Verizon Business Achieves Advanced Data Center Network Infrastructure Specialization From Cisco for Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.

Verizon Business announced Thursday (March 11) that it has achieved the Advanced Data Center Networking Infrastructure (DCNI) Specialization from Cisco for Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. This specialization recognizes Verizon Business as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deliver and support comprehensive Cisco® data center network infrastructure solutions.

Stuart Curzon, Verizon Business' EMEA group vice president, said: "This recognition highlights the technical expertise of our team as well as their commitment to delivering high-quality solutions to our customers.  We are working with European enterprises to help them maximize their data center strategies, focusing on virtualization and cloud computing to more efficiently and securely manage their IT resources. Our ongoing collaboration with Cisco makes it possible to offer solutions that leverage the overarching strength of our two companies."

John Growdon, director of marketing for worldwide channels at Cisco, said, "As a Cisco Advanced DCNI Specialized Partner, Verizon Business' investment in the training required to provide integrated, collaborative and adaptive data center networking solutions ranks it among the industry's most qualified." 

The Cisco Advanced DCNI Specialization is designed to help enable partners to address the requirements that enterprise and commercial customers face in deploying a wide range of data center technologies and applications. Cisco Advanced DCNI Specialized Partners are specialists in building end-to-end data center solutions based on the industry-leading Cisco data center networking products, including the Nexus Family of data center switching products, Catalyst® 4900 and 6500 Series Switches, Catalyst Blade switches, Firewall Services Module, Network Analysis Module, Application Control Engine module and appliance, Global Site Selector appliance, and Application Networking Manager.

The Cisco Resale Partner Program provides partners with the training required to build sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills, and then validates their skills through a third-party audit.  Cisco resale partner certifications - Select, Premier, Silver and Gold - represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner's ability to deliver integrated networking solutions.  Cisco resale partner specializations - SMB, Express, Advanced and Master - reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies. 

Achieving the Cisco Advanced DCNI Specialization also provides Verizon Business with access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with one of the world's most connected IP networks to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees - enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment. Many of the world's largest businesses and governments - including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions - rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.

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