Verizon’s New Public Cloud Takes Aim at Amazon, Rackspace
Company officials say Verizon Cloud will offer greater flexibility, performance and pricing than competing cloud platforms.Verizon officials are looking to take on the likes of Amazon, Rackspace and Google with its new Verizon Cloud platform, which the company said will offer businesses big and small greater flexibility, agility and control than competing public infrastructure-as-a-service offerings. Verizon Cloud, which will be housed in Verizon data centers around the world, will enable customers to quickly spin up virtual machines, and to more easily set and configure the virtual machine, networks and storage requirements and performance. Rather than just having to choose between pre-set size configurations—small, medium or large—customers will have more granular control over the performance of the VM and network, and the configuration of storage. “We are putting control and choice back in the hands of the user, while still addressing their needs for availability, performance and security,” John Considine, chief technology officer of Verizon Terremark, said in a statement. “We started from scratch, building the core components we felt necessary to achieve that goal.” Verizon officials announced the new cloud platform Oct. 3 during a keynote address at the Interop 2013 show in New York City. They reportedly said the company will run the Verizon Cloud along with the company’s existing first-generation infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering, the Verizon Terremark Enterprise Cloud.
The public beta of the cloud service will launch in the fourth quarter, with customers initially being served by the infrastructure in Verizon’s Culpeper, Va., data center. Eventually, other data centers—in such places as Miami; Santa Clara, Calif.; Amsterdam, London; and Sao Paolo, Brazil—will be added to the Verizon Cloud offering through the first half of 2014. Beta access to the Verizon Cloud at first will be limited to a few hundred new users a month, with more being added as capacity allows.