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CloudSwitch gives Verizon a boost in cloud migration

Verizon solidifies cloud offering with CloudSwitch buy

Verizon Thursday announced it has acquired CloudSwitch, a cloud software technology vendor, further demonstrating that 2011 is becoming Verizon's year of the cloud.

Verizon earlier this year spent $1.4 billion to acquire Terremark, a cloud service company that can offer services and managed infrastructure from 50 different data centers around the world. The deal greatly expanded Terremark's reach, as Terremark only had access to 13 data centers in North America, Europe and Latin America. Terremark and Verizon officially launched their joint cloud services in June, highlighted by infrastructure-as-a-service offerings and managed hosting services.

BACKGROUND: Terremark-Verizon cloud service ready to go

The terms of the CloudSwitch deal were not immediately disclosed.

CloudSwitch's specialty is helping companies migrate applications and workloads between data centers and the cloud "without changing the application or infrastructure layer." In other words, the company says that its users can move their applications securely into the cloud while keeping them "tightly integrated with enterprise data center tools and policies." Additionally, CloudSwitch, in Burlington, Mass., says it can move data "between different environments and back into the data center based on the requirements of the business."

Also earlier this year, Verizon partnered with Cisco to offer cloud-based unified communications services that include videoconferencing and instant messaging services over Cisco's cloud infrastructure.

Last year, Verizon teamed up with IBM to offer a cloud storage service that incorporates IBM's backup infrastructure and management capabilities to help monitor and protect stored data. Verizon and IBM say the service, known as the Managed Data Vault, is particularly useful for enterprises that have to securely store data in the 15 terabyte to 150 terabyte range.

Read more about cloud computing in Network World's Cloud Computing section.

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