Unsurprisingly, that's done nothing to deter the flow of cloud news, even in a week when everybody's supposed to be watching the Mobile World Congress or the Olympics. Here's the latest word from the clouds:
The card switches Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand at speeds up to 10 Gbit/s, spitting them all out through one WDM port. The idea is to cut latency by avoiding protocol conversions, says Jim Theodoras, ADVA's director of technical marketing. All three protocols are switched on-card, avoiding a trip to a separate switching blade.
ADVA announced the card on Wednesday but has been shipping it for awhile. Theodoras won't say how long; the card's first customers don't want ADVA giving up any information about the deployments.
That interest comes from the number of alternative service providers that are bringing different levels of cloud telephony to the fore. The report profiles and contrasts nine of them.
"At a time when carriers are seeking ways to differentiate their offerings and improve customer loyalty, cloud telephony seems a natural avenue for them to explore," analyst Denise Culver writes in the report.
The fun part is that, like a lot of things in this sector, "cloud telephony" has no universal definition. In the report, 8x8 Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT) dismisses it as the "latest buzz phrase" for Internet-based telecommunications, while Aptela Inc. goes all out with the cloudy acronyms, calling it a combination of platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS).
As CRN reports, it's a sequel to HP's Cloud Discovery Workshop and Cloud Roadmap Service and part of the company's push to offer cloud services to enterprises that aren't so sure about the cloud.
TechTarget reports that the reception has been mixed. Some customers don't see what's different from Oracle's current offerings; others are suspicious of vendor lock-in.
Other missives from the clouds:
- Qwest Cloud Courts Middle Market
- Riverbed Updates Steelhead
- Group Tackles Cloud Security
- Former Juniper Exec Heads for the Clouds
- SpiderCloud Closes Round B
- Analysts: SPIT Is Hot Stuff
- Putting SPIT in Focus
- The SPIT Manifesto
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading