As expected, Verizon today formally announced changes to its cloud services to give its enterprise customers more control over how they use network and security services, and to let them tailor those choices to specific workloads. (See Verizon Intros Workload-Specific Cloud Capabilities.)
These are the changes that the woman now at the head of Verizon Enterprise Solutions 's Cloud & Connection Solutions group, SVP Siki Giunta, outlined for me in a wide-ranging interview in late summer that ran earlier this month on Light Reading. (See Verizon Makes Integrated Services Push Around Cloud.)
Verizon's announcement today marks two significant developments on the cloud front at Verizon: First, the recognition that cloud services have to be more flexible, something for which even telecom cloud players aren't that well known, and second, that Verizon's swath of capabilities including its network services and broad security expertise, need to be on-demand alongside its cloud offers.
Customer control has been at the heart of cloud services since Amazon Web Services Inc. first launched, letting people turn up and turn down compute resources as they were needed. Telecom cloud companies have been steadily improving their ability to deliver network services in the same fashion, but Verizon is trying to take that a giant step farther by giving its cloud customers a degree of control that can be easily exercised and precisely applied.
We are seeing the major telecom cloud players -- NTT Communications Corp. (NYSE: NTT), Verizon, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) -- continue to improve and develop their cloud offers. They aren't challenging the big boys yet when it comes to volume, but they also aren't stubbornly sticking to their original game plans and waiting for the market to come to them. And that's progress.
Verizon is also promising more to come on the cloud front. They aren't done yet.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading