CSPs should leverage their expertise in cloud, networking and professional services to compete with traditional cloud service providers, according to a report by Huawei.
Many enterprises rely on cloud to manage traffic spikes, a trend that will continue, the whitepaper says. Whether it's a retailer experiencing a holiday rush, a tax preparer in April or a university's registration period, most industries undergo busy times of year.
CSPs, already well-versed in handling the ongoing surge in video usage, can address traffic surges and cloud if they build in these capabilities into their architectures as they invest in virtualized solutions. Because it's based primarily on internal investment, not the Internet, a CSP's network is more rugged and reliable than a cloud service provider's alternative, Huawei says.
"Compared to most cloud service providers, a telco's network is not a public network, but an E2E (enterprise to enterprise) network under scrutinous management -- a significant advantage for both network bandwidth and quality," the paper says.
Cloud spending will reach $367 billion by 2020, according to Gartner. As a result of organizations' continued growing adoption, 91% of software developed over the next five years will be applicable to cloud computing, the whitepaper says, citing IDC research.
— Alison Diana, Editor, The New IP Agency. Follow her on Twitter @alisoncdiana or @The_New_IP.