Cloud services from telecom providers has been gaining a bit of traction this year, and today we saw announcements from both NTT America, the US arm of the Japanese giant, and Verizon Business. Both are leveraging VMware technology to power their offerings.
NTT America will be leveraging the vCloud Director to extend the resource pooling capabilities of VMware vSphere. That pooling of computing, network, and storage resources will allow their enterprise customers greater agility and efficiency in doing whatever it is they want to do with their private clouds. If that sounds a bit foggy, I think this whole segment is still evolving rapidly so we'll just have to see how enterprises choose to leverage such things.
Verizon Business and VMware together unveiled "a new enterprise-class hybrid cloud solution" aimed at making it easier for enterprises to get off the fence and start using cloud-based services. Enterprises can choose which applications to move to the cloud, and which not to - hence the word 'hybrid'. That will let them become more agile as organizations. Hotel giant IHG will be the first participant in Verizon's field trial, where the company is looking to optimize its usage patterns based on high volume holiday and vacation traffic.
If you noted the multiple usages of 'agile' and 'agility' in those releases, it does seem like this is the new buzzword for what enterprises will gain from switching to cloud-based services. How to turn that newfound agility into profits is an entirely different question.
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