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Service providers ARE NOT large companies

Luca Dell’oca of Virtual to the Core comments:

I heard lately many presentations about virtualization solutions, being them orchestration solutions, or storage, networking or soemthing else, and the vendors selling them have a usual phrase “this product is designed for large companies AND service providers”. The underlying idea, coming from vendors thinking at both use cases for their products, is that a large companies is completely comparable to a service provider. At first, the thought is correct, but there is a significant difference that ultimately makes this thinking wrong.

A very important distinction here. Service providers are, by their nature, not in the business of selling a product. They are providing a service on a grand scale. Something else to keep in mind – companies like Facebook and Google resemble service providers much more than they represent large companies.

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Tom Hollingsworth

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