Oracle Communications is already one of the big hitters in the Service Provider IT (SPIT) sector, with an enviable customer base, a broad portfolio of software and hardware products for communications service providers (CSPs) of all types, and revenues in the billions.
And as the worlds of telecoms and IT continue to merge, it seems likely that Oracle's influence will grow stronger (for better or worse). Exactly how influential a role the Oracle Corp. division will play will, at least in part, be determined by the strategic decisions of Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager, Communications Global Business Unit
With some significant acquisitions under his belt this year, it was a good time to meet with Gorti, who was joined by Gordon Rawling, senior director of regional marketing at Oracle Communications, to get his take on the changing face of the communications sector.
In Part I of the interview, we discussed the Oracle Communications portfolio, the trends in the broader industry that are impacting Gorti's customers and his strategy and Big Data/analytics. (See Confessions of an Oracle Shopaholic: Pt I.)
In this, the second and final part of the interview, software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), Oracle's rivals, sales strategies and the future come under the spotlight.
— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading
On page 2: Gorti on preparing for SDN/NFV.