Verizon data centers go neutral to play in the cloud

The move gives clients purchasing Verizon colocation services their own third-party network provider for carrier diversity and redundancy.

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Five Verizon data centers across the U.S. that provide enterprise-class colocation services have been converted to carrier-neutral facilities, Verizon Enterprise Solutions announced this week.

The move gives clients purchasing Verizon colocation services from data centers in Boston, Denver, Elmsford, New York, Manassas, Virginia, and Seattle the option of selecting their own third-party network provider for carrier diversity and redundancy.

Previously the data centers functioned with dual-carrier network connectivity with Verizon serving as the primary carrier and an alternate, pre-selected carrier providing backup network services.

The neutralization of the five data centers gives Verizon a total of 16 colocation facilities that offer unrestricted interconnection with multiple carriers.

By making more of its data centers carrier neutral, Verizon is trying to position itself as a more significant player in the enterprise cloud. Guy Tal, manager of data center interconnection services for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, said in a statement: 

"More and more enterprise and government clients are opting to utilize colocation services to augment existing data center capacity rather than build their own facilities. By loosening previously restrictive interconnection policies, we are meeting customer requirements for flexibility and choice, thereby enabling an easier migration path to using a third-party provider for critical data center services."

Verizon also announced this week a partnership with Amplidata, providers of object-based software defined storage, where it will use Amplidata's Himalaya storage architecture to provide Verizon Cloud Storage with distributed object management and global file accessibility. 

Verizon Cloud Storage was first announced last October while in beta testing, but Verizon is now promoting it as an object-addressable, multi-tenant storage platform.

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