The expansion of access to quality high speed broadband at improving prices confirms the direction for service delivery by application service providers. It is towards cloud computing and the plethora of “as a Service” platforms and solutions. I am not aware of any studies that indicate less than double digit growth for hosted applications. However, it is the addition of IP enabled devices connecting to much improved cloud delivery platforms that is driving the demand.
It is often noted that Hosted Unified Communications must include mobility (FMC) and integrated mobile access (smartphones, laptops and tablets). Given the rise in wireless broadband investment, up more than 40% from 2009 to 2012, from $21 billion to $30 billion per year, wireless is central to conducting business and for communications and access to information. The need to access information wirelessly has enabled the “APP Economy” that is purported to have created over 500,000 jobs since 2007.
A discussion about the state of broadband must always include access, speed and price (ASP) in order to provide a true assessment. The White House report “Four Years of Broadband Growth” covers all three elements but price is given the least amount of attention. In fact, it is given less than a page. This is due to two reasons, first the price of broadband in the U.S.
ANPI considers quality high speed broadband as critical to the growth of Unified Communications and more generally IP communications. A report released last week by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council describes the improvement in access, speed and to some extent price over the last four years in the U.S. The Four Years of Broadband Growth report offers several insights into the increase of broadband across America. The report is best viewed as combining two subjects; landline broadband and wireless broadband.
This is Malachi again, I’ve hijacked David Byrd’s blog one more time (for now) to continue discussing hyperlocal advertising for the channel community. On Tuesday, I briefly discussed how to claim your Google Listing and how to place your company NAP to increase visibility at a local level. Today, I’ll be going into search engine optimization (SEO) basics that can help your business attract and retain potential customers.
It’s been an interesting week for hosted services given IBM’s purchase of SoftLayer for $2 billion and Salesforce’s $2.6 billion acquisition of ExactTarget. While there are few naysayers regarding the trend towards cloud computing and hosted services, it was the timing of these two moves that caught my attention. IBM is a bell weather company in that it adjusts to new directions in technology and IT services better than any other high tech company. I have never worked for IBM but I have had the opportunity to partner with them on various projects during my career.
Each year Cisco releases an updated forecast of Internet data activity that is part of the Visual Networking Index (VNI), developed to track and forecast the use of visual networking applications. In addition to some rather startling trends and size of global IP traffic projections, it’s a fun read just to see the names of numbers involved. It is not often that we evaluate usage using a numeric term like a zettabyte. In fact, reading the VNI forecast requires a primer on large numbers to understand the growth of traffic on the Internet and how it relates to individual, home, business and application usage.