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The Uptime Institute's Site Uptime Network named Verizon as one of the 17 companies at 2007 Continuous Availability Award. The award recognizes companies with data centers that have not had a facilities-related outage for at least one year.
31 data centers throughout North America were recognized by the institute. Verizon has eight centers on the list, more than any other company.
"In a business where an hour of downtime can result in millions of dollars of lost revenue, it is critical that customers are confident that the networks they depend on are continuously up and running," said Lee A. Brathwaite, vice president of Real Estate for Verizon Services Corp., a centralized operations business unit that manages real-estate services, supply-chain services and financial operations for all Verizon companies.
Salvatore Cefalu, vice president for Verizon Information Processing Services, said, "These awards demonstrate that Verizon continues to be an industry leader in data-center operations. And, even with this success, we will continue to take steps to ensure that the reliability of our operations continues to be at the forefront of our industry."
Overall, Verizon data-center operations have a five-year availability average of 99.9992 percent.
The Uptime Institute issued the awards recently at its Site Uptime Network fall 2007 conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ken Brill, executive director of the Uptime Institute, said, "Uninterrupted uptime requires attention to literally thousands of details. This requires a strong focus on things like lurking vulnerabilities and benchmarking. They are our best teachers because they remind us that uptime is the result of very diligent hard work that is largely invisible - until failure occurs.
"Verizon's uptime success over extended periods shows the tremendous benefits of bringing together industry leaders to share their hard-learned knowledge and the resulting best practices to create a unique collaborative learning environment," said Brill.