Tuesday, May 19, 2009

VZ Business Launches Cloud-Based Network Management, Monitoring and Reporting

Verizon Business introduced several new "cloud-based" capabilities for global enterprises. The new capabilities are:

Asset Assurance -- a new suite of fault management and monitoring tools and reporting capabilities that provide a cost-effective solution for global network device management. The service is available immediately to Verizon Private IP customers in the U.S., with plans to expand availability to a number of countries around the world by the end of 2009.

Asset Assurance is powered by CA Spectrum Infrastructure Manager, which is a SaaS-based service that employs a combination of device monitoring, alarming, fault isolation, root-cause analysis, service-level reporting and IT service management to pinpoint the cause of incidents. This new cloud-based capability is offered to Verizon Business customers via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model and is offered with the Verizon Private IP -- Layer 2 and Layer 3 network services.

An enhanced Internet Security Assessment service, available globally, to provide expert analysis of potentially harmful traffic that could undermine the network connecting an extended enterprise.

The Internet Security Assessment includes Virtual Discovery & Classification and External Risk Assessment, supported by professional services. Virtual Discovery & Classification helps enterprises understand emerging threat activity and other related network issues. This service combines Verizon Business' security intelligence with data captured through Verizon's expansive backbone to provide customers with an unparalleled view of their network security.

The External Risk Assessment service, a component of Verizon's proprietary Security Management Program, utilizes intelligent vulnerability scanning and identifies potential threats to a network's health such as historically vulnerable software, unnecessary services and unusual use, as well as devices that have atypical characteristics that may indicate risks.

New managed security capabilities for Verizon Secure Gateway-Firewall -- also available globally, aimed at protecting customer networks from harmful traffic as enterprises move data, voice and video traffic between public and private networks. Specifically, Private IP customers can now take advantage of a fully managed offering that enables them to offload the management and administration of the network-based firewall.