The cloud is one of the most impactful technological innovations of the past ten years. The way we build and consume software has changed radically and continues to evolve daily. As the value of cloud infrastructure and cloud software delivery becomes clearer, more vendors are looking for a way to jump on the bandwagon. In this rush to be seen as a cloud solution, new terms are being defined and old terms are being redefined. Separating true cloud solutions from vendors wanting to appear to have a cloud solution has never been more difficult. In this post, I attempt to clarify key cloud related terms, address how to determine if a vendor’s solution is truly cloud or is simply being marketed as cloud and explain why cloud sourcing is clearly the future-proof software delivery model for many services, including service provider VoIP.
DevOps is one of the buzziest terms out there and for good reason. To deliver on the service agility and "fail fast" goals, both technology and culture transformations are needed. Cloud, NFV and web-scale technologies need a companion organizational philosophy for service providers to truly thrive and rapidly respond to market opportunities.
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The NFV hype is omnipresent. Last month I had the opportunity of presenting at the Software Telco Congress show in Las Vegas held at the Rio. The show is a semi-annual opportunity for the movers and shakers in the software telco movement to come together and discuss the latest trends and innovations, as well as review the progress that has been made in the last six months in the areas of NFV, SDN and the over-arching objective of moving telco off of hardware and into software. This week my colleague Ryan Higgins will be presenting on the Cloud and NFV: Carrier VoIP Business Model Transformation Showdown session at the IIT RTC Conference in Chicago. Is it hype or is there substance?
This is the second post in a series discussing Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform (see Next Generation Voice Platform – Leaping From Network to Cloud) from the Alianza development team. I'm exploring how we got where we are and how it's different from the hosted solutions of yesteryear.
Here at Alianza we have been working with Cable MSOs looking to have their VoIP services managed in the cloud. Throughout our company’s history we have worked with numerous service providers that use different broadband access networks (DSL, WiMAX, LTE, etc.) and they invariably ask: “How can we assure quality of service with voice hosted outside our network?”
This week I am headed to a Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) focused event called the Software Telco Congress. I’ll be speaking on Thursday about real time communications and how the future network is based on virtualized and pure software environments. This is a great topic as it traces some of Alianza's roots and also showcases where we are headed as we help service providers deliver cutting-edge, margin-rich voice services.