Verizon Business Opens 'Smart Center' in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Verizon Business today officially opened a new Smart Center in Frankfurt to support customers with complex computing requirements in continental Europe. The facility extends the reach of the comprehensive, high-end managed services and managed-hosting capabilities already available to Verizon Business' global customers.

Verizon Business' Frankfurt Smart Center enables businesses to entrust the full management of their mission-critical business applications, Web services, facilities, underlying IT infrastructure and IT services to Verizon Business. As multinational companies are moving toward an all-IP environment, the ability to outsource these critical IT functions to a third-party expert is an increasingly crucial business requirement.

Working with Verizon Business, multinational companies are able to focus on their own business objectives, safe in the knowledge that their communications infrastructure is in good hands. In addition, using Verizon Business' comprehensive managed services portfolio, overall network and application performance is improved, and companies are better able to control costs.

Donald Badoux, head of specialized services, Europe for Verizon Business, said: "Our multinational customers are increasingly asking us to not only provide their communications capabilities, but also to provide full managed-services support. The Frankfurt Smart Center is the latest addition to our growing number of advanced facilities across our global IP network, which aim to meet, and exceed, the heightened requirements of our customers.

"This facility complements the capabilities offered by our existing Smart Centers around the world and, in particular, gives us the ability to provide distributed computing capability across the continental European market," Badoux said.

The Frankfurt center complements existing facilities in Japan, the United Kingdom and two locations in the United States, and is in addition to Verizon Business' 22 premium colocation centers, which currently span Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific region and the United States.  The centers support Verizon Business' managed services, which include full monitoring and reporting for hardware, operating systems, network and applications, as well as capacity planning and usage analysis.

About the Frankfurt Smart Center

The Frankfurt Smart Center offers customers best-of-breed capabilities. Support for more than 15 different server types and eight storage arrays is available, with full system-administration services for Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris, Red Hat Enterprise and Linux operating systems.

The Smart Center offers fully redundant and self-sufficient generators, transformers and power distribution unit banks. Five levels of security are provided, backed up with a comprehensive video surveillance system and state-of-the-art biometric access controls. The Smart Center also has full access to the complete portfolio of security expertise offered by Verizon Business Security Solutions. 

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.