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Verizon is on cloud none: Comms giant will axe two public services

Punters told they have until April 12 to save their data

Verizon will shut down two of its cloud services in two months' time.

Customers have until April 12 to migrate their virtual servers away from Verizon's Public Cloud and Reserved Performance Cloud services; after that date, all hosted virtual machine instances will be lost.

The Verizon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) service will remain in operation, as will Verizon Cloud Storage, though.

"Please take steps now to plan for migration to VPC or another alternative before the discontinuation date," a notice sent to subscribers today reads. "Verizon will retain no content or data on these Cloud Spaces after that date and any content that you do not transfer prior to discontinuation will be irrecoverably deleted."

Verizon did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the matter, though its customers have done the corporation the favor publishing the notice online themselves.

Users also discussed the move on Twitter:

Verizon has been looking to shed many of its enterprise services in recent months in favor of its more lucrative wireless business. Late last year, Verizon sold off a large part of its landline phone, ISP and television service, and in January reports surfaced that it was looking to sell off its colocation facilities.

Meanwhile, Verizon is pumping cash into expanding other areas of its business. After paying $4.4bn last year to buy Aol, Verizon is now said to be mulling over a bid to buy embattled web giant Yahoo! ®

Updated to add

A spokesperson for Verizon got in touch to say: "Verizon remains committed to delivering a range of cloud services for enterprise and government customers and is making significant investments in its cloud platform in 2016."

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