US telecom giant Verizon recently has made a series of announcements and investments that it hopes will position it as an important Cloud services provider for large enterprises. Saugatuck understands the goals and the rationale, but we’re not at all certain that Verizon will be able to accomplish what it has planned.

First, the announcements: Last month, Verizon announced that it will be rolling out a new Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform and a Cloud-based object storage service. The new services – Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage – are being marketed using branding very similar to the existing enterprise Cloud services offered by Verizon subsidiary Terremark, and are being positioned so that, according to Verizon, “large enterprises, mid-size companies and small development shops will get the agility and economic benefit of a generic public cloud along with the reliability and scale of an enterprise-level service with unprecedented control of performance.”

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