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Verizon Business Leads Industry As First Global SAP-Certified Provider Of Cloud Services

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., June 15. Verizon Business announced on Tuesday that SAP AG has certified the company's cloud-based on-demand Computing as a Service, or CaaS, platform for the delivery of SAP business applications. Verizon Business is the first global provider to receive SAP certification of its cloud services. As a SAP-certified provider of cloud services, Verizon Business will provide enterprises around the globe with a new cost-effective, cloud-based delivery model in support of the entire SAP solution portfolio, including business software applications for customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, product lifecycle, supply chain and corporate services.

Cloud-based delivery of SAP applications will enable secure, reliable access to essential business applications by global end users while helping to contain the hardware and management costs associated with traditional application-support models. To achieve this designation, Verizon's CaaS infrastructure went through extensive testing to validate the operational integration of the cloud-computing platform with supported applications, including portal linkages, support flows and automated service management processes enabled by e-bonding, or direct system-to-system connections between Verizon CaaS and solutions in use at end-user companies. The audit also included a technical review of the physical and logical security processes supporting Verizon CaaS, as well as its portal and underlying infrastructure including servers, software and storage capabilities.

"Businesses that rely on SAP applications now have a new option with the certification of Verizon CaaS as a cloud delivery platform," said Joseph S. Crawford, executive director - IT solutions, Verizon Business. "With more IT departments adopting cloud-based services, it's a natural progression to begin moving enterprise applications to the cloud, especially with Verizon's secure, high-performance computing environment. Running SAP applications on CaaS will enable companies to streamline how applications are consumed and managed to achieve new gains in productivity and economics."

Businesses that choose to outsource their deployments of SAP applications via Verizon CaaS will benefit from a high-performance computing environment. "SAP certification of Verizon cloud services will have a positive impact on driving the evolution of how enterprise applications are delivered and consumed," said Michael Ressemann, global head of outsourcing services and solution delivery, SAP, the world's leading provider of business software. "Moving forward, SAP and Verizon are working together to bring new innovative cloud-based delivery models to market that can help enterprises improve business performance and become more agile."

Verizon CaaS offers enterprise clients an advanced application delivery system comprising integrated delivery centers around the globe and underpinned by the Verizon Business global IP network, one of the world's most connected. The service, supported by a dedicated help desk operated according to an internationally recognized set of best practices called Information Technology Infrastructure Library, or ITIL, provides customers with a single point of accountability and a structured management approach for service-related matters. Customers also have visibility into the Verizon CaaS-based SAP environment via a secure Web portal.

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