Verizon Information Technologies LLC Listed in Leaders Quadrant of Data Center Outsourcing Report

TAMPA, Fla. - Verizon Information Technologies LLC today announced that it has been listed in the Leaders Quadrant of the annual Gartner report: "Data Center Outsourcing Magic Quadrant 2005."

The report lists the leading providers of data center outsourcing services based on their ability to execute and their completeness of vision. Authored by Richard T. Matlus and William Maurer, the report covers service providers in North America. Gartner defines vendors listed in the Leaders Quadrant as performing well today, having a clear vision of market direction, and actively building competencies to sustain their leadership positions in the market.

The Verizon subsidiary markets IT products and solutions, including data center outsourcing, to medium-sized and enterprise-class business customers.

"We are pleased to see our data center services recognized in the Gartner report," said Harry Artz, president of Verizon Information Technologies LLC. "We believe findings such as these reaffirm Verizon's experience and ability to deliver effective solutions and business results to our clients."

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2005 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Verizon Information Technologies LLC

Verizon Information Technologies LLC (Verizon IT), an IT subsidiary within Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), has been a leading provider of IT products and solutions to enterprise and medium-sized business customer since 1988. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the company markets an array of IT solutions to businesses to help them effectively serve their customers. Currently, Verizon IT serves businesses in 9 different industries in the United States as well as in 7 other countries. The company offers its customers 24 x 7 support of its services through ISO-9001:2000 certified data centers. Services marketed include managed storage, data center outsourcing, managed desktop and help desk services and application hosting. For more information, visit www.verizon.com/IT.