SCOTTSDALE, AZ – August 13, 2003 — PlanetOne Communications, a full service independent telecom brokerage firm and one of the largest Master Agents in the country, today announced that it has selected SAVVIS Communications (NASDAQ: SVVS) as its preferred managed services provider. PlanetOne supports over 500 sales agents who will market SAVVIS’ managed IP and hosting services to clients worldwide.
Under their agreement, PlanetOne joins the SAVVIS Business Partner Program and designates SAVVIS as their preferred managed services provider. SAVVIS operates a single global IP network spanning 45 countries that securely delivers SAVVIS Intelligent IP NetworkingSM and SAVVIS Intelligent HostingSM to enterprises around the globe.
“As the demand for high performance, managed network services escalates, our Agents have been looking for a high performance network solution that can deliver exceptional value-added application services, said Ted Schuman, CEO of PlanetOne. “With their well-documented network performance, global reach and virtualized approach to service delivery, SAVVIS brings a carrier class, yet flexible sales solution that our agents can offer to enterprises worldwide.”
“PlanetOne brings an impressive profile as a Master Agent and full-service provider,” said Jack Finlayson, President & COO of SAVVIS. “Their 500 sales agents combined with their industry presence will help expand SAVVIS’ sales channels, ensuring that global enterprises can take advantage of our IP and hosting capabilities.”
SAVVIS Intelligent IP NetworkingSM combines the ubiquity and cost-effectiveness of an IP VPN with the reliability and security of private, leased line networks. SAVVIS’ Intelligent HostingSM is a fully managed service with no hardware investment required. Additional services are also available, such as firewalling, load balancing, SSL acceleration, and rate shaping, all without customers having to purchase equipment. Because of its virtualized approach, SAVVIS delivers its services via carrier-class versus enterprise-class equipment, ensuring 99.999% availability versus 99.9%.
SAVVIS Communications (NASDAQ: SVVS) is a leading managed services provider that delivers IP VPNs (virtual private networks), hosting, and application services to businesses. SAVVIS solutions are designed for industries with demanding information technology requirements including legal, media, retail, professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services.
Known as The Network that Powers Wall StreetSM, SAVVIS was ranked #3 in IP VPN market share by IDC in its 2003 report, trailing only AT&T and MCI/WorldCom, and its network reliability was declared “perfect” in Network World magazine’s groundbreaking study of backbone performance. SAVVIS recently won the first ever American Business Awards “Stevie”TM in the category of “Best Customer Service Organization.” SAVVIS’ managed hosting services were awarded the Service Provider Excellence Award by Boardwatch magazine for its virtualized approach to managed hosting, and the Market Engineering Award from Frost & Sullivan for product differentiation and innovation.
For more information about SAVVIS’ Intelligent IP NetworkSM and managed hosting solutions, visit: .
PlanetOne has been one of the largest Master Agents in the country for the last 12 years and supports its 500+ Agents with online tools and resources from their corporate website. Top performers are honored annually at their President’s Club http://www.planet1comm.com/html/presidents_club.html. The strength of their Alternate Channel Program comes from offering its Authorized Agents deeply discounted voice and data services from the top telecom companies in the industry. Since 1991, PlanetOne has exclusively marketed its products and services through Agents nationally and has been recognized by the Independent Agent Network for having one of the Top 25 Agent Programs in the industry and Top 5 Most Innovative.
Carter B. Cromley