Verizon Terremark launches public cloud compute, storage

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.

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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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  • It would be a great service for South Americans

    Since Terramark has so many connections overseas to south america, they would have decent connections there if they wanted to do cloud backup. So it could be a nice international play.
    Jimster480
  • public cloud launch?

    could this be the same Verizon Terremark that is part of the health care dot gov woes?
    might be a hard sell...
    BitBanger_USA
  • How far cloud services reach

    So do we think this could extend upto Africa? Because as we all can see the trend of technology Africa is also growing at as certain speed which is constant
    nicholas2050