Verizon to roll out portfolio of converged solutions for security

Solutions to meet increasing demand for integrated IT capabilities

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Business announced Wednesday (Feb. 18) that it is rolling out a new portfolio of converged solutions that address the security and performance challenges faced by large corporations.

The new solutions -- built on the company's world-class professional, managed and security capabilities -- will meet the increased demand for integrated capabilities spanning the entire IT "stack," which is the computing structure that includes the network, data, application and user layers.

This suite of integrated solutions will enable companies to more efficiently build a secure, high-performance communications and IT infrastructure to enhance overall business performance. It also addresses a critical issue that enterprise IT organizations often struggle with: how to seamlessly work between the IT groups responsible for different layers of the stack in order to avoid data breaches and poor application performance affecting the daily operations of an organization.

Verizon Business' new solutions portfolio, which initially consists of five converged offerings, features Virtual Discovery and Classification (VDC). The VDC service combines professional services, security log analysis and advanced tools to analyze an organization's Internet traffic to discover unusual malicious or unexpected traffic patterns and connections that can potentially cause harm to a customer's network.

"Today's extended enterprise faces a wide range of challenges requiring a holistic approach to conducting business," said Kerry Bailey, senior vice president-global services, Verizon Business.

"Through our launch of converged solutions, we are providing enterprises with new types of solutions that cut across the fundamental IT areas to strengthen security and application performance. As a result, enterprises can improve business performance and gain new efficiencies, while letting Verizon Business handle all the complexities associated with today's technology," Bailey said.

The VDC offering is available immediately to U.S.-based enterprises. Verizon Business plans to launch the four other converged solutions during the first half of this year. They are:

  • Application Performance and Vulnerability Assessment, which offers an expert assessment of critical business applications resulting in recommendations to improve both performance and security.
  • PCI-ready E-commerce Solution, which combines hosting and application management offerings with security services to help an organization become PCI compliant with regard to safeguarding credit card transactions.
  • CoLo Vulnerability Management Service, which integrates vulnerability management services into a data center colocation environment, using a self-service model to deliver end-to-end security.
  • Secure Virtualization Design Services, which help enterprises redesign an existing IT infrastructure to achieve the benefits of virtualization while maintaining a secure environment.

Global managed and professional services -- a key part of Verizon Business' strategic services offerings -- represent a significant growth area for the company, which delivers advanced communications, security and IT solutions for 98 percent of the Fortune 500. Verizon Business expects to experience continued expansion in this area throughout 2009. In addition, the company's strategic services -- which also include fast-growing IP, Ethernet and optical-ring services -- drove revenue of $6 billion in 2008, up 16 percent from 2007.

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