Verizon will shut down its public cloud service offerings on April 12


A month after rumors surfaced that Verizon was planning to sell all of its cloud data centers, the company is officially getting out of the public cloud business. Verizon is the latest telco casualty in the increasingly competitive public cloud market.

A tweet by Kenn White showed off an image capture of a note Verizon sent to its customers in which the telco indicated it would be shutting down its public cloud as of April 12.

It's rather quick, as it gives customers only two months to migrate their data and applications out of Verizon's cloud. Of course, Verizon has a solution. The company isn't exiting the cloud business entirely, after all. In the memo to customers, the telco recommended switching to the Verizon Virtual Private Cloud. Not exactly helpful for those who want to host their apps in the public cloud space.

Considering the challenges telcos are facing against public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services, as well as other big providers like Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer and Google Cloud Platform, it's little surprise that the telco casualties are building. Instead, they're shifting gears to focus on core services, which includes private cloud.

AT&T recently aligned its cloud efforts with IBM, choosing to partner with a major public cloud provider rather than continue to fight the battle against larger competitors. Windstream bowed out of the market in October when it sold its TierPoint hosting unit. And although CenturyLink hasn't indicated plans to abandon its public cloud business, the company recently lost a handful of cloud executives and is, according to a recent Channel Partners article, considering downsizing its data center operations.

In Verizon's case, it will cease public cloud operations in April, but a CRN article from earlier this month indicated the telco may be in partnership talks with Google. If that deal comes to fruition, Verizon would keep a foot in the public cloud market while also providing an avenue for Google to become a stronger player in hybrid cloud. - Chris, @NorthernTalbot