Telecommunications providers offering cloud services

January 11, 2012

Cloud computing is quickly expanding as an enterprise IT solution for data centers, application sharing and backup recovery, prompting traditional service providers to now include cloud technology in their wide range of products.

According to a recent study by market research firm Infonetics Research, many of the world's leading data center and cable providers now offer cloud services or plan to by 2013. The survey respondents account for 20 percent of global telecom carrier revenue and 21 percent of the world's telecom capital expenditure.

Seventy percent of respondents are investing in cloud services in response to an expected rise of demand, the report said. Additionally, several service providers are bundling cloud computing with traditional services like network connectivity. Software-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service will expand significantly by 2013, and 95 percent of respondents already offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service, the report said.

"Service providers around the world have embraced the cloud concept in earnest and are heavily investing in new services and service delivery platforms based on their particular areas of expertise," said Sam Barnett of Infonetics Research.

According to a recent Yankee Group survey, SaaS usage among enterprises nearly doubled in 2011, and the trend should continue this year.

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