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Verizon Biz Wins Deal

READING, U.K. -- Verizon Business today announced that it will provide IFS of Sweden with a standardised Wide Area Network (WAN) infrastructure, consolidating the management of 60 global sites. The new agreement extends the companies' existing relationship and calls for Verizon Business to implement an MPLS-based Managed Private IP network that will centralise all of IFS' network management at its headquarters, while also providing an ultra-reliable and secure connection between key IFS hub sites in Sri Lanka, Sweden and the US. The Verizon Business WAN replaces infrastructure previously supported by an array of different suppliers.

IFS is one of the world's leading providers of component-based business software for open standards, and it is one of the first to deliver SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) capabilities. These capabilities involve the use of loosely coupled software services to support the requirements of the business processes and software use.

During recent years, IFS has globalised its internal business processes and centralised its system service support. This has increased its demand for one secure and stable network, which offers a high degree of responsiveness and task prioritisation. More than 2,600 employees depend on the IFS corporate Intranet for their daily communications, and rely on this central network to, for example, enable the secure, real time sharing of designs and information between the development hub sites of Sri Lanka and Sweden.

Over time, IFS' network had become dispersed and expensive to run, with regional sites using different network providers and services. In particular, the IP tunnelling connecting IFS' headquarters and its development sites was becoming overburdened, less responsive and less secure. The company needed a common, robust environment that was always available and that quickly yielded the efficiency and financial benefits that come from a consolidated and centrally managed network infrastructure.

Verizon Business was selected to provide one common infrastructure across all of IFS' sixty global sites, enabling the company to have more control over its network, increase employee efficiency and reduce overall costs. Verizon Business supported the implementation with comprehensive network management tools and security capabilities, providing a secure, managed environment to support the company's current and future business needs.

Stefan Persson, IFS chief information officer, said, "We have been working with Verizon Business as one of several providers for over five years, but managing our disparate array of networks was starting to cause problems. Verizon Business's MPLS network offered an ideal solution which could be tailored to our global and local needs."

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