Verizon Standardizes on AWS Cloud, Migrates Over 1,000 Applications and Database Systems to AWS

Data center services provider Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), a company that generated $126 billion in 2017 revenues, has decided to standardize its IT infrastructure on AWS Cloud. Verizon is migrating over 1,000 business-critical applications and database backend systems to AWS Cloud, several of which also include the migration of production databases to Amazon Aurora – AWS’ relational database engine.

Verizon first started working with AWS in 2015 and has several successful business and consumer applications already running in the cloud. This latest wave of migrations to AWS is part of a corporate-wide initiative at Verizon to increase agility and reduce costs through the use of cloud computing.

Verizon has invested in building AWS-specific training facilities, called ‘dojos’, where its employees can “quickly ramp up on AWS technologies and learn how to innovate with speed and at scale.”

“We are making the public cloud a core part of our digital transformation, upgrading our database management approach to replace our proprietary solutions with Amazon Aurora,” said Mahmoud El-Assir, Senior Vice President of Global Technology Services, Verizon. “The agility we’ve gained by moving to the world’s leading public cloud has helped us better serve our customers. Working with AWS complements our focus on efficiency, speed, and innovation within our engineering culture, and has enabled us to quickly deliver the best, most efficient customer experiences.”

Compute, Storage, Networking, Analytics

AWS offers over 125 fully featured cloud services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management. These cloud services are being offered from 55 Availability Zones (AZs) within 18 geographic regions and one Local Region around the world, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK.

“Millions of consumers and businesses rely on Verizon to communicate and connect them to every corner of the world at a time when the stakes have never been higher to keep customers satisfied and engaged,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales, AWS. “We look forward to continuing our work with Verizon as their preferred public cloud provider, helping them to continually transform their business and innovate on behalf of their customers. The combination of Verizon’s team of builders with AWS’s extensive portfolio of cloud services and expertise means that Verizon’s options for delighting their customers is virtually unlimited.”