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Verizon adds Alibaba Cloud to its Secure Cloud Interconnect ecosystem

13 Feb 2019
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Verizon has expanded Secure Cloud Interconnect to allow its customers to privately connect to Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of the Alibaba Group.

Verizon’s customers, particularly those looking to expand into the Asia-Pacific region, can now get a secure and direct connection using MultiProtocol Label Switching (MPLS) to one of the region’s fastest-growing cloud service providers.

The addition of Alibaba Cloud in Singapore and Hong Kong brings the number of Cloud Service Providers accessible from Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect to 10, covering over 72 locations globally. 

Verizon VP of product management Vickie Lonker says, “In the past, organisations had to connect with multiple cloud service providers through the public Internet, which meant less control and visibility over policies and security measures. 

“Today, via Secure Cloud Interconnect, organisations have the freedom and flexibility to quickly establish and manage workloads with leading cloud service providers through a consumption-based connectivity service with end-to-end visibility and control.”

“This allows customers to deploy new applications and services faster than ever before. We are happy to help our customers who have chosen to use Alibaba Cloud to make that connection via private networking.”

Secure Cloud Interconnect, with its growing ecosystem of cloud service providers and hyper-scalers, continues to be a strategic unit within Verizon’s Software Defined and Virtual Services platform. 

The service can supposedly be turned up in minutes after a valid order submission, instead of days, which can significantly reduce new cloud connection deployment time. Upon connection, bandwidth can supposedly be spun up and down in minutes.         

Verizon manages over 500,000 network, hosting, and security devices and 4,000 networks in 150 countries.

Verizon Communications is headquartered in New York City. The company operates one of America’s wireless networks, the nation’s all-fibre network and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide.