On the heels of announcing its new Verizon Cloud Compute platform, an IaaS aimed squarely at Amazon AWS, Verizon revealed that AMD (News - Alert) is providing some of the muscle to power this new offering. The Verizon cloud services are currently in public beta.
Verizon claims its new IaaS, which is paired with a cloud storage system, changes what is possible with the public cloud, adding never before seen levels of security and performance. These issues have forced many cloud customers to go with private solutions and expensive dedicated connections.
The cloud is really all about servers, for it is the servers that host the thousands upon thousands (and often far more) of virtual machines in a typical service provider cloud.
Speed of the servers is one thing. Power consumption another as the use of electricity helps dictate the cloud economics, impacting pricing and service provider competitiveness.
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The AMD servers are designed to have hundreds of cores working together to form a huge computing utility. Verizon worked with AMD to boost theses servers for higher performance that will support stronger SLAs. This is one key reason Verizon believes enterprise-class apps can now run on the public cloud, so long as it is Verizon’s public cloud.
“We reinvented the public cloud from the ground up to specifically address the needs of our enterprise clients," said John Considine, chief technology officer at Verizon Terremark. “We wanted to give them back control of their infrastructure – providing the speed and flexibility of a generic public cloud with the performance and security they expect from an enterprise-grade cloud. Our collaboration with AMD enabled us to develop revolutionary technology, and it represents the backbone of our future plans.”
One IDC (News - Alert) analyst sees Verizon as upping the competitive ante and, at the same time, enabling more apps to move to the cloud. “The rapid, reliable and scalable delivery of cloud compute and storage services is the key to competing successfully in any cloud market from infrastructure, to platform, to application; and enterprises are constantly asking for more as they alter their business models to thrive in a mobile and analytic world,” said Richard Villars, vice president of Datacenter & Cloud at IDC. “Next generation integrated IT solutions like AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 provide a flexible yet high-performance platform upon which companies like Verizon can use to build the next generation of cloud service offerings.”
The deal is a real coup for AMD which has been locked in a pitched processor battle with Intel (News - Alert) for decades. Even more important, the bright spot for server sales is no longer enterprises, which are slowing spending, but service providers who need cheap fast computing to drive efficient cloud services.
“Verizon has a clear vision for the future of the public cloud services – services that are more flexible, more reliable and guaranteed,” said Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager, Server, AMD. “The technology we developed turns the cloud paradigm upside down by creating a service that an enterprise can configure and control as if the equipment were in its own data center. With this innovation in cloud services, I expect enterprises to migrate their core IT services and mission critical applications to Verizon's cloud services.