IT & Network Vendors Race to Build Real-Time OSS for the Cloud, Heavy Reading Says

IT & Network Vendors Race to Build Real-Time OSS for the Cloud, Heavy Reading

Networking and the cloud are merging, giving network and IT vendors the upper
hand in the market, says Heavy Reading Service Provider IT Insider

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Feb. 15, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The need to automate and manage the
network alongside cloud computing and storage is becoming acute, and as
networking and the cloud converge, market advantage is tipping back in favor
of network equipment vendors over IT vendors as providers of the overarching
orchestration layer for the cloud, according to the latest report from Heavy
Reading Service Provider IT Insider (, a
paid research service of Heavy Reading (

Real-Time OSS for SDN & the Cloud looks at both vendor and operator approaches
to the next-generation management of service provider infrastructure and the
new imperatives for OSS as that infrastructure is transformed by cloud, SDN
and network functions virtualization (NFV). It also profiles nine leading
vendors and two leading operators in this market.

For a list of companies analyzed in this report,

"Communications service providers regard enterprise cloud services as a key
money-spinner for the future, with the potential to compensate for declining
revenues elsewhere," says Caroline Chappell, Analyst at Heavy Reading and
author of the report. "As they ramp up their cloud businesses, however, the
chasm between the abstraction and automation capabilities they have on the IT
side of the house and the inflexible, unvirtualized network yawns ever wider."

The converged cloud infrastructure will depend heavily on emerging SDN and NFV
developments, Chappell says. "However, it will take a long time for such
developments to become ubiquitous across most operators' networks," she
continues. "Vendors are also seizing on the real-time OSS opportunity,
especially network equipment vendors that are promoting SDN and NFV and that
believe they can insert themselves into the cloud management/OSS value chain."

Key findings of Real-Time OSS for SDN & the Cloud include:

  oVendors' main competitors for real-time OSS that orchestrate the
    management of cloud and network are operators.
  oEquipment vendors and new entrants are gaining the upper hand over IT OSS
    vendors, as cloud management increasingly means managing SDN and
    virtualized network functions.
  oAlcatel-Lucent leads in orchestrating cloud and WAN, but Ericsson will
    launch a rival capability in 2013 and VMware has big plans for converged
    cloud and network management.
  oModeling application cloud requirements is key to policy-driven
    orchestration of infrastructure.

Real-Time OSS for SDN & the Cloud is available as part of an annual
single-user subscription (six issues) to Heavy Reading Service Provider IT
Insider, priced at $1,595. Individual reports are available for $900
(single-user license).

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Jeff Geddes
Account Manager
Heavy Reading

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Marketing Director, Light Reading Communications Network

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SOURCE Heavy Reading

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