Hughes Cloud Services is taking its SLA all the way to the desktop via Level 3's MPLS network, according to a release out today. Rather than messing with private lines and longhaul connectivity, they're sticking to the IP/MPLS layer with enhanced network monitoring to help monitor network health.
The need for quality bandwidth services by cloud services operators has been a growing theme all year. What has surprised me though is the range of companies putting together cloud-based portfolios right now. Hughes, of course, is a subsidiary of the satellite operator EchoStar.
So we've got colo operators, ILECs, PTTs, CLECs, Satellites, tech giants, niche startups, and more. They all seem to be circling the same pie -- a pie which is still in the oven when it comes to full scale adoption. Not everyone can win in the melee that must result, so it should be a very interesting couple of years ahead.
But for infrastructure operators that are mostly looking to serve the bandwidth to whomever wins, the sooner things really get interesting the better I guess.