Verizon has unveiled a new form of cloud that offers the agility and affordability of a public cloud along with the reliability and ability to control the performance levels of a private cloud.
Called the Verizon Cloud, it is made up of an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform called Verizon Cloud Compute, and an object-based storage service known as Verizon Cloud Storage.
Lee Field, head of IT Consulting, Verizon Terremark, Asia Pacific, said the Verizon Cloud addresses the concerns organisations usually have about consistent performance, control, and security of the cloud. "Many organisations today want to take advantage of the agility and flexibility associated with cloud, but are not able to do so as existing public cloud offerings lack critical enterprise-grade functionality and security features. The Verizon Cloud allows for the provisioning and deployment of virtual machines in seconds and the assignment of predictable performance levels for each machine. As a result, it guarantees that mission critical applications will perform consistently and predictably."
In short, the Verizon Cloud puts the control and choice back in the hands of the customers. "The customer can decide and pay for the exact performance of the processors, storage, security, network performance, IOPS etc required by each application they push to the cloud," said Field.
Three security features
As security can be a big deterrent to cloud migration, three security features are incorporated into the Verizon Cloud to protect its customer's data. Field explained: "Firstly, VMs are placed in a Layer 2 network, where the VMs of each user are isolated from one another. This means that enterprises can incorporate their own security policies and private network to the cloud. Secondly, security measures were taken from a physical and logistical perspective. This includes deployment in secure data centres as well as proactive DDoS protection. Thirdly, security on Verizon Cloud, like performance, is configurable. Users can get added protection by installing firewall instances, protocol mappings, and other best-practice tools, when and where they need it most."
Organisations interested in migrating their cloud services from another provider to the Verizon Cloud will not need to worry about a tedious migration process. Believing in the openness of the cloud, Verizon offers easy transition between service providers by connecting more than just Verizon facilities to their network, said Field. As an example, Verizon announced that they extended their Private IP (MPLS) network into the Equinix International Business Exchange data centres in major cities worldwide in June this year.
Field added that existing Verizon cloud users will be offered a seamless migration strategy to the Verizon Cloud.
The Verizon Cloud will be launched as a public beta in the fourth quarter of this year. While the solution is built for enterprises, it is nimble enough to meet the needs of small and medium businesses, individual IT departments and software developers.
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