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Press Release -- October 15th, 2013
Source: Verizon

Key Features of Verizon Cloud Compute

Learn What Makes Verizon Cloud Unique

by Maria Rodriguez

Recently, Verizon announced the launch of Verizon Cloud Compute—our new cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform. This platform was built from the ground up to enable organizations of all sizes to capitalize on the speed, performance, and flexibility benefits the public clouds offer. Verizon Cloud brings a set of unique features to the cloud industry when it comes to agility and user control. Let’s take a look at some of the features that make Verizon Cloud a revolutionary offering.

  • Deterministic performance: Businesses have learned to accept the limitations the cloud imposes when it comes to performance, often settling for “best effort.” Verizon Cloud allows you to determine the performance levels needed for each application. Consider an analytics application with a 500 terabyte data set needing high and consistent performance. In a typical cloud environment, you’d need to distribute the load across 500 virtual machines (VMs) to obtain the required performance rate of 50,000 IOs per second (IOPS). All these VMs running at the same load performance level could represent an important investment. Verizon Cloud’s advanced architecture allows customization levels for individual VMs, going anywhere from zero to 5,000 input/output operations per second. Therefore, the project that took 500 virtual machines would require as few as ten from Verizon Cloud Compute—a 98 percent reduction of resources.
  • Unmatched Control: In addition to performance limitations, the cloud has restricted the control businesses have had over their environments, asking them to select from preconfigured small, medium, or large instances. However, Verizon Cloud is designed in a way that allows you to configure the critical elements that make-up each VM, including speed, number of processors, and amount of memory allocated to each individual VM. This model is built to match servers with workloads; meaning oversubscription becomes nonexistent.
  • Multi-Layer Security: Security remains a cloud adoption barrier for many organizations. At Verizon, we have put years of expertise and research into Verizon Cloud Compute to reduce the risk of data breaches in multi-tenant-environments. First, VMs are placed in a Layer 2 network, where the VMs of each user are isolated from one another. This means that any business can bring their own security policies and private network to the cloud. Second, security measures were taken from a physical and logistical perspective, including being deployed in secure data centers as well as proactive DDoS protection. And third, security, like performance, is configurable. Users can get added protection by installing firewall instances, protocol mappings, and other best-practice tools, when and where they need it most.

Verizon Cloud Compute can give users the consistent computing power needed to build and deploy applications while still retaining control over their systems. Couple this with the confidence that Verizon’s multi-layer security features brings. These three key features are just the first of many. Verizon Cloud will be continuously enhanced with added capabilities, a strong vendor ecosystem, and expanded reach. Whatever the future for Verizon Cloud looks like, one thing is certain—it’s a new cloud, with new rules, and you’re the one in control.

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