Verizon Business and Akamai Enhance Online Services for QuestNet

QuestNet Limited, which provides an e-commerce platform to more than 5 million sellers of consumer goods worldwide, has selected Verizon Business and Akamai Technologies to enhance the performance and security of the company's expanding portfolio of online services.

As part of a 12-month consultancy, Verizon Business' professional services team conducted a full audit of the Hong Kong-based company's infrastructure.  The agreement also calls for Verizon Business to support QuestNet sites in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand.

Verizon Business developed solutions in two areas of key interest to QuestNet and its customers: application performance and security.  To improve application performance, Akamai's Web Application Acceleration solution makes access to business-critical applications easier and more efficient. To address information security, governance, risk and compliance issues, the Verizon Security Management Program provides QuestNet with a structured approach to optimize its overall security posture.

The overall benefit for the QuestNet community is improved productivity, enhanced security and lower IT costs across the board. QuestNet itself is able to benefit from enhanced performance and security, as well as an infrastructure that can accommodate future growth.

Malick Aboobakar, CIO, QuestNet Ltd., said: "QuestNet has expanded rapidly over the past decade. As our network grows, so too do the demands on our IT infrastructure, which is critical in supporting our entrepreneurs' business transactions. Our customers need to know that we are doing everything we can to support their business.  We know that their reputation is reliant in no small measure on our services. We therefore turned to Verizon Business and Akamai Technologies because these companies' unique and integrated set of solutions, professional services, and security and networking expertise made them ideal partners."

David Kim, Verizon Business area vice president for North Asia, said: "Verizon Business' proven expertise in the delivery of business and security solutions enables us to quickly work to identify the best solution for each customer's individual business needs. Organizations like QuestNet, which are entirely focused around meeting the needs of their customers, are increasingly turning to third-party experts to help support their business aims. Verizon Business has worked closely with the company to really understand its operations, which is critical to ensuring we can deliver the best solutions."

Stuart Spiteri, managing director, Akamai Technologies, Asia Pacific, said: "Akamai's Web Application Accelerator solution is a powerful tool that will be instrumental in helping QuestNet improve performance and reliability consistently across of all its Web-based applications, leading to an enhanced end-user experience. As the global leader in application and content acceleration, we are thrilled to be working in close partnership with Verizon Business in Hong Kong and across Asia-Pacific to help make business innovation easier and more efficient for valued clients such as QuestNet."

About QuestNet Ltd
QuestNet is an international direct selling company that utilizes the power of network marketing. Established in 1998, the company has since become a market innovator and leader in its field. Operating a global sales force, QuestNet offers a high-quality product portfolio consisting of innovative lifestyle products, including consumable and everyday items, personal care and wellness products, luxury and collectible items, vacation packages, and telecommunications.

QuestNet also provides business opportunities to millions of people around the world by offering entrepreneurial aspirants the opportunity to run their own business through an e-commerce platform, to promote the company and its products. QuestNet provides its representatives with the requisite training and business tools to succeed and champions professional business and marketing practices at both corporate and network levels. Driven by the mission of RYTHM (Raise Yourself To Help Mankind), QuestNet is an active contributor to the support and sustainability of the communities in which it operates.

To know more about QuestNet, visit www.quest.net.

About Akamai Technologies
Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering rich media, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online.  Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries.  The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online.  Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain, interact, and collaborate.  To experience The Akamai Difference, visit www.akamai.com.

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 the world's most connected IP network 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.