Verizon Business Receives 2009 Top Partner of the Year Award From Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks has named Verizon Business as Juniper's 2009 Top Partner of the Year for the Americas.  The award recognizes Verizon Business' continued success in delivering advanced IT solutions based on Juniper's high-performance technology platforms, as well as the company's commitment to customer-service excellence and revenue growth.

"This award underscores our ability to deliver the advanced IT and networking solutions that enterprise clients around the globe require to meet critical business challenges," said Robert Toohey, senior vice president - global customer care and services, Verizon Business.  "By forging strong relationships with companies such as Juniper Networks, we leverage Verizon's managed and professional consulting capabilities to provide our clients with high-performance solutions that help drive business efficiency and performance."

Verizon Business and Juniper Networks: a Force in the Market

Last year, Verizon Business and Juniper Networks continued to deepen and broaden the scope of their relationship.  In February, Juniper Networks was one of the first leading suppliers to sign a global reseller agreement with Verizon Business as part of its single-source model for the delivery of customer premises equipment and related support services in 122 countries and territories.  In addition, Verizon Business expanded the availability of its offerings based on Juniper Networks technologies, including WAN optimization and managed WAN services.

"For the second year in a row Verizon Business has continued to push the innovation envelope by extending its suite of managed services built on Juniper's high-performance technology platforms," said Frank Vitagliano, senior vice president - Partners-Americas, Juniper Networks.  "Verizon Business' ongoing commitment to delivering world-class solutions is enabling enterprises around the globe to solve their business challenges in new and better ways."

The award was presented on Tuesday (May 25) at the Juniper Networks annual Americas Partner Summit in Phoenix.

Verizon Business previously received the Juniper Networks 2008 Top Partner of the Year award and the Juniper Networks 2007 Americas Managed Services Partner of the Year award.

Verizon Business has been a Juniper Networks reseller since 2001 and an Elite member of the Juniper Networks Partner Program since its inception in 2005.  Nearly 1,000 Verizon Business personnel hold almost 2,300 Juniper Networks sales and technical certifications in enterprise routing and switching, security, WAN acceleration, and firewall and virtual private networking.

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.