Verizon Information Technologies and Sun Microsystems Team Up To Deliver IT Services to Mid-Size Enterprise Customers

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Verizon Information Technologies Inc., a Verizon (NYSE: VZ) subsidiary, and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), will work together to deliver data-center operations to medium-sized enterprise businesses, using the Sun platform of services and hosting the applications at Verizon facilities. The two companies will jointly market a new portfolio of managed infrastructure hosting services.

In addition to this effort, Verizon Information Technologies and its ISO 9002 certified Enterprise Outsourcing Services infrastructure and processes have achieved certification under the SunToneSM Certification and Branding program services. Verizon Information Technologies will deliver managed infrastructure services through its data centers located in Tampa, Fla., Sacramento, Calif., and Fort Wayne, Ind.

"As businesses grow, there's a positive correlation between the complexity of their processes and the complexity of their infrastructure. That's why combining the Sun platform with our scalable infrastructure is ideal for mid-sized businesses," said Mike Luebke, president of Verizon Information Technologies. "The SunTone certification of our Enterprise Outsourcing Services underscores our commitment to the highest quality solutions and services to our customers. We're proud to have received this industry-based quality 'seal of approval.'"

To achieve SunTone certification, Sun examined Verizon Information Technologies' Enterprise Outsourcing Service's network infrastructure, platforms, applications, procedures, security and operations to ensure they met the industry's best practices for availability, capacity and competency for enterprise-based services.

"The number one issue for customers seeking to outsource their enterprise solutions is the credibility of the provider," said Tom Bruno, CEO of Eisner Technology Solutions, LLC, a Verizon Information Technologies client. "The SunTone Certification is yet another in a long list of credentials that make Verizon's data center the industry's best and a perfect complement to Eisner's outsourcing offerings. As a leading enterprise ASP (application service provider) and a Verizon customer, Eisner's mid-sized customers are realizing the benefits of SunTone Certified ASP solutions that are secure, scalable, and highly reliable."

The SunTone Certification and Branding program, led by Sun Microsystems, Inc., is a collaborative industry effort to define best practices and audit solution providers' infrastructure, operational practices, hardware, software and delivery for high quality of service. "By achieving SunTone certification for Enterprise Outsourcing, Verizon Information Technologies passed a rigorous review process to meet industry high standards for excellence in infrastructure, availability and uptime," said Stans Kleijnen, vice president of Marketing Development Engineering at Sun. "Customers can be confident that Verizon Information Technologies' Enterprise Outsourcing Services are built and managed according to the industry's best practices and high-quality standards established through the SunTone Certification and Branding program."

About the SunToneSM Certification and Branding Program

The SunTone Certification and Branding Program is a collaborative industry effort, led by Sun Microsystems, Inc., to promote 7-by-24 service and reliability as a norm for consumer and business Internet-based services. Under the SunTone program, service providers, independent software vendors and integrators have endured a rigorous review process which examines infrastructure, operational practices, hardware, software, and overall service delivery to help ensure that the services or products provided by a company meet the SunTone program's best practices and high quality standards. Certification under the SunTone program is designed to give customers the confidence that each aspect of the company's operations and infrastructure has been evaluated and judged to be reliable and of high quality based on industry-derived standards. Launched in May 1999, The SunTone program currently has more than 1500 applicants for certification and more than 200 SunTone Certified solutions available to meet a variety of business needs.

About Verizon Information Technologies Inc.

Verizon Information Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon Data Services, itself a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon Data Services is a global company with more than 30 years experience in managing information technology, across a variety of platforms and within a range of industries. By leveraging the skills of more than 14,000 IT professionals, Verizon Data Services provides IT outsourcing services, transaction processing, mobile computing management, network management, telecommunications software systems, and healthcare payor transaction processing and software. Its eight data centers handle millions of transactions daily with industry leading availability, reliability and security. For additional information, visit


Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, SunTone and the SunTone Certified logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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