Verizon Cloud has arrived in Australia, and is being hosted in Verizon's datacentre in Melbourne's CBD.
After nearly two years since launching in the US, the Verizon Cloud platform will offer Australian customers -- many of which are large enterprises in the financial, technology, retail, and manufacturing sectors, as well as federal and state government agencies -- the opportunity to take advantage of the company's two public service offerings: Verizon Cloud Compute and Cloud Storage.
David Kim, Verizon Enterprise Solutions managing director for Australia and New Zealand, told ZDNet that Verizon Cloud is an end-to-end enterprise-grade cloud offering that will service both large and small to medium-sized corporations.
"What Verizon Cloud offers is not just the underlying infrastructure, but the flexibility in terms of tiers of managed services. You can start from basics of guided services where the client does everything, through to standard services and premium services that can help our clients manage their application and workloads.
"Wrapped around that is our professional service. A lot of enterprise clients are spending vast amounts of resources and money to redevelop their workloads to tap into the agility and cost benefits of cloud."
Julian Garrett, Verizon Enterprise Solutions APAC professional services head of transformation services, said the intention of introducing Verizon Cloud to Australia is to become a one-stop shop for customers, whether it's for services in networking, datacentre, or managed security.
News of Verizon Cloud's arrival to Australia was first hinted at by Kim back in November, when he said that the company's local cloud offering will help address the security concerns of its existing customers.
Kim argued that even though there are already other cloud players in the market, Verizon is not too late to the game.
"There are not a lot of providers out there that can provide an underlying global network, end-to-end service, and the ability to provide flexibility in managed services and compliance," he said.
While it's still early days, Kim said the company already has plans to expand its offering to other cities in Australia. Verizon also has datacentre facilities in Sydney and Canberra.
In conjunction with the announcement, Verizon Cloud has also been launched in Hong Kong and Singapore.