According to a recent market study, the total global managed services opportunity will have reached $217 billion by 2014 – with managed cloud services becoming a significant component of growth. Some service providers are still studying the revenue upside, while the most forward-looking ones have already taken decisive action.
TELUS, a leading Canadian service provider, announced yesterday that it’s applying the Cisco Unified Service Delivery (USD) architecture to facilitate their progressive move to agile cloud-based IT service delivery.
We know that innovative service providers are looking for better ways to unify data center and network assets, as they seek to find a profitable path to cloud service delivery.
However, for SPs to succeed they must meet the stringent SLA demands of enterprise customers. In the legacy data center model, that can be a big challenge. Unfortunately, many of today’s applications are provisioned out of data center service silos.
In contrast, a cloud solution that can unify pools of resources within each data center — use a common unified fabric, implement advanced peering to interconnect provider data centers to one another and then join them to an IP NGN — can put service providers on a pathway to profitable cloud service delivery. This is precisely how Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery offers providers a way to change the rules of the game in their favor.
Cisco’s Nexus series offers the much needed bandwidth and scale to support multimedia and virtual machine transport across a data center while simultaneously reducing cabling requirements by up to 75 percent – or by a factor of four times.
Bringing together pools of resources across the data center is no easy task, but Cisco’s Unified Fabric fuses LAN, SAN and HPC functions across the data center – accelerating return-on-investment (ROI) and dramatically decreasing total cost of ownership.
Resources across and between data centers can now be applied to any number of service offers allowing SP’s to optimize the use of expensive capital assets and deploy them on-demand to meet enterprise customer service needs.
The Cisco Unified Fabric allows a service provider to “wire-once” and create a universal map of all data center assets. This can reduce provisioning times from months to minutes, since manual intensive steps are removed from the set up and tear down processes.
Join the Game Changers, Act Now
TELUS is leveraging the reliability, scalability and flexibility of Cisco Unified Service Delivery to offer a new range of cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) managed services. Clearly, the window of opportunity is open today. Are you ready to proactively transform your IT service delivery business model?