Enterprise cloud to come of age: Verizon

Carol Ko
Asia Cloud Forum
In 2011, Verizon Business, one of the three operating units of US-based telco Verizon, acquired Terremark and CloudSwitch as part of its investments in its cloud computing portfolio.
 
Terremark was acquired for its expertise in infrastructure-as-a-service, co-location and managed hosting. CloudSwitch was acquired for its technologies for moving virtual machines around and between cloud computing environments, and enables hybrid and cloud-to-cloud capabilities.
 
In an interview with Asia Cloud Forum, Verizon Business IT Services' Global Product Development, Mark Beaumont (pictured) speaks about how the company helps Italy-based Mossi & Ghisolfi host business-critical applications on the cloud; his three key lessons learned about cloud computing including why customization is needed to give users hands-on control; and four predictions about upcoming cloud development in 2012. Read excerpts below.
 
Asia Cloud Forum: Describe one of your company's most successful customer deployments of cloud service in 2011.
 
Mark Beaumont: One interesting customer example is Mossi & Ghisolfi, a global chemical engineering company headquartered in Italy. The company needed an IT infrastructure that would drive agility and innovation across its expanding global communications network, which links manufacturing and research and development facilities in Europe, North and South America.
 
Mossi & Ghisolfi chose an enterprise cloud solution, delivered by Deloitte and Verizon, as the foundation for its new business IT environment. Verizon's enterprise-class cloud platform now supports the delivery of key business applications, including SAP business intelligence, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and enterprise application integration, to 550 key users around the globe.
 
The robust and secure platform can be scaled on demand according to M&G's immediate business needs and enables easy access to business-critical applications all around the globe as well as the addition of new websites. The solution, delivered through Verizon's Terremark subsidiary, also helps drive cost and management efficiencies, including power consumption, linking to M&G's green goals.
 
A strategic group of partners, led by Verizon and Deloitte, manages the network, enabling M&G's own IT organization to focus its attention on strategic business programs.
 

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