Verizon has introduced Verizon Cloud, its new cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform and cloud-based object storage service, which the company says fundamentally changes how public clouds are built.
According to Verizon, large enterprises, mid-sized companies and small development shops will get the agility and economic benefit of a generic public cloud along with the reliability and scale of an enterprise-level service with unprecedented control of performance. The public beta for Verizon Cloud is expected to launch this quarter.
“Verizon created the enterprise cloud, now we’re recreating it," said John Stratton, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “This is the revolution in cloud services that enterprises have been calling for. We took feedback from our enterprise clients across the globe and built a new cloud platform from the bottom up to deliver the attributes they require."
Verizon Cloud has two main components: Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage. Verizon Cloud Compute is the IaaS platform. Verizon Cloud Storage is an object-based storage service.
Verizon Cloud Compute enables users to determine and set virtual machine and network performance, providing predictable performance for mission critical applications, even during peak times. Additionally, users can configure storage performance and attach storage to multiple virtual machines. Previously, services had pre-set configurations for size (e.g., small, medium, large) and performance, with little flexibility regarding virtual machine and network performance and storage configuration.
While Verizon built the solution for enterprises, it has the flexibility to meet the needs of small and medium businesses, individual IT departments and software developers.
Verizon Cloud Storage is an object-addressable, multitenant storage platform providing safe, durable, reliable and cost-effective storage accessible from anywhere on the Web. Object storage is extra robust and Web-traffic reliable, making it ideal for cloud-based applications, according to Verizon. The platform overcomes latency issues that have plagued many traditional storage offerings, providing improved performance.
“We are putting control and choice back in the hands of the user, while still addressing their needs for availability, performance and security," said John Considine, chief technology officer of Verizon Terremark. “We started from scratch, building the core components we felt necessary to achieve that goal."