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Verizon brings half its cloud to Australia

And could ditch the other half if the market swings

Verizon enterprise has opened its cloud in Australia, or least half of its cloud.

Verizon's cloud is an oddity inasmuch as it comprises two distinct platforms. One is the kit it acquired along with Terremark and has since indicated it will rebuild on Xen and CloudStack. That cloud's used to dleiver the reserved performance bits of Verizon's cloud offerings. The other cloud is a VMware-powered affair that runs on Cisco/NetApp Flexpods and offers elastic compute and storage.

The latter cloud arrived in Australia today, in response to customer demand and a desire to offer global customers a new region at which to aim their workloads. Only the VMware cloud made the journey down under because Verizon doesn't think customers want the other. Not that it matters: the control panel customers see abstract the underlying hardware and software so users don't need to know about, or understand, the underlying infrastructure. Instead, they just see virtual machines.

That abstraction means Verizon feels it can ditch one of its platforms, should the whim take it. Julian Garret, the company's head of transformation services for Asia Pacific said that if the market moves, Verizon could consider adopting other platforms to power its cloud services.

For now, the company hopes its proposition of owning cloud interconnect networks between its global bit barns and managed services sate the market's desires.

The cloudy carrier has also announced an expansion of its Unified Communications & Collaboration as a Service (UCCaaS) offering, which is now offered in over 40 nations and now offers Cisco's Collaboration Meeting Rooms product for those who want a secure online collaboration facility. ®

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