Demonstrating that it is quite serious about entering the cloud computing space, Verizon Business today detailed plans to expand its platform into centers in San Jose, London, and Canberra. Earlier plans for cloud facilities serving the Federal government will come online in Miami and Culpeper in Q1/11. This isn’t new spending of course, it’s part of the huge $16.8-17.2B capex budget they had already allocated, but it does tell us what they’ll be spending a nice chunk of it on – datacenter buildouts aren’t cheap.
The expansion will also include more than 5,500 additional server cabinets across the company’s footprint in the US, major European hubs, Canberra, and Hong Kong. The vision Verizon Business is shooting for is ‘everything-as-a-service’, offering cloud-based services globally via a single platform.
So what’s in the company’s cloud currently? The usual collection of on-demand servers, network capacity, storage capacity, security, private clouds, etc – at the moment one doesn’t really find differentiation in product sets – at least not in the PRs anyway. This is a young space of course, so it’s not yet clear just where Verizon Business will fit alongside other industry hopefuls. But where there is uncertainty, there is opportunity.
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