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Cloud Exodus: 5 Reasons Carriers Are Bailing Out Of Data Centers

Despite investing early in the cloud, telecommunications carriers are getting out of the data center business, realizing they can’t compete with cloud industry leaders. Here are five reasons behind this trend.

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Cloud Services, Sans Data Centers

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that the latest trend in the cloud space is who's trying to get out of it.

Telecommunications provider Windstream sold its data center business to colocation provider TierPoint late last year. Following suit, CenturyLink said it’s shopping around its 59 global data center assets, and even AT&T and Verizon are rumored to be considering selling their data center businesses. Despite being newcomers to the cloud industry, many telecommunications providers are deciding that cloud infrastructure services, such as colocation and hosting, aren't for them. These companies are realizing that they can't compete with industry leaders like Amazon and Google. At the same time, they can still offer cloud services without the fuss of owning their own data center businesses.

Here are five reasons telecoms are leaving the business of data center operations, colocation and hosting.

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