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Press Release -- September 24th, 2014
Source: Verizon
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Verizon Takes Workload-Driven Approach to the Cloud

Company unveils new features and services around cloud infrastructure and storage offering to deliver workload-specific performance, control and speed for enterprise customers

23-SEP-2014
by Kevin King

NEW YORK — Verizon Enterprise Solutions, this month, will release a new service model and a set of new features and functionality for the company's cloud infrastructure and storage platform, designed to help enterprises move business critical workloads into the cloud. This updated Verizon Cloud will include a variety of services tiers, onboarding and workload migration services, seamless integration with third-party cloud services and several deployment options ranging from public cloud to private on-premise cloud. Verizon Cloud is the centerpiece of Verizon's strategy to tightly bond the company's core cloud platform with network and security capabilities aligned to enterprises' specific risk sensitivity and service management expectation for each workload. These cloud services and features will be available in a unified, easy-to-operate user console.

"We're building on what makes Verizon unique — a heritage in cloud and a unique set of network, security and managed services assets," said Siki Giunta, senior vice president of cloud, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "The goal is to provide enterprises with the technology solutions they need —in the manner they need them — to drive business transformation."

Workload Driven Approach
Enterprises are looking to put more business-centric applications in the cloud. This requires an approach that builds cloud-based solutions that specifically fit each workload — taking into account geography, security, networking, etc. Enterprises must create individual cloud spaces that correspond to the individual needs of their workload. Verizon Cloud provides businesses with the flexibility to directly align the capabilities of the cloud infrastructure and surrounding services, such as management and onboarding, to the workload.

Service Tiers and Deployment Options
The unified Verizon Cloud portfolio delivers a range of cloud products supported by a collection of service capabilities. Enterprises can develop the solution that best fits their specific needs — choosing from public cloud infrastructure with limited support to a private, on-premise cloud that is fully managed by Verizon, and any option in between. This offering gives enterprises performance flexibility and control over their cloud environment to address specific workload needs, network protocols, etc.

Security and Networking
All Verizon Cloud clients are able to leverage Verizon's comprehensive global network technologies and implicit understanding of the hybrid cloud challenges. Secure Cloud Interconnect, for example, provides Private IP (PIP) access to an increasing number of major cloud service providers, enabling enterprises to easily connect a PIP-enabled location to a cloud deployment including Verizon Cloud. Also, Verizon understands the end-to-end challenges of delivering applications and maintaining high performance and reliability. Moreover, Verizon's cloud data centers and cloud solutions are designed with built-in security features, such as firewalls, load balancers and network segmentation, as well as third-party penetration testing and remediation. Verizon's managed security services can be added to meet more rigorous and custom enterprise requirements.

Focus on Private Clouds
Most enterprises want private clouds for key workloads and they need a source that can augment the work they are doing. Verizon Cloud was built for the enterprise and while the flexibility of the platform and service tiers means it fits a variety of cloud needs, the company's focus is on enterprise private clouds. That is where the cloud platform, market knowledge, security and networking all intersect for Verizon enterprise clients. Few companies are as well positioned to help build and manage enterprise private clouds — either in a Verizon data center or on site with the customer.

Verizon Cloud is installed in Verizon cloud data centers in Culpeper, Va., Englewood, Colo., and Santa Clara, Calif. Additional data centers in the United States, Latin America and Europe and Asia will be added over the next several months. For more information on Verizon Cloud visit cloud.verizon.com.

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