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.
Another top executive in CenturyLink's cloud initiative has left the company. According to Fortune, John Purrier, formerly the CTO of CenturyLink's cloud innovation lab, left the firm in September and joined business automation company Automic as its CTO.
Jonathan King, CenturyLink's former cloud leader, has begun a new life at Ericsson where he will lead the Swedish vendor's cloud product strategy and acquisitions team.
The recent shakeup of CenturyLink's cloud services management team hints that the telco may be looking to retool this unit. But the ILEC is not alone in this issue: providers like Windstream are also finding that the data center mountain is harder to climb than they initially thought, especially against competition like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google.