Verizon Terremark Beefs Up Enterprise Cloud Services

Verizon Terremark announced it is enhancing its Enterprise Cloud service in terms of increased availability, security and flexibility.

Enterprise Cloud computing platforms are being expanded in two of the company's data center facilities located in Dallas and London, Tony Savoy, senior director, Product Management, Verizon Terremark, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Verizon Terremark operates about 50 data centers worldwide, and of those a portion are what the company calls cloud-enabled to support its delivery of cloud family products to clients. The expansion in Dallas extends Verizon Terremark’s presence in the central U.S., where it already has a Denver, Colorado, facility. The facility in London is Verizon Terremark’s second in the EMEA region.  The expansion helps customers with geographic coverage, but also helps them plan for disaster avoidance and recovery, Savoy explains.

The second main area of focus, says Savoy, is security. When Terremark (acquired by Verizon Communications in 2011) launched the Enterprise Cloud in 2008, it placed a major emphasis on security capabilities, says Savoy. “We do a large portion of our business both in terms of IT services but also cloud computing services with the U.S. federal government.” With this new release, Verizon Terremark has extended the federal-grade security controls previously available exclusively through the Enterprise Cloud Federal Edition to all its commercial customers. Enterprises can now leverage advanced security technologies including role-based access controls and certificate-based multifactor authentication. 

The third key area of enhancement is in the area of flexibility.  As a response to the strong demand for hybrid clouds and to further simplify adoption, Verizon Terremark will be extending the Enterprise Cloud service to include instance-based compute and storage. This feature allows customers to pay for their cloud services per virtual machine versus reserving resource capacity – previously the only Enterprise Cloud payment option – as they continue to have complete awareness of usage through embedded CloudSwitch software technology (acquired in 2011).  “We are listening to the needs of our customer base,” says Savoy of the new pay-as-you-go virtual machine pricing model.  This standardized migration procedure also helps customers extend their data centers into the cloud by giving them greater flexibility and control over migration to and from cloud environments and traditional computing environments without modifying workloads and applications.

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