Verizon Expands Cloud Computing Solution With “Computing as a Service”

As more companies move to embrace cloud computing, Verizon Business is enriching
its on-demand, global cloud computing solution – Verizon Computing as a Service, or CaaS. The enhancements
provide business customers with better control and flexibility over their
computing environments.

Based on customer demand, Verizon recently added the following features to
CaaS:

  • Server Cloning – Provides IT administrators with the option to
    customize the configuration of a CaaS virtual server and then create a golden,
    or reference, server image.  This eliminates the need to manually create the
    same server image multiple times and enables the rapid deployment of server
    clones supporting the same corporate application.
  • Application and Operating System Expansion – The SUSE Linux operating
    system is now supported on the Verizon CaaS platform as a standard service
    offering.  Linux software is used with commonly deployed enterprise resource
    planning packages.  In addition, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 has been added as a
    "click-to-provision" database server option.
  • Expanded Networking Flexibility – Enterprises now have expanded and
    streamlined networking options – virtual router and shared virtual private
    networks, including Verizon Private IP – for connecting back-end systems to
    Verizon CaaS via the online portal.  In addition, customers can purchase
    metered, burstable bandwidth up to 1Gbps to meet immediate requirements for
    temporary computing capacity.

In addition to adding new features, Verizon has successfully completed the
first annual SAS 70 Type II examination of controls for its CaaS data centers.
SAS 70, a widely recognized auditing standard performed by a third party
accounting firm, is conducted in compliance with the standards set by the
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for examining specific areas
such as access to facilities, logical access to systems, network services,
operations and environmental safeguards.  This examination demonstrates that
Verizon Business has controls and processes in place to manage and monitor its
CaaS platform, as well as customers’ critical applications and infrastructure,
helping to ease concerns customers may have about migrating to the cloud for the
delivery of critical IT services.  

"Verizon CaaS was widely recognized as one of the industry’s most
comprehensive cloud-based computing solution for enterprises when it was
launched last June," said Joseph S. Crawford,
executive director – IT solutions, Verizon Business.  "With the addition of new
features and the completion of the SAS 70 Type II data center audit, we are
continuing the investment in our flagship cloud offering as enterprise clients
increasingly look to cloud computing to fundamentally change the way they
consume IT resources."

Gartner Inc., a leading industry analyst firm, "estimates the current market
for cloud services is $46.4 billion.  By 2013, the
market will reach $150.1 billion."

Verizon CaaS in a Class of Its Own

Verizon CaaS – leveraging the company’s global IP infrastructure and data
centers – helps customers efficiently and securely manage on-demand computing
resources, including server, network and storage capacity.  Verizon CaaS enables
businesses to pay only for the resources used and avoid buying equipment and
adding staff to build out for peak capacity requirements.

Converged IP and IT Services Via a Cloud-Based Model

Verizon is leading the industry toward an "everything-as-a-service" (EaaS)
model where cloud-based converged solutions are securely delivered through
managed and professional services over the company’s global IP network.  Verizon
is assembling the key components of that unique and powerful approach to serving
enterprises.  The EaaS platform – with Verizon’s global IP network and data
centers as its foundation – will enable enterprises to do business better by
getting what they need, when they need it, where they need it.

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