I recently read an article titled “Five Ways Early Adopters Have Been Screwed.” It reminded me of my friends who spent twice as much money and time on their iPhone than I did because they bought theirs the minute they hit the stores. Although I had a good laugh at their expense, I remembered the jealousy I experienced when they had a gadget that I coveted.
Take advantage of the cloud while minimizing the risks
I’ve heard some small business owners refer to concerns about reliability in cloud computing.I think it’s important that you understand these risks and limit them as best you can.
Small businesses can reap many benefits from cloud computing
Does your company use Microsoft Exchange Online? Do you have a Google Mail account? Have you ever used WebEx to set up a conference call or an online meeting? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re using cloud computing.
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.