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One petabyte a day: That’s how much data BMW’s Connected Drive cars will generate by 2017 reckons BMW Group IT infrastructure chief Mario Müller.

I took out this note while listening BMW group’s Cloud presentation at Telecom Cloud Services Summit at Berlin this year. M2M data will need a lot of IT capacity and the data produced by machines will be a real source of revenue. I realized that a lot of Telcos are still confused when it comes to M2M and Cloud business models. Many invested heavily into the infrastructure and getting ready for a big fight against global giants such as Amazon. Well, sure they can differentiate based on their local market demans but I am a bit sceptical to IaaS, except storage, at all.

I realized that when Telcos talk about M2M it was all about providing connectivity and mainly about infrastructure when it comes to the Cloud. None of the CSPs really talked about Big Data yet. I believe enterprises need more than basic connectivity and infrastructure. I think they need a solution, which will help them create business intelligence and value for them. I think big data analytics and ICT business solutions are the future for CSPs.

Around sixty percent of CSPs fear they’ll be bit-pipe providers in the M2M and Cloud market. To avoid this, they must have the ambition to take some more risk and be more innovative. I do not agree at all – as one Telco professional stated on the panel- “telcos are expected to be evolutionary not revolutionary”. Telcos need to better understand the business value of their offers and be more a complete ICT providers, extracting intelligence from the pipe – instead of simply delivering connection from A to B.

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What do you need to be a Cloud provider? You could be a Telco or an IT Reseller. Once you decided that you will provide Cloud services you need these capabilities.

1. A Cloud enabled data center

2. Platforms (app store, SSO, aggregation platform and so on…) to provide cloud

3. Monetize your services

4. Business development capabilities.

I think yet another important questions that you need to answer are;

1. What do we have internally today? (Because a lot of the things listed above can be outsourced as well)

2. Your ability to handle an ecosystem.

3. Your sales channels and capabilities

4. What will make you different? (Easy to do business with, price, quality, or what else…)

5. Applications and Infrastructure is commodity now, so you need to focus on business models and content instead.

Sit and think twice before you make any move towards Cloud. Make a good business case and take meaningful risks. Because the market is still emerging and Cloud is still “nice to have” not “must to have” at the moment.

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Yesterday at Kista sience tower, where is the sillicon valley of Sweden, we had a meeting with a vendor to discuss next generation switching, cloud, M2M and IMS. I think today’s network is quite lagacy and complex. IMS is coming but nothing big will happen in couple of years. Yet another interesting topic was  the interoperability of new network systems with the old, legacy ones up and running at the core today. Cloud and M2M are thightly related to each other and it is really up to a telco to position itself from connection only to solution provider in this journey. Do you have any experience on telco cloud services or IMS, what are your thinking around these topics?

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Since Apple launched the iPad in April 2010, tablets have emerged as the latest “must-have” device for the early adopters, like my self. I have recently read an article which says that Apple had sold a cumulative total of nearly 40 million tablets worldwide and continue to dominate the tablet market. Figure below shows the iPad sales, source Analysis Mason 2011.

I am a teblet believer and very positive to use tablets for business purposes. Businesses thinking in the same way as I do will have a broad range of choice. The launch of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and others represent the first major threat to Apple but a lot of alternatives for consumers and businesses.

By providing businesses and consumers with access to a range of content and apps on tablets, operators can create a new market opportunity and differentiate themselves. In some cases, notably in emerging markets, operators could even provide with own-branded tablets manufactured by white-label vendors as a value-for-money alternative to premium-branded tablets. I believe in order to position themselves as a preferred distribution channel for tablets among consumers, operators should consider: a business model for connectivity bundles with tablets, fully integrate tablets within their existing ecosystem of device and services, push tablets for businesses not only for the consumers. On top of that, I also belive operators should provide shared data allowances between devices and multi-SIM propositions for the end users.

All in all, I am a tablet believer, even for business usage. I have an iPad II 3G + Wifi and I use it for my personal as well as business duties. Once operators find better and flexible business models and bundling strategies, I am sure we will see more and more tablets consumed by businesses.

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It is obvious that the cloud is the next big thing on IT and Telecom world. A lot has ideas, expectations and dreams. Some vendors out there are preaching to move everything to public clouds. I personally do not agree with it. Cloud, first of all, is an umbrealla term. Under that umbrella there are lots of sub branches such as IaaS, SaaS and XaaS. All need careful planning and realistic expectations. (more…)

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I have presented cloud computing several times for some customers, colleagues or partners. Most of the presentations ended up with a lot of interesting discussions and questions. But I think, the cartoon below is a very funny summary of my cloud presentations.

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I was reading an article about cloud this morning and I realized that they try to push for rip-and-replace type of an approach to the cloud. I think it is totally wrong. What I believe enterprises should do is a more step-by-step approach. In example;

1- Standardize, consolidate and virtualize infrastructure

2- Standardize management tools and processes

3- Automate, standardize services

4- Aggregate services from many sources

5- Become a service broker


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Yesterday we had a meeting with f5 guys at HP’s office at Stockholm. HP is now investing a lot on Networking and trying to dominate the enterprise networking market. While at the same time F5 helps organizations create an agile IT infrastructure that aligns with their business demands.

They demonstrated what f5 WAN Optimization might be able to do for international companies.  Just like most IT organizations with multiple locations connected by WANs, networks are stretched beyond where they should be, and they  suffer from latency issues.  The result is poor user performance for the kind of applications (Exchange, SharePoint, SAP etc.) that run in nearly every enterprise. (more…)

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You, for sure, bought maintenance contracts for your network products. But, have you ever tempted to change your product choice once you discovered that the support and maintenance (hardware support/tech support I mean) are not up to your requirements? What you should think about buying a support contract is all about knowing how fast and good can your vendor provide your support and what will be the response, repair times and the deliverables. Otherwise it is so easy to “trick” the customers by vendors. (more…)

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It has been almost a year since we had an internal meeting at HP Stockholm to discuss virtualization and cloud computing. Nowadays we see some analyst firms, IT experts talking about the similar stuff and delivering the same message as we did in the past; Virtualization is an overall catalyst to IT modernization and change and should be taken seriously. In addition to this, virtualization is one of the main roads heading into the Cloud Computing via Private Clouds.

Virtual machine penetration has increased 50% in the last year. Gartner believes that nearly 30% of all workloads running on x86 architecture servers are now running on virtual machines. (more…)

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