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Cloud Computing: Impact of Comcast’s Acquisition

Cloud computing applications should be connected to two separate network carriers to avoid a single point-of-failure

COMCAST's recent $45 billion acquisition of Time-Warner Cable was big news in the Cable TV world, but it should be big news in the area of cloud computing and network diversity.

Instead of looking at COMCAST as a cable TV provider, it is time that we should be looking at it as another alternative to the traditional network carriers like AT&T and Verizon for our data needs both at home and at the business location.

Re-Thinking Cloud Computing Strategy
Do you have network redundancy in place in your cloud computing applications? They cannot be considered "mission critical" if you only have them running on one connection to the central office.

Ninety-nine percent of the commercial buildings are still in the horse-and-buggy days of having one main connection to one central office of the phone company for connectivity. Corporate tenants who have mission-critical applications should be using more than one network access point for their core business applications as well as a secondary network carrier with a totally separate network topology. If you aren't, you have a huge single point-of-failure embedded in your network and are not even close to having something reliable.

It's time to move forward from the horse-and-buggy days and start adding redundancy to all networks that carry any applications that you consider mission critical. If you work from home, that connection to your customer base is also mission critical.

New Competition or No Competition?
Maybe the incumbent network carriers like AT&T and Verizon don't look at COMCAST as being a real competitor because its focus is more on cable TV, but in reality, the network grid that COMCAST has could go head-to-head in markets where incumbents like AT&T provide U-Verse.

Did you know if you get U-Verse, you cannot get a second high-speed U-Verse line? I found that out recently and could not believe how short-sighted that is from a marketing strategy standpoint. It leaves AT&T wide open for someone like COMCAST to come in and provide a second line for work-at-home couples. This was our solution when AT&T could not ante up a second line.

This raises a huge question as to the available network resources AT&T has in the street. If their policy is to not provide a second line, it means it doesn't have enough network capabilities in the street.

Look at COMCAST as another alternative when you start to build redundancy and resiliency into your networks.  Broaden your perspective when it comes to identifying solutions for network infrastructure challenges.

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Carlini's book, "Location, Location, Connectivity" will be coming out later this year.

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Copyright 2014 - James Carlini

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James Carlini, MBA, a certified Infrastructure Consultant, keynote speaker and former award-winning Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, has advised on mission-critical networks. Clients include the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, GLOBEX, and City of Chicago’s 911 Center. An expert witness in civil and federal courts on network infrastructure, he has worked with AT&T, Sprint and others.

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