Komatsu Selects Verizon Business To Manage Global Ip Network

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Komatsu Selects Verizon Business to Manage Global IP Network

TOKYO and READING, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

       Verizon Private IP, Data Centre Co-Location and Managed Services   Improve Komatsu's Network

Visibility and Boost Efficiency Around the World

    Komatsu, one of the world's largest mine- and construction-equipment makers, has partnered with

Verizon Business for the support and management of Komatsu's global IP communications solutions.

    Verizon Private IP will provide voice and data links across Komatsu's 25 key global sites. In addition,

Komatsu has fully outsourced the support and management of its global network to Verizon Business,

which will use Verizon Managed WAN to provide Komatsu with enhanced network visibility and

management capabilities and thus help improve its operational efficiency.

    Komatsu has also co-located part of its European data centres with Verizon Business, and deployed

Verizon Ethernet Private Line to provide high-speed connectivity from the data centre to the company's

global network.

    Komatsu, headquartered in Tokyo, has established a global network of retail distribution and

equipment manufacturing centres since its inception in 1921. In an increasingly competitive and

challenging global market, the company's communications infrastructure plays a vital role in enabling the

swift and efficient exchange of information and documentation in support of timely and high-quality

customer service.

    Verizon Business is providing Komatsu with a dedicated, high-bandwidth, fully redundant

communications infrastructure to maximise the availability of Komatsu's business-critical applications.

Selecting Verizon Data Centre Co-location services for its European site enables Komatsu to free up

valuable network resources, yet also to benefit from a secure, state-of-the-art facility. By consolidating all

of its network support with a single global supplier, Komatsu also realises the efficiencies of highly

skilled Verizon Business experts, who are able to provide round-the-clock support to all of the company's

operations around the globe.

    Kosuke Yamane, general manager of the e-Komatsu technical center, said: "As our business has

grown, so too has the volume of data moving across our global network. To ensure we could continue to

effectively support the future growth of our global operations, we decided to consolidate and integrate

our global infrastructure with a single global supplier. Our key objectives were to maximize network

efficiency and scalability as well as to realize cost efficiencies through outsourced expertise. Key criteria

for us were efficient project management to enable smooth network migration, flexible support services,

and the availability of service lineups to meet future requirements such as total managed security

services. Verizon Business was the only provider who could meet all of these critical requirements."

    Dirk Fieremans, Komatsu's European infrastructure manager, said: "We have seen significant

expansion in Europe over recent years, and needed to ensure our European operations were fully

integrated into the global network infrastructure. However, more importantly, we also needed to take a

holistic view of our global network provision to enable us to develop a secure and reliable platform on

which to build our future IP-based communications and support future growth. Verizon Business

demonstrated a strong understanding of our business and was able to offer strategic advice that will

make a real difference as we work to achieve our overall business goals. The team offers

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the combination of industry experience, technical expertise and worldwide presence we were looking for,

and we are confident that the company is the right partner for our evolving communications needs."

    Blair Crump, group president worldwide sales at Verizon Business, said: "Our global reach and

commitment to customer satisfaction are the hallmarks of our success. Komatsu needed a secure and

reliable network infrastructure and global managed services support to support its future growth. We look

forward to utilizing Verizon Business' expertise in support of Komatsu's business goals, in a long and

fruitful global collaboration."

                        The Managed Service Advantage

    Verizon Business manages 270,000-plus security, network and hosting devices across more than

4,000 customer networks spanning 142 countries and territories. The company also oversees non-

Verizon connections from more than 60 network providers worldwide. Verizon Business' managed

network services are backed by industry-leading service-level commitments and the company's

award-winning IMPACT management platform.

    About Komatsu

    Komatsu is a diversified provider of industrial-use products and services. While remaining an

international leader in the field of construction and mining equipment, the Komatsu Group engages in

other businesses, such as utility equipment (compact machines), forest machines, industrial machinery,

logistics and other solutions-based operations.

    See for further information.

    About Verizon Business

    Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in

communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with the world's most connected IP

network to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We

securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers

and employees -- enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the

environment. Many of the world's largest businesses and governments -- including 96 percent of the

Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions -- rely on our

professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business.

    Find out more at

SOURCE: Verizon Business

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