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By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2003-04-29 Print this article Print

During an interview with eWEEK, McMurtrie said that while MPLS is a fairly common technology, MCI will make it uniform throughout its platform and offerings. Other products MCI will launch throughout the year include new intelligent services such as its managed Enterprise Content Delivery Service to ease content management for enterprises, McMurtrie said. MCI also wants to be able to help enterprises and vendors deploy Web services-based applications via its IP network.
Furthermore, the company later this year will roll out an enhanced managed services portfolio for its myriad offerings. Fred Briggs, president of operations and technology for MCI, said the company wants to help enterprises manage their data center resources—such as servers—but will stop short of managing applications.
McMurtrie said MCI is in a unique position given the reach of its global IP network, on which it has spent $38 billion building over the past six years. "That is unique to MCI," he said. "It wont be replicated." This will give the company a leg up on the number and kinds of services it offers on the network, he said. Briggs also pointed out that MCIs entire infrastructure can be moved onto the IP network over the next three years with no need for a major upgrade to the system. The announcement was part of MCIs push forward as it distances itself from WorldCom and the accounting scandal and subsequent bankruptcy that had threatened to bring down the company. Two weeks ago, Chairman and CEO Michael Capellas announced the name change and the headquarters move from Clinton, Miss., to Ashburn. McMurtrie said the product roadmap outlined on Tuesday also is a way to bring MCI back to its innovation roots, and to bring innovation back to an industry that had become based on price. "I think for us, a lot of people are looking ahead and how were going to execute it," he said. For more N+I coverage, see our special section.


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