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Verizon has been named a Gold Verified Peering Provider, the highest designation assigned to internet service providers (ISPs) who can provide connectivity to Google services, informed Verizon Business and Google.

“As a Google Verified Peering Provider (VPP), Verizon can offer its Internet services to Google customers who want simplified, highly reliable connectivity to Google services and applications such as Google Workspace, Google Cloud, and Google APIs,” said the company in a press release.

A customer who uses a VPP is able to offload the complexities of establishing, maintaining, and optimizing its connectivity to Google services, assigning those responsibilities to the VPP as opposed to managing them in-house, added Verizon.

Customers whose operations incorporate latency-sensitive secure access service edge (SASE) or complex SD-WAN migrations involving Google Cloud will benefit from this designation.

According to Kyle Malady, CEO, Verizon Business, who celebrated becoming a Gold Verified Peering Provider, “Verizon’s secure, highly reliable enterprise-grade ISP capabilities can provide primary connectivity and backup redundancy to ensure these operations are carried out with low latency, high efficiency, and minimal distraction from the customer’s core business activities.”

“Google’s VPP program lines up well with Verizon Business’ customer-centric approach to enterprise networking, which emphasizes reducing complexity for the end user and providing a seamless, secure, and highly reliable connectivity experience,” expressed Malady.

Bikash Koley, Vice President, Google Global Networking, explained that Verizon's global network footprint, breadth of enterprise connectivity offerings and deep interconnection to Google's network make them an ideal partner for their program, and for their mutual customers looking for the best possible connectivity experience to Google.