Verizon has recently expanded its Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) ecosystem to allow customers in Hong Kong and Singapore to privately connect to Alibaba Cloud.
This will help the former’s enterprise customers, particularly those looking to expand into the Asia Pacific region, to benefit from a secure and direct connection using MPLS to one of the world’s fastest growing cloud service providers.
The addition of Alibaba Cloud in Hong Kong and Singapore brings the number of cloud service providers accessible from Verizon SCI to 10, covering over 72 locations globally.
“The expansion into these two cities first was driven by customer demand, which drives our growth and strategy,” Helen Wong, director, Product and Partner Strategy – Asia Pacific at Verizon told Computerworld Hong Kong. “We are constantly evaluating additions to our cloud-provider ecosystem.”
Traditionally, companies have to connect with multiple cloud services providers through the public internet, which meant less control and visibility over polices and security measures.
With its SCI offering, Verizon is providing organizations 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.
According to Verizon, this allows customers to deploy new applications and services faster than ever before.
“With SCI, not only you pay for what you use, deployment time for new connections can be reduced by as much as 90% - literally within minutes. And you are covered by the same service level agreements on the Verizon MPLS network,” said Wong.
The partnership with Alibaba Cloud aligns perfectly with Verizon multi-cloud strategy.
“The term ‘multi-cloud’ is really driven by the SCI ecosystem as well as the breadth and depth of the offerings,” Wong said. “Onboarding Alibaba Cloud further strengthens this positioning. Enterprises require a multi-cloud environment such as security, private connectivity, performance, simplicity and efficiency, dynamic bandwidth allocation, application performance throughput and quality of service, usage-based billing and simple provisioning and management via a centralized portal.”