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Verizon Adds AWS to Roster of Secure Cloud Connections

Telecom giant Verizon on Tuesday announced it is extending its Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) service to include Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS).

SCI is designed to establish secure links between Verizon enterprise customers and multiple cloud services, and to allow customers to manage those services from one portal. Customers can connect directly to -- and transfer workloads between -- disparate cloud platforms securely via the Verizon Private IP network.

SCI ensures that data remains encrypted whether or not it is in transit, and comes with round-the-cloud customer support, dynamic bandwidth allocation, reporting capabilities, usage-based billing and the ability to pre-provision high-speed access.

Effective immediately, secure AWS connections are available in the Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia regions. Verizon said it plans to extend those locations to include London, Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney by the end of October.

SCI leverages the AWS Direct Connect service to enable secure connections, according to Verizon.

"With Verizon's SCI service and AWS Direct Connect, enterprises can register and select the AWS region location and service information to automatically provision high-speed, dedicated connections in minutes or hours, versus days or weeks using a more traditional model," the company said.

Besides AWS, the SCI service is available for Microsoft Azure and Verizon's own cloud platform. At the service's launch this past April, Verizon said it expected to add six more cloud providers to its roster by the end of this year.

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