Streamcore Pursues Service Providers

Streamcore has been mostly targeting enterprises with its appliances for managing application and communication delivery over wide-area networks. But the company is now doing more work with service providers, particularly those involved in the cloud. Here's the company's pitch, and the implications for MSPs.

Streamcore says infrastructure-as-a-service and SaaS providers are under pressure to deliver applications with optimal performance  levels, but find it difficult to manage shared WAN access to guarantee that performance. Against that backdrop, Streamcore says it provides network visibility and application performance control. The latter category involves giving priority to, and reserving bandwidth for, the most critical applications.

The ability to manage the delivery of business applications, VoIP and videoconferencing opens a revenue-boosting opportunity for MSPs, according to the company. Using Streamcore appliances, service providers can increase revenue “by offering value-added services ... with guaranteed service level agreements,” the  company stated.

Frederic Hediard, Streamcore’s vice president of product marketing, cited SFR, a French mobile phone company, and TMC Communications, a Santa Barbara, Calif.  telecom services firm, as examples of service providers employing Streamcore technology.

Hediard said services providers have two options for deploying a Streamcore appliance: in the service provider’s data center or at the customer’s location.

Streamcore is one example of an emerging set of technologies seeking to tame some aspect of cloud computing. In general, cloud management features a mix of specialty firms and startups as well as established systems management vendors edging into the cloud space.

It can’t be easy sorting through the options. Some service providers are looking at home-grown solutions. Savvis has been working on building resource allocation policy components into its cloud platform.

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