Cloud computing and virtualization are critical technologies for many types of businesses in today’s highly competitive corporate arena, especially those operating in the telecommunications industry. A recent survey conducted by Senza Fili on behalf of Radisys found that these solutions will be the top investment priorities among telecoms during the next five years. However, the maturity status of options like the cloud may delay some service providers from leveraging them quickly.
Overall, 60 percent of respondents expect to implement cloud solutions in the next year, while all participants expect to do so within four years. More than three-quarters of telecoms said that the cloud is still an immature technology, potentially delaying their deployments.
Manish Singh, CTO of Radisys, said the survey shows that telecoms undoubtedly view the cloud in a positive light, especially in terms of value when virtualization is included.
“However, not all network functions are equally suited for virtualization and workload consolidation,” Singh said. “There is still confusion from operators on how best to deliver their cloud vision and how mature the technology is. This is why carriers are taking time to weigh up their options.”
Capabilities of cloud, virtualization are great
The functionality of both cloud computing and virtualization makes it possible for businesses of all types to improve in more ways than one. With so many potentially devastating incidents like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and earthquakes threatening to strike at any moment, keeping valuable data and resources safe at all times is a necessity for any company. Both the cloud and virtual environments have emerged as viable options in this regard.
CloudTweaks contributor Marc Malizia explained that the cloud is an effective disaster recovery technology because it allows organizations to add more computing power or storage capacity without adding additional hardware or physical servers.
Malizia noted that virtualization is also a cost-effective option for disaster recovery. Rather than run 100 physical servers, users leveraging virtualization can now run 100 virtual servers with only 10 physical ones, helping companies reduce both energy consumption and real estate space.
There is no telling when or where the next event like Hurricane Sandy or the recent Oklahoma tornado will strike, but organizations, regardless of size or industry, can benefit from keeping resources safe and accessible using technologies like the cloud and virtualization.