Sprint has entered into an exclusive agreement with CSC to deliver infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service to customers in the U.S. This is a major extension of Complete Collaboration, the carrier’s UCaaS that was debuted just earlier this year.
Sprint’s IP network will act as the ‘communications backbone’ for SC’s Trusted Cloud and its line-up of related services. This is the IaaS part of the deal and the general idea is that the two firms will be able to deliver a platform that’s very simplified and tailored for SMBs.
According to IDC Chief Analyst Frank Gens, “The relationship between Sprint and CSC offers great potential for businesses to simplify, and speed up, their increasingly strategic deployments of mobile and cloud services.” According to industry analyst firm IDC, worldwide public IT cloud services revenue is projected to hit $45.5 billion by 2013.”
There’s not many details on exactly what will be offered, and there’s even less info on the SaaS portfolio that Sprint expects to introduce sometime later this year. What’s clear though, is that similarly to the partnership with CSC, this part of the telcom’s venture into the cloud will also rely heavily on partnerships.
Last but not least, the company debuted Sprint Wholesale Cloud Services – the channel version of the cloud portfolio it announced this week. This will allow resellers that may be interested in offering these services to add extra value into the mix and be more competitive.
Sprint’s last major update was an internal one rather than a cloud development. A couple of months ago we’ve learned that it officially shut down Nextel, a move that is expected to finalize in 2013. In the same timeframe the carrier burrowed $1 billion from major bankers to buy 4G equipment from Ericsson.