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The News From Nice: Talking Open Cloud With Global Telcos At The TMForum

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.

I’m looking forward to sharing more with you about this soon, but in the meantime, please check out this video interview from the conference. You can also follow me on Twitter: @stevefmills.

TMForum Keynote Steve Mills from TelcoProfessionals on Vimeo.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Steve Mills.

Steve Mills serves as Chief Information Officer for Rackspace.

As CIO, Steve is responsible for Rackspace’s IT systems and tools, technology operations, operational metrics and interfacing with IT suppliers and resource providers.

Steve came to Rackspace from T-Mobile USA, where he was Vice President of Enterprise Systems. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Technical Operations for T-Mobile HotSpot. His experience includes serving as Director for Technology Delivery for Texas Online, the State’s eGovernment portal, while at BearingPoint, Inc. He has also held positions with start-ups Alex eBanking and Berkom USA, as well as pcOrder.com, and E-Systems.

Steve, a Mississippi native, has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.S. in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University, an M.E. in Systems Engineering from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University.


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