Verizon On Point

Posted on January 31, 2011 by

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Cloud computing continues to fundamentally alter the way enterprises procure, deploy and manage IT resources, and this combination helps create a tipping point for ‘everything-as-a-service.’  –Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer at Verizon Communications, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times’ Technology blog.

Verizon has a clear vision as to how they would like to play their hand in cloud computing. Verizon’s network service provider position, and recent acquisitions, partnerships, and offerings are making it interesting to watch. They are far from alone in a growing field of “Everything as a Service” competitors that include Google, Microsoft, HP, and Salesforce.com to name a few.

Recent Verizon news includes:

  • Verizon has backed up its “everything-as-a-service” initiative talk with the $1.4 billion purchase of IaaS cloud service provider Terremark.  Los Angeles Times/Technology blog (1/27)
  • Verizon recently launched a partnership with Google Apps where Verizon Business SMB customers have access to Google Apps for Business, which gives SMB customers access Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, GoogleVideo and more.
  • Verizon Business announced a deal to bundle Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Standard (BPOS) suite with its Unified Communications & Collaboration (UC&C) solution.

Recently, Gartner analysts Lydia Leong and Ted Chamberlin released Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting. You can find that report here. Verizon’s Terremark acquisition leaves AT&T, Savvis, and Rackspace in the leaders quadrant.

Can standalone hosting companies effectively compete in the transition to cloud computing? What do you think?

The pressure is on for standalone hosting companies. Who do you think will be acquired next?

-Tune The Future-

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