Verizon eyes Sydney, Melbourne data centres

Will support Computing as a Service cloud services push

Verizon Business is evaluating the launch of Sydney and Melbourne data centres as it seeks to encourage customers to adopt its cloud services offering, Computing as a Service (CaaS).

The news follows the launch of a Canberra data centre late last year and a Hong Kong-based data centre earlier this year. The Hong Kong data centre was flagged last November.

Detailing the expansion of its local and regional data centres, area vice president of Australia and New Zealand at Verizon Business, John Karabin, said that the new facilities would support the sale of related services such as managed applications and interconnection with its own secure IP networks.

“We are not in the data centre business for the sake of being in the data centre business – we are not a co-location company which builds data centres and rents out wrack space, per se,” he said.

“When we do look at adding a data centre it is with a very clear strategy of what value-add we can bring to the customers. When it comes to pure rack space… there are other provider setting up in Australia and the region… we won’t specifically go for that part of the market.”

Karabian said any new data centres launched in Australia would be tier 3 and above, while its existing data centres were aligned at a tier 3 level as defined by the Uptime Institute.

The announcement follows the company’s announcement that it intends to push forward with its ‘everything as a service’ vision, which the company is offering in early stages via its Computing as a Service (CaaS).

“We have been in the application hosting, co-location, managed services space for 15 or 20 years. This evolution path we are talking about to get to [everything as a service]… starts with the network, then moves out through our physical infrastructure, then out through our CaaS environment then moves into the Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service and Software as a Service,” principal consultant of Global Services at Verizon Business, Ray McQuillan, said.

“Above that we have made announcement with our security partner Novell so security as service is now there, and there will other business applications over our network that you will be seeing in the next 60 to 90 days.”

The company was also working with large hardware and application vendors to provide services on top of the company’s SaaS platform, McQuillan said.

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