Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Friday Review: Let's get physical

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 01 April 11

Telcos, analysts and others debate the pros and cons of the next phase of cloud computing: infrastructure-as-a-service. Plus this week's news highlights.

"I still buy CDs," rather than digital music, a young member of the Total Telecom team announced in the office earlier this week. "If I can't touch it, I don't believe it's real." The aforementioned 20-something might be in a shrinking minority when it comes to buying music - indeed, his remarks were greeted with no small amount of incredulity by his colleagues – but the fact remains that some people still want something tangible, rather than a digital, virtual or hosted service. And this consumer attitude to CDs and digital music is also replicated in the business services market. Some companies live in fear of putting their data "where they can't touch it", Colin l'Anson, technical director at Hewlett-Packard, told attendees at the inaugural 'Breakfast with Total Telecom' meeting in London on Tuesday. The focus of the meeting: cloud services. However, while there are still obstacles to be overcome - such as trust, security concerns, and the difficulty of migrating some legacy applications to the cloud - l'Anson and others speaking at the event made it clear that the future of business services…

"I still buy CDs," rather than digital music, a young member of the Total Telecom team announced in the office earlier this week. "If I can't touch it, I don't believe it's real." The aforementioned 20-something might be in a shrinking minority when it comes to buying music - indeed, his remarks were greeted with no small amount of incredulity by his colleagues – but the fact remains that some people still want something tangible, rather than a digital, virtual or hosted service. And this consumer attitude to CDs and digital music is also replicated in the business services market. Some companies live in fear of putting their data "where they can't touch it", Colin l'Anson, technical director at Hewlett-Packard, told attendees at the inaugural 'Breakfast with Total Telecom' meeting in London on Tuesday. The focus of the meeting: cloud services. However, while there are still obstacles to be overcome - such as trust, security concerns, and the difficulty of migrating some legacy applications to the cloud - l'Anson and others speaking at the event made it clear that the future of business services…

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