Verizon Business is enhancing its data centers around the globe in order to meet the increasing need for cloud services. The company plans expand its cloud computing services suite – Computing as a Service (CaaS) – into centers in San Jose, Calif.; London; and Canberra, Australia. CaaS data centers to serve U.S. government customers will come online in Miami and Culpeper, Va., during the first quarter of 2011.
As part of this infrastructure enhancement project, more than 5,500 additional server cabinets for enterprise clients also will be added to Verizon Business premium Internet data centers in Paris, Dublin, London, Frankfurt, Belgium, Canberra, Hong Kong and throughout the U.S. The expansion further enables the delivery of private clouds via more than 200 global data centers connected to Verizon's MPLS network, Private IP.
Verizon says these moves bring Verizon another step closer to achieving its "everything-as-a-service" (EaaS) vision of offering cloud-based solutions on an as-needed basis to enterprises around the globe. This investment is part of the $16.8 billion to $17.2 billion that Verizon Communications plans to spend this year building, operating and integrating its advanced, reliable and high-performance networking and computing platforms.
"Verizon is committed to providing the essential foundation for the delivery of cloud services that will enable businesses to more efficiently achieve their goals through IT transformation," said Kerry Bailey, Verizon Business senior vice president of enterprise strategy. "Our continued data center expansion marks yet another milestone in achieving our EaaS vision, which will enable enterprises to do business better by getting what they need, when they need it and where they need it while only paying for those resources consumed."
Early adopters of Verizon's cloud services include Modevity, Celstream, iSOFT, ISID, and GWR Medical and Intelenet. Many are using cloud computing to drive further efficiencies within their operations as well as a way to provide corporate wide access to applications while delivering enhanced ease-of-use for end-users.