Verizon Business will launch new APAC data centre

Will address latency, bandwidth costs, security for customers

Verizon Business will launch an Asia-Pacific data centre for its computing as a service (Caas) customers in the region and to address issues of latency, security and compliance.

Ray McQuillan, principal consultant at Verizon Business Global Services, could not name the location for the data centre, but said that it would launch in Q1 of the next calendar year.

“We know that the global coverage – and moving nodes over into the Asia-Pacific – is something on the calendar currently for 2010,” he said. “Right now the CaaS offer is available across the globe, but in terms of having a local presence in Asia-Pacific we have one Europe, one in the US, and another in APAC. That is something the market has been asking for and we have it on our roadmap.”

The data centre will provide Verizon’s APAC customers a service based in their timezone, help address data hosting regulatory concerns, provide another backup and recovery option and overcome concerns with latency in the CaaS offering, McQuillan said.

Verizon was also in discussions with customers around increasing the security rating of its CaaS service up to the levels required by defence departments, banks and other government agencies, he said.

“We know that if we put a node anywhere in the Asia-Pacific it may not meet everyone’s requirements but we are looking at how to overcome those obstacles and work with those challenges,” he said. “We know those are the questions being asked by large customers – the cloud is real and they have already started their initiatives.

“We think Verizon, with our legacy CyberTrust acquisition we can overcome some of those security concerns. With our global foot print we can also accommodate them from a global node perspective.”

Verizon Business currently has a data centre based in the ACT – a legacy of its acquisition of CyberTrust.

Chris Morris, director, Asia-Pacific services at IDC Asia-Pacific said there was strong demand for data centres around the region, particularly high quality tier 3 and tier 4 facilities.

“There a lot of old data centres around the place that don’t meet, not only security and viability requirements, but power consumption,” he said. “One of the drivers for adoption of cloud service is definitely a corporate social responsibility driver to reduce power consumption. Modernising corporate data centres isn’t cheap, so if they can get on the back of a more efficient facility provided by someone else they will.”

Morris added that addition of an Asia Pacific data centre would likely help Verizon’s customers address issues latency and cost.

“One of the ‘gotchas’ in cloud delivery is the bandwidth cost of transferring data backwards and forwards,” he said. “The NSW Education Department and Google email deal announced a while back has SMS hosting data in Australia but the application is in the US, and that cuts down on the latency and data costs. So there are hybrid solutions available.”

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