Companies will be able to more quickly and efficiently provide essential applications - such as e-mail, instant messaging and file transfers - to employees based in the U.S. and around the world, by using an expanded set of services announced Oct. 14 by Verizon Business.
Typically, business-process applications are designed to be provided via a local area network to employees who work near one another - for example, in a single building or in a group of nearby buildings. Extending these applications to far-flung offices can compromise the user's access to them, often requiring additional network capacity, or bandwidth, which can be costly.
Helping to resolve these issues are Verizon Business' newly expanded Managed WAN Optimization Services, which now include global offerings from industry leaders Cisco Systems and Juniper Network. The new services enable companies to fine-tune their Internet protocol networks to better manage their applications and to reduce latency - the amount of time it takes for data to transfer between company locations. As a result, employees can quickly access business applications, helping to boost productivity.
"Application performance is one of the most critical issues affecting chief information officers today," said Nancy Gofus, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Business. "With these new application performance and management capabilities, we are helping global enterprises maintain their networks and applications more efficiently and cost-effectively."