Big Red is sinking $1.4 billion of cash into cloud services by acquiring Terremark Worldwide
Terremark provides hosting, data-center management, and cloud-computing services to large corporations, government arms, and other organizations with huge IT management needs. Tying its services and infrastructure into Verizon's Internet backbone network and enormous resources sounds like a win-win proposition.
It helps that Verizon has been a Terremark customer since last summer, reselling collocation services out of Terremark data centers. That business relationship may have sown the seeds to this buyout.
Does this mark the start of a buyout binge between carrier giants and cloud-service experts? I'm not so sure. Rackspace
So let's call this a one-shot deal and see where Verizon can take its new subsidiary. I think it's a fine-looking partnership that accelerates Verizon's ambition to become an "everything as a service" provider and gives Terremark shareholders an instant 35% return on their investment.
Add Verizon to your watchlist to see where Big Red goes next.