The Public Cloud, a Telco's Friend or Foe?

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By Don Alusha | 1Q 2019 | IN-5376


Public Clouds: A Webscale View


A cloud is a resource pool of millions of compute architectures that are braided together seamlessly to act as a single large computer. There is no single architecture for cloud environments, so their attributes are still evolving with numerous players staking a claim for a dominant market position. Public cloud encroachment into telecoms is a trend that has been picking up pace of late, building on a widely diffused presence in the enterprise domain where public clouds serve as a foundation for the vast majority of businesses. The economies of scale afforded by Google, Microsoft, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) provide cheap compute that multibillion-dollar companies (i.e., Netflix) find more efficient to pay cloud providers for than to build their own.


The calculus is even more stark when startups enter the fray: expandable computing at relatively cheaper price points eases the inception of young technology companies. It thus follows that instead of building own complex data centers companies of all sizes subscribe to one, thereby changing business models…

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