Verizon boosts Hybrid Clouds with CloudSwitch acquisition

Verizon Communications has increased its ever-growing portfolio of cloud services with its latest addition: CloudSwitch.

The new company, whose user-friendly software enables enterprises to quickly build hybrid clouds where virtual machines can move between data centres and cloud platforms, is going to be combined with Terremark, another recent Verizon purchase.

Verizon hopes that the addition of CloudSwitch technology will further enhance its already impressive hybrid cloud and cloud-to-cloud capabilities: "The cloud market is a rapidly growing opportunity, with very real benefits both for our business customers and the consumers they serve," said Bob Toohey, president of Verizon’s global enterprise unit of the new deal. "With the acquisition of CloudSwitch, Verizon has taken another step forward in defining the enterprise cloud."

CEO of CloudSwitch, John McEleney added: "By joining Verizon, we will be able to deliver a solution that combines our software with the market-leading infrastructure cloud play.

"Our founding vision has always been to create a seamless and secure federation of cloud environments across enterprise data centers and global cloud services. This will go a long way in helping achieve widespread adoption of the cloud especially when managing complex workloads."

CloudSwitch Enterprise is a downloadable software appliance that installs easily into VMware and Xen environments so users can move Windows and Linux virtual machines to the Amazon EC2 and Terremark clouds, and run their applications in the cloud using existing management and monitoring tools. This now accompanies Verizon's rich cloud offering which includes storage, cloud services for SMBs as well as cloud security services.

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