Verizon Looks to Bridge Amazon
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading
Everybody knows Amazon is the market share leader in cloud services, but the extent of that lead is amazing -- Amazon Web Services Inc. has five times the computing capacity of 14 other leading cloud providers combined, and one third of Internet users visit a website powered by AWS daily.
Given that kind of lead, it seems hopeless to expect any other company to ever catch up, even if that company is a Tier 1 service provider such as Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ).
And yet Verizon thinks it has a secret weapon. Amazon provides basic cloud infrastructure service capabilities, prized by small developers and webscale companies such as Netflix, says John Considine, CTO Verizon Terremark. It's a terrific service, he says. But Verizon thinks it can top Amazon by offering hosted enterprise applications and services, such as those developed by partners including Oracle, Cloudera, NetApp, and F5. Enterprises can bring their familiar application and network environments to Verizon's Enterprise Cloud.
Of course, Verizon isn't exactly a small startup: It is building out its cloud platform in seven data centers globally, across the US, South America, and Europe. Its recent secure Cloud Interconnect connects enterprise private networks into Verizon's and other providers' clouds.
Verizon faces stiff competition, not just from Amazon, but from other service providers, which have their own enterprise cloud services.
To find out more about Verizon's plans to compete in the demanding enterprise cloud market, see my Prime Reading feature, Verizon Brings Thunder to the Cloud.
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