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Verizon Terremark says the new cloud offering will use innovations like disaggregated rack design and SDN to boost performance

Verizon Terremark says the new cloud offering will use innovations like disaggregated rack design and SDN to boost performance

Culminating two and a half years of research and development, Verizon on Thursday announced the launch of a public cloud portfolio based on a radically revised architecture to its existing datacentre designs. The focus is on cloud compute and cloud storage platforms, which the company says will help give enterprises more control over their virtual machines.

Verizon may not be the first company that comes to mind when one thinks public cloud but the company has for the past five years held a mixed portfolio of managed services and colocation, and since its acquisition of Terremark in 2011, infrastructure as a service – the Enterprise Cloud.

But over the past two years the company has been working with a number of partners on developing its own software defined networking capability, and has partnered with a high profile technology company on disaggregated datacentre design (it’s not Intel or the Open Compute Project) to deliver a built-from-scratch cloud architecture that Verizon says will “fundamentally change how public clouds are built.”

The new cloud compute platform is built on top of Cloud Stack and uses modified Xen hypervisor technology , and John Considine, chief technical officer of Verizon Terremark says that the company wanted to focus on a public cloud offering that delivers more a more fine-grained approach to managing workloads.

“We’ve introduced a concept called ‘reserved performance’, which allows customers to select the performance level for compute but also for networking assets on a per VM and per element basis, and we guarantee that performance no matter what’s happening,” Considine told Business Cloud News. “No more noisy neighbour, no more spikes causing your system to vary in terms of its performance.”

“We have the ability to shape the traffic at the hypervisor level which no one else is doing, at the storage controlling nodes and in the network itself, which was developed from our investments in software defined networking,” he added.

Considine says that if customers want the “cheap and cheerful” environments on offer from players like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google, customers can simply turn the knob on a variety of settings at the VM level in order to replicate the performance attributes of big public clouds. But if customers want to tweak their cloud environments for certain workloads that tend to work better in private cloud environments – say, an employee-facing multi-module ERP or client support system, Considine says they can do that too.

“We recognise that in the enterprise, even in corporate datacentres, that performance management is very difficult. We spend a lot of time tuning the infrastructure to deliver the application performance you need,” Considine says. “We thought there was an opportunity to expand the workloads that can go into the clouds by focusing on the problems and inhibitors, like control.”

The company also revealed its object-addressable, multitenant storage platform, which along with the compute platform is now available as a beta programme for customers to sign up. Both platforms will be available in the company’s datacentres in Virginia, Colorado, Florida, California, Amsterdam, London and Sao Paolo, but initial customers will be served through its Virginia facility until demand picks up. No word on pricing yet, but Considine assures BCN that the new offerings will be “very, very price competitive.”

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