Don't look now, but there's a daisy chain being built in the cloud.
In January, Verizon bought the pioneer cloud company Terremark for $1.4 billion. Three months later, CenturyLink announced it would buy managed services host (and cloud infrastructure provider) Savvis for $2.5 billion. In June, a subsidiary of Japan's telecom giant, NTT, bought Opsource to establish a cloud solutions business unit.
What do you get when you marry cloud data centers to a telecommunications company? My answer is: the beginnings of a cloud network, a chain of linked data centers that in some cases bring two or more data centers into a position of backing each other up. That's something many enterprises would value as they move workloads into the cloud. The service freeze in Amazon Web Services' northern Virginia center over the Easter weekend served as a reminder of the value of geographic distribution when it comes to backup and recovery.
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