Verizon's next cloud services emphasize performance, granular billing

Verizon will launch a new IaaS offering and object storage service by the end of the year

By , IDG News Service |  Cloud Computing

"We support customers building any kind of environment they'd like. If they want to create multiple networks, or build different subnets, or put multiple [virtual network interface cards] into a machine, we support that," Considine said.

For the service, Verizon is using the data centers it obtained when it purchased hosting provider Terremark in 2011, along with its own. Overall, Verizon is using seven data centers to run the service. Four are located in the U.S. and other data centers are located in Amsterdam, London and Sao Paolo.

Considine declined to answer any questions about what, if any, data-collecting access that government agencies, such as the U.S. National Security Agency, might have to Verizon's data center services.

In the wake of revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, it has become clear that the NSA is collecting Verizon phone records.

Considine, however, noted that maintaining encryption is important in properly securing sensitive data in the cloud.

"Using encryption is pretty much the best thing you can do across the board. With encryption and customer key protection you can get a better level of protection. And that's not just from the NSA, but from anyone who wants to get access to the information you put out on the cloud," Considine said.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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