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Enterprise Cloud Tortures Telcos

AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event -- Y'all are making things hard on telcos.

Enterprises are expecting the same flexibility and rapid service from carrier networks that hypercloud providers offer for compute and storage. And carriers are straining themselves to meet the demand.

Until recently, enterprises needed connectivity from hundreds of locations at most, and those locations were offices. Now, the proliferation of cloud services, mobile devices, Internet of Things and more mean enterprises have thousands or even hundreds of thousands of endpoints demanding connectivity, Roman Pacewicz, AT&T Business Solutions senior vice president for offer management and service integration, said at a panel this week.

And historically, carrier networks aren't set up to meet those demands.

Virtualization is the answer, providing networks with the flexibility to meet enterprise demands. But enterprises still demand legacy technologies, and uniting old and new technologies exacerbates enterprise difficulties.

Find out more about service providers' enterprise cloud challenges, and how they're dealing with them, on our sister site, Light Reading: Enterprises Demand On-Demand Networks.

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Mitch Wagner 6/6/2017 | 2:29:38 PM
Re: Transition If old technology no longer has capabilities required to make its owners competitive, then that's a reason to replace it. 
Joe Stanganelli 6/2/2017 | 5:03:38 PM
Re: Transition @maryam: Frankly, I'm not convinced that 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' is so wrong, necessarily. Maybe in certain "abandonware" environments where new vulnerabilities have been discovered and support is gone. But, otherwise, updating and migrating often brings with it its own complexity--even if only in the short term (though occasionally in the long term).
[email protected] 5/31/2017 | 12:31:18 PM
Re: Transition Joe true but some companies still don't see the impact to competition of not evolving their technology--old tech dies hard!
Joe Stanganelli 5/29/2017 | 10:36:17 PM
Re: Transition @Mitch: Until, of course, it's no longer working.

Or even if it's still working -- but only merely so.

This is how several enterprises found themselves stuck during the cloud boom, agility-wise. 
[email protected] 5/27/2017 | 5:06:48 PM
Re: AMZN as your cell carrier? Joe agreed, I would like them to enter the market fully and disrupt the cable suppliers the last great monopoly that takes advantage of users! Amazon's innovation can change that market as they have done for hardware, shopping, and content.
[email protected] 5/27/2017 | 5:03:03 PM
Re: Transition It also is less costly to support because there is no one on an old version of software. The as a service model is also a consistent revenue stream for businesses that doesn't require converting those that don't want change.
Phil_Britt 5/25/2017 | 6:08:45 PM
Re: Transition I have to strongly disagree. My manual typewriter was still working when I went to a word processor. Too often old technology still works and isn't fully depreciated before it no longer supports a competitive business. That's why "as-a-service" hardware, software, et al, continues to grow.
kq4ym 5/25/2017 | 3:44:17 PM
Re: Transition Very true how change is not always easy to implement. The resistance to letting go o an investment in the old technology and systems while employees and managers don't always feel comfortable giving up their current level of expertise to learn something new. And that fear of losing a job completely to someone who's already up to speed with the new systems.
Mitch Wagner 5/25/2017 | 2:53:21 PM
Re: Transition As long as old technology is still working, there's no reason to move off it. 
Mitch Wagner 5/24/2017 | 10:56:59 AM
Re: AMZN as your cell carrier? That is one reason for a cloud provider to enter the telco space. The last mile and rest of the access network is a choke point from which a company can extract value. And with the current regulatory requirement we may start seeing carriers flex their muscles. 
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