Ovum and ECI Webinar Follow-Up For Cloud Service Providers
According to Ovum’s Ian Redpath, 2016 has seen the beginning of major technology transitions inside data centers. Geographical extension of data center interconnect (DCI) continues to evolve at metro, national and global scales. The DCI market share is expected to grow at a robust rate of 10% in 2016 as DCI applications become increasingly important.
As these changes occur, vendors should pay close attention to the following three major expectations for DCI equipment. First, a more compact footprint is required to minimize the overall space consumed as bandwidth continues to rise. Second, lower power consumption is desired. Third, there is a need to optimize a higher bit-rate per fiber pair.
Ovum also found that the move to the cloud is expected to propagate. First, even more enterprises are planning to move their applications to the cloud. Second, enterprises already in the cloud are planning to increase their cloud computing budgets from 5% to 10%. Why? Increased flexibility, innovation, speed, and reduced costs.
What Is Missing?
Security has long been the number one barrier to universal cloud adoption. Enterprises are looking for better managed security solutions and tighter integration with cloud connect services
With the cloud, customers can order cloud computing and applications on-demand, and pay only for what they use. However, when it comes to allocating additional connectivity, this can take days or even weeks. This incompatibility between network flexibility and cloud agility can lead to a gap in the user experience and lower customer satisfaction.
Performance is another area that CSPs need to focus on. According to Ovum, enterprises value performance over pricing. They desire end-to-end SLAs across the network and the cloud service. They also want on-demand provisioning, visibility and control, and monitoring for business-critical applications over the WAN.
Fulfilling the Cloud’s True Potential
There are two major opportunities to help cloud service providers close the gap and boost revenues and customer satisfaction: NaaS (Network as a Service) and SECaaS (Security as a Service).
Introducing NaaS allows CSPs to offer dynamic networking, streamline ordering, reduce turn-up times from days to only minutes, and introduce pay-per-use plans instead of long-term contracts.
Launching SECaaS enables security-on-demand, big data cyber analytics, and centralized management with unified dashboards and event correlation between multiple security services.
Many CSPs are trying to meet customer concerns about performance and loss of control over their private data. According to Infonetics’ Cloud Service Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, 82% of respondents will likely provide a comprehensive set of off-premise cloud services. Once CSPs have gained their customers’ trust, they will be in an excellent position to provide additional services.
At ECI, we provide ElastiCLOUD™ solution to help your business guarantee better performance, cost effectiveness, ultimate security and flexibility. If you want to learn more about our data center solutions, sign up for a meeting with our representatives at this year’s Cloud Expo Europe, April 12-13, 2016.
Can’t make it to London for Data Center World? Contact ECI now to find out how we can help benchmark your business ahead of your competitors, fulfill your customers’ needs, and improve your bottom line.
Topics: Cloud Networking