Verizon Launches vCloud Service

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Moving closer to its vision of “everything-as-a-service," Verizon Business said at the VMWorld conference in San Francisco that it is teaming with VMware to offer “Computing as a Service (CaaS) enabled by VMware vCloud Datacenter." Aimed at allowing businesses to seamlessly shift the bulk of their IT operations from private data centers to the public cloud, the service is essentially an update to Verizon’s existing “communications-as-a-service" offering, with the added capability for business customers to use their native, VMware toolsets to manage the system.

While Verizon currently has a cloud-based service in the market, said Joe Crawford, executive director of IT solutions at Verizon Business, “it doesn’t have the APIs opened up, or the ability to react programmatically to this offering."

The APIs will be available in beta form in the fourth quarter of this year, and opened to the general customer set in early 2011, said Crawford.

Field trials of the new service began earlier this month, the company said. It’s built on VMware’s vSphere virtualization platform, running over Verizon’s global IP network.

While adoption of cloud communications services has grown rapidly in the last year, many IT directors remain wary of moving company information and communications to the public cloud. “Hybrid cloud" services like this one are aimed at allaying those fears by providing secure links over VPNs or Verizon’s MPLS-based private network. Specifically, the vCloud service attempts to address the three main concerns of businesses related to cloud-based services: security, reliability, and control.

“One of the questions asked of providers is, when the customer puts an app in the cloud, how do they get it back?" explained Crawford. “Now, with this new offering, they can bring it back using the toolsets within their own environment."

Continuing through Thursday, VMWorld has seen new virtualized security products released by several companies including Cisco, Symantec, and McAfee.

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