AT&T Retains OfficeMax Network Integration Contract
San Antonio, Texas, November 22, 2006
Auckland, New Zealand — AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today announced that AT&T Global Network Services International's New Zealand office has recently retained its contract to provide network-integration services to leading New Zealand office supplies company, OfficeMax.
Driven by the recent massive growth in e-commerce, the new contract centres on the security solution behind the OfficeMax Web site, OrderPoint (www.officemax.co.nz). OrderPoint represents more than 35 percent of OfficeMax's sales revenue.
Roger Payne, AT&T New Zealand general manager, said that the new three-year contract was the result of his team's building a strong relationship with OfficeMax over the past eight years.
"Our ongoing relationship with OfficeMax, culminating in this latest contract, is a tribute to the hard work of a dedicated team of people over a number of years.
Our business is based on building trust and integrity with our clients over the long term. These factors are just as important as our technology solutions and network expertise."
AT&T will provide four Checkpoint clustered firewalls, a top-end security product, which will be available in New Zealand through AT&T. The firewalls are controlled by using Checkpoint's Cluster-XL high-availability feature set. Behind the Checkpoint firewalls are two clustered F5 Networks BIG-IP SSL acceleration appliances to complete the security infrastructure.
The fully outsourced clustered firewalls and F5 Networks appliances provide no single point of failure in the OfficeMax network and include a disaster-recovery site in Christchurch.
OfficeMax Chief Information Officer Peter Gardner says that the AT&T solution will offer increased security and faster service to OfficeMax's customers.
"OrderPoint customers will experience increased efficiency from F5's load-balancing of a farm of Web servers and dynamic acceleration, which provides better response times.
"With the OrderPoint Web site representing such a large proportion of our revenue, it is absolutely crucial that our network-integration solution be first-class."
Mr. Payne says that network integration, or NI as it is known, is a mature business for AT&T in the U.S. It is also being extended globally to business customers in Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Japan.
"AT&T's firewall expertise is well-known in the information technology world, and AT&T New Zealand provides a Managed Security Centre of Excellence for the Asia Pacific region.
We have committed to rolling out NI solutions to our customers in New Zealand and the wider Asia Pacific region. Our strengths are the resources and R&D capability of our global parent, combined with the local knowledge and expertise of our New Zealand team.
We take a great deal of pride in the fact that it's often our on-site engineers building the relationships with clients rather than an account manager or someone who may not have the same level of expertise as an engineer."
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OfficeMax provides office supplies, paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions and furniture to large medium and small businesses and consumers. It is one of the top three office products companies in the world, employing 35,000 people throughout Australia, Canada and the United States including 900 in New Zealand. While we're global we think local; in fact, no one in our industry in New Zealand buys more locally manufactured product than OfficeMax! OfficeMax delivers an unparalleled customer experience, in service, product, and in value; through relentless focus on its customers.
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