The emergence of convergence

Contact: Ben Kolada

The telecommunications and IT industries are increasingly converging, with Verizon Communications’ recent CloudSwitch acquisition perhaps the best example of a telco moving up the IT stack. But the CloudSwitch deal is just one example of a series of moves by telecom service providers to attack the $3bn cloud computing market. Other telcos – such as Interoute Communications with its recent Quantix buy – are merely gobbling up cloud vendors, and may be missing out on the industry’s full potential.

Somewhat IT ignorant, telecom service providers have understandably taken a cautious and hands-off approach to cloud computing. In fact, telcos that have announced the biggest deals so far have allowed their acquired properties to operate mostly autonomously, rather than fully integrate both companies in order to take advantage of their shared strengths.

To educate service providers on how to effectively move toward the cloud, tomorrow at 8am PST we will host a webinar titled ‘Telcos in the Cloud: Who’s Doing What With Whom, and Why?’ Antonio Piraino, vice president of Tier1 Research, will join me in discussing cloud strategies, partnerships and acquisitions that telcos are and should be employing to harness the cloud industry’s growth potential. Click here to register for this free one-hour webinar.