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Verizon recreates the public cloud for the enterprise IT

Thor Olavsrud | Oct. 4, 2013
For the past two years, Verizon has been quietly re-architecting its public cloud from the ground up to build a new enterprise-focused offering that allows organizations to dial in precisely the level of compute, network and storage they need for individual uses.

"For the first time, you can run your application in a multi-tenant cloud and not feel the effects of multi-tenancy," he said.

"As a big data leader, a major part of The Weather Company's go-forward strategy is based on the cloud, and we are linking a large part of our technical future to these services from Verizon." Bryson Koehler, CIO at The Weather Company

Additionally, unlike most public clouds, the Verizon Cloud is a true layer 2 network. You can connect multiple networks to a single VM and single disks can be attached to multiple VMs, allowing you to build real clusters in the cloud and to support high-availability applications.

"It's really the first step toward the software-defined data center," Drumgoole explains.

Verizon Cloud Offers Visibility and Control
Verizon is also focusing on transparency to ensure that organizations have the visibility into and control over their data that they require.

"If you're a customer of ours, we can take you to our data centers and point and say, 'Your data right now is on that drive,'" Drumgoole says. "Ten minutes later it may be on a different drive, but there you go."

He notes that customers can set regional limitations on which data centers data can reside in. This is especially important for European customers that must keep all customer data in the country of origin, he says.

The new Verizon Cloud is built on two main components: Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage.

Verizon Cloud Compute is an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform that gives users the ability to determine and set virtual machine and network performance and at the same time configure storage performance and attach storage to multiple virtual machines.

"This is a breakthrough approach to how cloud computing is done," says Bryson Koehler, CIO at The Weather Company. "Weather is the most dynamic dataset in the world, and we also use big data to help consumers better plan their day and help businesses make intelligent decisions as it relates to weather. As a big data leader, a major part of The Weather Company's go-forward strategy is based on the cloud, and we are linking a large part of our technical future to these services from Verizon."

Verizon Cloud Storage, in the meantime, is an object-addressable multitenant storage platform. Whenever you spin storage up, you can decide what level of redundancy you want (single site or multi-site) and where you want it to reside.

"We are putting control and choice back in the hands of the user, while still addressing their needs for availability, performance and security," Considine said. "We started from scratch, building the core components we felt necessary to achieve that goal."

 

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