Michael Kennedy

Biography for Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy is a regular FierceTelecom columnist. He is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Network Strategy Partners, LLC (NSP), management consultants to the networking industry--recently purchased by ACG Research. Michael is now a Principal Analyst at ACG Research. He can be reached at mkennedy@acgresearch.net.

Articles by Michael Kennedy

Is there a business case for telecom service provider IT infrastructure services?

On the surface, cloud or IT infrastructure service initiatives appear to be attractive offerings for telecom service providers, but are they? Cloud or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) explicitly involves network services and hosting/IT infrastructure services. However, telecom operators have been slow to adopt these new services.

Breaking out the business case for software defined networking

Though much has been said and written about SDN (software defined networking), little has been said about its business case. At a high level the board members of the Open Networking Foundation including Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, and Verizon view SDN as a means to reduce their costs and increase service delivery velocity. A more detailed view of the SDN business case can be developed by digging into the cost structures of these large service providers.

Medium-sized businesses buy in to Carrier Ethernet services

Whether standalone entities or branch offices of large enterprises, medium-sized business establishments have been the neglected stepsisters of the telecom services market. Now, those businesses are moving in a major way to Carrier Ethernet services, thanks to improved quality and reliability as service providers finally overcome tough technical obstacles to delivery.

The opportunity in evolving IP services

New, more sophisticated IP services are emerging, as are the associated service delivery platforms to meet the changing use and nature of the Internet. And a number of underlying trends also are driving service providers to emphasize service monetization, better network scaling, and better resource utilization in their business models. Read more

Use cases define future shape of Software Defined Networking

Software Defined Networking (SDN) began as a conceptual extension of data center virtualization and as such its true form has been tough to visualize. Now, as SDN use cases are being revealed on the web and in public forums, it is becoming clearer what SDN is, how it will be implemented and who will benefit or be hurt by its adoption.

Building the case for Software Defined Networking for metro networks

Software defined networking architecture that has its origins in data center networks is a promising approach for upgrading or building out metro networks. How will SDN be integrated into the service provider's business case?

Hard data on the state of the Internet

Kennedy Akamai's "The State of the Internet" report provides hard data on Internet attack traffic, IP address usage and the Internet's performance. Akamai's data is no small sample. Over

Defining cloud computing services: benefits and caveats

Kennedy Cloud computing service delivery has a strong business case that includes cost reduction, service acceleration, and improved service delivery quality and reliability. Before

Making the business case for mobile data offloading: A service with no downside

Kennedy There are multiple business cases for mobile data offloading, including those for mobile data subscribers and mobile and broadband network operators. The business cases are driven

U.S. broadband outlook: Not what was expected

Kennedy Recent FCC statistical reports suggest that U.S. broadband development is headed in some surprising directions. Wireline-based broadband may become an adjunct to subscription TV