Verizon Business Helps Zodiac Marine & Pool Take the Plunge Into IP Communications

Zodiac Marine & Pool has outsourced the delivery and management of a new, global, all-Internet-protocol communications infrastructure to Verizon Business.  This will enable the company to realize cost and management efficiencies as well as enhance its overall communications capabilities.

Verizon Business will fully manage a secure private IP network connecting Zodiac's headquarters in Paris and its operations in Australia, China, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Tunisia, the U.K. and the U.S.  In addition to managed IP and security services, Verizon Business will provide secure, high-speed Internet access for employees working remotely. The managed Verizon Private IP network also gives Zodiac the flexibility to easily scale its communications to accommodate future changes.

Verizon Business has already transitioned all voice communications at Zodiac's Paris headquarters to a hosted IP Centrex, with further rollout planned for the coming months across the customer's other sites.

Jacques Reynaud, infrastructure manager at Zodiac Marine & Pool, said: "Fundamental changes in our own organization gave us the opportunity to look afresh at how we were using technology to support our business goals. We decided to outsource all our communications requirements to a single service provider, with the aim of freeing up internal resources to focus on strategic business development, knowing our network is in safe hands. The experienced Verizon Business team is essentially an extension of our own organization."

Zodiac Marine & Pool has more than 4,000 employees worldwide that deliver pool-care, boats and environment products to customers around the world.

About Zodiac Marine & Pool
Zodiac Marine & Pool enjoys leadership positions in pool-care, boats and environment products.  These major areas of specialization are linked by complementary know-how in manufacturing and services. Zodiac's technological expertise is reflected in product designs and manufacturing, and the use of flexible, plastic or composite materials. Find out more at http://www.zodiac-marine-pool.com/en/.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: 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.