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Telcos and “On Demand” Computing

Telecom
Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
3:27 am

Ten years ago, while employed by Oracle, I worked on a project where we tried to convince the large North American telcos to act as Application Service Providers (ASP) and host Oracle applications for their customers.  We proposed that the combination of existing telco data centers, network connectivity, business customer base and billing infrastructure provided an ideal foundation for such services.  At that time, we didn’t get much traction with the telcos, but Oracle went ahead and launched their own ASP service, now known as "Oracle On Demand.”

Now, as Sun awaits acquisition by Oracle, it is interesting to see telco participation in what we now term “Cloud Computing.”  On Monday, AT&T announced “Synaptic Compute as a Service(SM), its latest innovative global cloud-based service, designed to give companies of all sizes simple on-demand access to scalable computing capacity.”  Ironically, the press release was entitled, “AT&T Unveils Network-Based ‘On Demand’ Computing for Companies of All Sizes.”  I’m not sure what Oracle might think of AT&T’s use of the “On Demand” term.

AT&T is working closely with Sun to use the Sun Cloud Open Cloud Platform, Sun Cloud APIs, cloud reference architecture and design expertise to create an environment to make it easy for developers to build and deploy value-added services.

"Sun is committed to helping our customers and partners deliver public and private clouds that are cost effective, open and interoperable," said Dave Douglas, senior vice president, Cloud Computing, Sun Microsystems. "AT&T’s network and operational excellence coupled with Sun’s Open Cloud Platform and Sun Cloud APIs delivers a revolutionary cloud offering. We’re excited to be working with AT&T to bring an enterprise-class, highly scalable offering that delivers choice and flexibility to market."

The trend towards cloud computing marches on.  I think we will see more telco participation in this market. We have long accepted utility telephony services from telecom operators.  Offering computing utility services is a logical next step.

 

Classic Cell Phones – Remember These?

Telecom
Author: Mark Dixon
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
4:11 am

Do you remember when a mobile phone was too heavy to carry?  Take a look at this nostalgic series of classic cell phone photos.

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The Digital Trail

Telecom
Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
5:56 pm

A few weeks ago, Bruce Schneier posted an interesting article explaining how Barack Obama will need to give up his Blackberry to minimize his personal “electronic trail” that could prove troublesome or worse:

“When he becomes president, Barack Obama will have to give up his BlackBerry. Aides are concerned that his unofficial conversations would become part of the presidential record, subject to subpoena and eventually made public as part of the country’s historical record.”

Interestingly enough, when I re-visited that article this afternoon, the sidebar list of Most Popular posts listed “Governor is Arrested on Graft Charges” as the second most popular post today. I wonder what Governor Blagojevich thinks about the damning electronic trail he left behind?

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Scott McNealy – Cloud Computing and Open Source

Telecom
Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
9:15 am

In this Telecom TV video interview at the recent NXTComm conference, Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems talks about the impact of cloud computing and open source software on the telecom industry.

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78 million SMS Votes for American Idol

Telecom
Author: Mark Dixon
Friday, May 23, 2008
9:49 am

AT&T announced yesterday that “the company has shattered its text messaging record of 64.5 million by generating more than 78 million messages this season of ‘American Idol‘ — the most popular show on television.”

My family contributed substantially to that total. Thank heavens for unlimited text message plans!

So, at least for now, SMS is still the reigning “killer application” for mobile telephony.

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Love/Hate Relationship with Google

Telecom
Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
8:19 pm

I recently had an interesting discussion with a telecommunications executive about Google. He loves the way Google creates demand that increases the percentage of potential subscribers who buy his broadband Internet services; he hates Google’s penchant for giving away services for free. Most of all, he hates Google’s avowed ambition for “world domination.”

“Will Google get into the wireless telephony business?” I asked.

“No, the high cost of installing and operating a mobile phone business is far too expensive,” he said, “even for a cash-rich company like Google.”

But he was quick to point out that Google’s bluffs in that direction have already caused Verizon and AT&T to announce they are opening their networks to non-proprietary phones. The Open Handset Alliance and Google’s intention to bid in the 700 mHz spectrum auction next month has the big carriers churning.

Isn’t competition interesting?

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