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Jun 18 2010   9:13AM GMT

How many’s a crowd in cloud storage?

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

If you thought your data was getting crowded in your storage center, you haven’t seen the cloud storage market lately. Verizon dealt itself into the game on Tuesday with its Verizon Cloud Storage Storage-as-a-Service offerings. Distinguishing itself from consumer-focused services such as Amazon’s S3, Verizon promises to provide enterprises with superior value and access speed, utilizing their global data network in combination with storage capacity. According to IT News, Verizon’s first nodes are set to go live in the U.S. in October; until then, they’ll jumpstart the service in July using Nirvanix’s Storage Delivery Network. The service is pay-as-you-go, starting at $0.25 per gigabyte per month, with discounts for more volume.

Despite concerns enterprises have over security, reliability and data recovery and retrieval, big names like EMC and AT&T entered the arena last year along with Amazon’s S3 with similar offerings. And though more carriers may join the game, Verizon is highlighting the benefits of being on its global IP network: data access with fewer network jumps along with Verizon’s security infrastructure.

Customers will be able to access data using:

  • Application programming interfaces
  • Third-party applications and backup agents
  • Standard CIFS
  • Standard NFS
  • Browser-based portals for data management between Nirvanix and Verizon’s data centers

The SaaS is partnered with Verizon’s new consulting service, Verizon Data Retention Services, to help guide businesses through storage policy development to best suit their needs and operations.

What are your thoughts on the cloud storage bandwagon? What are your concerns surrounding switching your storage to the cloud with a new service like Verizon’s SaaS?

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

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