Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, has announced Verizon Cloud, its newly developed cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting platform and cloud-based object storage service. It would provide extensive flexibility in choice options regarding virtual servers, network performance and storage configuration.
With this service, Verizon claims that it is fundamentally changing how public clouds are built. The new Verizon Cloud has two main components: Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage. Verizon Cloud Compute is the IaaS platform. Verizon Cloud Storage is an object-based storage service.
Verizon Cloud Compute is built for speed and performance. Virtual servers (software-based computers as well as the underlying servers) can be created and deployed in just seconds, and users build and pay for what they need. Verizon Cloud Storage is an object-addressable, multitenant storage platform that would provide safe and cost-effective storage accessible from anywhere on the Web.
Global data centers
“Verizon created the enterprise cloud, now we’re recreating it,” said John Stratton, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “This is the revolution in cloud services that enterprises have been calling for. We took feedback from our enterprise clients across the globe and built a new cloud platform from the bottom up to deliver the attributes they require.”
Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage are installed in data centers in Culpeper, Va., Englewood, Colo., Miami; Santa Clara, Calif.; and in Amsterdam, London, and Sao Paolo. Initially, clients will be served out of the Culpeper data center, with other centers around the globe expected to be added through mid-2014.
Public beta program
Access to Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage will initially be limited to a few hundred new users per month. Customers awaiting their turn will be welcomed into the Verizon Cloud Insider program, which will enable them to be kept up-to-date on feature availability and other improvements as they occur.
Verizon will optimize customer experience through the launch of a public beta program for the Verizon Cloud this quarter. Companies interested in using either Verizon Cloud Compute or Verizon Cloud Storage can sign-up to be a beta customer through the Verizon Enterprise Solutions website. The sign-up and customer service experience is managed completely online.
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