Comcast Business is making the popular Microsoft 365 platform available through its cloud application marketplace for small and medium-sized businesses, easing the resource-constricted SMB market segment's transition to the cloud.
Verizon has taken another step forward with its hybrid cloud vision, announcing a new cloud backup service that leverages Actifio's virtualization capabilities.
Driven by businesses' move to cloud-based services and SIP, the global VoIP service market rose 5 percent year-over-year in 2015 to $73 billion. IHS said that while residential VoIP services from providers like Vonage represent a large part of VoIP services revenue, business services and a diverse supplier ecosystem are driving new growth.
Verizon has taken the next step forward in transitioning to NFV by completing an OpenStack cloud deployment across five of its data centers in the United States.
This year marked my third time covering the over-the-top goings-on at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, and the annual tradeshow, as usual, did not fail to catch the attention of the broadcast industry and the myriad vendors that support media and entertainment. Each year is different when it comes to the conversation around OTT and the technologies that are drawing the most focus and excitement, and 2016 was no exception.
It's fitting that this year's National Association of Broadcasters tradeshow takes place, as usual, in Las Vegas: for the past few years, NAB members have increasingly gambled on having a presence in the online video ecosystem. But this year, more than ever, that bet looks like a sure thing.
RCN Business has begun offering 10G direct connections to Amazon Web Services, giving local business customers an alternative option to connect to a major cloud provider.
Comcast Business is now offering business customers direct links to Amazon Web Services through its status as an AWS Partner, giving customers private network connectivity to over 1 million Ethernet-enabled buildings.
CenturyLink is providing its public sector customers a new infrastructure-as-a-service service option to its Government Cloud, rounding out its hybrid cloud services portfolio.
Technology giant IBM has added another key piece to its cloud services offering by acquiring San Francisco-based UStream. The online video streaming provider's assets will make it possible for IBM to sell OTT services via its IBM Cloud platform, putting it squarely into a competitive space occupied by Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.