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ACG’s Service Provider Data Center Infrastructure service monitors and analyzes companies and technologies; strategies for hardware, platforms and emerging technologies; and transformation strategies for data center operators.

Service Provider Data Center Infrastructure focuses on switching and routing technologies/products used by service providers at the access, aggregation, Internet services edge and metro optical interconnects of the provider network to provide Internet services.

What Are Some of the Network Challenges and Trends Facing Operators?
Operators are dealing with multiple platform and network issues: growing requirements for new data center services, content service providers (B2C and B2B) extending into cloud-based data centers, voice and video services, shrinking revenue from wireline services, efficient delivery of data to smart phones driving new data service requirements, emerging competition from utility and cable providers — to name just a few. Simultaneously, they also must deal with the additional challenge of reducing costs, increasing ARPU, and reducing churn. To meet these challenges, operators are turning to vendors to develop faster, smarter, and more efficient networks.

Why Is Understanding the Data Center Routing and Switching Market Important for Operators?

Rapidly changing and dynamic operating environments are driving operators to take a hard look at how they do business and adapt their business models, operations, networks, and relationships to meet these changes. As data center networks migrate to flatter, layer 2 networks, new designs are being implemented to reduce costs and complexity. In addition, layer 3 aggregation switches have IP/MPLS, BGP and 40/100G connections to support these flatter networks. The content service providers have adopted these new switching/routing architectures that are putting additional pressure on service providers to think through data-oriented services for enterprise and consumer customers. Decision makers require unbiased, competitive intelligence and sound analysis before they can make strategic business and infrastructure decisions about their data center networks.

What Is the Competitive Environment for Service Providers and Carriers?
In some cases service providers are now competing with content service providers that are generating enormous revenues and profit from their core businesses. In addition, utility and cable operators are providing new services to business and consumer clients, siphoning away critical revenue from the PTTs. “Best effort” Internet traffic requires incumbent carriers to rethink the way they are delivering content to their target customers.

How Can Vendors Benefit from this Competitive Environment?
Service providers are demanding data center equipment that will address MPLS, OSPF, BGP, ACL, QoS, content services, diagnostics, performance monitoring, and end-to-end service. Those innovative vendors that can develop equipment and products that meet these requirements as well as address consumers’ requirements for service quality, reliability, high-availability, and compatibility will lead the pack in capturing market and revenue share.

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Service Provider Data Center Infrastructure focuses on switching and routing technologies/products used by service providers at the access, aggregation, Internet services edge and metro optical interconnects of the provider network to provide Internet services. Technologies covered:
  • IP routing systems
  • MPLS OSPF
  • BGP
  • ACL and VPN based systems
  • L2/L3 switching
  • Metro WDM
  • Servers, storage
  • Content networking
  • Market Research Services
These services provide an overview of the market (drivers, challenges and key players), a detailed understanding of managed services technologies and solutions available, identifying their strengths and weaknesses. We also examine industry best practices and case studies, including efficiency measurements.

Training Services
We offer one-day workshop on managed services and business practices to enhance your ability to share thought leadership. This workshop can be extended as an educational series or a one topic presentation to strategically enhance your relationships with your internal teams, service provider teams or VARs and system integrators. Package options can include the following topics based on your requirements

Customized Services
Select those cuts you want and we will quote you a price to meet your unique business opportunities for your managed services initiatives.

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Contact sales@acgresearch.net for more information about ACG's data center consulting or syndicated market share/forecasts services.

Cloud Storage Project Service Creation for Partner Community

Case: Understanding why and how your customers purchase can be as important as what they are purchasing. A neutral third-party vendor can help provide clarity and go-to-market strategies based on actual customer data.

Client: Top-Tier Manufacturer of Storage Equipment

Problem to solve: A key distribution partner's business is under threat since it caters primarily to the SMB market. The SMB market is increasingly turning to cloud services to support business as opposed to buying hardware and have their value-added reseller implementing those solutions.

ACG Research services: Define the available market, understand the competition, research cost structure and provide go-to-market strategy. Create a survey to confirm interest in the partner community for the cloud storage solution.

Results: Survey implemented, market data collection and interpreted, and presented results in PowerPoint presentation, which included Excel spreadsheets and charts. Additionally, presented recommendation as well as action plan on how best to execute on results.

Our deliverables: Interviewed potential solution partners, built infrastructure architecture to determine cost components, researched competitive offerings, built questionnaire to survey partner community, provided recommended action plan with financials.
 
Contact sales@acgresearch.net for more information about ACG's data center consulting or syndicated market share/forecasts services.