Verizon, Hitachi develop SDN-based cloud storage service

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is making one of many new moves to implement software defined networking (SDN)-based elements into its cloud services suite by signing an agreement to develop a storage solution based on Hitachi's Cloud Platform (HCP) and Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere (HCP Anywhere).

HCP and HCP Anywhere are the newest platforms that can run on Verizon's new cloud platform, an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and object-based storage offering.

"This agreement reinforces our commitment to revolutionize how cloud-based solutions are delivered and will complement traditional on-premises, hardware-based storage models," said John Considine, chief technology officer of Verizon Terremark, in a release.

Hitachi's HCP is a multipurpose distributed object storage system designed to support large-scale repositories of unstructured data. It allows IT organizations and service providers to store, protect, preserve and retrieve unstructured data with a single storage platform. 

The vendor claims that one of the advantages HCP could bring to an enterprise is that it claims to reduce or eliminate "tape-based self-backups or backups of data at remote sites or on mobile devices connected to the platform." In addition, users can sync data on multiple devices and share content without the requirement of e-mailing attachments.

Verizon's latest deal with Hitachi is just one of several alliances it is making with the vendor community to enhance its growing cloud services portfolio.

The telco recently announced per-hour billing for Oracle database and Oracle Fusion Middleware and earlier in November established a data analytics pact with Cloudera by adding that company's Enterprise 5 capabilities to its cloud services suite.

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