The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-01-13T22:24:15Z ManageEngine Partners with Samsung to Provide KNOX Capability to Customers 2015-01-13T22:24:15Z manageengine-partners-with-samsung-to-provide-knox-capability-to-customers-3 The Spectrum Group announces new-look leadership and new clients 2013-08-21T06:03:45Z the-spectrum-group-announces-new-look-leadership-and-new-clients SYDNEY – AUGUST 21, 2013 - The Spectrum Group, one of Australia’s leading independent technology-focused public relations firms has today announced a new look leadership team, reporting to Group Managing Director, Laura Skelley. The announcement symbolises a refreshed focus to ensure it continues to offer clients the direction and strategic counsel that has always been synonymous with Spectrum Communications and Max Australia – the two brands under The Spectrum Group.Skelley explained that the changes usher in a new era for the agencies. She said the promotions are in recognition of outstanding contributions from individuals, but also represent a statement of intent from the owner of the Group, IPMG. “The public relations industry has been changing dramatically in recent years and it will continue to do so. This organisational change will allow us to focus more clearly on the individual businesses, Spectrum Communications and Max Australia, while expanding our services offering,” said Skelley.The new structure sees Aaron Crowther take the newly created role across both agencies as Group Business Director, while Alex Brewer and Rachel York have been appointed General Managers of Spectrum Communications and Max Australia respectively.“These changes reflect our long-term objectives as a Group, while also offering expanded career opportunities for our staff,” explained Skelley. “Identifying opportunities to develop our business and expanding our service offering will be a significant focus for Aaron in his new role. He will be responsible for working with me to ensure we offer the best possible services to our clients and represent industry best practice.“As General Managers, Alex and Rachel will take on the overall responsibility for all administrative areas of Spectrum and Max respectively, including client engagement, new business development, finance and budgeting, and managing their consulting teams. By taking on these roles, Alex and Rachel will free me to focus on higher level strategy as we expand our business within the Asia Pacific region. We will be looking to hire staff in key roles under Aaron, Alex and Rachel as we grow.” Brewer, Crowther and York bring with them more than 40 years’ collective communications experience across a wide range of roles, geographies and businesses. Skelley said with this combined experience, she expects this announcement will be the first in a series of positive news stories from both Spectrum Communications and Max Australia in the coming months.“In the last year we have added some important accounts to the portfolio, as well as some key talent within the team,” said Skelley. “Our credentials in enterprise technology are long, proven and second-to-none and we have also had some great success in the consumer tech space in the last few years. Managing and implementing change is part of a successful agency because it allows us to continue providing the highest quality of service for our clients. These business changes are important and necessary for our growth and development in the market, but what won’t change is our commitment to excellence on behalf of our clients.“SDL and Tableau Software are the latest additions to Spectrum’s broad client portfolio and ManageEngine helps to round-out Max’s client base. We are delighted to be working with these three innovative companies to help them grow their brands in Australia,” said Skelley.Founded in 1992, SDL enables global businesses to engage with their customers in the language, the media and at the moment they choose. It uses customer insights to create meaningful experiences, regardless of how or where customers engage. Spectrum will work alongside SDL, which is expanding its business in Australia, to help build its profile. Hana Mujadzic, APAC Marketing Manager for SDL, said, “SDL appointed Spectrum Communications as its PR partner to prepare for the next phase of growth in Australia. Spectrum demonstrated it has the relevant experience, media contacts and industry knowledge needed to successfully manage SDL’s PR campaign. Spectrum’s experience across the technology, business and marketing sectors will help SDL grow its Australian market presence.”Tableau Software was founded in 2003 by Pat Hanrahan, a founding member of Pixar and Stanford professor, computer scientist Dr. Chris Stolte and Tableau’s CEO, Christian Chabot. The company develops innovative software that helps people see and understand their data.Richard Ng, Marketing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan at Tableau Software said, “We appointed Spectrum to help raise awareness of the Tableau brand in Australia and New Zealand. Spectrum demonstrated extensive experience working with global brands in the local market, which is one of the reasons they are the perfect extension to our team. We have a lot of ANZ customers doing great things with Tableau, and we look forward to working together with Spectrum to share those stories."A division of global parent company Zoho Corp, ManageEngine delivers the real-time IT management tools that empower an IT team to meet an organisation’s need for real-time services and support. Worldwide, more than 72,000 established and emerging enterprises (including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500) rely on ManageEngine products to ensure the optimal performance of their critical IT infrastructure, including networks, servers, applications, desktops and more. Max is working with ManageEngine to grow its brand presence in the Australian market.Sridhar Iyengar, VP Product Management for ManageEngine, said, “ManageEngine chose Max Australia to represent us for PR in local market after a competitive pitch process. We chose Max because of its reputation in the market and the team’s ability plan and execute a program with proven results. We look forward to working with the Max team as we continue to grow our brand presence in the Australian marketplace.” About IPMGFounded on origins commencing in 1887 and proudly Australian, IPMG is the parent company for an integrated group of marketing services businesses with over 1700 employees across print, digital and communications sectors. Privately owned, IPMG has a 125 year heritage of faithfully and successfully serving clients. Today, every single employee continues to carry that tradition on - striving to exceed client expectations every day.To visit the Spectrum Communications website, go to: http://www.spectrumcomms.com.au/To visit the Max Australia website, go to: http://maxaustralia.com.au/ N-able Technologies Announces Australia, New Zealand Managed Services Roadshow and Annual Partner Summit 2012-02-21T04:34:00Z n-able-technologies-announces-australia-new-zealand-managed-services-roadshow-and-annual-partner-summit-1 SYDNEY, Australia, Feb. 20, 2012 – N-able Technologies, the global leader in remote monitoring and management (RMM) automation software for managed service providers (MSPs) and IT departments, today announced the dates and details behind its 2012 Australia and New Zealand MSP Roadshow, as well as its third annual Australia Partner Summit. N-able’s 2012 Australian and New Zealand MSP Roadshow — which kicks off on Wednesday, March 14 in Sydney — will be hosted by N-able’s CEO Gavin Garbutt and Vice President of Sales Mike Cullen. The events bring the top N-able sales, marketing, partner development and technology talent to the doorstep of more than 200 N-able partners in Australia and New Zealand. A number of N-able’s top-performing regional partners will also be on hand at each Roadshow to share their perspective on how to achieve record success as an MSP. Offered at no charge to N-able partners and prospects, the 2012 Australian and New Zealand MSP Roadshow will highlight the established business and technology practices adopted by N-able’s growing community of MSP Elite Partners worldwide who have grown their managed services customer base from 20,000 to 61,000 SMBs in the last two years. Attendees will also learn more about N-able’s exclusive hybrid licensing strategy and hear breakthrough strategies and tactics for overcoming barriers, generating recurring revenue, and achieving greater success with managed services. Additionally, N-able executives will share recent industry data on compelling trends in managed services, discuss how to leverage the cloud to increase profits and reveal how MSPs can identify hidden pockets of opportunity within their existing client base. Cities and dates for N-able’s Australia and New Zealand Roadshow include: Sydney, Australia - Wednesday, March 14 Melbourne, Australia - Thursday, March 15 Brisbane, Australia - Friday, March 16 Perth, Australia - Tuesday, March 20 Auckland, New Zealand - Thursday, March 22 To register for N-able’s Roadshow, visit www.n-able.com/roadshow/anz/. All potential N-able partners will receive 1,000 free N-central essential agents, the N-able MSP Sales and Marketing Digital Binder, five Server Professional licenses, and five Security Manager | Endpoint licenses — a total value of more than $13,000 AUD/$17,000 NZD. More details, including eligibility requirements, are noted on the N-able event registration page. N-able Hosts Third Annual Australia Partner Summit As part of N-able’s dedication to bring the best managed services intelligence to its partners, the company will host its third annual N-able Partner Summit in Australia on Tuesday, March 13. Attended by more than 100 MSPs, N-able’s Australia Partner Summit presents a great forum for partners to learn more about N-able’s 100% IT Coverage model and its innovative freemium programs, as well as to evaluate the vast array of sales and marketing enablement resources proven to accelerate sales and drive new business. N-able partners can register for this event at summit.n-able.com/australia. For more information, please email sales@n-able.com . “Australia and New Zealand are home to many of our preeminent and innovative international partners, and we’re looking forward to sharing new strategies for growth with our partners, as well as engage new prospects and aspiring MSPs within the region,” says Garbutt. “N-able expanded its business beyond North America three years ago, and today, international markets account for a significant percentage of our partner base,” concludes Garbutt. “We’re excited about the adoption rate of N-able within these markets and have set an aggressive growth strategy for 2012 that will further extend our leadership internationally and enable us to create and deliver a greater service advantage to our partners worldwide.” For more information about N-able Technologies, visit www.n-able.com. Follow N-able on Twitter and Facebook at www.twitter.com/NableMSP and http://www.facebook.com/NableTechnologies. About N-able Technologies N-able Technologies is the global leader in remote monitoring and management automation solutions for managed service providers (MSPs) and IT departments. N-able’s award-winning N-central software and complementary toolsets are proven to reduce IT support costs, improve network performance and increase productivity through the proactive monitoring , management and optimisation of IP-enabled devices and IT infrastructure. N-central features an industry-first freemium model that drives down the cost of remote management and accelerates the mass adoption of managed services. With offices in North America, the U.K., the Netherlands and Australia, N-able is 100% channel-friendly and maintains strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Intel, IBM, CA, Cisco and APC, among others. ### Press Contact: Caroline La Rose Max Australia caroline.larose@maxaustralia.com.au +61 2 9469 5743 NetApp partner, Envisian, appoints IT sales luminary, Sue Tabor, as Account Executive to develop and strengthen Australian business 2012-01-30T23:28:00Z netapp-partner-envisian-appoints-it-sales-luminary-sue-tabor-as-account-executive-to-develop-and-strengthen-australian-business-1 MELBOURNE, Australia — January 31, 2012 — Specialist Australian solutions integrator and NetApp Gold Partner, Envisian, today announced the appointment of well-known IT industry sales specialist, Sue Tabor, to the role of Account Executive. In this new role, Tabor will be responsible for developing and growing Envisian’s existing business, as well as working with new customers to demonstrate the benefits of Envisian’s services. She will be involved in developing sales and growth strategies, and consulting with customers to illustrate how they can reduce business risk and increase agility in the marketplace. Tabor’s experience includes more than two decades in senior business development roles with companies such Frontline, Commander and Micro Sales. In each of these roles, Tabor was successful in winning, maintaining and growing high-profile enterprise and government customer accounts, including several multi-million-dollar deals. Her specialty areas include storage, virtualisation, networking, business continuity, public and private cloud, telephony and managed infrastructure services. Robert Pollock, Managing Director of Envisian, said, “We are very pleased to have Sue on board with the Envisian team. Her knowledge and expertise are highly regarded in the industry and her track record speaks for itself. Because of the outstanding customer feedback we’ve received and the client relationships we have nurtured in the last 12 to 24 months, we’ve set ourselves ambitious growth targets for the year ahead. Welcoming someone of Sue’s calibre into our existing team of outstanding people means we’re looking forward to an amazing 2012 and beyond.” Prior to accepting the role with Envisian, Tabor spent 15 months on sabbatical. Tabor said, “It was no small decision to re-join the workforce, because I was enjoying my time out. But when I did my research and spoke to friends in the industry, I couldn’t pass-up the opportunity to work with Envisian. The reputation of the business and its people is exceptional. I was particularly impressed by the fact Envisian chooses to work only with one leading vendor in each space – like NetApp – and they become genuine experts in those technologies, providing real value to customers. “The services and solutions Envisian offers bring true, transformational benefits to customers, and in short, they are a great group of people. The company and the role were simply too good to ignore. I look forward to working together with Rob and the team to show customers what simplicity and innovation really are.” Todd Parsons, Director of Channel Sales and Marketing for Netapp ANZ, said, “We would like to congratulate Envisian on Sue’s appointment. Our partnership with the Envisian team is a strong one, because of Envisian’s commitment to working closely with us and knowing our technology in extreme detail. Envisian is a true extension of the NetApp organisation, embracing not just our solutions, but also our values and approach to business. We welcome Sue to the team!” About EnvisianEnvisian is a privately owned, Australian solutions integrator specialising in data centre transformation to deliver reduced TCO, increased business agility and decreased business risk for customers. Envisian provides simplicity, innovation and a dedication to the success of customers’ businesses. The company’s approach is unique, partnering only with leaders in their respective technology markets, then focusing on learning those technologies in great depth to enable expert services capability. This allows Envisian to take a true consulting approach with customers and add genuine value to their IT strategies and solution delivery. To find out more about Envisian’s services and solutions, go to www.envisian.com.au. Press Contact:Rachel York Max Australia Ph: 02 9954 3492 Rachel.york@maxaustralia.com.au Customer and Partner Success is Foundation for Culture That Lands NetApp #6 on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” List 2012-01-19T23:46:00Z customer-and-partner-success-is-foundation-for-culture-that-lands-netapp-6-on-fortune-s-100-best-companies-to-work-for-list-2 SYDNEY, Australia.—January 20, 2012—NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today was ranked #6 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for 2012. This is the fourth consecutive year NetApp was ranked in the top 10 and sixth consecutive year it was ranked in the top 15. The consistent recognition as a great place to work around the world validates NetApp’s commitment to sustaining a culture where innovation thrives and inspired employees help partners and customers succeed so that businesses built on NetApp go further, faster. “We are committed to building a model company that drives growth and success for our customers and partners,” said Tom Georgens, president and CEO, NetApp. “Earning a spot on FORTUNE magazine’s list of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ is fantastic recognition of our talented and passionate employees, who make our customer promise—‘go further, faster’—a reality every single day.” Culture of Innovation Drives Success NetApp is committed to creating a model global company that fosters creativity, teamwork, open communication, leadership, adaptability, and innovation. These principles add up to a unique culture that creates an environment where employees and innovation thrive and helps partners and customers maximise their success. NetApp’s culture is the source of sustainable differentiation for the company, which is why the company nurtures its culture by measuring itself against the world’s best workplaces. In addition to NetApp’s latest ranking on FORTUNE’s “100 Great Companies to Work For” list, the following global rankings underscore NetApp’s commitment to upholding its values and culture as the foundation of a great place to work: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: #1 Canada: #2 Switzerland: #2 United Kingdom: #2 Australia: #3 World’s Best Multinational Workplace #3 France: #4 Minnesota: #4 Netherlands: #5 Pennsylvania: #5 Washington, D.C.: #5 Europe: #6 New York City: #6 Germany: #8 Japan: #8 India: #10 Boston: #14 What Some of NetApp’s Customers Are Saying Kenneth Danila, IT Operations Manager at VHB “NetApp's annual recognition on the ‘100 Great Companies to Work For’ list is not surprising to us at VHB. NetApp’s dedicated, responsive, and hard-working employees have helped us connect our two most vital assets, our people and our data, and better enable us to help our customers solve the nation's most complex transportation, land development, environmental, and urban design and planning challenges. We congratulate NetApp and look forward to our continued joint success.” Bob Gelety, Director of Network Engineering, Clark Construction Group, LLC"A significant portion of Clark Construction Group's data and applications resides on NetApp, giving us the flexibility and efficiency we need to further our technology innovation and venture into promising new markets. NetApp's annual recognition on the ‘100 Great Companies to Work For’ list underscores its commitment to its employees, who help customers like us propel our business." About the 100 Best Companies to Work For List To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America; 280 firms participated in this year’s survey. More than 246,000 employees at those companies responded to a survey created by the Institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the Institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts. After evaluations are completed, if news about a company comes to light that may significantly damage employees’ faith in management, we may exclude it from the list. Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible. For information on how to apply, visit www.greatplacetowork.com. For full list of winners and related stories, please visit http://www.Fortune.com/BestCompanies. Additional ResourcesRead about NetApp’s commitment to culture and its consistent recognition around the world: http://www.netapp.com/us/company/our-story/great-place-to-work Follow NetApp on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NetAppANZ Get the latest on NetApp culture: www.facebook.com/NetAppCulture Join NetApp on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/NetAppANZ View NetApp videos on YouTube: www.youtube.com/NetAppTV Connect with NetApp on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=111681 Discuss this news in NetApp Communities, where you can exchange thoughts and ideas on a variety of topics with our community members. Collaborate with our company, engage in conversation with NetApp leaders and employees, and participate in our passion to go further, faster. Join now at www.netapp.com/us/communities. About NetApp NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognised as a great place to work around the world are fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as the success of our pathway partners and customers. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at http://www.netapp.com/au/# # #NetApp, the NetApp logo, and Go further, faster are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such. Press Contact: Max Australia Caroline La Rose +61 2 9469 5743 Caroline.LaRose@maxaustralia.com.au N-able Technologies® Achieves Record Growth in 2011 including 40 percent increase in Australian and New Zealand MSP partner base 2012-01-12T04:09:00Z n-able-technologies-achieves-record-growth-in-2011-including-40-percent-increase-in-australian-and-new-zealand-msp-partner-base SYDNEY, Australia – January 11, 2012 – N-able Technologies, the global leader in remote monitoring and management (RMM) automation software for managed service providers (MSPs) and IT departments, today announced it exceeded its operating plan in 2011 by every measure, reporting record-high performance, growth and satisfaction ratings from its global partner base. The company’s year-end 2011 sales report notes the number of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) currently under management by its MSP partners using the N-able N-central platform has grown from 22,000 end-users to more than 59,000 – an increase of nearly 200 percent since January 2010. The report also notes the number of devices being managed on a worldwide basis by N-able partners using N-central has grown in excess of 235 percent. “The exponential growth across N-able’s partner base is unrivaled and clearly demonstrates the success and ongoing leadership our partners hold within the IT industry,” says Gavin Garbutt, CEO, N-able Technologies. “As a company, N-able performed ahead of plan and brought to market industry-leading offerings across our technology, MSP freemium programs, technical support and sales and marketing enablement resources to help our partners rapidly expand their share of wallet with existing customers and earn new business in 2011.” Unprecedented International Growth and New Strategic Alliances Last year, N-able grew its international MSP partner base in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, the U.K., Germany and South Africa by more than 40 percent, and welcomed hundreds of new international partners to the N-able partner community. The industry innovator also received a significant multi-million dollar growth equity investment from Accel-KKR, a leading technology-focused private equity firm. Announced in October 2011, the strategic investment is being used to maximise N-able MSP partner growth worldwide, further develop the N-central portfolio, enhance the company’s partner development efforts and fund a strategic acquisition program. Fueling its market momentum and channel leadership, N-able also forged a number of strategic alliances with industry leaders and associations including the world’s leading IT distributor Ingram Micro, Inc., the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), International Business Products, Inc. (IBPI), the ASCII Group Inc., MSP Alliance and NetEnrich. The company also hosted its annual N-able Partner Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., attracting nearly 500 MSP partners from around the world, and held a number of regionally-based, international partner summits throughout the year. “N-able’s success internationally is unprecedented,” says Mike Cullen, vice president of sales, N-able Technologies. “In 2011, we saw a number of international MSPs switch to N-able to accelerate their managed services practices and we also earned the business of many aspiring MSPs. We’ve seen tremendous growth in our international business over the last three years and expect these numbers to soar in 2012.” N-able’s Partner Enablement, Technology Innovation and Unwavering Channel Commitment Throughout 2011, N-able introduced a number of new technology innovations, programs and resources including a massive new N-central Essentials freemium to enable MSPs to get all of their SMB customer devices under management at no cost. It launched N-central 8.0 and 8.1 as well as its Security Manager Anti-spam product, the MSP Technician Runbook, the Manager’s Runbook and the MSP Sales and Digital Marketing Binder. N-able’s N-centralRMM platform also achieved VMware Ready™ status in 2011, indicating that it passed a detailed evaluation and testing process managed by VMware and is now listed in the VMware Partner Product Catalog. Keeping partner success a top priority, the 100 percent channel friendly company continued to offer a variety of free training and enablement webinars in 2011, including its 12-part series of business webinars, titled “How to Achieve 100% IT Coverage,” and unveiled a new, co-sponsored research report called “Countering Artificial Commoditisation and Poor Pricing Practices in Managed Services ” to help educate partners on current market dynamics and provide valuable insight on business development and sales methodologies. More than 7,200 N-able partners and prospects attended one or more of these informative webinars and more than 62 percent of N-able’s partner community leveraged the RMM leader’s freemium MSP sales strategy and complementary offerings to grow their business. These innovative strategies and offerings – along with N-able’s superior products and support – also contributed to a greater number of MSPs switching to N-central from competitive RMM vendors in 2011. 2012 Outlook – Explosive Growth, New Technologies Building on its success and its passion to be the best, N-able is forecasting continued growth in 2012 marked by yet another recent inflection point that is driving record adoption of managed services among SMBs. “In 2012, N-able will deliver next-generation service automation software that will take managed services mainstream within the solution provider community and ignite adoption among SMBs worldwide,” says JP Jauvin, president and COO, N-able Technologies. “This powerful combination of advanced IT automation software, along with our N-central portfolio, proven business processes and partner development, is unique Verizon Enhances Security for iYogi’s 2011-11-17T22:46:00Z verizon-enhances-security-for-iyogi-s SYDNEY, Australia - 18 November 2011 – For global independent tech support provider iYogi, processing thousands of daily electronic payments is the lifeblood of its business. To enhance protection of its network and online payment system, this fast-growing company has chosen Verizon to deliver fully managed end-to-end security services. iYogi provides personalised computer support for hundreds of thousands of individual and small-business customers in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada. As the company’s global footprint has expanded, so has the volume of transactions it manages on a daily basis. Vishal Dhar, iYogi’s President Marketing and Co-founder, said: “We have built our delivery platform for tech support in line with the best global technology standards given that our business is built around the quality of service we offer our customers, and we strive to follow best practices in every area of our operations. When we started looking for the best available security solution, we turned to our existing partner Verizon which is a leading global provider of security services. Together with Verizon, we are confident we can achieve the highest levels of security compliance and performance - and in doing so, our customers can be confident about the security of our systems and their own transactions.” Verizon professional consultants are delivering a comprehensive range of managed security services to iYogi, including compliance to PCI DSS and ISO/IEC 27002, vulnerability assessment services, and investigative response services, which enable iYogi to receive timely notifications of potential security threats, vulnerabilities and effective mitigation of risks to iYogi. These build on the existing Verizon integrated IP networking and applications management solution, which connects iYogi’s global operations with the company’s core business application servers, co-located in Verizon’s Los Angeles data centre. Verizon’s secure and fully redundant facilities help iYogi minimise any potential customer service interruption – and therefore ensure service availability to its customers, whenever and wherever they need it. Verizon offers managed security services; governance, risk and compliance solutions; data loss and prevention solutions; and identity management solutions, all delivered by the company’s more than 1,200 security professionals around the globe. More information is available by visiting http://www.verizonbusiness.com/products/security. The company also provides ongoing security insight and analysis via the Verizon Security Blog. Verizon is a global leader in driving better business outcomes for enterprises and government agencies. Verizon delivers integrated IT and communications solutions via its high-IQ global IP and mobility networks to enable businesses to securely access information, share content and communicate. Verizon is rapidly transforming to a cloud-based “everything-as-a-service” delivery model that will put the power of enterprise-class solutions within the reach of every business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com. About Verizon Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 107 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $106.6 billion in 2010 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 195,000. For more information, visit www.verizon.com. #### VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTRE: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon’s News Center on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases. Media Contact:Almira Anthony Max Australia +61 2 9954 3492 almira.anthony@maxaustralia.com.au High-IQ Networks and the Enterprise Cloud Among Forces That Will Foster Business Innovation and a Borderless Workstyle in 2012 2011-11-16T07:00:00Z high-iq-networks-and-the-enterprise-cloud-among-forces-that-will-foster-business-innovation-and-a-borderless-workstyle-in-2012 SYDNEY, Australia - 16 November 2011 – More than ever during 2012, global connections between people, machines and their environments will shape the global business landscape and drive the future of work. In its annual review of top business-technology trends for the year ahead, Verizon sees enterprise technology helping business leaders re-engineer the workplace, power more effective customer service models, and create opportunities for broad societal benefit. “The future has never looked brighter for business and governments to employ technology to generate growth, solve industry challenges, and enrich lives and our global society,” said Mike Palmer, vice president of enterprise strategy and marketing for Verizon’s global enterprise unit. “Next year will be pivotal in applying technology solutions in such areas as health care and smart energy management, while keeping pace with the borderless lifestyle we’ve come to embrace at work, at home and everywhere in between.” EDITOR’S NOTE: See related Verizon press release on what’s trending for consumers for 2012. To join the conversation on Twitter, follow us at #VZTechTrends. Here’s Verizon’s list of the top 10 technology trends that will impact businesses and their workers in 2012: The High-IQ Network Effect -- With each new smart device or software application added to a network, all endpoints and devices will become inherently smarter -- each benefitting exponentially from additional connections. Whether the connections are people-to-people, machine-to-people or machine-to-machine, new opportunities will be created to solve societal challenges such as employing IT to address the rising cost of health care or deliver smart energy solutions. Because of the network’s importance, any interruption of service will have a profound impact. As a result, there will be an even greater demand for carefully designed and well-managed services at the core of the global IP backbone and high-speed wireless networks. To the Enterprise Cloud and Back -- The enterprise cloud will finally come of age and deliver substantial benefits – dramatically reducing capital expenditures and creating business efficiencies and better economics. Cloud services will give companies powerful new options to move workloads easily between the corporate data center and the cloud of a company’s choice. Whether a public, private or hybrid cloud model, the enterprise cloud will play an essential role in mobilising enterprise apps that enable both workforce mobility and new business paradigms. Big Data Equals Big Insights -- Big data – large data sets that can now be managed with the right tools – will drive innovation, helping to evolve the role of Chief Information Officer to Chief Innovation Office. These new “thinkers” will be responsible for determining the quality of data and strategic applications used to create new business opportunities while empowering evidence-based decision making for greater success. Predictive Analytics, based on vast amounts of synthesised data, will become an increasingly important tool for the enterprise. Companies that harness the intelligence inherent in their data, secure it and act on it accordingly can expect to gain a significant competitive edge. The Social Enterprise -- The already Web-centric enterprise will become even more social, and the ability to tap intelligence at all levels of the organisation will become the new norm. With the right tools -- such as high-definition video for richer collaboration and intelligent “crowdsourcing,” (large-scale collaboration) -- enterprises can produce, find and convey information with much less effort and greater velocity and efficacy than ever before. This will foster innovation and enhance productivity with exponential benefits. A multi-generational workforce will employ technology to truly embrace a borderless workstyle, where work is an activity not a location. Video is The New Black – Video is on its way to becoming this year’s “fashionable black,” given its popularity with users and the ease in which it can be accessed on today’s tablets, mobile phones and laptops. Now, thanks to ultra-high-bandwidth capabilities and the combination of global IP networks and 4G LTE wireless, video is fast becoming the pervasive and preferred communication vehicle for many enterprise activities, from team meetings to quarterly employee communications to on-demand information about key projects. And with video-enabled contact centres being the latest business-to-consumer application, this business trend is here to stay. Service Your Way -- Personalisation will continue to be an inspiration for innovation, driving companies to reengineer their processes and business models. Increasingly, businesses will look for new opportunities and channels to meet customers on their terms. Multifunction kiosks located outside of traditional retail venues, contact centre routing and “click to chat” windows will help companies better serve customers. In addition, the enterprise cloud will enable more application intelligence and the ability to integrate applications and physical environments, helping businesses personalise the customer service experience and enhance customer satisfaction. The Consumerisation of IT -- Just as personalisation is driving a new approach to customer service, IT departments are increasingly being influenced by their users. Many companies are now trying to improve the user experience and enhance productivity by tailoring their enterprise IT policies to support employees who bring their own productivity tools – such as smartphones and tablets -- to the workplace. Companies are looking to experts to help equip today’s mobile worker with cloud-based applications that work just as securely and reliably on portable devices and are integrated with traditional desktop applications. Enterprise apps also will become more widely available via enterprise app storefronts, just as they are in the consumer space. M2M2P – Machine-to-Machine-to-People -- Machine-to-machine communications will change the way people manage their world, whether in terms of energy consumption, product inventory or critical business-asset and fleet management. But the human factor - - people – will play an important role in harnessing digital intelligence, inspiring innovation and creating the next big thing. For example, while portable monitors may keep round-the-clock tabs on a patient’s vital signs, health care providers will ultimately use that information to assess patients and provide treatment. Compliance Gets Increasingly Commercial -- With increasing evidence that companies are less likely to be data breach victims if they comply with security standards, such as those promoted by the Payment Card Industry (PCI), compliance will become a pre-requisite for good business practice in 2012. In a difficult economic environment and with increasingly more stringent government regulations, the need for taking full advantage of business opportunities will increase interest in prudent, holistic security approaches. Companies and governments will change how they interact with their extended network of partners, increasingly choosing to do business with those that can demonstrate a comprehensive multiyear and standards-based approach to security. Energy Savings Power Better Business and the Greater Good – Energy efficiency, especially a reduction in CO2 emissions reductions, will be a key imperative for many companies – and just in time. In 2012, companies will take advantage of public-private partnerships to invest in everything from more efficient lighting to energy-efficient heating ventilation and air conditioning systems to installing energy-efficient technologies. And they will investigate flexible computing models that leverage on-demand capacity for peak loads, while powering down during periods of lesser demand. About Verizon Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com. #### VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTRE: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon’s News Centre on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by email, visit the News Centre and register for customised automatic delivery of Verizon news releases. For further information, please contact: Media Contact:Almira Anthony Max Australia +61 2 9954 3492 almira.anthony@maxaustralia.com.au AARNet partners with the NSW Department of Education and Training and the Australian Museum to enhance collaborative learning 2011-11-02T01:37:00Z aarnet-partners-with-the-nsw-department-of-education-and-training-and-the-australian-museum-to-enhance-collaborative-learning Sydney, Australia – 2 November 2011 – AARNet, Australia’s Academic and Research Network, is bringing the curriculum to life, enabling students to view Tasmanian Devils, meet leading researchers and talk to Dinosaurs without leaving their classrooms. AARNet has partnered with the NSW Department of Education and Training (NSW DET) and the Australian Museum to deliver interactive video content via the Clickfest program. Clickfest is designed to connect regional schools throughout Australia with specialists in various fields of study using high definition videoconferencing. This immersive technology enables students to learn from experts across Australia as if they were in the same room. To mark the official launch of Clickfest, AARNet this week hosted a national videoconferencing session which engaged students in sessions involving explosive science experiments, talking to Dinosaurs and contributing to a discussion with researchers on the problem of the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). The interactive lesson was streamed simultaneously to remote schools throughout the country. The launch event signifies the inaugural collaboration of the first four schools connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN). Running throughout November, the Clickfest videoconferencing program is an initiative from Distance and Rural Technologies Connections (DART Connections), a division of NSW DET dedicated to delivering programs that enrich the learning curriculum. AARNet utilised its national research and education collaboration infrastructure to deliver interactive sessions to schools in remote areas, utilising its high capacity network and National Video Conferencing Service to connect students to a wealth of learning experiences from high profile organisations such as the Australian Museum, Powerhouse Museum and the Historic Houses Trust. Chris Hancock, CEO of AARNet said, “This is an excellent example of how high capacity broadband services can revolutionise the learning experience. Clickfest will connect students in regional communities to iconic Australian institutions as part of their daily classroom activities. The regular use of real time video collaboration on this scale is the bright future of school education, enabling students to learn from Australia’s top talent without leaving the classroom.” The Clickfest launch was attended by regional schools located throughout Australia including some already connected to the AARNet network via the National Broadband Network (NBN) including Presbyterian Ladies College (Armidale, NSW), The Cathedral School (Townsville, QLD), Willunga High School (SA), Circular Head Christian School (Smithtown, TAS) and Bees Creek Primary School (NT). - ENDS - About AARNet AARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the company that operates Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet). It is a not-for-profit company limited by shares. The shareholders are 37 Australian universities and the CSIRO. AARNet provides high-capacity leading edge Internet services for the tertiary education and research sector communities and their research partners. AARNet serves more than one million end users who access the network through local area networks at member institutions. For further information, please visit: www.aarnet.edu.au. For further information, please contact: Almira Anthony Max Australia +61 2 9954 3492 almira.anthony@maxaustralia.com.au Frost & Sullivan Names Verizon as Leader in Australian Managed Security Services 2011-11-01T00:42:00Z frost-amp-sullivan-names-verizon-as-leader-in-australian-managed-security-services SYDNEY, Australia - 1 November, 2011- For the fourth consecutive year, Frost & Sullivan Australia has recognised Verizon for its leadership in the Australian managed security services market. The company has received the 2011 Frost & Sullivan Australia Excellence Award for Managed Security Service Provider of the Year, one of the analyst firm's annual Best Practice Awards. The award acknowledges Verizon’s leadership in identifying the growing trend toward security-as-a-service, as well as meeting increasing customer requirements for compliance and privacy through Verizon's security services -- including content security, firewall, authentication, and intrusion detection and prevention systems. Award participants are judged according to their market performance in 2010, based on criteria that include market leadership; year-on-year growth rate; market performance; solutions capability and market penetration across various technologies. John Karabin, area vice president for Verizon, Australia and New Zealand, said: “To receive this award for the fourth year in a row is an outstanding achievement and a strong testament to the breadth and depth of our offerings in the security services space. We are very proud to continue to help so many Australian and global companies secure their Internet environment.” The Frost & Sullivan Australia Excellence Awards are presented annually to recognise outstanding performance by companies in the Australian information and communications technology industry. Verizon offers managed security services; governance, risk and compliance solutions; data loss and prevention solutions; and identity management solutions, all delivered by the company’s more than 1,200 security professionals around the globe. More information is available by visiting http://www.verizonbusiness.com/products/security. The company also provides ongoing security insight and analysis via the Verizon Security Blog. Verizon is a global leader in driving better business outcomes for enterprises and government agencies. Verizon delivers integrated IT and communications solutions via its high-IQ global IP and mobility networks to enable businesses to securely access information, share content and communicate. Verizon is rapidly transforming to a cloud-based “everything-as-a-service” delivery model that will put the power of enterprise-class solutions within the reach of every business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com. About Verizon Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 107 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $106.6 billion in 2010 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 195,000. For more information, visit www.verizon.com. #### VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon’s News Center on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases. For further information, please contact: Media Contact:Almira Anthony Max Australia +61 2 9954 3492 almira.anthony@maxaustralia.com.au Navman Wireless Announces Strategic Partnership with Telstra 2011-10-20T00:47:00Z navman-wireless-announces-strategic-partnership-with-telstra Sydney, AUSTRALIA – 20 October 2011 – Navman Wireless today announced that its GPS fleet management solutions will be available to Telstra customers under a monthly repayment option. This marks the first time that Telstra has offered fleet management technology to customers in this way, and comes as a direct response to the growing demand for these solutions in Australia. GPS based fleet management technology has come of age with local demand reaching an all-time high. A small tracking device in the vehicle transmits key data through the Telstra network, showing business owners and fleet managers their vehicles’ location, time spent at a location, speed, idle times, driver time sheets, unauthorised vehicle usage, vehicle maintenance status and more. An optional navigation and messaging device provides easier communication between the office and field staff, improving route planning and reducing fuel costs. Navman Wireless has seen its customer base double year-on-year since 2007 as businesses utilise these solutions to boost productivity and reduce operational costs. The business benefits have seen tracking expand beyond the traditional transport sector, with the service industry now the fastest growth segment. The partnership with Telstra enables Navman Wireless to extend its market reach and make its products easily available to a wider customer base. Under the terms of the partnership, Telstra will offer the Navman Wireless tracking, messaging and navigation solution to its business customers on 36 month contracts. Rather than paying for the products up front, Telstra customers can have monthly repayments added to their Telstra bill enabling small business customers to better manage cash flow. “We’ve had great success with Navman Wireless’ fleet tracking solution and our partnership with Navman Wireless. This exciting new offer provides our customers with the added flexibility of receiving a turnkey vehicle tracking solution inclusive of hardware, software as a service and carriage – with a single monthly payment on the Telstra bill,” said Mike Cihra, Director of M2M and Partners at Telstra. “Telstra have been partnered with Navman Wireless because of their market leadership position and strong dealer channel relationships. We are looking to partner with more organisations like Navman Wireless who have innovative yet easy to use technology as well as a shared focus on growing the machine to machine market in Australia.” Navman Wireless has a longstanding relationship with Telstra, connecting 100% of customers through Telstra’s extensive network. “This partnership brings together Australia’s leading telecommunications and fleet management companies. We have seen an explosion in local demand for fleet management solutions and are excited about working with Telstra to make our products easily available to more Australian businesses,” said Ian Daniel, Vice President Asia Pacific at Navman Wireless. For more information on the Telstra and Navman Wireless solution, please visit: http://www.telstrabusiness.com/business/portal/online/site/productsservices/navman.158002 ENDS About Navman Wireless Navman Wireless provides fleet management solutions, using GPS technology to help businesses track, manage and better utilise their fleets and equipment. It is a leading designer and manufacturer of GPS technology, providing GPS engines, sensor modules, tracking devices and messaging terminals, to thousands of companies worldwide. The company was formed in 2007 following a buyout by senior management, backed by Chicago-based private equity firm, Prairie Capital. Navman Wireless is the market leader in Australasia tracking more than 40,000 vehicles and has operations in New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Denmark, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Taiwan and Thailand, – tracking over 140,000 vehicles globally. Media Contact:Caroline La Rose Max Australia + 61 2 9954 3492 NavmanWireless@MaxAustralia.com.au Payment Card Security Compliance Remains Problematic, Putting Confidential Consumer Information at Risk, Verizon Report Says 2011-09-28T05:28:00Z payment-card-security-compliance-remains-problematic-putting-confidential-consumer-information-at-risk-verizon-report-says SYDNEY, Australia - 28 September, 2011 - For the second year in a row, a Verizon report has found that too many businesses are struggling to comply with payment card security standards, putting consumers’ confidential information at risk. According to the Verizon Payment Card Industry Compliance Report, most businesses that accept credit or debit cards, or both, continue to struggle to achieve and maintain compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). As a result, they are at greater risk of losing confidential customer information and falling victim to credit-card fraud. Businesses are failing to maintain compliance even though they face steep penalties, including fines and increased transaction fees from the credit card brands. Businesses also now face pressure from their partners and customers to demonstrate continued compliance. In addition to analysing the overall current state of compliance with the PCI DSS, the report examines how well organisations comply with the 12 specific PCI requirements and provides recommendations that organisations can implement to help them earn and maintain compliance. “We had hoped to see more organisations complying with the PCI standard, since we believe that compliance will ultimately improve the security posture of organisations and in all likelihood lead to fewer breaches,” said Wade Baker, director of risk intelligence, Verizon. “By reviewing this report, organisations can see where to focus their efforts and implement our recommendations for helping to accelerate PCI compliance. Our end goal is a safer credit-card environment for consumers and businesses.” NOTE: Additional resources supporting the report are available, including an audio podcast and high-resolution charts and graphs PCI Report Findings Based on Actual PCI Assessments, Data Breaches The report is based on findings from more than 100 PCI DSS assessments conducted by Verizon’s team of PCI Qualified Security Assessors in 2010, as well as data gathered by Verizon’s Investigative Response group while investigating real-world payment card data breaches. Additionally, the Verizon Risk Intelligence team overlaid the assessment findings with data-breach cases from the 2011 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, resulting in a richer, more thorough data set. The assessments include data from organisations based in the U.S., Europe and Asia, representing for the first time the global nature of the PCI standard. Key Findings Top findings from the 2011 Verizon Payment Card Industry Compliance Report include: While the compliance situation has neither worsened nor improved, it is still “disappointing.” Only 21 percent of organisations were fully compliant during the initial audit. The report notes that the difficulty in achieving compliance along with overconfidence, complacency and the need to focus on other compliance and security issues are among the possible reasons for the widespread PCI non-compliance. Lack of PCI compliance continues to be linked to data breaches. The report demonstrated again this year that breached organisations are more likely to not be PCI compliant and are more likely to suffer from identity theft and fraud issues. Organisations struggle with key PCI requirements. Organisations struggled the most to comply with requirements 3 (protect stored cardholder date), 10 (track and monitor access), 11 (regularly test systems and processes), and 12 (maintain security policies), all of which are directly linked to protecting cardholder data. Failure to prioritise compliance efforts often means high-risk security threats are ignored. Launched in 2009, the Prioritised Approach was created to help organisations identify and reduce risk to cardholder data and to ease the annual PCI process. The report found that rather than using a risk-based approach to PCI compliance, organisations instead rely on the PCI DSS for guidance. As a result, many organisations are ignoring security threats with the highest risk and potential for the largest negative impacts. PCI standard offers protection against the most common attack methods. Malware and hacking are the most predominant methods used to gain access to cardholder data. Several overlapping PCI requirements are aimed at protecting against these attack methods. Recommendations for Meeting Compliance Based on extensive analysis, Verizon offers the following recommendations to help organisations meet their PCI compliance goals: Treat compliance as an everyday, ongoing process. Compliance requires continuous adherence to the standard.This means a daily log review, weekly file-integrity monitoring, quarterly vulnerability scanning and annual penetration testing. To achieve this, Verizon recommends that an internal PCI “champion” ensure that compliance becomes part of daily business activities. Self-validate very carefully – or not at all. Level 1 and 2 merchants -- who process the highest volumes of cardholder transactions --are allowed to assess themselves against the standard. Due to the numerous issues and conflicts of interest this can cause, Verizon highly recommends that an objective third party validate the scope of the assessment or perform the testing. Prepare to have the bar raised. In October 2010, the PCI Security Standards Council announced PCI DSS version 2.0. This version requires a more stringent executive summary and validation of methodology for scope definition. Organisations, many of which are having severe issues complying with the existing standards, need to quickly get ready for the new version. Additional findings and recommendations are available in the full report, which can be downloaded at http://www.verizonbusiness.com/go/2011pci/us. In addition to the report, readers can access all report resources by visiting the Verizon PCI Report Resource Centre. About VerizonVerizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com. ####VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon’s News Center on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.For further information, please contact: Media Contact: Almira Anthony Max Australia +61 2 9954 3492 almira.anthony@maxaustralia.com.au Verizon Wholesale Cloud Services Speak Volumes With Communications Provider Global Gossip 2011-09-28T00:00:00Z verizon-wholesale-cloud-services-speak-volumes-with-communications-provider-global-gossip SYDNEY, Australia - 28 September, 2011 - Australia-based Global Gossip has turned to Verizon Global Wholesale for a robust cloud computing platform that supports the worldwide communications services provider’s 300 sites across Australia, Europe, Fiji, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S.The platform, provided through Verizon’s highly resilient on-demand Computing-as-a-Service (CaaS) is fully managed and gives Global Gossip the flexibility to quickly accommodate new functionality and growth. The company specialises in guest communications that include software, hardware, management and support with phone cards, mobile, Internet and wireless access for tourists, especially youth and student travelers. “As business needs evolve, companies like Global Gossip rely on Verizon Global Wholesale to deliver the high-performance cloud services they need, freeing them to focus on their core goal of providing quality services to their own customers,” said Patrick Sullivan, sales leader for Asia-Pacific, Verizon Global Wholesale. Verizon’s dynamic cloud services give Global Gossip the ability to configure and reconfigure its computing infrastructure round-the-clock and monitor the performance and availability of its applications while knowing its content is secure and reliable. By relying on Verizon’s easy-to-use customer management portal, Global Gossip can dynamically move, add or delete resources such as physical and virtual services. Verizon’s global footprint, 24/7 service support and exceptional server availability allow Global Gossip to leverage Verizon’s highly secure cloud environment for better transit quality and coverage. Because Verizon’s cloud services provide enhanced visibility into traffic usage and associated costs, Global Gossip has key information to quickly respond to the changing business environment. Detailed reports on deployed resources, as well as service requests and comprehensive online support, provide the control and flexibility that wholesale customers like Global Gossip need to be successful. In addition, Global Gossip can easily back up its operations into the cloud, safeguarding its resources in the case of service interruptions and providing a built-in layer of protection. Verizon’s Global Wholesale CaaS offers a variety of feature choices to create unique configurations that can meet each customer’s needs, including service levels of management, firewalls, load balancing, multitiered networking, remote access and network connectivity options. Wholesale customers can create and label their configurations according to the application, project or business function supported, as well as provision multiple configurations and make changes as needed. For more information about Verizon Global Wholesale’s Computing as a Service, go to Verizon Global Wholesale. About Verizon: Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com. #### VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon’s News Center on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases. For further information, please contact: Media Contact: Almira Anthony Max Australia +61 2 9954 3492 almira.anthony@maxaustralia.com.au AARNet connects its first customer to the National Broadband Network 2011-09-01T07:19:00Z aarnet-connects-its-first-customer-to-the-national-broadband-network Queensland, AUSTRALIA – 1 September 2011– AARNet, Australia's Academic and Research Network, has connected its first National Broadband Network (NBN) customer. The Cathedral School in Townsville was officially connected to the high speed network as part of the official NBN launch event that took place today. The AARNet network has traditionally provided high capacity internet services to the tertiary education and research community. However, as one of the official access seekers of the NBN, AARNet can now extend its services to selected schools that are not serviced by the existing AARNet network. This is done by using the NBN’s fibre optic infrastructure to connect Research and Education institutions to AARNet. The 100/40 Mbps link to the Cathedral School marks the first NBN customer to be connected to the AARNet network in this way. Chris Hancock, CEO of AARNet said, “The connection of our first NBN customer signifies an important step in expanding AARNet’s reach. We can now deliver high-speed broadband services to schools in areas serviced by the NBN, providing a real opportunity for Australian students to access technologies and content that bring the curriculum to life. This will benefit our university shareholders enormously and it opens the opportunities for James Cook University to collaborate in real time with institutions like The Cathedral School.” Hancock commented, “For those doubting the capabilities of the technology the speed test captured below is proof that the bandwidth promise is available. “AARNet has already partnered with researchers including NASA to develop a broad range of interactive content which students in Townsville can now access via high speed networks. We are very excited to deliver AARNet’s services to a growing number of schools over the NBN and look forward to seeing how they utilise high capacity networks to enrich the learning experience.” - ENDS - About AARNetAARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the company that operates Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet). It is a not-for-profit company limited by shares. The shareholders are 37 Australian universities and the CSIRO. AARNet provides high-capacity leading edge Internet services for the tertiary education and research sector communities and their research partners. AARNet serves more than one million end users who access the network through local area networks at member institutions. For further information, please visit: www.aarnet.edu.au. For further information, please contact: Almira Anthony Max Australia +61 2 9954 3492 almira.anthony@maxaustralia.com.au Verizon Acquires CloudSwitch 2011-08-25T23:57:00Z verizon-acquires-cloudswitch Sydney, AUSTRALIA - August 26, 2011 – Verizon Communications Inc. announced today that it has acquired CloudSwitch, an innovative provider of cloud software technology, in a deal that will simplify the move to the enterprise cloud and help to boost industry adoption. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Verizon plans to combine CloudSwitch, a privately held company based in Burlington, Mass., with its Terremark IT services subsidiary, further accelerating the company’s global cloud strategy by enhancing Verizon’s hybrid-cloud and cloud-to-cloud capabilities. CloudSwitch brings Verizon breakthrough software that enables enterprises to more easily and securely move applications, or workloads, between company data centres and the cloud without changing the application or the infrastructure layer – eliminating a key barrier to widespread cloud adoption. With CloudSwitch’s technology, enterprises gain new flexibility and greater control in moving to and from the cloud, while extending security over applications and data. In addition, enterprise applications remain tightly integrated and can be managed as if they are running locally. When combined with Terremark’s advanced IT and security capabilities, this technology further enables total enterprise-class cloud solutions (private-to-public, public-to-public and hybrid) across the globe. “The cloud market is a rapidly growing opportunity, with very real benefits both for our business customers and the consumers they serve,” said Bob Toohey, president of Verizon’s global enterprise unit. “With the acquisition of CloudSwitch, Verizon has taken another step forward in defining the enterprise cloud.” John McEleney, CEO of CloudSwitch, said: “By joining Verizon, we will be able to deliver a solution that combines our software with the market-leading infrastructure cloud play. Our founding vision has always been to create a seamless and secure federation of cloud environments across enterprise data centres and global cloud services. Together, we will be able to provide enterprises with an unmatched level of flexibility, scalability and control in the cloud with point-and-click simplicity. This will go a long way in helping achieve widespread adoption of the cloud, especially when managing complex workloads.” Verizon, through its Terremark subsidiary, offers advanced enterprise-class IT, cloud and security services on a global scale. Terremark provides customers with the ability to improve IT infrastructure and boost application performance in today’s complex and dynamic business environment. Visit the Verizon IT Solutions & Hosting website for more information. About CloudSwitch CloudSwitch delivers the enterprise gateway to the cloud. CloudSwitch’s innovative software appliance enables enterprises to run their applications in the right cloud computing environment—securely, simply and without changes. With CloudSwitch, applications remain tightly integrated with enterprise data centre tools and policies, and can be moved easily between different cloud environments and back into the data centre based on the requirements of the business. For more information about CloudSwitch, please visit www.cloudswitch.com and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cloudswitchcom. About Verizon Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com. #### VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTRE: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon’s News Centre on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Centre and register for customised automatic delivery of Verizon news releases. For further information, please contact: Media Contact: Almira Anthony Max Australia +61 2 9954 3492 almira.anthony@maxaustralia.com.au