Verizon Business will occupy 25,000 square feet of colocation space in two data centers operated by Terremark Worldwide, the two companies said today. The deal shapes up as another big win for Terremark's federal government business. Verizon Business will set up shop in the NAP of the Americas in Miami and the NAP of the Capital Region in Culpeper, Virginia.
The new colocation space will help Verizon Business meet increasing demand from its federal clients to deliver data center services that comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), which outlines information security requirements for federal agencies.
"When looking at the federal space, Terremark has clearly distinguished itself as a leader in providing world-class colocation services with some of the highest levels of physical and logical security," said Joe Crawford, executive director of IT Services for Verizon. "The fact that Terremark has established a leadership position in delivering innovative IT infrastructure solutions for the U.S. government makes Terremark a great match for meeting the needs of our federal clients."
Medina: A 'Defining Moment'
"Our agreement with Verizon signifies a defining moment for Terremark," said Manuel D. Medina, Terremark's Chairman and CEO. "Verizon's use of our facilities demonstrates the quality of the high performance environment we offer our carrier partners such as Verizon."
Verizon becomes the second major federal government systems integrator to become an anchor tenant in Terremark's facilities. Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) is a major tenant in Culpeper.
Terremark said late last year that the Obama administration’s plan to shift federal IT services to a cloud computing model is beginning to boost revenues. In February, the company announced that Melissa Hathaway, who served as cybersecurity czar for the Obama administration, had joined Terremark’s board of directors. Hathaway also served in the Bush administration, and brings a depth of experience with the federal defense and intelligence IT communities.