Verizon announces its Cloud Marketplace is open for business

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Verizon Enterprise Solutions has announced the official launch of its Verizon Cloud Marketplace, a store for software certified to operate in the Verizon cloud.

The communications provider has been aggressive in its cloud push in recent months, and is opening up this one-stop shop with a variety of partners, including AppDynamics, Hitachi and Juniper Networks.

“The launch of Verizon Cloud Marketplace is an important milestone in the ongoing evolution of our cloud ecosystem,” said SVP cloud services Siki Giunta.

“Verizon Cloud Marketplace is all about simplifying and streamlining migration to the cloud, and enterprises using Verizon Cloud will now have access to a growing number of industry-leading cloud-based applications required to power their businesses in the digital age,” he added.

Currently Verizon offers a wide-ranging portfolio of enterprise-ready cloud services, as well as more than 40 data centres across four continents. The company has beefed its portfolio up with some heavyweight partnerships, including the likes of Oracle providing middleware, and is also aiming to leverage its communications and network experience.

Many traditional telecoms firms, from Ericsson to CenturyLink, are providing cloud services, aiming to provide better customer service as well as reduce costs. CenturyLink Cloud CTO Jared Wray told CloudTech last week of his firm’s strategy to build a single platform and converge the network with computing layers.

With recent survey data from Verizon revealing 65% of enterprises are using cloud computing, it puts the firm’s aggressive push into perspective.

Earlier this month it was announced that Verizon’s cloud service had achieved FedRAMP certification, being given authority to operate.  Verizon’s a bit late to the party with this, after HP, Amazon, Microsoft and various others got their pips last year, however the telco aims to go full speed ahead now.

Find out more about the Verizon Cloud Marketplace here.

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