IBM targets operators with Cloud Service Provider

IBM targets operators with Cloud Service Provider

IBM is targeting network operators with a new cloud based services platform aimed at their b2b customers.

IBM claims the new Cloud Service Provider, using a set of integrated hardware, software, and services, will be able to deploy cloud services to network operators’ enterprise partners within six weeks, instead of the normal six month wait.

The operators can decide to build and manage the platform internally or pay IBM to do so on their behalf.

The service will offer unified communications, field force management, collaboration and sales and other services.

IBM said the system will allow service providers to run thousands of virtual systems every hour and create hundreds of services in a cost effective manner.

The IT giant believes operators are unwilling to build their own cloud services, leaving a gap in the market for IBM and other service providers.

Scott Stainken, general manager of IBM's global telecommunications business, said: ‘Carriers will deliver services, price it and package it. But they won't build their own platform and technology.’

France Telecom, Shanghai Telecom and SK Telecom are already piloting the IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform with the Orange Business Services unit using it to offer Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to business customers.

Craig Wilson, vice president of sales for IBM's Global Telecom Industry group, said IBM was offering a much more comprehensive service than any of its competitors. It wants to make its platform open to as many application providers as are interested.

He said: ‘A lot of our competitors are offering a narrow set of services like unified communications or storage.’

He added: ''The telcos are desperate to find new business models and new source of revenue so they are embracing this cloud opportunity like no other opportunity I've seen them embrace in the last 15 years.'

Companies including Broadsoft, Corent, deCarta, Jamcracker, Juniper Networks, Netapp, Openet Rightscale and Wavemaker have pledged to integrate their applications into the platform so that operators can offer them to enterprise customers.

Interest in providing Cloud Service Provider Platforms is growing, with IBM competitors Fujitsu and NEC joining the fray.

Japan’s NEC is planning to spend £0.75 billion in the next three years on its information technology services business. The company will set up cloud computing-oriented data centres in five main regions, China, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Japan by 2012.

 

 

Written by Mobile Today
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