
mhhf1ve,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/13/2014 | 2:57:41 PM
Re: Seems like a natural
Big telcos *ARE* a natural fit.. the challenge for them, though, will be in distinguishing their offerings from all the other big company cloud services. Amazon has a big lead and has grown its userbase and it has a reputation for reliability. Will Verizon's reputation as a telco spill over into how developers perceive it as a cloud service provider? Microsoft was a similar "problem" in that it can offer a cloud solution, but "cool" developers are oftentimes anti-MSFT (and anti-monopolist in general), so Verizon may not be able to absorb "cool" developers from Netflix or other tech startups. 
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/13/2014 | 1:38:25 PM
Re: Seems like a natural
Good point about being potentially late to market. Verizon and the other carriers may be willing to cede the IaaS/PaaS market to Amazon for now, and focus on the enterprise market. But HP, IBM, and others are also going after the enterprise market, and HP/IBM/etc. have the services relationship with enterprises on the application level that the carriers lack. So the carriers may find themselves squeezed out. 
ponnnn
100%
0%
ponnnn,
User Rank: Lightning
5/13/2014 | 9:04:13 AM
Re: Seems like a natural
My concern is if these companies are too late?  Amazon launched AWS in 2006.  8 years ago.  They captured most of the early movers, but are now focusing on the broader market.  For example: http://www.infor.com/company/news/pressroom/pressreleases/CloudSuite/

Microsoft has a leg up compared to carriers as well I think.  I don't know too much about their cloud offering but I think that it probably is a good choice if you use Microsoft products. 

I honestly think carriers are goign to have a hard time here.  They may be able to build their own private clouds for hosting VNF, but even if they do well there it doesn't mean that they will be good enough at the cloud part to succeed in selling that as its own offering.

I guess the key thing is whether the network comes down to being an advantage.  My experience with AWS suggests their network is pretty darn good.  There is not dedicated bandwidth, it is all best effort, but in my experience this has been rather adequate.  They charge for every bit you send between their own data centers so they have a nice incentive to make sure they have enough bandwidth to move those bits.  That leaves the connection from your office to the cloud as the bottleneck.  The traditional carries in most cases own this link, but there is no real reason they can deliver better connections into AWS vs their own cloud data center.  In fact while you won't see AT&T or VZ on the list, many carries are already offering connections to AWS: https://aws.amazon.com/directconnect/partners/  
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/12/2014 | 5:55:59 PM
Re: Seems like a natural
jabailo - Not just HP – IBM and most of the Tier 1 and many smaller carriers are getting into cloud. It's the place the market is going, and smart technology companies stay ahead of that. 
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
From The Founder
The New IP is actually bigger even than business. Like another hugely important tech that Light Reading is digging into right now, the New IP has the potential to change the world by fundamentally advancing what it is possible for people to achieve with communications.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Shares Its Vision of the Future of Mobile Networks Innovations

2|26|15   |   2:30   |   (0) comments


Mobile broadband is changing our lives. It's reshaping the Internet, industry, and society. It allows us to freely connect with one another anytime, anywhere. At this year's Mobile World Congress, Huawei will share its latest insights and newest ideas and technologies that will shape the future of MBB. They will showcase their end-to-end MBB solutions that will ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accelerate Digitizing, Boost Digital Business

2|26|15   |   6:14   |   (0) comments


A new digital revolution is leading us to a better connected world. Together with millions of digital partners, Huawei will help CSPs to build their digital service ecosystem and aggregate a wide variety of digital services. In this video, we find out how Huawei is going to help CSPs implement digital operations.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Secret Recipe to Enabling Hyper-Growth Industries

2|26|15   |   3:38   |   (0) comments


With a number of successful cases on network capability exposure, Huawei is going to share the secret recipe to enabling hyper-growth markets with a step-by-step approach.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE 2015 Is Bigger & Even Better

2|25|15   |   03:13   |   (2) comments


This year's Big Telecom Event (BTE) in Chicago is going to provide more opportunities than ever for networking, getting to grips with key industry challenges and opportunities and, equally as important, having some fun.
LRTV Interviews
Light Reading ICT Leaders Roundtable at MWC 2015

2|12|15   |   1:07   |   (2) comments


On Sunday March 1, 2015, Light Reading will host an ICT Leaders Roundtable in partnership with Huawei. At this half-day event, CIOs, analysts and researchers will discuss key industry trends like virtualization in the cloud with a specific focus on new business models. Located at the luxurious Renaissance Hotel near the Fira Barcelona, space is limited so please ...
LRTV Documentaries
Going Green in 2015

2|12|15   |   02:04   |   (0) comments


Energy efficiency is set to be an incredibly hot topic in the telecom industry this year.
LRTV Custom TV
SDN & NFV: Where Are We Going From Here?

2|11|15   |   11:27   |   (0) comments


Vitesse Semiconductor CTO Martin Nuss gives his perspective on why SDN and NFV should be tightly interconnected and how he sees the industry moving forward.
LRTV Documentaries
Time for Gigabit Europe?

2|9|15   |   01:27   |   (4) comments


Gigabit broadband networks are springing up all around the US and they'll soon become more commonplace in Europe.
LRTV Interviews
Brocade Brings New IP Vision to 2020 Vision Executive Summit

2|3|15   |   4:23   |   (0) comments


In December 2014, Light Reading gathered telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Brocade's Kelly Herrell shared his company's strategy at ...
LRTV Interviews
Brocade's Kelly Herrell on the New IP

2|2|15   |   12:36   |   (0) comments


In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Brocade VP of Software Networking Kelly Herrell at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Brocade's approach to the New IP, the future of the telecom industry, and more.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Dr. Dong Sun Talks About Carriers' Digital Transformation & Huawei’s Telco OS

1|29|15   |   6:28   |   (0) comments


Dr. Dong Sun, Chief Architect of Digital Transformation Solutions at Huawei, discusses how telecom operators can become digital ecosystem enablers and deliver optimal user experiences that are in real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social (ROADS).
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Chief Network Architect Talks about Network Experience & Operators’ Strategies

1|29|15   |   3:39   |   (0) comments


In the digital age, network experience has become the primary productivity especially for telecom operators. In this video, Wenshuan Dang, Huawei’s Chief Network Architect, discusses how carriers can tackle the challenge of infrastructure complexity in order to enhance business agility and improve user experience.
Upcoming Live Events
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Net neutrality, broadband services and the current outlook on data consumption, as presented by the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Hot Topics
Cyber Security Expert Warns: You're Doing It Wrong
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 2/23/2015
10 Weirdly Useful IoT Devices
Eryn Leavens, Copy Desk Editor, 2/24/2015
Small Cells Enabling Location Services
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 2/25/2015
Is FCC Weighing Net Neutrality Changes?
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 2/25/2015
MWC: Let the Madness Begin
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 2/23/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Check out Light Reading's interview with Jay Samit, the newly appointed CEO of publicly traded SeaChange International Inc. With a resume that includes Sony, EMI, and Universal, Samit brings a reputation as an entrepreneur and a disruptor to his new role at the video solutions company. Hear what he had to say about the opportunities in video, as well as the outlook for cable, telco, OTT and mobile service providers.
G'day! And welcome to an entirely new feature on Light Reading -- our weekly "CEO-to-CEO" interview.