Today, Verizon Business unveiled a new managed unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) platform for businesses.

With the offering, Verizon Business said it’s the first major United States-based service provider to offer the Cisco Unified Communications Manager 6.1 platform to customers around the globe.

Verizon said the new managed platform enables workers to integrate communications tools such as voicemail, e-mail and instant messaging. It also allows corporate information technology (IT) departments to out-task the complex operations often associated with the day-to-day management of UC&C solutions.

"Today's enterprise is faced with many new challenges, including how to enable employee productivity, do more with less and be environmentally responsible," said Nancy Gofus, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Business. "Unified communications helps companies address these issues, enabling them to fully realize the power of their Internet protocol networks as they deliver advanced IP-enabled applications."

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