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Sidera Spending to Build Cloud Infrastructure

ORLANDO -- Comptel Plus -- Expansion into cloud infrastructure services will require new on-demand service capabilities, sending at least one competitive carrier on something of a buying mission.

Sidera Networks Inc. wants to offer infrastructure as a service, most likely as a private cloud offering, in addition to managed security and managed storage services from the cloud. The competitive carrier is planning to do its own integration of the existing and new network functionality that will be required, because it hasn't found that capability available directly from vendors, says Maura Mahoney, vice president of marketing and business development.

Among the more challenging requirements is the ability to deliver services on-demand to support cloud offerings, going beyond the basic bursting currently available to let customers adjust their own bandwidth, Mahoney says.

"We have offered burstable services, depending on the class of service, but we realize that with cloud, we will have to offer more," Mahoney says. "For example, we do have a customer portal, but we are not set up to allow real-time turning up and down of services."

Some level of customer commitment will be required to justify an infrastructure build, but Sidera realizes that greater flexibility will be a competitive necessity in the cloud era, she adds. That has Sidera's CTO, Lorin Dorco, on a quest for the pieces Sidera will then knit together on its own.

"We know what we have to do, but it's a matter of pulling all of this together to get it done, and then being able to monetize it," Mahoney says.

Sidera continues to pursue the financial services sector and to expand its low-latency network capabilities in the northeast U.S., connecting New York and New Jersey with Chicago. Through a partnership with Spread Networks , Sidera also now links to a new CME Group exchange in Aurora, Ill., and ties in London exchanges via a partnership with Exponential-e Ltd.

— Carol Wilson, Chief Editor, Events, Light Reading

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