Cloud enablement

What I'm Looking for in Dublin

2:30 PM -- DUBLIN -- Management World 2012 -- Two years ago, we were just starting to talk about telecom providers cutting into cloud services. Now, they're up to their eyeballs in cloud, and the buzz has shifted to discussing how to tie network services into the cloud offer, to create a bundle that has the best of both: the reliability and availability of telecom services with the on-demand flexibility and pay-by-the-drink nature of cloud.

But how does anyone do that? Today's data services weren't designed to be turned up and down on a dime, and today's mobile data services weren't set up to be reliable enough to offer mission-critical connections to the applications and data mobile workers need to get their jobs done.

And that's what I'm going to be looking for here in Dublin -- some signs of reality on the "bundle your cloud with your services" front. Not talk, not vague promises, but reality.

One place I've already seen this in action is from Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), and its Telcordia unit. Vish Nandlall, CTO and head of strategy for Ericsson, actually talked with me about this at CTIA earlier this month. (See Verizon Sees a Cloud-SDN Connection .)

Nandlall sees telecom carriers holding the advantage in cloud, if they capitalize on their ability to manage services and networks effectively. Cloud services actually create a greater need for transparency and management, he believes, because once you have virtualized your applications and your data, some of the visibility that companies now enjoy is lost.

Ericsson believes it can leverage some of Telcordia's existing assets within the telco OSS world to enable telecom cloud providers to deliver on those transparency requirements. The company joined OpenStack earlier this year and has already demonstrated an integrated cloud management stack.

By linking Telcordia's Work Director with an OpenStack approach to cloud, Ericsson hopes to enable telecom operators to use their existing OSSs to govern and provision the systems they will need to make cloud services work as both dynamic offers and secure and reliable services.

So that's one big-picture approach. What's interesting about this show is seeing a whole host of other players, large and small, attacking these same issues, from many different angles. That's what I'm tracking here, and what I'll be writing about while I'm not on the Guinness brewery tour in Dublin.

— Carol Wilson, Chief Editor, Events, Light Reading

cnwedit 12/5/2012 | 5:32:33 PM
re: What I'm Looking for in Dublin

You want details - I'll do my best.


Soupafly 12/5/2012 | 5:32:33 PM
re: What I'm Looking for in Dublin

Hi Carol, I have watched from afar and enjoyed seeing you spar with seven on a number of topics. :)

What I would like to see from you & the LR team is some flesh on the bone. So you state that your looking for details, well so am I (and I doubt I am alone) in understanding exactly what the vendors and the carriers have in mind as solutions and where they will play both horizontally & vertically with what is known as the current cloud stack.

Without that, your article could turn into just another puff piece.

Specifically for example; Ericsson & Telcordia have the CLLI codes which provide highly detailed co-ordinate & location data that can tie into network element codes and also traffic flows. This has been their core IPR since they were part of AT&T & Bell Labs. Using those codes its possible to map the traffic flows, geographic & networking element topology dynamically! So a customer can see transparently if real resilience & diversity is been delivered and how that would impact a BCP scenario.

The above may be to detailed for every vendor but you should be able to provide at least 1 such example for each vendor/carrier solution. If not get onto the marketing & tell them you expect a reply, in some form.

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