Telecoms around the world are embracing and creating cloud solutions, mounting a monumental shift across the industry. As more telecoms build cloud platforms for their customers, demand for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions rises. The reason is simple – telecoms already have giant data centers and can't disrupt all of their legacy services just to offer a new cloud system. Instead, telecoms can develop an IaaS plan, get help building a private cloud or subscribe to enterprise cloud solutions.
The potential for various cloud technologies in the telecom sector is clear, but let's pause for a moment and consider the scope of the transition happening in the industry before we start to talk more about why IaaS and Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service solutions are so important for telecommunications companies.
The cloud's rise in telecommunications
Telecommunications is an incredibly competitive sector, with customers willing to switch between service providers at the promise of a new solution. The cloud offers telecoms an opportunity to deliver such services, and they are hopping on the bandwagon. Here are a few examples:
- Atlant Telecom, a Belarusian telecommunications service provider, is working on a sophisticated surveillance solution for retail industry organizations. Of course, handling the amount of data created by a video surveillance system is a huge challenge, so Atlant Telecom is working to create a cloud service that simultaneously eases storage challenges and lets authorized individuals access the solution from any location in the world via the Web, Telecompaper reported.
- Verizon recently announced a new Verizon Enterprise Solutions cloud software platform that is specifically designed to meet the application needs facing enterprise organizations. According to a recent report from The VAR Guy, Verizon will continue to improve the new service over the next few months to add features like enhanced billing, more Software-as-a-Service solutions and support for customer deployments.
- Next Telecom, based in Australia, recently announced the addition of virtual conference room services, a cloud videoconferencing platform that delivers high-definition videoconferencing to users through the cloud, allowing them to access the virtual meeting room using a Web browser, CSO magazine reported.
- Telecom Italia used its presence at the recent Smau 2014 trade show to announce its new cloud platform, a service aimed to deliver business solutions for small and medium-sized organizations, according to Telecompaper.
What does all this mean?
Cloud hosting solutions give telecoms an opportunity to quickly role out new services.
The reality is that telecoms are buying into the role of cloud service provider, and the trend isn't isolated to any one market. All of these solutions, however, need the background infrastructure, data storage and disaster recovery functionality to provide reliable, high-performance capabilities to the end user. This is something that can be incredibly expensive, complex and disruptive to figure out on your own. Telecoms that want to either catch up to competitors or take steps to stay ahead can benefit substantially by taking advantage of IaaS and private cloud hosting services.
Cloud hosting solutions give telecoms an opportunity to quickly roll out new services. Moving in this direction is becoming critical because taking the time to try and slowly migrate to the technology can leave you struggling to keep customers engaged while your competitors are offering exciting new service options