Verizon Business made its long-anticipated cloud computing/software-as-a-service/whatever you want to call it announcement. Major telcos have been piecing together their cloud computing strategies and offerings in recent months as overall cloud computing market activity has heated up. Verizon's Computing as a Service offering gives corporate customers Web portal access to physical and virtual servers and other customized software in Verizon data centers or in a customer location.
Pricing involves an initial $525 set-up fee and a $250 monthly subscription, as well as per-day usage costs and other ancillary costs. Verizon's service seems to have particular notions about targeting customers in need of temporary server access, so it will be interesting to see how customers respond and also what the competitive responses and effects are throughout the market. The service is available in the U.S. and in 15 European countries, with expected August availability in seven Asia-Pacific countries.
- ComputerWorld has this story
AT&T recently expanded its own cloud offerings