The telecommunications industry is one that's gone through a great deal of change in recent years. This should come as no surprise, since the very ways that humans communicate have transformed. Rather than rely on phone calls the way we once did, we now have calls, texts, voicemails, emails and countless other forms of communication infiltrating our daily lives.
"There's a lot more data to curate than there used to be, and it's imperative that the telecom companies manage it all."
For us, the consumers, this is all great news, but it also presents a significant challenge for those behind the scenes in the telecom industry. Namely, there's a lot more data to curate than there used to be, and it's imperative that the telecom companies manage it all in a way that's safe, secure and efficient.
Fortunately, this is where the advantages of cloud computing come into play in a major way. Managing communications data is becoming more difficult every day, but the cloud makes it easier to coordinate all those files and also protect them against potential disaster scenarios.
According to Hindu Business Line, this is nothing less than a revolution in the telecom industry. In an interview with the news source, industry expert Rami Rahim explained that we're currently seeing a change unlike anything telecom has seen in a long, long time.
Transformation is happening in telecom IT
For decades, the telecom sector was fairly stagnant. People needed phone service; companies provided it. There was very little in the way of major shakeups to the way the industry operated.
Rahim told Hindu Business Line, however, that the cloud has changed that. We've recently seen a major infrastructural shift in the way telecom works.
"This industry is going through what I believe to be, the largest transformation since the birth of the company, and that transformation is around software-delivered value," he said. "When we talk about software we must talk about cloud and cloud architectures. So much of what we are doing in this company right now, is transforming the economics of IP networking in a way that enables cloud architectures."
Telecom businesses now have a new way of structuring their data. Rather than handle storage and security in house, they can work with cloud IaaS providers to curate data and protect it for them.
Better infrastructure leads to better service
Not only does the rise of cloud-based IaaS help telecom companies internally, but it also leads to numerous benefits being passed on to end users.
"If you look at what the Web 2.0 companies are doing, these are companies that were born in cloud, they have the cloud infrastructure and the value they deliver over them," Rahim explained. "They are building out their cloud infrastructures ferociously. They are doing this because that infrastructure has immense value, the services that they deliver to their users."
Customers today need to trust that their data is in good hands – if a disaster or security breach strikes, it can lead to their personal information being compromised. Fortunately, the disaster recovery services available via the cloud today make it easy to protect both telecom businesses and the end users of their service.