Week In Research: SMBs demand virtualization services; Australia Tier 2 telecoms face 'massive changes'

Cloud virtualization rising: The need to optimize IT infrastructure is spurring a "significant increase" in adoption of cloud-based virtualization services by small to medium businesses (SMBs), according to a report by AMI-Partners. The problem: SMB channel partners are responding to the increased demand, but many are SMBs themselves--and they're "overwhelmed by the rapidly changing landscape." Release.

Aussie M&A imminent: Australia's Tier 2 telecom market--which includes virtual providers who purchase wholesale services, infrastructure operators in niche markets, and etc.--is "on the verge of massive changes which will occur over the next few years," a Research and Markets report says. With four second-tier operators--AAPT, Commander, Vodafone and Hutchison--passing $1 billion in revenues already, the Australian telecom market is ripe for M&A activity. News release.

Celluar TV: Digital and analog broadcast subscribers will make up the largest number of mobile TV viewers by 2014, a new report from In-Stat predicts. But cellular subscribers will drive revenues, projected at about $15 billion. News release.

NGN takes charge: Research and Markets has added John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new report "Next Generation Telecommunications Networks, Services, and Management" to their offering. It's a "look into the present and future of next generation networks, services, and management in the telecommunications industry." News release.

Video streaming popularity grows: More than 10 billion (that's with a B) videos were streamed in the United States in June, Nielsen Wire reports, jumping 4 percent over May's figures and increasing 1.3 percent over the same period last year. Viewers on average streamed 74.9 videos across their computers, with YouTube the preferred streaming media of choice. That's a lot of double rainbows. Story.

Nielsen 2010 video streaming rates

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