Telecommunications providers are making a concerted cloud-computing push, with carriers such as CenturyLink and Windstream scooping up dozens of data centers mostly through a spike in acquisitions. The investments are being driven by strong enterprise demand for cloud computing, analysts say, and the desire to combine hosting and telecom services into one bundled offering.
Windstream has completed its acquisition of Hosted Solutions, a provider of cloud-computing services to small and medium-size enterprises and large enterprises, in a deal valued at $310 million. With the closed buyout, Windstream picked up more than 600 customers and data centers in North Carolina and Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers find that while collaboration is vital in the IT workplace, efficiency is essential to success. "Although collaboration is often seen as a virtue, too much collaboration at too many organizational levels can be a negative. It is important to reduce network connectivity at points where collaboration fails to produce sufficient value," write researchers, who analyzed the IT departments of 12 large firms.