It is hard to imagine a nicer setting for a conference than Nice, the beautiful Mediterranean city on the Côte d’Azur in southern France. I had the pleasure of traveling to Nice in mid-May to present a keynote at the TMForum, a summit of global telecommunications providers. I was taken in by the azure waters off the Promenade des Anglais, the intimacy of old-world plazas and the resplendent lighting of the Hotel Negresco at night.
As much as I enjoyed being in Nice, the real pleasures – and the real surprises – were from the discussions I had with senior executives from global service providers who attended the TMForum. I’m pleased to tell you that there’s a lot of excitement about what we’re bringing to the cloud, especially from the global CSPs. In a rapidly-changing market full of new, non-traditional competitors, the CSPs are hungry for new products and services to offer their customers. They view cloud services as a big part of their future and see the ability to offer these services at enterprise scale and with guaranteed quality of service as a big opportunity.
There’s also growing awareness and excitement around the global service provider program we unveiled in April. The initiative is designed to enable communications service providers to offer Rackspace open cloud services to their customers in their local markets and I spoke about it on stage at TMForum.