Verizon launches cloud service for SMBs

No minimum commitment; service can be secured with a credit card

Verizon today announced a cloud computing service for small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. with up to 1,000 employees to supplement a cloud service for large companies launched globally last year.

The new Computing as a Service, SMB (for small and medium-sized businesses) will start at 3.7 cents per hour to use a single virtual server with limited RAM and storage, said Patrick Sullivan, director of mid-tier products at Verizon's business unit.

The usage-based service can be secured with a credit card after a short online registration process, he said. There is no minimum commitment, he said.

The SMB service is housed on servers controlled by Verizon partner Terremark, while the earlier-announced enterprise service is housed in Verizon's data center, Sullivan said. Using Terremark's servers helped bring the service to market faster, adding, "We still have a good amount of control."

Sullivan said Verizon expects its pricing to be "very competitive" against other providers in the SMB space for cloud computing, including Amazon and Rackspace.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is .

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