Sprint, Mitel Partner on Cloud Services for SMBs
The partnership will enable the two companies to extend their addressable markets and capitalize on the adoption of cloud services worldwide.Sprint's Emerging Solutions & Global Wholesale division and Mitel announced a partnership to help support resellers of the cloud services market for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in the United States. Mitel is a cloud and premises-based unified communications and collaboration (UCC) solutions specialist. Building on an existing relationship, the agreement will see the Mitel-hosted PBX cloud communications service be included in Sprint’s Wholesale Cloud Services, helping Sprint’s SMB-focused resellers launch in the cloud services marketplace. The partnership will also enable the two companies to extend their addressable markets and capitalize on the adoption of cloud services worldwide, allowing Sprint’s wholesale customers to market services such as hosted voice, unified communications, email, Web collaboration, archiving and Web commerce on a secure cloud-based infrastructure.
According to a recent forecast from IT research firm IDC, worldwide spending on hosted private cloud (HPC) services–an operational model for deploying computing infrastructure services of many types via a cloud model–will be more than $24 billion in 2016. Virtual private clouds are also expected to make steady gains in part because of its similarity to public cloud, particularly public infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which many IT buyers are already using as a cost-saving alternative to replacing aging infrastructure.