Cloud Services

No Need for Cloud Rush

6:10 AM -- With the hype around cloud services still as strong as ever, it might be tempting to think that communications service providers (CSPs) should throw caution to the wind when it comes to implementing a carrier cloud services strategy.

But there's no need to rush, says Alpna Doshi, the CIO at Indian operator Reliance Communications Ltd.

Doshi, named earlier this year as a key individual in The Top 20 Bridge Builders for her efforts in bringing together and sharing RCom's network and IT skills, says a measured approach is needed. (See RCom Tries to Bridge the Chasm.)

In a recent conversation with Light Reading India, she said that there's no reason to rush into the cloud services market just because you can: "It is more important to ensure that the service assurance and business assurance is there, rather than to push the technology for the sake of pushing it."

Check out the full interview here: Alpna J Doshi: CIO, Reliance Communications

Of course, exercising caution does not mean CSPs should sit and wait to see what happens in the cloud services market. They need to figure out what they're going to do, when they're going to do it and how and why they're going to do it. And that in itself is opening up an interesting new market for the vendor community. (See Analyst: AlcaLu Could Have a Cloud Hit and AlcaLu Unveils Its Carrier Cloud Play.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

MeerkatMac 12/5/2012 | 4:48:08 PM
re: No Need for Cloud Rush

Cloud computing is just another vendor created solution looking to address a manufactured problem.  Truth is, most companies won't want to give up their computing tatical advantages and security to a "shared" service, anymore than they'd give up their phones lines to a "party" line.  Sure, capital equipment cost, maintenance, etc. might be reduced, but also would peformance, availability, reliabiltiy, and competitive advantage of having one's own strategic resource.

I can see some struggling businesses going this route for its cost cutting benefits, but most movers and shakers in the industry will continue to maintain their competitiveness by maintaining their control over their own resources, privacy, and availability.

Instead of wasting any more time on this, service providers should concentrate on what every business does need - affordable, high bandwidth, highly reliability communications to the Internet, their offices, and their customers.  That is what I'll base my service provider selection on.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:48:07 PM
re: No Need for Cloud Rush


I don't think a lot about what carriers will do but let me ask the question this way.  Why do you still run your own Microsoft Exchange Servers and have the IT folks on staff to maintain them?



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