[Amir Zmora needs no introduction on this blog. This time, he has a few clouded thoughts from MWC]
I just received an email from a friend of mine saying – in a nut shell – “Amir, Thank you for making me install and use Dropbox a few months back. My laptop’s hard drive died on me the other day and yet nothing is lost. I replaced it and got all my files back”.
Looking around us it seems like we should adopt a new acronym – EaaS, meaning Everything as a Service. It seems like we are all going to the cloud and that a company that has nothing to say about their cloud offering/strategy/plans is simply outdated. Now, one can say that Google’s latest outage of 40,000 (or 150,000, or 600,000 – depending who you ask) Gmail accounts is a red alarm for CIOs counting on cloud services but the fact that Google was able to quickly restore this data (think about what would happen if this happened in your organization’s servers) is the proof that the Cloud train has long ago left the station and many more are to jump on board.
Cloud at MWC
MWC is a good place to learn about industry trends and cloud was there big time.
Cloud Zone at MWC 2011
If once the solutions were split between those providing the platforms and those providing the applications on top of the platforms, this year I saw an interesting trend of infrastructure companies now providing complete off-the-shelf cloud applications and services for carriers as well as their own data centers. Companies such as NEC are moving up the food chain and into the cloud, providing complete cloud based applications and service offerings and they are not alone.
The NEC solution spans products and services that are in the data center as well as others that are out of the data center including:
- IT Platform (IaaS)
- NGN core infrastructure
- OSS for cloud + network
- Cloud Service Platform (PaaS)
- SaaS applications
- Call center & helpdesk
- Datacenter operations
- Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
- Gateway equipment
- End-user terminals & devices
NEC’s carrier cloud offering, MWC 2011
As it is hard for one company to provide all these parts of the solution through self developed products, we are starting to see echo systems created around such companies, with partnerships with smaller solution providers to create a complete solution.
This brings us to the question of video cloud based services. We would be happy to hear your opinion regarding the type of video services you envision being cloud based and the markets they will target.