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Sprint to launch cloud services this fall

On-demand capabilities will compete with Verizon's, AT&T's cloud offerings

Sprint will offer cloud services to all sizes of businesses in the fourth quarter, a Sprint executive said on Wednesday.

A Sprint spokeswoman said more details would be announced at a later date, but confirmed the executive's comments in an interview published Wednesday .

Paget Alves, head of Sprint business markets, said in the interview that Sprint's offerings to businesses will include selling its network infrastructure as a service available on-demand.

Sprint will also offer software, security apps and Internet hosting.

Verizon and AT&T offer similar services, and Alves was said that the carriers are "in a unique position because our business is centered around the cloud ."

<> Alves also said that Sprint customers' CIOs are interested in having such a service.

Sprint plans to offer services that rely on the company's own data center , unlike Verizon, which is using capacity from Terremark, which Verizon purchased for $1.4 billion in January .

Paget said the on-demand model will allow a business to purchase more network capacity or services as the need arises. When not needed, a company can then lower its spending, he noted.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com .

Read more about cloud computing in Computerworld's Cloud Computing Topic Center.


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