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Data Center Infrastructure

Poll: Telcos Should Operate Data Centers

Whether or not a telecom service provider owns its own data center comes down to a lot more than financials, especially as the landscape of the communications services sector is changing so rapidly.

As telecom becomes more software-oriented, more than half of Light Reading's readers believe service providers should own and operate their own data center. In a recent poll, in which more than 1,400 readers voted, just under 50% of respondents said that service providers should own their own data centers to prepare for the convergence of telecom and IT, while another 18% believe they should do so because it's the only way they can provide the services customers demand.

Just under 10% are in favor of telcos owning their own data centers, but only for internal purposes, something that many carriers are already doing. On the flip side, 16% said owning data centers was a distraction, when such facilities could be easily outsourced, while another 8% either didn't know what a data center was or had other ideas on how service providers should handle them.

For just those 92% with a strong opinion, here's a look at how the numbers break down, largely in favor of data center ownership.


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It appears most of the industry is in agreement with the Light Reading faithful. Mitch Wagner asked a number of operators, vendors and those that own and outsource data centers alike what they thought of carriers hosting their own data centers. Check out his full report in the Prime Reading Section of the site: Telco Data Centers: 7 Reasons Carriers Should Run Their Own Facilities.

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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

sam masud 10/2/2014 | 3:24:17 PM
Nyet!!! Most emphatically, no, telcos should not operate data centers (other than internal DCs) for the reason that, at least when it comes to cloud-based services and apps, the timeframs there are much faster than anything that happens with the network, with or without SDN/NFV. No matter how much you IT-ize the network, at the end of the day the network is still made up of network gear and not just servers and storage assets, whether virtual or physical. There is reason why IT folks and telcoheads have a different mindset. All this hype has folks seeing opportunities and $$$ which could lead to major headaches.
Mitch Wagner 10/2/2014 | 2:52:14 PM
Isn't it ironic? Ironic that the shift to SDN requires greater hardware investment. 
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