Verizon Terremark Expands Cloud Footprint

Managed hosting vendor Terremark continues to build out its data center network to meet the ever expanding enterprise demand for cloud services both here, in Europe and, most notably, in Brazil.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted May 31, 2012
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While the cloud is all about removing the burden of infrastructure for enterprises, on the other side, it requires more infrastructure deployment from cloud vendors.

Terremark growing its global cloud footprint

Verizon's Terremark data center division has been busy this month growing its global data center footprint to deal with increased demand for cloud services. Terremark has expanded its London, UK data center as well as its Denver, Colo. location with new cloud nodes

"As customer demand dictates, we launch additional capacity of our enterprise-class cloud platforms with nodes of our cloud architecture ... ," Ellen Rubin, vice president of Cloud Products at Terremark, told Enterprise Networking Planet.com. "We are constantly evaluating the technologies used in our clouds, and updating these based on what best meets our requirements."

For Terremark, a cloud node is defined as a combination of industry-leading hardware and software that is leveraged together with Terremark's own software for orchestration and APIs to deliver enterprise-class solutions. Terremark's software includes CloudSwitch enables the integration of cloud and enterprise identity and access. CloudSwitch also makes it easier to migrate workloads from an on-premise deployment to the cloud.

With the expansion in London and Denver, Terremark now delivers its services from approximately 10 data centers around the globe. The two new nodes are being brought online specifically for public cloud deployments. Terremark also has a private cloud offering that was officially launched in April of this year. As opposed to the public cloud offering, the private cloud uses dedicated compute and storage resources.

Delivering hybrid solutions to governments and enterprises

The ability to deliver a form of hybrid cloud solution that leverages multiple types of infrastructure is a demand that Terremark is seeing from both enterprise and government customers.

"Our customers are requesting hybrid cloud solutions that allow them to seamlessly connect their internal IT infrastructure with cloud resources in order to maximize the advantages of the dynamic computing capacity," Rubin said. "They also want cloud to be seamlessly integrated with other traditional services from Terremark, such as colocation, managed hosting and security services."

In addition to the new cloud nodes in Denver and London, Terremark is also increasing its capacity with a new 70,000 square foot facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil data center that will contain 150,000 servers.

All this investment is of course costly but it's not clear how much money is actually being spent. Rubin noted that Verizon, Terremark's parent company, does not break out separate financials for Terremark.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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