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Getting reacquainted with the refocused Verizon Cloud

Verizon recently shifted its cloud focus to go beyond just public cloud. Enterprises can now choose between public, private and hybrid cloud services.

Over the past year or so, Verizon has reshaped its cloud portfolio to focus not only on public cloud, but on enterprise-grade private cloud services. And, while the vendor claims its cloud platform is a secure and flexible option for businesses, it's important to give Verizon Cloud a close look before deployment.

The Verizon Cloud platform includes public cloud services, private cloud services -- on-premises and off -- and hybrid cloud services. With Verizon's on-demand public cloud offering, users choose among pre-defined VM configurations of virtual processors and RAM, and also have access to hard disk drives and solid-state drives for block storage.

Customers can oversee cloud operations through a single dashboard -- the Verizon Cloud Console -- and automation is available through the Verizon Cloud API.

According to Verizon, its Virtual Private Cloud targets enterprises that need more flexibility. Features include reserved performance for granular configuration of VMs and network settings, elastic resources that allow customers to deploy VMs on demand and a resource pool for workloads that don't change. Because Verizon's private cloud is an infrastructure as a service offering, Verizon manages and hosts the cloud whether it's inside a customer's data center or a Verizon facility.

Verizon partners with Oracle to offer pay-as-you-go, flexible licenses for Oracle's database and middleware software. Customers can extend existing subscriptions with Oracle or choose a new option. The partnership covers Oracle 11g Standard and Enterprise Editions, as well as related add-ons, the Database 12c Standard and Enterprise Editions, and the WebLogic Server Standard Edition. Customers can choose between hourly or monthly billing options.

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Baseline Verizon public cloud pricing for a single deployed VPU ranges from $0.074 per hour running Linux to $0.513 per hour running Windows with SQL Server Standard Edition. The base price includes some additional services, such as data-transfer-in, a firewall and a single IP address.

Users can add block storage for $0.00021 per GB per hour, data-transfer-out for $0.05 per GB transferred, and provisioned storage IOPS for $0.00014 per IOPS per hour with the first 100 IOPS free of charge.

In addition to offering various types of cloud platforms, Verizon offers a platform-agnostic cloud consulting service to help customers choose options. The company offers a VM import and export service for $350 per VM, and can provide remote or on-site consulting for workloads, architecture planning and designs. Remote consulting costs $1,000 for four hours, while on-site consulting is $4,000 for eight hours.

Verizon offers 24/7 support and service for its cloud customers.

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