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kq4ym
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kq4ym,
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9/12/2014 | 6:24:21 PM
Re: The value of OpenStack
But, if ""The top independent cloud services providers are gradually being snapped up," this might be an expensive propostition. And because of the demand maybe there's too many competing for this avenue and it may be better to look at another business?
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9/11/2014 | 5:03:26 AM
Re: The value of OpenStack
As anyone working with OpenStack will tell you, the cost of acquiring people with this still-rare skillset is astronomical. Certainly the acquisition of Rackspace would bring scale and OpenStack expertise to bear on CenturyLink's enterprise cloud capabilities but enterprise cloud services and NFV are closely entwined in B2B service providers. Cloud providers - and not just telcos - want to offer virtual firewalls, load balancers, CDNs and L4-7 network functions in general as part of an overall IaaS offer. Enterprise cloud services are not just about compute servers and storage. 
cnwedit
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9/10/2014 | 5:12:27 PM
Re: The value of OpenStack
Sam,

This would be a challenging merger, but not unlike what CenturyLink did with Tier 3. And you are right, Rackspace brings a lot of expertise, particularly in helping enterprises migrate to the cloud. 
sam masud
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9/10/2014 | 2:43:22 PM
Re: The value of OpenStack
Carol,

I think equally if not more important is that Rackspace has experience in the enterprise cloud space--surely something that would hugely benefit CenturyLink. But wonder how customers would feel about telco also being the cloud provider. Also, this would be a marriage of two very different types of businesses, which would have its own challenges.

 
cnwedit
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cnwedit,
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9/10/2014 | 1:47:03 PM
The value of OpenStack
Interesting point being made here about OpenStack expertise. That's something that is surely not to be underestimated with the coming of NFV. 


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