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Verizon first with hosted Windows 2008

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Verizon Business managed hosting customers will be among the first to benefit from Microsoft's Windows Server 2008, launched last week. 

As a member of Microsoft’s early adopter initiative, known as the Rapid Deployment Program (RDP), Verizon Business has gained critical expertise that will enable it to offer Windows Server 2008 as a high-end managed hosting solution to customers now, with rollout to European and Asia-Pacific customers in the coming months.
The new Microsoft server platform will help enterprises enhance application availability and boost networking performance, while simplifying server administration and management for Verizon Business. It also gives Verizon Business more control over security for its customers by better safeguarding data and protecting against server failure and intrusion.
“As the most advanced Windows server operating system ever offered, Windows Server 2008 will enable us to deliver exceptional reliability and performance to our enterprise customers,” says Michael Marcellin, vice-president of product marketing for Verizon Business.  “Working closely with Microsoft to bring this technology to market, Verizon Business is in the perfect position to help customers gain more control over their IT infrastructure.