Verizon Business Completes SAS 70 Type II Examination for IP Application Hosting and Internet Colocation Data Centers

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Verizon Business Wednesday (Feb. 13) announced it has successfully completed its annual SAS 70 Type II examination for the company's IP Application Hosting Centers (Smart Centers) and Internet colocation facilities (Premium Data Centers).   Verizon Business' Smart Centers, Premium Data Centers in the United States and international Premium Data Centers have now successfully completed the examination for the seventh, third and second consecutive years, respectively.

Ernst & Young LLP performed examinations, addressing control objectives and controls specified by Verizon Business and their operating effectiveness at the company's managed and Internet colocation centers.  Control processes and procedures were examined for the Beltsville, Md.; San Jose, Calif.; and London Smart Centers, as well as in 17 Premium Data Centers in North America and Europe.  Areas of the examination included access to facilities, logical access to systems, network services operations and environmental safeguards. 

"Verizon Business is dedicated to providing its enterprise customers with the very best," said Michael Marcellin, vice president of product marketing for Verizon Business.  "Continuing to successfully complete our SAS 70 examinations -- year after year after year -- demonstrates our keen commitment to excellence and high-performance environments."

Verizon Business Smart Centers provide a reliable, secure and scalable hosting infrastructure for IP Application Hosting Services, allowing customers to outsource Web-enabled business applications and sites.  Backed by 24 x 7 technical service and support, Verizon Business empowers customers to meet their most challenging online IT needs.

Verizon Business Premium Data Centers offer customers a secure, dedicated environment to colocate Internet servers, data networking and voice equipment.  Designed to grow with a business and keep it operating at peak performance, Premium Data Centers offer customers the best of both worlds: the ability to leverage Verizon Business' high-speed Internet connectivity, robust facilities and high-performance infrastructure while using the customers' own equipment.

Established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, SAS 70 is the standard that enables service organizations such as Verizon Business to disclose their control activities and processes to their customers and their customers' auditors in a uniform reporting format.  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 Smart and Premium Data Centers are just part of the company's comprehensive portfolio of IT and hosting solutions that deliver complete, end-to-end integrated IT and network solutions.  From simple colocation to managed hosting to comprehensive applications management, Verizon Business enables customers to out-task the IT functions required by their business.  Services include Data Center Colocation, Remote Backup and Restore, Hosted Messaging and Instant Messaging, 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 leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large-business and government customers worldwide.  Combining unsurpassed global network reach with advanced communications, security and other professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.