Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise
Cloud services have been available for several years, and any provider of enterprise services or hardware is now a cloud service provider. Recently, new services have been emerging that offer different versions and types of cloud–network integration (CNI) services. Most cloud services are networks of cloud services or “clouds of clouds.”
To perform well, applications require strong integration and bonds between cloud services and related network services. This includes end user access to the network, as well as network connectivity between the different cloud service resources and vendors. Any telco that wants to remain strong in enterprise managed services must have a roadmap to CNI.
US telcos launch cloud–network integration
Telcos have long claimed to have an advantage in cloud services based on owning the network, but until recently there was little evidence of the benefit this brought to customers. This is changing, however. Within the last year, AT&T announced NetBond, a new service with IBM that provides private VPN access to IBM’s cloud data centers, while Level 3 Communications and Equinix have announced interconnection with Amazon Web Services.