Despite the hyperbole, and the packed presentation sessions here in Nice, the majority of the telecom software community (so prone to jumping aboard the latest buzzword bandwagon) has resisted the temptation to position themselves as cloud services management experts. (See Management World: Making Sense of the Cloud.)
Without doubt, there's a lot of interest from both the service provider and supplier communities about the possibilities and potential that cloud services -- whether software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), or infrastructure as a service (IaaS) -- have to offer. Many of the cloud-related conference sessions here were so packed that people were turned away.
And there were evangelists here talking up the potential for cloud services to boost the telcos' top and bottom lines. Joe Weinman, strategy and business development VP at AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), is undoubtedly one of the keenest cloud evangelists you could ever meet, and he was here talking about how AT&T has built its capabilities to help its enterprise customers, partners, and its own operations benefit from the global availability of cloud platforms and applications. (See Time to Do the Math on Cloud Computing.)
But overall, the telecom software crew is holding back, and not committing itself. The take from many of the vendors here is that they have considered how they might be able to fit into the cloud services food chain, and are ready to bring their software out of the labs when the needs of the service provider community have crystallized.
That's not to say that cloud wasn't in evidence on the show floor at all, just that it wasn't plastered across all 65-or-so expo stands. Here, though, is a rundown of the companies that have taken the plunge and aligned themselves to the shift toward the cloud.
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading