True to the roots of web-scale IT, business services applications were the runaway winner in a Telco Transformation poll.
Business services applications garnered 59% of the votes in the poll that asked: "Where have web-scale operations and services had the biggest impact for service providers?"
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Facebook and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)
were the leading pioneers of web-scale IT for cloud services. Communications service providers have started to adopt -- or adapt -- some of those same web-scale principles, particularly in their virtualization efforts.
"Network virtualization" finished second in the poll (28%) while "prepping for 5G" was third (10%). "Enabling microservices" was dead last at 3%.
While "enabling microservices" didn't resonate with Telco Transformation voters, AT&T's Tom Anschutz, distinguished member of the company's technical staff, said "that web-scale and microservices nearly go hand in hand." (See Anschutz on AT&T's Use of Web-Scale IT.)
Taking Care of Business (Apps)
Organizations are tapping into web-scale IT to virtualize application workloads in their network architectures and data centers in order to deliver cloud capabilities to enterprises. Virtualized data centers benefit from web-scale IT because they can dynamically scale up or scale down based on demand while also lowering costs.
According to Infoholic Research
, the web-scale IT market is projected to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21% during the forecast period of 2016–2022.
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Software-defined networking (SDN) is a key component of services providers' virtualization game plans and AT&T and Level 3 Communications have been at the forefront of its adoption.
In this webinar, Andrew Dugan, CTO of Level 3 Communications, and Amy Wheelus, Vice President of Cloud and D2 Platform Integration at AT&T, will discuss how their companies have leveraged SDN within their networks, services and applications. Some of the key areas that will be covered include:
Automation, APIs and lifecycle service orchestration
The continued evolution of SDN-based solutions and SDN in networks, including SD-WAN, dynamic cloud connections and scalable Ethernet and security solutions.