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Jun 4 2009   5:10PM GMT

Verizon’s public cloud extension of private cloud

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

In what’s at least a functional up-staging of AT&T’s hosted storage announcement, Verizon has jumped into the cloud computing space with a computing-as-a-service offering that is clearly targeting enterprise concerns about security and performance.

The Verizon service, the first true cloud computing service offered by a major network operator that we know of, is a bit more expensive than Amazon’s EC2 but is integrated with Verizon’s VPN services, so users can get a meaningful single SLA, a single management and monitoring process, and a better assurance of security.

Verizon’s service can also incorporate company-owned and company-sited servers into the cloud, making it a natural tool for hybridization. This is the first cloud offering we’ve seen that addresses the key issues of enterprises—most notably the fact that public cloud services are seen as extensions of an enterprise’s private cloud initiatives.

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