One-Third of Enterprises Now Use VoIP or SIP Trunking


Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the IP news roundup. Here are the latest headlines in SIP trunking, big data, cloud and more:

  • More enterprises are turning to IP communications to gain efficiencies and a competitive advantage. Melanie Turek, vice president, research, Frost & Sullivan, revealed that although the majority of enterprises are still using legacy technology, more than one-third of respondents to a Frost & Sullivan survey have adopted VoIP or SIP technologies. According to Turek’s article on the No Jitter blog, adoption of IP technologies is partly based on trust. “Given the mission-critical role that voice traffic plays in most organizations, adoption of a particular network interface requires a certain level of trust – and the majority of companies are still placing that trust in digital voice lines such as T1/E1 circuits, which comprise the majority of network interfaces among the companies in our survey.” The article also revealed that the biggest adopters of VoIP and SIP technology are industries such as health care and IT/telecom.
  • Big data revenue may be bigger than predicted. IDC predicted that revenue from big data will hit $23.8 billion by 2016. However, GigaOM believes that number will be much higher once SaaS applications, analytics and other big data-related technologies are added to the mix. According to a GigaOM article, “Calculating the revenue that cloud providers are making by hosting big data applications likely isn’t an easy feat, nor is calculating the revenue that the litany list of cloud-based big data services … will generate in the years to come.”
  • Seven million cloud computing jobs will be available by 2016. A Microsoft-sponsored IDC white paper predicted that the demand for cloud professionals will grow by 26% each year through 2015. However, Cloud Computing Journal reported that IT managers failed to fill 1.7 million cloud positions in 2012, because job candidates lacked proper training. “Unlike IT skill shortages in the past, solving this skills gap is extremely challenging, given that cloud brings a new set of skills which haven’t been needed in the past,” said Cushing Anderson, program vice-president at IDC. “There is no one-size-fits-all set of criteria for jobs in cloud computing. Therefore, training and certification is essential for preparing prospective job candidates to work in cloud-related jobs.”
  • 2013 virtualization and cloud predictions. According to a Virtualization Review article, “This year is, without a doubt, the year of the private cloud. We will see VMware, Microsoft and others make a huge push for automation and orchestration at every level, and the technologies resulting from acquisitions made in 2012 by Cisco and others will find their way into products in 2013. … I also predict that Microsoft, VMware and other companies’ private cloud solutions will go mainstream, with enterprises rushing to upgrade from highly virtualized environments to private cloud environments.” For more 2013 predictions, be sure to see the Virtualization Review article.
  • And finally … here’s an interview about big data’s role in the Mars Curiosity landing. Forbes.com published an interview with Vu Nguyen, the infrastructure engineer for the Mars Curiosity project. During the interview, Nguyen discusses the importance of testing and shares images of the landing. Visit Forbes.com to check out a video of the interview.

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