Verizon Terremark launches public cloud compute, storage

Summary:Verizon Terremark's main pitch is that it will handle enterprise workloads, comply with regulations and give customers control over virtual machine provisioning.

Verizon Terremark on Thursday launched two public cloud services---Verizon Cloud Compute and Cloud Storage---as the telecom giant joins an increasingly crowded field.

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The company will target large enterprises, government agencies and mid-sized businesses. Verizon Terremark will be competitive on pricing, but didn't reveal specifics. Instead, Verizon Terremark's main pitch is that it will handle enterprise workloads, comply with regulations and give customers control over virtual machine provisioning.

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Kevin Clarke, director of cloud platform engineering, said Verizon Terremark's use open application programming interfaces and connect to Amazon Web Services, OpenStack and Rackspace's CloudStack. Clarke will said Verizon's public cloud will also support OpenStack's Swift standard. "We have a second mover advantage, which means we can look at the space and project a way forward and enable different API sets," said Clarke.

Verizon Terremark is betting that the cloud pie will be large enough and ultimately customers will mix and match providers. And the number of cloud providers is ballooning. Oracle last week outlined a series of cloud services, HP has been building out its portfolio and Rackspace and AWS have been in the game for a while.

Ultimately, Clarke said Verizon Terremark wants to up the ante on cloud service level agreements and entice customers by competing on reliability, security and operational efficiency. "The table stakes are being price competitive, but the implementation and service offering is what actually matters," said Clarke.

Verizon Terremark plans to start on boarding customers this month. Pricing plans, which weren't outlined, will be via negotiated prices and contracts as well as online via credit card.

Topics: Cloud, Data Centers, Networking

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