Cloud for Carriers
Trends and Challenges
Enterprise Cloud Computing Trends
More enterprises are positively considering the adoption of cloud computing. The currently provided services are mainly for consumers or front-office type jobs, but there are also high expectations for applications in the mission critical systems of enterprises. However, it is also a fact that many enterprises are still to be convinced that cloud computing is really useful and is a persuasive option from the viewpoint of management.
We NEC were one of the first enterprises to implement the use of cloud computing in our own management system reform, and our experience and understanding of the fundamental nature of cloud computing issues are enhancing our ability to offer services and solutions to the customers. We will introduce the overall picture of our solutions for the use of cloud computing for enterprises.
It is critical in the use of cloud computing to comprehensively consider the features to be adopted the items to be used as external services and how to achieve cost reductions, increased speed and flexibility improvements based on a full understanding of all the characteristics of the cloud (standardization).
Cloud is not about platforms, it’s about people, services and solutions. While SaaS services will run on a "Platform as a Service" (PaaS), other solutions like digital signage, desktop as a Service (DaaS) and Connected Home need much more than PaaS, they need servers, devices and a new business model. On the telecoms infrastructure side, we have many industry standards and blueprints on which to build a network, but IT oriented services are driven more by the carrier and their customers. So when NEC works with customers on Carrier Cloud, we design the service together; including the business model, service roadmap, platform, support and operations. To achieve Carrier Cloud, you need to visualize and automate cloud services operations. It is also important to virtualize the network and to control the network’s paths and flows dynamically.
A Carrier Cloud solution has at least the following key elements:
- Inside the datacenter
- IT Platform (IaaS)
- NGN core infrastructure
- OSS for cloud + network
- Cloud Service Platform (PaaS)
- SaaS applications
- Call center & helpdesk
- Datacenter operations
- Outside the datacenter
As Your Partner
As your Cloud business partner, we want to help carriers build their own Carrier Cloud, a carrier-centric platform featuring services, solutions and people who allow you to acquire new value chains and revenue. Each cloud is different, so we are expanding our ability to work with you locally to help design the right business case, service portfolio and operational capability. This will enable you to operate an innovative, SLA-driven, carrier-centric, carrier-grade cloud.
Winning in Cloud
NEC believes that there are two critical elements to the winning formula for Carrier Cloud:
- Carrier-grade cloud, the ability to deliver cloud services that millions can rely on;
- IT + network innovation and integration.