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Global carriers see wider data center adoption

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ovum? global carrier? ICT service? data center?

According to Ovum, MNCs and large enterprise customers are being offered advanced cloud services by global carriers that require increased investment in data centers. The market research firm added that investment in data centers and the related infrastructure is being integrated into a comprehensive strategy that includes additional service layers and advanced services beyond the traditional network services as global carriers expand.

In the recent report, the independent telecoms analyst firm found that data centers are becoming the strategic service hub for new enterprise ICT services. Each carrier has a different approach based on the individual carrier's capital available, service portfolio and propensity to partner.

"Global carriers are expanding outside the traditional franchise regions as they meet the demands of their MNC customers. This will lead to different approaches as there are different customer targets, regional priorities and service portfolios for each of these global carriers," stated Mike Sapien, principal analyst, enterprise telecoms at Ovum

According to the report, nearly all global telcos are consolidating their data centers within their home regions typically and also expanding into new regions with a single major data center location. This includes increasing their investment into fewer premium data centers globally and upgrading the facilities that house their advanced cloud services. Some global carriers are using third-party data center operators (e.g. Equinix, Interxion) to expand globally as well. "This may seem like conflicting trends but it is all about focus and concentrating on fewer, higher quality data centers to provide global advanced and cloud-based ICT services."

Another dynamic of this investment will be the mix of ecosystem partners within the carrier data centers. It is all part of building the appropriate ecosystem within the data center for the carrier's service portfolio. The report suggests that global carriers will have to develop this ecosystem in each data center and major region to provide global availability of their respective advanced, cloud services.

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