Verizon announced its public cloud and cloud-based object storage service on Thursday, aptly named Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage.
Verizon said that it took feedback from its enterprise clients over five years to build its cloud platform from the ground up. A report by GigaOM said its based on Xen hypervisors and “borrows heavily from CloudStack.” The public beta for Verizon Cloud will launch in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Typically, building a cloud service from the ground up is not a favorable approach because of the costs and time required to do so. But this isn’t Verizon’s first foray into enterprise cloud. In April 2011, Verizon acquired Terremark for $1.4 billion. With the acquisition, it created a data center division, Verizon Terremark, and expanded its cloud services aimed at the enterprise.
With Verizon Cloud Compute, users can create VMs in seconds, and pay for only what they need. Users are also in control of network performance, can configure storage performance and attach storage to multiple VMs. Previously, services had pre-set size configurations and performance.
Verizon Cloud Storage is a multitenant storage platform ideal for cloud-based applications, according to the announcement.
“We are putting control and choice back in the hands of the user, while still addressing their needs for availability, performance and security,” John Considine, chief technology officer of Verizon Terremark said. “We started from scratch, building the core components we felt necessary to achieve that goal.”
Access to Verizon’s new cloud services will initially be limited to a few hundred new users per month, but companies with immediate cloud needs can use Verizon’s existing Enterprise Cloud, the company said.
Verizon’s new cloud services are initially available in its data center in Culpeper, Virginia. Additional locations – Englewood, Colo., Miami; Santa Clara, Calif.; and Amsterdam, London, and Sao Paolo – will be added through mid-2014.
It remains to be seen if Verizon’s focus on the enterprise first will serve it well in the public cloud market, but by slowly adding customers, it should be able to have an opportunity to make sure everything is running smoothly.
The release of Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage closely follows the release of its 2013 State of the Enterprise Cloud Report, which shows enterprises require more memory and storage capacity out of each VM they deploy.