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May 27, 2011

Siemens's Straton Talks Cloud Hybrids Emerging with Public and Private Clouds

At the Interop 2011 show in Las Vegas, TMC’s (News - Alert) CEO Rich Tehrani had the opportunity to interview Siemens’ Senior VP of Global Solutions Marketing, Mark Straton.

Straton gave an insider’s view of how the cloud is working in telecom. “There’s a lot of hype around cloud at the moment,” Straton said, noting that the question is always “how big can it be in the enterprise.” He explained that Siemens (News - Alert) is seeing “massive uptake” over the past 18 months, but for private clouds.

In March TMC’s Carolyn J. Dawson wrote that Siemens’ Enterasys (News - Alert) Networks, a provider of wired and wireless network infrastructure and security, announced the launch of new capabilities for private cloud.

Enterasys Networks launch includes a portfolio of products which have been designed to offer customers flexible options for implementing and managing enterprise cloud wireless with new options for premise-based, cloud-based, and managed offerings.

Straton said small and large companies are both turning to the cloud, with larger companies starting out on a private cloud, and franchisees being given access to a public cloud, ending up with a sort of hybrid cloud. “We see it really taking off among companies with multiple sites,” he said.

In the United States a lot of medium-sized companies are using it, Straton said, as well as many of the Fortune 500 who are into such deployment scenarios. Straton discussed the recent changes in leadership and ownership of his operation, noting that they’re on solid ground now.

He also discussed the Session Border Controllers his company is involved in now, saying it will scale up to thousands of sessions, and 12,000 to 20,000 users, which give “massive reductions in network savings.”


David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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