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CenturyLink's Aamir Hussain: A new broom, making sweeping changes.
CenturyLink's Aamir Hussain: A new broom, making sweeping changes.

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brooks7 3/5/2015 | 12:10:49 PM
Re: Ambitious and bold Mitch,

I think your words are only partially true.  There are all kinds of cloud services that are relatively static and require excellent uptime.  Like E-mail.

There are others that are somewhat more adaptive but still require lots of uptime.  Like Salesforce.

Then there are the willy nilly short term things that advance and change rapidly.  Like Content and Apps.  

I think that Operators are wholly unsuited to content creation.  Quite well suited for Email delivery.


Mitch Wagner 3/5/2015 | 10:14:25 AM
Re: Ambitious and bold Jason - Cloud requires companies be willing to move fast, and change their networks on the fly. That requires agile programming techniques -- as described in this story -- and rapid management decision-making. 

Telcos are not known for those things. And for good reason. They operate in constrained regulatory enviornments, and their networks require five nines of uptime. 

Networking requires specialized skills and enormous capital outlays. The skills can be hired, and cloud providers are swimming in money. 
jasonmeyers 3/4/2015 | 4:32:57 PM
Re: Ambitious and bold That's an interesting view. I'm not sure I really see it, though. I agree that using cloud services requires a change of corporate culture -- why do you think it requires a change of corporate culture to provide them? And how iis it easier to build a network? 
Mitch Wagner 3/4/2015 | 4:18:03 PM
Re: Ambitious and bold Why would Amazon, Google, and Microsoft find it easier to get into the network provider business than the network providers will find it getting into the cloud business?

Because the cloud business requires a change of corporate culture, which is much harder than investing in new technology. Carriers move slowly and deliberately -- it's in their DNA. CenturyLink is trying to change that, as are others, but how many will succeed?
jasonmeyers 3/4/2015 | 2:21:04 PM
Re: Ambitious and bold Why?
Mitch Wagner 3/4/2015 | 2:16:28 PM
Re: Ambitious and bold

CenturyLink is making a smart move. Enterprises demand service providers become more responsive and move faster, and agile development and cloud services are the way to do it. These changes require a burn-the-boats reorganization, which is what seems to be happening here.  

Mitch Wagner 3/4/2015 | 2:15:45 PM
Re: Ambitious and bold Jason - While I agree with you that Google isn't a network operator at scale, I wonder whether Google (and Amazon and Microsoft) might find it easier to get into the service provider business than it is for the operators to get into the cloud business. 
jasonmeyers 3/4/2015 | 1:53:56 PM
Re: Ambitious and bold Definitely makes sense with regard to those large competitors -- and I agree about Google; I don't event think of them as a network operator, but really as more of a partner of municipalities. I was thinking more of the smaller, targeted "cloud" and "IT" service providers that are focused on specific vertical sectors, but in most cases don't have cloud or network assets and have to get them from carriers. There's an opportunity there for carriers like CenturyLink, I think, to differentiate (and probably be more price-competitive) because they own networks, own cloud assets, own services, etc. 
cnwedit 3/4/2015 | 1:33:29 PM
Re: Ambitious and bold Jason, as I understand it, the intent here is to make the network as flexible as the cloud so that it has more value. 

I agree with you that the network assets are important, but their biggest competitors - the Internet giants - are doing a lot without owning the physical networks, unless leasing dark fiber counts as owning. 

And I realize Google is taking it one step further but on a limited basis. 
jasonmeyers 3/4/2015 | 1:21:49 PM
Re: Ambitious and bold It's definitely bold and in line with the needs of their customers. I just think it will be important for these carriers to not go so far in positioning themselves as IT and cloud service providers that they ignore the important differentiator of owning and operating the network. Yes it's becoming more of a commodity, and yes the focus should be on services and cloud delivery, but carriers have an asset that every other cloud service provider and IT shop doesn't. I believe there is a balance they must strike. 
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