NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2008 – Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) and The NewsMarket, a global Web-based video marketing and distribution business, have expanded their scope of business to include customized, secure and redundant managed hosting services.
A global company, headquartered in New York City, The NewsMarket operates a Web-based platform for video news content. The company’s media site, www.thenewsmarket.com, is used by more than 16,000 media outlets in 193 countries to access news video for use in their programming. Corporations, government and nonprofit organizations use the platform to share video content with the media, bloggers, consumers, online communities and other audiences.
“We wanted to leverage the capabilities of an established player in the hosting space and chose Qwest to handle the large volume of video content we host, manage and deliver to more than 16,000 newsrooms globally,” said Krish Menon, chief technology officer for The NewsMarket. “Ensuring video gets to the news media is a mission-critical aspect of our business, so selecting a provider was a significant decision for us. Qwest’s ability to collaborate to deliver a fully redundant and scalable managed hosting solution won our business.”
A Qwest Hosting customer since 2002, The NewsMarket has grown its initial relationship with Qwest from a few dedicated servers to a fully redundant hosting solution. Qwest is delivering managed firewalls, redundant switches, redundant Internet feeds, tape backup services, power, cooling and around-the-clock technical support on an as-needed basis administered through Qwest’s New York-area CyberCenter.
“For companies like The NewsMarket, Qwest eliminates capital outlay and the complexity of installing and maintaining a secure hosting environment,” said Teresa Taylor, executive vice president, Qwest Business Markets Group. “Qwest’s network backbone complements our hosting environment because we can provide network uptime guarantees and traffic management to help speed data. Those capabilities, along with our national presence and international relationships, give us the reach to deliver hosting solutions to customers worldwide.”
As part of this latest contract, Qwest centralized The NewsMarket’s network operations using burstable Ethernet for bandwidth-intensive activities, including information and video sharing on the company’s media site. The solution delivers Internet speeds up to 1,000 Megabits per second and is backed by Qwest managed services and protected by encryption services, intrusion detection and a managed firewall.
Qwest Hosting services offer an integrated portfolio of customizable Internet solutions located within the secure, reliable environment of Qwest’s state-of-the-art CyberCenter facilities, offering the speed and performance of Qwest’s global, all-optical IP network. Qwest recently opened its 15th world-class CyberCenter to provide expert support for customers to conduct e-commerce, operate complex Web sites, offer geographical redundancy, and manage entire IT environments, including enterprise applications, databases and data storage.
Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class customer service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest offers a new generation of fiber-optic high-speed Internet service, as well as digital home phone, Verizon Wireless, and DIRECTV services. Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm.
The marks that comprise the Qwest logo are registered trademarks of Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries.