Verizon Terremark confronts AWS IaaS with new cloud instances

Verizon Terremark customers welcome new support within the company's Enterprise Cloud IaaS for AWS-like cloud instances.

Customers foresee cost savings as Verizon Terremark makes over its Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure as a Service...

offering with new support for pay-by-the-hour cloud instances.

The updates to the VMware-based Enterprise Cloud, or E-Cloud, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering allow organizations that have a contract with Verizon Terremark to provision customized cloud instances and spin them up and down as needed.

I personally think the 'T-shirt sizing' approach to IaaS isn't ideal.

Carl Brooks,
analyst, 451 Research

Previously, customers would provision a resource pool of compute, network and storage, and pay for it monthly, whether it was fully consumed or not.

"Before, I could adjust resources up and down every month," said Sebastian Bricchi, software engineering manager for Juegos Online, a game publishing company based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. "Now I can bring things up and down and pay only for what I use."

Bricchi expects the new cloud instances to offer cost savings as well as new flexibility, although he wasn't sure yet just how much he would save. The company currently has roughly 200 server instances hosted on E-Cloud.

Pricing for the new service will only be disclosed to current and prospective customers, a Verizon spokesperson said, which makes it difficult to tell just how competitive Verizon Terremark will be on that front with market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS).

But the new E-Cloud instances are more customizable than AWS IaaS -- users can select between 500 MB and 16 GB of memory, and between 1 and 8 virtual CPUs (or vPUs in Verizon Terremark parlance), rather than the pre-canned small, medium and large instances offered by AWS.

"I personally think the 'T-shirt sizing' approach to IaaS isn't ideal," said Carl Brooks, analyst with Boston-based 451 Research. "This is one area you can clearly see where VMware is ahead of open source and startup cloud platforms, and one reason enterprises pay the vTax."

Along with support for cloud instances, this update brings new security features to E-Cloud, including role-based access control and support for certificate-based multifactor authentication. Previously, E-Cloud had supported phone-based multifactor authentication, but was not able to accept things such as RSA tokens for additional security.

"One of Terremark's great strengths has been the way it's been able to commoditize and automate very complicated audit requirements for a large number of customers," Brooks said. "What this boils down to is that they're taking that fancy automated compliance regime and pushing it out to cover all their customers."

AWS also offers role-based access control as part of its Identity and Access Management service, as well as multifactor authentication.

As part of the same announcement, Verizon Terremark said it will open new data centers to support E-Cloud in London and Dallas.

Beth Pariseau is a senior news writer for SearchCloudComputing.com and SearchServerVirtualization.com. Write to her at bpariseau@techtarget.com or follow @PariseauTT on Twitter.

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Would you consider Verizon Terremark's new enterprise cloud model over Amazon?
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its more aligned to my use and financial planning model, and they are really enterprise ready
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because terremark knows what's up.
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Verizon has the better cloud in terms of reliability and security. Their problem has been pricing. If this gets them close to Amazon on price I would be crazy not to consider them. I am willing to pay a premium for better cloud, but not the current gap.
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yes, I like their security options and general stability is better than AWS.
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Enterprise class
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No price information
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Terremark must provide very clear pricing (when creating the VM for example)
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No pricing publicly? That's not competing, that's nonsense!
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No disclosure of prices.
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Costs....
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SLAs and enterprise level feature are unmatched by AWS
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Absolutely - MNC's need fast/reliable Enterprise grade services like Verizons
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Backed by Consultancy Services they should be better placed to provide a total and secure solution.
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feel they would provide better protection of my data, and better data center uptime
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AWS has had some huge outages while Vz/TMark has been pretty stable. My money's on Vz/TMark for the most solid and now most flexible solutions.
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Terremark is Enterprise class. AWS is not.
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Maybe, no web ifrastucture plans at present
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No, i'm using Greenclouds already as IaaS provider: http://www.greencloudsonline.com.
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Amazon's cloud lead is strong among developers. Don't see a company like Terremark winning head to head just because they now offer pay for use pricing. Much more differentiation is needed.
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no advantage for us
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would like to be able to construct my own network using vmware
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what the storage behind? is it secure?
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More flexibility for matching demand
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Terremark eCloud is much more flexible, giving you the ability to put up a full service with incredible availability. However, it's just too dang expensive.
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Verizon has solid SLAs and knows how to support enterprises. AWS has too many outages and security is suspect.
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Sounds like a much stronger platform
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Service provider reliability can be more compelling than rock bottom pricing alone.
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Terremark offers greater value in that the Cloud offerings are backed by SLA's that they actually meet, the Security is DOD quality, and the customer support is superb. The terremark NAP architecture provides connectivity and reduced latency issues that are compounded by AWS's lack of IP transport expertise.
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using Terremark now - horrible experience
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