Private cloud. Public cloud. Hybrid cloud. We know their benefits, and more importantly, their shortcomings. All of them help address enterprise needs, but their offerings don’t run the gamut of what businesses are looking for. The emergence of new trends like BYOD, increased application creation and use, as well as the demand for “anywhere, anytime, any device,” all stress ICT infrastructure to the point where enterprises are forced to make large investments to provide better accessibility and scalability, all while maintaining privacy and protection.
ICT, information and communications technologies, is an umbrella term often used to describe any communication device or application that utilizes radio, TV, mobile, computer and network hardware and software, as well as a wide range of services and applications associated with these. Sometimes used as a synonym for IT, ICT focuses more on the role of unified communications.
Often a background player, operators provide enterprises with connectivity services, and usually avoid participation in the larger enterprise ICT market. Because of this, operators are actively looking to provide more value in enterprise business, but how?
The operator cloud is how. The keystone of all application services is network connectivity, and operators are uniquely situated to move past just this offering to become a larger asset to the enterprise ICT market. In a new white paper from Ericsson, this value can be explained and divided in six areas:
End-to-end performance guarantees are a must for enterprises. Operator clouds can provide this because the operator controls the end-to-end connection from user to application service.
Operators have the ability to consolidate network, compute, and data infrastructure under one single operational, automation and governance domain. This can propel efficiencies necessary to making cloud computing easier to manage for operators, as well as result in savings for customers.
Accelerated Time to Market
Operators already have a leg up when it comes to joining cloud systems and software-defined networking (SDN), empowering operator clouds to introduce new services faster. An Ericsson study expanded upon this, showing that it can take anywhere from nine to 12 months to bring new services and offers to market. The study also noted that utilizing a cloud platform cut this time to market by 70 percent.
Fully Personalized Services
By using SDN, operators can provide granular personalization. This enables each customer to find what works for them and their business, and allows the operator cloud to adapt for changing business requirements.
Scaling for enterprises can be costly and unclear, forcing many to forgo adoption of new services. Using the cloud, operators can cast a wide net of options for once under-served small businesses, providing them with the same tools usually reserved for larger enterprises. Offering services like firewalls and content-security apps on a pay-as-you-go model allows for more adoption, especially at the small- and medium-sized business level. Also, operators can provide a connectivity bundle that converts them into a one-stop-shop for enterprise ICT needs.
An End-to-End Industry Partner
Almost every industry has been affected by the rapid growth of mobile devices and cloud computing. With the technology landscaping evolving to make room for these changes, new challenges arise. Operators are uniquely situated to address these hurdles due to their ability to join customized, telco-grade end-to-end products and services for all industries, from health care to automotive.
As ICT continues to disrupt enterprise business models, it’s important to see the value of an operator cloud. To learn more about the operator cloud and how it can help enterprises’ ICT infrastructure, download the Ericsson white paper, “Moving the Enterprise ICT to the Operator Cloud.”