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Telco Cloud Forum pre-conference workshops announcement: Hosts include AppDirect, BCSG Huawei and Intel #telcocloud

Telco Cloud Forum 2015

Pre-conference workshops announced for the 6th Annual Telco Cloud Forum, taking place in London this April.

The Telco Cloud Forum will be opening in London in just 7 weeks. Ensure you secure your free pass today!

Pre-conference workshops are free of charge and available to telecom operators and enterprises only.

If you have already registered, don’t forget to make your selections from the four pre-conference workshops taking place on 27 April from 12.30 -18.00.

For more information click here.

For updates on the conference agenda, please click here.

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Register your interest in the AppDirect pre-conference masterclass

AppDirect workshop summary:

12.30 -15.30: “Building Successful Strategies for Cloud Service Commerce”

More companies than ever before are using cloud-based software and services to power their businesses. In fact, worldwide spending on cloud services is set to grow from $47.4 billion in 2013 to $107 billion in 2017, a CAGR that is five times faster than the IT industry overall. However, launching a cloud service marketplace—and ensuring its success—can be fraught with challenges.

This three-hour workshop, hosted by Cloud Service Commerce industry leader AppDirect, will deliver valuable insights to help you plan, launch, and optimize a cloud service platform. Led by AppDirect co-CEO Daniel Saks, the workshop will explore:

  • Partnering with software vendors
  • Customer segmentation
  • Curating a relevant application catalog
  • Technical and sales best practices
  • Differentiating your Cloud Service offering

Learn about these topics and more from the AppDirect team that has successfully launched marketplaces with Telstra, Samsung, Deutsche Telekom, ADP, and other leading providers.
This workshop will deliver the insights and information you need to take advantage of the Cloud Service Commerce opportunity, giving you the chance to expand your cloud portfolio and increase revenue per customer while delivering the best marketplace customer experience.

Daniel Saks, co-CEO, AppDirect
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BCSG

Register your interest in the BCSG pre-conference masterclass

BCSG workshop summary:
16.00 -18.00: “Driving SMB cloud adoption to deliver business growth plans” 

Case studies and best practices, from a team that has spent over 10 years developing cloud service propositions for small businesses. The workshop will offer insights and experience on what it takes to drive strong cloud adoption from your small business customers and how to build long lasting relationships through ongoing engagement and support.

  • Tailoring a differentiated cloud service proposition for SMB
  • Achieving a seamless and integrated brand experience
  • Making market waves to drive customer awareness
  • Enabling GTM channels to maximise sales volumes
  • Support the customer to grow value
  • Ongoing engagement to build loyalty and lasting relationships

Tim Marsden – Director, Service Providers – BCSG
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HUAWEI

Register your interest in the Huawei pre-conference masterclass

Huawei workshop summary:
16.00 -18.00: Maximise your profits, Value add your services, Generate more revenues and Meeting your Customer’s Needs”

Discover how Huawei’s ICT capabilities can help you to maximise your profits, value add your services and generate more revenues to meet your customers’ needs. This 2.5 hour workshop, hosted by Ronald W. Raffensperger, with his vast global experiences will share the current trends of cloud technologies that brings you to see future business values.

With our Cloud experts, we will bring you through a series of topics such as:

  • Carrier DC Transformation
  • Hybrid Cloud Architecture
  • SDN
  • VDC
  • Openstack and other Cloud technologies that will impact your economic and business endeavor

Ronald Wright Raffensperger, CTO (IT Solutions), Huawei
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INTEL

Register your interest in the Intel pre-conference masterclass

Intel workshop summary:
12.30 -15.30: “Insights into New Approaches to Running Cloud Services”

This half day masterclass led by top industry experts from Intel will provide you with insights into new approaches to running Cloud services.

This subject specific masterclass will give you a unique opportunity to drill down into the details of cloud service provision.

Experts from intel will share their recent experience, knowledge and insights.

More information coming soon…

The Telco Cloud Team.

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Telcos voice concerns about taking core networks to the cloud #telcocloud

Telcos voice concerns about taking core networks to the cloud | Business Cloud News

Under threat from companies not traditionally viewed as competitors, telcos are racing to both offer cloud services to end-user customers and tap into the cloud to run core network functions in a bid to make their value propositions more competitive and infrastructure more dynamic. But cloud experts from Orange, Swisscom and AT&T have each voiced concerns around just how capable the sector may be at managing such a bold transformation with existing tools.

Speaking at the OpenStack Summit in Paris on Tuesday, experts from major European and US telecoms firms, all of which are experimenting with using OpenStack to stand up core network services or cloud services for end-users (or both), agreed that existing telecoms industry regulation can pose challenges when introducing NFV and cloud architectures to underpin them.

Toby Ford, AVP cloud technology, strategy and planning at AT&T, which has made some progress in recent months with its NFV experiments and in rolling out its cloud stack, said that the extent to which telcos in the US can virtualise networks is limited in some part by stringent regulations.

“The actual facilities we use have a lot of legal rules we have to apply, so we’re doing a lot of work to work around those as we go forward [with NFV],” he said.

This issue, particularly with respect to security, isn’t altogether dissimilar from what other highly regulated verticals are facing. The key question is how do you as a company demonstrate a virtual appliance is as reliable as physical hardware in terms of resilience, uptime, security, and so forth?

Markus Brunner, head of standardisation in the strategy and innovation department of Swisscom said guaranteeing quality of service, which in some contexts is legislated, is also a key challenge.

“It’s really about guarantees. We have a set of services which require guarantees – legally require certain guarantees,” he said.

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Live Interview with Boris Devouge, Senior Cloud architect, at HP at Cloud World Forum 2014 #CloudWF

With a free distribution of the new Helion Openstack Community software package, HP has gathered a huge amount of interest at the 2014 Cloud World Forum (CWF) in London. For customers wanting to move towards updated cloud solutions and infrastructure, this investment in and providing of Openstack technology has shown HP to be a key player in the field. All eyes are now on HP Helion packages, to see what additional features will be included in the commercial releases. Boris Devouge has been fielding questions throughout CWF this year.

Midokura partners with Fujitsu on OpenStack-based NFV #SDEnterprise

BCNNetwork virtualisation vendor Midokura announced a partnership with Fujitsu that will see both companies integrate Midokura’s MidoNet network virtualization software with Fujitsu’s private cloud platform software, which is based on OpenStack.

The partnership will see Fujitsu work to integrate its private cloud orchestration platform with which Midokura’s MidoNet, a software-based, distributed network virtualization system that allows enterprises and service providers to build, run and manage virtual networks.

The companies said the jointly developed technology will allow enterprises to create multi-tenanted private cloud environments more quickly and deploy more scalable, flexible networks.

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“We are pleased to partner with Fujitsu to provide the industry with an innovative enterprise- grade joint solution that will vastly simplify the building and management of private clouds,” said Dan Mihai Dumitriu, co-founder and CEO of Midokura.

“Backed by Fujitsu’s broad success and experience in cloud building services, coupled with our powerful network virtualization solution, MidoNet, customers will benefit immensely from our one stop service,” Dumitriu said.

Fujitsu said the partnership was natural given Midokura’s participation with helping to build NFV support into the OpenStack code.

“We are pleased to have partnered with Midokura to offer solutions to enhance OpenStack-based clouds with network virtualization,” said Takashi Fujiwara, head of platform software business unit, Fujitsu Limited.

“To meet the needs of our cloud customers, we have responded by adding OpenStack to our solution offerings, and we are continuing to invest in many areas — such as deployment and operational support services, additional hardware support, and of course, we are working to improve Fujitsu Software ServerView Resource Orchestrator, our private cloud platform software,” Fujiwara said.

NFV has become an increasingly important component of OpenStack as the platform continues to be embraced by enterprises and large scale service providers alike, and companies delivering network virtualisation capabilities are set to grow according to some analysts.

Last month Plumgrid, and OpenStack-based NFV solutions vendor scored $16.2m

Internap takes bare metal cloud to London, Hong Kong #cloudasia

BCNInfrastructure as a service provider Internap announced that it has expanded it bare metal public cloud service to London and Hong Kong. The move comes as other cloud incumbents look to bolster their bare metal cloud offerings alongside their virtualised platforms.

Internap’s bare metal cloud platform claims to offer all of the flexibility of traditional virtualised cloud platforms with the performance of bare metal, and is underpinned by its own proprietary traffic route optimisation software.

The company said it has expanded the platform to London and Hong Kong in the face of rising demand for platforms spec’d to run big data analytics and online gaming applications, which typically require higher-performance infrastructure to run smoothly.

“Organizations deploying real-time, data-intensive applications are increasingly seeking cloud services that provide flawless performance, reliability and cost efficiency across globally distributed environments,” said Christian Primeau, senior vice president and general manager of cloud and hosting at Internap.

“Our bare-metal cloud uniquely addresses these demands, and the addition of our London and Hong Kong locations delivers broader reach in key end user markets,” Primeau said.

Internap is the latest of a number of cloud service providers keen to bolster their bare metal cloud offerings. Rackspace recently launched its OnMetal service, a single-tenant infrastructure as a service that can tap into the full range of APIs available in the OpenStack ecosystem, in a bid to appeal to IT decision makers looking to minimise exposure to the performance tax sometime incurred in virtualised clouds.

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OpenStack network virtualisation player Plumgrid scores $16.2m #SDEnterprise

bcnPlumgrid, a provider of network virtualisation solutions for OpenStack private and public clouds announced that it has secured $16.2m in its latest round of funding.

The company’s technology, which is aimed largely at telcos at this point, brings a range of virtualised network services and features to the OpenStack platform, as well as a range of monitoring and analytics tools that can be used for troubleshooting.

Its latest round of funding, led by Longworth Venture Partners with participation from US Venture Partners, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures and Swisscom Ventures, bring the total amount the company has secured to $29m.

“The leadership team behind Plumgrid has a track record of developing innovative technologies in the network and virtualisation infrastructure space and backing it up with solid execution. USVP partners with entrepreneurs that have a strong vision and big ideas,” said Jacques Benkoski, Plumgrid board member and partner at US Venture Partners.

“An end-to-end solution in this space will go a long way in getting service providers and enterprises to adopt public and private cloud at large scales,” Benkoski said.

Companies delivering network virtualisation capabilities are set to grow according to some analysts.

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Brad Casemore, director of research for datacenter networks at IDC said that many enterprises adopting private cloud, as well as service providers offering public cloud, have a need for network infrastructure that can securely perform at scale and automation requirements that cloud requires.

“These customers also have operational models that are different from those of traditional enterprises with more conventional client-server workloads,” he said. “Plumgrid is focused exclusively on this cloud opportunity, correctly perceiving that cloud implies a set of requirements that traditional approaches to networking, architectural and operational, were not designed to solve.”

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IBM aims software defined storage solutions at Big Data #SDEnterprise

IBM announced a patented software defined storage technology this week that it says can reduce digital storage costs up to 90 per cent in some cases. It said the innovation is ideal for big data applications that at times cost big money.

The patented technology behind Elastic Storage includes a method for optimising deduplication in a data storage system by moving the duplicated data onto the most economically priced storage platform.

The method is notable because in many cases cloud storage isn’t as cheap as many assume (especially for big data apps), and because enterprises are still getting dinged (financially and time-wise) for high I/O applications.

IBM said the technology is well-suited to data-intensive applications that require low latency like financial analysis, weather modelling, and scientific research for instance, making these applications more suitable to place in a cloud-based environment. Its architectural limits stretch into the thousands of “yottabytes”; one yottabyte is one billion petabytes.

“Digital information is growing at such a rapid rate and in such dramatic volumes that traditional storage systems used to house and manage it will eventually run out of runway,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems and Technology Group.

The company has used the software defined storage technology to underpin its Watson cognitive computing as a service platform, which can scan through hundreds of millions of pages of structured and unstructured data in seconds.

It also works with the OpenStack platform (Cinder and Swift), and will be used to underpin a range of IBM software services like big data analytics that are based on the open source platform and use storage virtualisation at their core. It will be available on SoftLayer later this year.

“Our technology offers the advances in speed, scalability and cost savings that clients require to operate in a world where data is the basis of competitive advantage,” Rosamilia added.

Written by Jonathan Brandon, Business Cloud News

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