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carrier cloud

Contributor(s): Laura Fitzgibbons

A carrier cloud is a cloud computing environment that is owned and operated by a traditional telecommunications service provider. A telecom carrier is a company that is authorized by regulatory agencies to operate a telecommunications system. Examples of popular telecom carriers include AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

Carrier clouds integrate some of the components and features found in telecom networks such as wide area networks (WAN), virtual private networks (VPN), open APIs and dynamic resource allocation. This allows carrier cloud customers to deploy more intensive applications in a cloud environment. The goal of a carrier cloud is to enable the same level of security and reliability as an on-premises architecture.

Benefits of using a carrier cloud

When compared to a classic cloud system, one potential benefit of choosing a cloud network owned by a major telecom carrier is the ability to run demanding and complex applications. A classic cloud infrastructure is not necessarily robust enough to support major applications and websites, while large carriers have the resources to support major projects. The use of wide area networks (WAN) that span a large geographic location makes carrier clouds more reliable than smaller cloud environments, especially since traditional clouds may need to rely heavily on a data center based out of a specific geographic location. Choosing a carrier cloud may prevent issues such as long lag times, security breaches and difficulty transferring sensitive information.

How carrier cloud works

In addition, large telecom providers already own expansive infrastructure and wired communication services, data centers and business partnerships in various geographic locations. They may be able to access client insight on a larger scale than a small firm, and they may offer built-in software for common business needs. Another benefit may come in the form of a proven reputation to uphold with their customers.

This was last updated in May 2019

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