Verizon Business Unveils 'Computing As A Service'

The company's CaaS users will be able to access a real-time self-service portal to manage physical and virtual servers, network devices, storage, and backup services.
Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Business said it's working with partners VMware, Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) to develop a cloud-based computing-as-a-service offering with strong security requirements for enterprise customers.

The Verizon Communications unit, which announced the CaaS service earlier this week, uses its global IP infrastructure and data centers to provide computing services on a day-by-day basis. The company said CaaS can be utilized for both Web-based and corporate applications running over its MPLS-based private network or its public IP network.

Verizon said the service is available immediately in the United States and Europe. It will be rolled out in August in the Asia-Pacific region.

"We are ushering in a new era of computing, one that offers enterprises security, resiliency, and scalability on demand with a whole new level of flexibility and a low cost structure," Nancy Gofus, Verizon's senior VP of global product development, said in a statement. "Today's smart enterprise knows that technology is a business enabler rather than the end goal."

Noting that its CaaS customers will be able to access a real-time self-service portal, Verizon said customers will be able to manage physical and virtual servers, network devices, storage, and backup services. Customers can use Verizon's Enterprise Center to manage all of their Verizon services through a single portal.

The company suggested that the CaaS service will give midmarket companies an edge to compete with larger companies because of the additional computing firepower that CaaS places at their disposal.

Attuned to the critical need of enterprises to address security issues, Verizon Business said its Cybertrust Security Management Program enables the company's data centers to be audited for physical security. The company observed that it has built security features into its CaaS offering that include secure connections to customer-provisioned resources.

BY W. David Gardner

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