Another Ones Bites the Dust: Verizon Shuts Public Cloud Services

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Verizon is shutting down two public cloud services and telling users to move their workloads by April 12, 2016 according to @Kennwhite’s Tweet from February 11.

Verizon will discontinue its Public Cloud Reserved Performance and Marketplace services. As an alternative Verizon will offer its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to customers. Verizon says VPC provides the cost effectiveness of a multi-tenant public cloud, but includes added levels of configuration, control and support. It claims this will improve isolation and control for more advanced businesses. Customers that don’t move face data loss as Verizon warns that no data or content will be retained.
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Advice for Public Cloud Resellers

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Looking to offer cloud to your clients without the large capital expenses associated with building and maintaining your own infrastructure? Alternatively, are you looking to resell your public cloud services? We’ve put together a library of resources that offer advice for cloud providers wanting to resell services. You’ll get tips on the ‘must haves’ needed to support a reseller channel, see questions you need to ask before partnering with a provider and learn how some companies are already doing it.

 

Three Questions Resellers Should Ask before Partnering with a Cloud Provider

96 percent of resellers now offer some form of IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) to their customers to a greater or lesser degree, according to global research.
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Public Cloud Infrastructure Spending Grows

Public Cloud Growth

Latest figures from IDC show that revenue from public cloud infrastructure sales grew by almost 26 percent to $4.6 billion in the third quarter of 2015, beating private cloud infrastructure sales, which grew 18.8 percent.

Key stats include:

  • Worldwide cloud IT infrastructure spend grew 23.0% to $7.6 billion in the third quarter.
  • The overall share of cloud IT infrastructure sales climbed to 33.8% in 3Q15, up from 28.7% a year ago.
  • Revenue from infrastructure sales to private cloud grew by 18.8% to $2.9 billion, and to public cloud by 25.9% to $4.6 billion.
  • In comparison, revenue in the traditional (non-cloud) IT infrastructure segment decreased by 3.2% year over year in the third quarter, with declines in all three technology segments (server, storage and networking).
  • All three technology markets showed strong year-over-year growth in both private and public cloud segments, with server experiencing the highest growth in private cloud at 24.3% and networking with the highest growth in public cloud at 37.8%. Public cloud spending on storage grew 26.7% year on year.

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Why Service Providers Need to Position for Cloud

Cloud Can't Wait

Recently I came across another service provider that is just now thinking beyond IaaS and how to position for the cloud. In 2016, I’m surprised this is still the case especially given the size of the market. By 2017 the public cloud services market is predicted to exceed $244B. There is a huge cloud service opportunity out there and one that you need to position your business to take. Check out our infographic which offers key statistics and advice for taking advantage of this market opportunity.
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Ultimate Cloud Guide: Virtual Resources

The Ultimate Guide to Cloud

What is actually under the hood of your cloud? Here you’ll read some in-depth technology considerations to cover when you are evaluating your virtual resources.

Virtual resources are portions of the capacity of the physical resources that behave like physical resources, but are provisioned on demand rather than in advance of demand. Types of virtual resource include virtual machines, disks, and snapshots.
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