Verizon Set to Enter Cloud Storage Market

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-06-15 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Verizon's business services arm is using the well-established Nirvanex core system to provide the basic Verizon Cloud Storage service and is adding a suite of data-retention IT consulting services to go with it.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-Verizon Communications, which has had the physical setup for online data storage for a long while, finally joined the cloud storage services crowd June 15 by introducing its own branded enterprise offering.

Verizon's business services arm is using the well-established Nirvanex core system to provide the basic Verizon Cloud Storage service and is adding a suite of data-retention IT consulting services to go with it.

Verizon made the announcement at the IDG/IDC Cloud Leadership Forum here at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The service will become available in the United States and 16 countries beginning in July. It enters the market against a flock of competitors such as Amazon.com's Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Google's new Gdrive and Microsoft's SkyDrive.

Among the key features are industrial-strength physical and logical security, including secure multitenant file system and encrypted data transfers, Joe Crawford, Verizon Business's executive director of IT solutions product management, told eWEEK.

The service supports multiple methods for accessing stored data, including software, APIs and third-party applications. It also offers enterprises the option of selecting where data is stored, Crawford said.

"We started this [project] up over a year ago, but we wanted to make sure we differentiated ourselves first before we were ready to launch," Crawford told eWEEK. "We think that our added consulting services and the global reach of Verizon [do] set us apart."

Verizon Cloud Storage will follow a pay-as-you-use scheme that scales on demand and can either augment traditional storage options, such as SAN (storage area network) and NAS (network-attached storage), or be used as a stand-alone option, Crawford said.

 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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