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.
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.
A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.