Communications service providers (CSPs) have been slow to build out their cloud service offerings and have adopted similar pricing models to those established for hosting services. Cloud services are similar in many ways to these services, but are they different enough to break current billing systems and do they help CSPs to compete against established global vendors, such as Amazon?
This Viewpoint provides:
- examples of CSPs' approaches to billing for cloud services
- an examination of the differences that may impact billing systems
- an analysis of the new parameters that CSPs may be able to bill against
- short- and long-term recommendations for cloud billing vendors and CSPs.