Verizon To Reportedly Shut Down Public Cloud Offerings On April 12

In a letter to Verizon Cloud Customers as posted to Twitter by Kenn White, Verizon notes it will shut down its Verizon Public Cloud Reserved Performance and Marketplace as of April 12, 2016. Customers are encouraged to migrate their data to Verizon’s Private Cloud offerings because any data stored on Verizon’s public cloud servers will not be retained after that date. Verizon has yet to make a public announcement about the termination of its public cloud services although a company spokesperson specified that the discontinuation affects only cloud services that can be provisioned by way of a credit card and that the company remains “committed to delivering a range of cloud services for enterprise and government customers.” Verizon’s decision to abandon its public cloud product offerings points to the increasing dominance of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform within the public cloud space and the corresponding difficulty for other IaaS players to match these three vendors either in price, scale or the sophistication of their product offerings.