Verizon Business Recognized by Cisco as Data Center Unified Computing Authorized Technology Partner in the United Kingdom, Germany and Netherlands

Verizon Business has achieved Data Center Unified Computing Authorized Technology Provider status from Cisco.  This designation recognizes Verizon Business as having fulfilled the training and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support the Cisco Unified Computing System in the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands.

The Cisco Unified Computing System unites network, computational, storage access and virtualization resources in a single energy-efficient system that can help businesses reduce the cost and complexity of the IT environment while helping to extend capital assets. A new computing model, this system uses integrated management and combines a "wire-once" unified fabric with an industry-standard computing platform to help improve virtualization, reduce the data center's total overall cost, and provide dynamic resource provisioning for businesses that are becoming increasingly collaborative, mobile and distributed.   

"The Cisco Unified Computing System complements Verizon Business' ability to deliver holistic and innovative data center solutions to enterprise customers, whether premises- or network-based," said Martin Burvill, head of international sales, global solutions and global strategic services for Verizon Business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "We are encouraging customers to take advantage of this next-generation data center platform, which is economical and efficient, while providing a whole new level of functionality."   

John Growdon, director of worldwide channels for Cisco, said: "Taking advantage of this architectural shift, Cisco's new computing model can help customers transform the data center into a dynamic IT environment with the power to increase productivity, improve efficiency and drive virtualization to an entirely new level.  As a Cisco Data Center Unified Computing System Advanced Technology Partner, Verizon Business is now a member of an elite ecosystem of industry leaders working with Cisco to stimulate technology innovation, augment service delivery and accelerate the market adoption of unified computing."

To qualify as a Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Authorized Technology Provider, Verizon Business had to meet a number of requirements. These included achieving the Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Specialization and the Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Specialization as well as demonstrating mature competencies in server, storage and virtualization technologies.

Cisco's ATP program is part of a comprehensive go-to-market strategy for emerging and advanced technologies.  This program helps Cisco to define the knowledge, skills and services that channel partners need to sell, deploy and support these technologies.

Verizon is a global leader in driving better business outcomes for mid-sized and large enterprises and government agencies.  Verizon combines integrated communications and IT solutions, professional services expertise, and its high-IQ global IP and mobility networks to enable businesses to securely access information, share content and communicate.  Verizon is rapidly transforming to a cloud-based "everything-as-a-service" delivery model that will put the power of enterprise-grade solutions within the reach of every business, wherever and whenever needed.  Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.

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Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 94.1 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 194,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.