RECAP: Cloud Forum – Elastic Compute & XaaS
Author: TC staff
The Telecom Council’s Cloud Forum tackled the topic of Elastic Compute this week, hosted at Ericsson. The discussions looked at the title topic, but also discussed Mobile Edge Computing, and Hybrid Cloud. Our keynote presentation was done by the 800 pound gorilla in the industry, Amazon Web Services. AWS explained how they are growing through a powerful partner ecosystem building off AWS as a platform. Cooperation seems to be the modus operandi of the industry, as many would-be AWS competitors are also partners that either use, or re-sell AWS in some capacity.
When it comes to CSPs, some use AWS for their internal IT cloud needs, some partner with AWS to offer cloud services to enterprise, and others compete with cloud leveraging the advantage of network control. The upshot is that, while AWS is a powerful player (and Google, Microsoft, and IBM are also big), there is ample market opportunity for other entrants to fill in niche markets in cloud and elastic compute, and to grow from that niche.