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Verizon Business extends managed LAN service

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Verizon Business’ managed local area network (LAN) service is now available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, in addition to the US.

Verizon Managed LAN services enable customers to fully or partially outsource the management of their corporate networks. The managed service provides a seamless environment between the corporate headquarters’ network and its extended network that connects partners, customers, remote employees and suppliers.  
Multinationals receive comprehensive network management experience, expertise, resources and capabilities – locally and globally. The key benefit for enterprises is a seamless view of WAN (wide area network) and LAN environments that can enhance performance and reliability, while reducing overall network operations costs. It also reduces the risks involved with deploying converged networks and emerging, IP-based applications such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
“The LAN is becoming an increasingly business-critical and performance-sensitive environment,” says Mike Marcellin, vice president, global product marketing for Verizon Business. “Our global customers are increasingly looking to bring the same high levels of performance and reliability they have come to expect in the extended enterprise to the corporate headquarters.
"By outsourcing LAN management to a trusted third party, and tightly integrating it with the WAN, customers are able to enhance their overall network performance and availability and better support their overall business needs.”
Verizon Managed LAN offers a comprehensive, yet flexible range of LAN management capabilities that can be tailored to suit each customer’s specific business needs, and are backed by some of the industry’s most stringent service level commitments. Verizon Business procures, installs, configures and tests LAN-related equipment and proactively manages the performance and usage of the LAN so businesses can focus on what they do best – serving their customers. The service uses Cisco Catalyst switches.
Verizon Business’ Impact network management platform offers proactive monitoring to help ensure network continuity, reduce downtime and enable more effective bandwidth management. Access to the Verizon Business Customer Center portal enables real-time tracking of the managed-service implementation process, project status, inventory tracking, contacts, change management requests and more.
Verizon Business now manages more than 250 000 customer communication devices worldwide, including more than 65 000 LAN switches, and manages more than 4 000 customer networks in 142 countries. The company was recognised by Gartner in the Leaders quadrant for “Global Network Service Providers in 2007.”   It is also the recipient of the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Customer Service Leadership Award for Managed Services and the 2006 Cisco Systems Global Managed Services Partner of the Year Award.