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.
In early 2015, insights from Beyond Infrastructure: Cloud 2.0 Signifies New Opportunities for Cloud Service Providers were released detailing the future of cloud service providers and Managed Service Providers. Key findings include:
From price to features and functionality, geography to capacity, selecting a cloud service provider can be confusing. We asked some cloud industry experts to offer their advice when evaluating a cloud service provider. Here is what they had to say:
Start by taking a close look at the entire portfolio of applications you are considering moving to a public cloud. It is likely that these applications will correspond to a wide variety of cloud requirements. For example, some applications may demand high performance or proximity to a particular geographic region. Others may only need minimal service levels and can benefit from low prices. From here you have a couple choices in terms of strategy. You can spread the applications across multiple service providers – and deal with the additional management overhead. Or, you may be able to find a very flexible provider to meet all of your needs. For instance, some providers offer both virtual and bare metal servers, which makes it far easier to host a wider variety of applications.