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December 16, 2009

Verizon Business to Manage U.S. Army Reserve Command's Internet Protocol Network

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Verizon Business has announced that it will fully manage and secure all aspects of the U.S. Army Reserve Command’s Internet protocol network in the continental United States.
The U.S. Army Reserve Command trains and readies Army Reserve troop units in the continental United States. The Reserve Command maintains a force that can be mobilized to respond to a crisis while supporting humanitarian and relief operations after natural disasters such as hurricanes or flooding.
The new agreement covers one year and four optional one-year extensions, and expands Verizon Business’ (News - Alert) long-standing relationship with the agency.
Company officials said that the agreement calls on Verizon Business to manage and secure the agency’s entire network, including critical components such as routers, local area network (LAN) switches, firewalls and private branch exchange (PBX (News - Alert)) equipment.
“With private IP services in a fully managed network environment, Verizon Business can help the Army Reserve Command meet its current and future operational requirements with confidence while holding the line on operating costs,” said Susan Zeleniak, group president for Verizon Federal.
Verizon Business will monitor and secure the network from its ISO/IEC (News - Alert) 20000 certified Government Network Operations and Security Center (GNOSC). The network links 950 sites and 55,000 users.
Company officials said that the GNOSC is a facility dedicated to supporting the unique security and operational requirements of Verizon Business’ federal government customers.
Additionally, Verizon Business will provide professional services and network monitoring to help address the Army’s information assurance security guidelines governing the networking environment, software and hardware.
Verizon Business’s GNOSC will manage the Army Reserve Command’s network operations round-the-clock and seven days a week. The command will shift day-to-day management to Verizon Business and consolidate existing managed services contracts under one agreement.
Verizon Business is a provider of communications services to the U.S. federal government and also provides advanced communications and information technology services globally.
Also this week, the NASDAQ OMX Group extended its cooperation with Verizon Business. The new agreements enable NASDAQ OMX to reinforce its global open connectivity strategy, and also support the expansion of its co-location services offering for its U.S. exchanges and markets.
The agreements extend an existing relationship under which Verizon Business provides the exchange company with professional services, unified communications and corporate network services.
To find out more about Verizon Business, visit the company at the 4GWE Conference. To be held Jan. 20 to 22 in Miami and collocated with ITEXPO East 2010, the 4GWE Conference will focus on the realities of deploying 4G technologies and delivering broadband wireless applications to a growing community of wireless broadband consumers. Stuart Elby, VP, Network Architecture and Enterprise Technology, Verizon Wireless, is speaking during “Network Operators Prepare for the 200MB Lifestyle.” Don’t wait. Register now.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri