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The Cloud Enabler Model: The Carrier Perspective

出版商 Heavy Reading 商品編碼 321382
出版日期 內容資訊 英文 15 Pages
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雲端賦能者的模式:通訊電信業者方面的見解 The Cloud Enabler Model: The Carrier Perspective
出版日期: 2014年12月19日 內容資訊: 英文 15 Pages

「雲端」(隨選式虛擬共享服務)目前是以全球運算、通訊產業核心而成長。可是,市場大部分由通訊電信業者之外的Web 2.0企業──尤其是Amazon和Google這種非常少數的巨大企業──獨佔,通訊電信業者的佔有率變得非常低。另一方面,雲端市場的複雜性、多樣性非常高,專業特殊服務的企業也存在多數。為此,在通訊電信業者方面,同時提供雲端服務與通訊網路,成為實現各種的雲端服務的存在──賦能者(enabler)──打算賦予自家公司這樣的地位。雖然各電信業者也提供獨自的雲端服務,不過,與專業企業的競爭也有極限,而打算以他方強化跟雲端服務供應商的連接性,提供財團客戶(性能、安全方面)高品質服務,展開「多雲端服務」。受到這樣的通訊電信業者方面的對應,預期雲端市場將朝多樣化、專業化、「民主化」前進。


第1章 簡介:通訊電信業者與雲端

第2章 市場發展:趨勢與課題

  • 網路所扮演的角色
  • 「雲端賦能者」的模式
  • "私有雲端"存取的熱潮
  • 通訊電信業者對應「多雲端」
  • 第三方所扮演角色的多樣性

第3章 通訊電信業者現況分析

  • AT&T
  • CenturyLink
  • Comcast Business
  • Equinix
  • Level 3
  • Verizon
  • Windstream
  • XO Communications
  • Zayo Group

第4章 結論

Product Code: Vol. 10, No. 4

The "cloud" of on-demand virtualized shared service is increasingly central to computing and communications worldwide. Pure-play cloud players are generally those in both overlapping environments that are growing fastest. Though a significant number of carriers offer some cloud services on their own, the large majority of the cloud market is held by non-carrier, Web 2.0 market participants, and not even the most successful carriers appear to approach double-digit cloud service market shares. The cloud environment is strongly dominated by large non-carrier entities - Amazon, Microsoft and Google - which collectively account for the good majority of the cloud market, reportedly followed by players like VMWare and IBM.

The cloud is an increasingly pivotal and fast-growing presence in computing and communications worldwide. Carriers participate in a major way both as cloud service providers and network providers "enabling" others. The cloud is an extremely diverse and complex web of environments, with a large number of specialized providers and services. At the same time it is dominated by a handful of huge Web 2.0 players.

While providing cloud services themselves, carriers increasingly recognize the limits of their abilities to compete comprehensively as cloud providers and the centrality of their network service capabilities to success of their cloud strategies. Whether providing some of their own cloud services or not, carriers are accordingly increasingly providing cloud enablement services that help business customers use superior (for performance and security) private network access across a growing range of cloud providers (the multi-cloud), and these are typically becoming the driving element in carrier cloud strategies. The multi-cloud is becoming the norm as early adopter end users already typically use several different cloud services from a range of providers.

Over the next few years, there will be a much greater number of direct connections between carriers and cloud service providers. Most carriers of significant size will be connecting directly both to most major cloud providers and a large selection of niche vertical providers in such domains as healthcare, retail and beyond. Carrier wholesaling of cloud services will also grow significantly in a range of forms.

As the sector matures further, increased specialization is inevitable, with some players more clearly claiming advantages for some use cases versus others. On the one hand, current market shares are highly stratified and the market dominated by a few players, notably Amazon and Microsoft. Yet the ease with which new services are launched continues to support market diversification and specialization, and in the longer-term, its increasing "democratization."

‘The Cloud Enabler Model: The Carrier Perspective’ reviews how U.S.-based carriers are addressing cloud connectivity and the cloud enabler model. It discusses the market context and strategies carriers are employing, and contains profiles exploring how carriers are implementing those strategies and planning for further development into the future, derived from recent interviews with 10 U.S.-based service providers.

Report Highlights

  • Cloud enablement or connectivitystrategies to reach the "multi-cloud" are increasingly becoming dominant elements in overall carrier cloud strategies
  • Private access to cloud is rapidly spreading among enterprise customers due to latency and security concerns with public, Internet-based cloud access
  • The multi-cloud is rapidly becomingthe market norm for business/organizational customers,with early adopters often using 5 to 10 different clouds
  • Partnerships between cloud providers and carriers will increase radically over the next few years, involving the market's large dominant cloud providers and its many niche vertical participants
  • Direct carrier wholesaling of cloud services will also become more widespread in the coming years

Companies profiled in this report include: AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T); CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL); Comcast Business, a subsidiary of Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA); Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX); Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT); Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ); Windstream Communications (Nasdaq: WIN); XO Communications, owned by XO Holdings Inc.; and the Zayo Group.

Other companies mentioned in this report include: Amazon Web Services (AWS); Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG); and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT).

Table of Contents

I. Introduction: Carriers & the Cloud

II. Market Development: Trends & Issues

  • The Role ofthe Network
  • The "Cloud Enabler" Model
  • The Boom in "Private Cloud" Access
  • Carriers Embrace "Multi-Cloud"
  • The Multiplicity of Third-Party Roles

III. Carrier Status Reports

  • AT&T
  • CenturyLink
  • Comcast Business
  • Equinix
  • Level 3
  • Verizon
  • Windstream
  • XO Communications
  • Zayo Group

IV. Conclusion

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