Uptime Institute Recognizes Verizon Data Centers for Outstanding Record of Maintaining Service

NEW YORK -- Verizon tops the list of 16 companies honored by The Uptime Institute with its 2006 Continuous Availability Award. The award recognizes companies with data centers that have not had a facilities-related outage for at least one year.

The institute listed 25 such data centers throughout North America. Verizon has six centers on the list, more than any other company.  In addition, Verizon's Burlington, Mass., center was one of only two centers honored for not having had an outage in 10 years, the longest period in the institute's history.

"In a business where an hour of downtime can result in millions of dollars of lost revenue, it is critical for large-business customers to be confident that the networks they depend on are continuously up and running at peak efficiency," said Lee A. Brathwaite, vice president of Verizon Services, a centralized operations business unit that manages real estate, supply chain and finance functions for all Verizon companies.

Kevin Shine, senior vice president for Verizon Information Processing Services, said, "These awards demonstrate that Verizon's networks and services are supported by industry-leading data center operations. And, even with this success, we will continue to take steps to evolve our operations to keep them on the cutting edge."  

Overall, Verizon data center operations have a five-year availability average of 99.9992 percent.

The Uptime Institute issued the awards recently at its Site Uptime Network fall 2006 conference in Minneapolis.

In addition to Verizon's Burlington center, other Verizon centers recognized include one in Silver Springs, Md., and one in Fort Wayne, Ind., for not experiencing a facilities-related outage in six years and eight years, respectively.

Verizon data centers in Andover, Mass., and Freehold, N.J., were recognized for three years of continuous availability.

"This has been the most successful year overall for our members, and it shows the benefits of industry leaders coming together to share best practices and success stories," said Ken Brill, executive director of The Uptime Institute.

The institute was founded in 1993 to provide educational and consulting services for facilities and information technology organizations. It also serves as a conduit for industry leaders to share knowledge to improve overall industry data-center performance.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 55 million customers nationwide.  Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks.  Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers.  Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

About The Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute, Inc: Since 1993 the Institute has been a respected provider of educational and consulting services for Facilities and Information Technology organizations interested in maximizing data center uptime. The Institute has pioneered numerous industry innovations, such as the Tier Classifications for data center availability, which serve as industry standards today. At the center of the Institute's offering, the 76 members of the Site Uptime® Network represent mostly Fortune 100 companies for whom infrastructure availability is a serious concern. They collectively and interactively learn from one another as well as from Institute-facilitated conferences, site tours, benchmarking, best practices, and abnormal incident collection and analysis. For the industry as a whole, the Institute publishes white papers, offers a Site Uptime Seminar Series and a Site Uptime Symposium & Exhibition Series on critical uptime-related topics. The Institute also conducts sponsored research and product certifications for the industry's manufacturers.