VMware, Verizon To Launch Hybrid Cloud Solution

At VMworld 2010 on Tuesday, Verizon Business and VMware unveiled a new enterprise-class hybrid cloud solution that will enable enterprises to move their applications to the cloud more quickly without compromising security or performance.

The new solution, underpinned by Verizon’s world-class global IP network and the industry-leading VMware vSphere virtualization platform, will help remove the major barriers to cloud computing adoption, while enabling the delivery of “IT as a Service.”

The new offering joins Verizon’s Computing as a Service (CaaS) portfolio of cloud computing services.

Earlier this month, Verizon began field trials of this new service — Computing as a Service (CaaS) enabled by VMware vCloud Datacenter — that will allow enterprises to decide which applications to move to the cloud so they can react more quickly to changing business conditions.  The hybrid cloud environment from Verizon and VMware will help enterprises leverage the scalability and cost effectiveness of the public cloud by paying only for IT resources consumed (server, connectivity, storage) while delivering the levels of security, performance and control available in private cloud environments.

Additionally, with Verizon’s new compute service, enterprises utilizing the VMware platform can leverage their existing infrastructure, tool and skill sets without changing their underlying IT setup.

Kerry Bailey, Verizon Business senior vice president for enterprise strategy, said, “Verizon is highly committed to helping large-business and government clients harness the transformative power of clou

Verizon’s latest enhancements to its CaaS platform are built on VMware vCloud Datacenter, leveraging VMware’s cloud infrastructure technology including VMware vSphere, the new VMware vCloud Director and VMware vShield™ security solutions.  This enhanced platform provides enterprises with consistent performance and auditable security, while integrating key Verizon security features including layer 2 isolation and LDAP integration with the addition of role-based access control.

By using the same VMware technology as they do their own data centers, enterprises can take advantage of a compatible virtualized data center management and security model that enables application portability across internal data centers and all VMware vCloud Datacenter services, making the transition to the cloud virtually seamless. Enterprise clients also have the option to architect their hybrid cloud using Verizon’s private MPLS-based network or its global IP network.

Computing as a Service (CaaS) is Verizon’s flagship cloud computing solution with built-in security and high performance.  CaaS is the first cloud solution to achieve PCI compliance, Verizon Security Management Program (SMP) compliance, SAP certification and VMware vCloud Datacenter certification to deliver a truly secure computing experience for enterprises around the globe. The CaaS platform is also SAS 70 Type II compliant.

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