Telecommunications companies are definitely pushing deeper into the nascent cloud computing market. Today it was NTT Communications (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) and AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) who added new cloud-derived products for the enterprise. As with most new technologies, the cloud is made up of 10% dynamic, revolutionary concept and 90% marketing fluff by people trying to ride the buzzwords to riches. Nevertheless, we are now seeing real attempts to turn the cloud into actual services people buy, sell, and most of all use.
NTT America expanded its relationship with OpCloud to introduce a joint service. OpSource Cloud will be delivered via NTT’s US datacenters and tier-1 IP network. The new offering is designed “to let IT departments to manage their security as they would within their internal IT infrastructure.” Users can sign up online and pay by the hour, and the service is already in public beta.
AT&T also added a similar on-demand computing product, called Synaptic Compute as a Service, which is powered by technology from VMWare and Sun. The new service offers enterprises immediate on-demand access to computing resources via an online portal. It will sit beside the cloud-based hosting and storage products they have already rolled out.
These sorts of announcements will be more and more frequent, as companies jockey for position. I would take issue with some who call it a ‘new’ market though, it’s really just a new way to approach an old market. It has the potential to be quite disruptive though, no doubt about that.
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