Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is enhancing the cloud experience for its business customers by adding Amazon Web Services (AWS) to the list of third-party cloud providers via its Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) service.
This new capability will enable businesses to manage a multi-cloud environment that allows for dynamic bandwidth allocation, application performance throughput, quality of service and usage-based billing.
The service provider said that SCI will address the three issues that have been barriers for enterprises considering adopting cloud services: scalability, control and flexibility.
A big focus of this agreement is on reducing service activation time. Customers will have the option to register and select the AWS region location and service information to automatically provision high-speed dedicated connections in either minutes or hours.
Initially, SCI with AWS Direct Connect will be available in northern Virginia and Silicon Valley. In late October, the service provider will launch the service capability in London and three Asia-Pacific locations (Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo).
Verizon is hardly alone in enabling business clients to more effectively connect to third-party cloud providers.
AT&T (NYSE: T) has been aggressively addressing the cloud service opportunity with its user-defined network cloud concept, which it says will give customers more control and the ability to add services on demand.
Meanwhile, competitive service providers like Zayo are also jumping into the game. Since launching its Connect to the Cloud platform in August, the service provider has added Ajubeo, Amazon Web Services and Softlayer.
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