Verizon Business Completes SAS 70 Type II Examination of IP Application Hosting and Internet Colocation Data Centers Around the Globe

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Verizon Business has completed its annual SAS 70 Type II examination for the company's five IP Application Hosting Centers (Smart Centers) in Germany, Japan, the U.S. and the U.K., and its 15 Premium Internet Data Centers in North America. All the facilities are used to deliver IT services to large-enterprise and government customers.

This marks the eighth consecutive year for examination of the company's Smart Centers in the U.S.; the fourth consecutive year for its North-American based Premium Internet Data Centers (except for a new center in Irving, Texas); and the first year for its international Smart Centers in Tokyo and Frankfurt, Germany. 

Ernst & Young LLP performed the yearly examinations, reviewing control objectives and controls at the company's managed and Internet colocation data centers.  Specific areas of examination, which is conducted in compliance with the standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, included access to facilities, logical access to systems, network services operations and environmental safeguards.  Control processes and procedures were examined for all of the company's Managed Hosting centers, as well as 15 Premium Internet Data Centers in major cities across North America, including Atlanta, Houston and San Jose, Calif. 

"At Verizon Business, we have an unsurpassed combination of infrastructure, processes and people for the delivery of IT and hosting solutions," said Kerry Bailey, senior vice president, global services, Verizon Business.  "Our customers rely on us to help boost security compliance measures and reduce their risk.  By completing this industry-recognized audit, Verizon Business is reinforcing its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of quality and performance."

Enterprise customers can take advantage of the company's managed or Smart Centers to outsource the day-to-day management of their Web sites and IP-enabled business applications. Verizon Business provides expert technical service and support round-the-clock to keep enterprise Web sites and business applications up and running in state-of-the-art facilities.

For customers that prefer to manage their own servers, data networking and voice equipment, Verizon Business offers a secure, dedicated environment in its Premium Internet Data Centers.  In this setting, customers can leverage Verizon Business' high-speed Internet connectivity, secure and robust facilities and high-performance infrastructure while using and maintaining their own equipment. Customers also have access, as needed, to additional support from Verizon Business.

Established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, SAS 70 is a widely recognized auditing standard for service organizations such as Verizon Business to demonstrate that they have adequate controls and processes in place.  A SAS 70 examination indicates that an independent accounting and auditing firm has examined a service organization's control objectives and related activities.  At the conclusion of a SAS 70 examination, a formal report, including the auditor's opinion, is issued to the organization. 

Verizon Business' portfolio of IT and hosting solutions helps customers improve their IT infrastructure and boost application performance in today's complex, dynamic business environment.  Supported by a team of experts that deliver world-class capabilities and backed by a secure and reliable technology infrastructure, these solutions allow customers to meet their most pressing IT needs.  Services include Data Center Colocation, Remote Backup and Restore, Messaging and Collaboration, IT Service Desk, Akamai Services, IP Application Hosting and Remote IP Application Management.  More information is available by visiting http://www.verizonbusiness.com/us/itsolutions.

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.