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February 01, 2010
VoIP Solutions Report: Village Voice Media Holdings Boosts Network Performance with XO Communications MPLS IP-VPN System

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor

The publisher of New York’s Village Voice, LA Weekly and the Phoenix New Times newspapers has upgraded its communications with a fully managed MPLS-based wide area networking system from VoIP solutions provider XO Communications (News - Alert).

Herndon, Va.-based XO Communications’ nationwide MPLS IP-VPN solution for Village Voice Media Holdings, LLC’s 14 weekly newspapers and daily Web sites will connect the various locations of the operating companies across nine states. This includes a data center and VVMH corporate offices in Phoenix.
The MPLS IP-VPN solution provides a secure, private IP network with “Class of Service” capabilities and high-speed Ethernet access to support optimal performance for delivery of digital media files and access to central applications.
This, in turn, will pave the way VVMH’s eventual migration to VoIP communications.

“XO Communications was very focused on meeting our business and networking goals with a managed network solution that supports all of our operations nationwide,” said Gerard Goroski, CIO at Village Voice Media Holdings. “As a result, we are already realizing many benefits, including improved network performance, greater flexibility and better control over networking costs.”
The XO MPLS IP-VPN solution replaces VVMH’s legacy point-to-point private line network and reportedly provides the company with increased network flexibility, scalability and significant operational savings.
The XO solution delivers improved cost-efficiencies by converging voice and data traffic over a single IP network infrastructure while also providing faster data speeds to support high-bandwidth media files with more scalable and flexible Ethernet access.
Recently, TMCnet spoke with Eric Hyman, director of product management for XO Communications, on the criteria enterprises should consider when selecting the appropriate VoIP solution. XO offers several, and its newest -- XO Enterprise SIP -- is ideal for businesses that desire a centralized call routing solution while pushing the feature functionality of the IP PBX (News - Alert) to the branch locations via a private data network.
“This solution greatly simplifies network management and reduces equipment and local voice trunk costs,” Hyman told TMCnet CEO Rich Tehrani (News - Alert).

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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