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Redefining the New Enterprise Cloud

By John McEleney

Today we’re extremely excited to announce that we are being acquired by Verizon and joining Terremark, its IT services subsidiary. This is major news for us, and we believe for the cloud industry as well.

We’ve been working together with Terremark for almost two years and have built great relationships with Verizon and Terremark, based on our hands-on experience with the Terremark clouds. It’s clear that F1000 companies are looking for enterprise-class cloud services that cover a broad range of their needs – not only commodity clouds, but also higher levels of SLAs, enterprise procurement processes, professional services, security models and dedicated systems. And they want these to be provided by a trusted name in enterprise IT services like Verizon.

The other critical aspects for enterprise cloud adoption are the ones we founded CloudSwitch to address: enterprise control, simple on-boarding, tight integration with enterprise networking, security and management systems, and the freedom to move application workloads to the right cloud without complex re-engineering or lock in. The combined capabilities of Verizon, Terremark and CloudSwitch offers enterprises what they’ve been looking for and moves the industry forward, helping to further define the enterprise-class cloud model.

It’s important to highlight (and very important to us at CloudSwitch) that Terremark is strategically committed to open policies and will maintain support for multiple clouds and hypervisors, since we believe that enterprises truly value this openness. We’re also impressed at Verizon’s commitment and leadership strategy in the enterprise cloud market: after acquiring Terremark for $1.4B and creating a subsidiary within Verizon, they’ve now brought on a software company to add software development and innovation capabilities to the team. That’s the kind of leadership the enterprise cloud market requires.

We’re looking forward to working even more closely with Verizon, and our whole CloudSwitch team will be staying right here in Boston to build and scale our software and deliver new software-based capabilities. We’ve been at the forefront of cloud innovation since 2008, and this begins a new chapter for us as we team with Terremark to take enterprise-class services to the next level.

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Ellen Rubin is the CEO and co-founder of ClearSky Data, an enterprise storage company that recently raised $27 million in a Series B investment round. She is an experienced entrepreneur with a record in leading strategy, market positioning and go-to- market efforts for fast-growing companies. Most recently, she was co-founder of CloudSwitch, a cloud enablement software company, acquired by Verizon in 2011. Prior to founding CloudSwitch, Ellen was the vice president of marketing at Netezza, where as a member of the early management team, she helped grow the company to more than $130 million in revenues and a successful IPO in 2007. Ellen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard University.

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