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.
The Telecommunications Industry Association is launching a lab for vendors and service providers to conduct interoperability testing of network functions virtualization technology.
A top AT&T executive said that the company's Network on Demand service, which lets customers provision their broadband services on the fly using a dedicated portal, is thriving and available in 175 markets.
With ad blocking as arguably the hottest topic in the online video industry right now, Brightcove has introduced Lift, a service designed to skate around most blocking software to deliver video ads to consumers.
Time Warner Cable Business Class is offering its customers the ability to purchase cloud and network services in a bundle. Under the new structure, TWC business customers can can use the company's network to connect to its NaviSite subsidiary's managed cloud services.
CenturyLink, Verizon and AT&T are still struggling to make their cloud hosting businesses a key part of their growth but an analyst with Cowen & Company said that CenturyLink management is adamant about keeping its colocation and hosting business even though investors have pressured the company to sell it. However, he added that AT&T and Verizon might be less inclined to hold onto their cloud assets.
XO Communications has developed a new managed security bundle in partnership with BAE Systems and Fortinet, targeting Amazon Web Services Direct Connect service customers.