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OpenReach Launches Business Networking

OpenReach Inc. Monday rolled out business Internetworking services that will enable small-and-midsize businesses to set up secure networks in minutes.

OpenReach services work with any ISP, any access technology and any vendor equipment, eliminating reliance on proprietary vendor hardware and reliance on a single network service provider. The OpenReach service automates everything from device configuration to security management, and enables businesses to easily and securely network employees, partners and customers as if they were all under one roof.

The core of the service is the OpenReach network operations center which provides full-time monitoring and alerting, 24-hour customer support and backup and recovery services. Comprehensive administration, directory and authentication services, automated software distribution, real-time network status and weekly accounting and reports are available to customers through any Web browser.

OpenReach customers can use the OpenReach network center to manage their network themselves or subscribe to managed services through resellers, consultants and ISPs. OpenReach transforms an ISP's investment in basic IP infrastructure into value-added business services. With OpenReach, a VAR or consultant can generate profitable revenue from managed network services with no additional overhead.

"The tremendous promise of Internet-based business networking has gone unfulfilled, because technologies like Virtual Private Networks have proven too costly and complex for the SMB market due to incompatible equipment and service options that are expensive and inflexible," said Mark Tuomenoksa, chairman and chief executive officer of OpenReach. "Our goal is to make connecting geographically dispersed LANs as easy as clicking a mouse and setting up a buddy list."

OpenReach services will be available this summer, starting at $99 per month per location.

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