Verizon's Computing as a Service Is Among 'Light Reading' Magazine's 2009 'Top Picks'

Verizon's Computing as a Service\ (CaaS) has been selected by Light Reading magazine as one of its 2009 Top Picks in the business services category (fixed or wireless). 

Light Reading editors chose award winners from around the world after weeks of discussion with readers, analysts and industry sources regarding which communications technologies, services and products would shape the industry over the next 12 months. 

Phil Harvey, Light Reading's editor-in-chief, said, "Congratulations to all the companies and individuals who were selected as this year's Top Picks. The Top Picks were chosen by Light Reading's editors because they embody the trends that we believe are really pushing the communications industry forward."

With regard to CaaS, Harvey noted that he is "definitely seeing a trend with all the big telcos wanting to provide the connection to the network, equipment to get you on the network, the apps to run on the network, and the storage to lock away the work created by using all those apps. Verizon seems to have packaged and marketed the capabilities better than anyone else to date."

Joe Crawford, Verizon executive director, IT Solutions, said, "This award illustrates how Verizon Business, through our innovation and vision, is changing the way enterprises use IT resources.  Backed by our world-class security and performance, enterprises can now use the cloud to deliver even their most critical business applications." 

Verizon's CaaS Offers Exceptional Performance and Security

Verizon launched its Computing as a Service (CaaS) solution in June with a focus on delivering exceptional performance and security for enterprises.  With CaaS, businesses and government agencies can take advantage of cloud (IP-based) computing to more efficiently and securely manage IT resources - server, network and storage.

Available in the U.S., Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, this service - which leverages Verizon Business' world-class IP infrastructure and data centers - enables mid-market and large companies to use a Web-based portal to employ computing resources in the quantities and duration dictated by their business needs. As a result, businesses pay only for the resources used and avoid having to build out peak capacity requirements by buying new equipment and adding staff.

For more information, visit the Top Picks page on Light Reading at: http://www.lightreading.com/top-picks.

About Light Reading
Founded in 2000, Light Reading (www.lightreading.com) is the leading online media, research, and focused event company serving the $3 trillion worldwide communications market. Lightreading.com is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading's research arms, Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research, provide the most comprehensive communications research, market data, and technology analysis in close to 100 markets around the world. Light Reading produces nearly 20 targeted communications events including TelcoTV, Ethernet Expo New York and Ethernet Expo London, The Tower Summit @ CTIA, and Optical Expo, as well as focused one-day events tailored for cable, mobile, and wireline executives. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005 and operates as a unit of TechWeb.

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.