Venkatraman added that the data centers that support the Verizon Cloud Platform (VCP) core will be very large. Those data centers that support the VCP edge, that are principally for the edge of Verizon’s network, will be smaller and could even be colocated with Verizon’s macro network sites.
The data centers in the U.S. will host both the telco cloud services for both enterprise customers and for Verizon’s network infrastructure. The international sites will only host the enterprise business.
She added that Verizon will also have other data center sites, which she calls VCP lite, that will be deployed domestically and internationally and will primarily support the company’s hosted enterprise services.
“When you think about the other 40-plus locations that I mentioned where we will have the telco cloud, you won’t see the same size of cloud,” Venkatraman said.
The 24 data center sites in the U.S. and 18 data centers overseas is an increase from last year when Verizon told SDxCentral that it was planning to add four more sites to its existing five data centers in the U.S. and add 12 international sites.
Of course, the carrier is still in the midst of virtualizing its network and determining how many data centers it will need to support that effort.