June 09, 2012, 7:05 AM — Terremark, the cloud vendor owned by Verizon, has become a platinum member of EMC's cloud service provider program, solidifying a relationship between the two enterprise service providers.
As part of the agreement, Terremark will standardize its managed private cloud offerings on EMC hardware and EMC will recommend Terremark as a leading cloud service provider to customers. The deal is not exclusive, meaning that Terremark will continue supporting non-EMC deployments and EMC will work with other members of its Velocity Service Provider Partner Program. Terremark does join the top tier of that provider network though by being a platinum member alongside Rackspace, AT&T and CSC.
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Ellen Rubin, Terremark's vice president of cloud products, says the move could be important for customers who use EMC in their own data centers that may be looking to deploy a hybrid cloud environment. Common EMC infrastructure can now be used both on site and in Terremark's managed cloud environment, which she says can ease scaling up and integrating the two systems. In addition, she says customers will be able to receive support from EMC for EMC products hosted in Terremark's cloud.
Years ago EMC decided it would not become a cloud service provider itself and instead decided to create a network of providers the company would recommend that customers use. Riccardo Di Blasio, senior vice president of global service providers at EMC, says since then the company has been selective in who it chooses to partner with.