|By Marketwired .||
|December 13, 2012 08:00 AM EST||
IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/13/12 -- iPass® Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) Managed Network Services (iPass MNS), a leading enterprise high speed wide area networking (WAN) platform and Wi-Fi services provider, today announced that Hallmark has selected iPass to provide managed network services to over 2,100 corporate and independent retail locations.
Hallmark is the largest manufacturer of greeting cards in the United States and has partnered with iPass MNS for the last seven years. Under a new five-year contract extension with iPass, Hallmark is enhancing its network solution to add new managed services. iPass provides secure data communications for the Hallmark retail network that includes turnkey cloud-based PCI scanning services, high speed broadband, a fully managed IP VPN network and consolidated billing to meet the requirements for its entire store network. Hallmark is leveraging the iPass solution to provide real-time network monitoring, improved application performance and bank-required internal and external PCI scanning and reporting for each of its corporate-owned and independent retail locations.
"iPass Managed Network Services has been a long-term proven Hallmark partner for several years and we are pleased to know that the relationship will extend another five years. Their team continues to offer new and valuable networking services to help our business evolve. For example, affordable cloud-based PCI scanning services provide tremendous value to our store network, making them a great partner for us today and in the future. What sets the iPass team apart from their competitors is their consultative approach and willingness to adapt to our needs," said Talli Denney, retail technology director, Hallmark.
"Our team is extremely proud of the long-standing partnership with Hallmark. The retail network solution we have designed, deployed and manage for Hallmark is the result of a deep understanding of their business environment and technical requirements. Like Hallmark, many of our customers are looking for ways to evolve their networks and accommodate the changing demands of today's business -- demands for higher bandwidth, improved security, better network performance, integrated mobility and managed Wi-Fi. We look forward to our continued relationship with Hallmark, evolving to meet their networking needs, and helping them succeed with their business goals," said Chris Linden, vice president and general manager, iPass Managed Network Services.
About iPass Managed Network Services
The Managed Network Services division of iPass delivers customized internet-based wide area networking and Wi-Fi networking solutions for the enterprise. iPass runs a state-of-the-art IP VPN Management Platform to remotely manage large enterprise-grade networks and deliver the security, availability and performance required today. iPass has relationships with over 200 internet broadband access providers, to provide a wide variety of high speed technologies delivering 100 percent coverage for its customers. Additional information is available at www.iPass.com/solutions/managed-network-services or by emailing [email protected] or calling 866-801-6930.
About iPass Inc.
iPass helps enterprises and telecom service providers ensure their employees and subscribers stay well connected. Founded in 1996, iPass delivers the world's largest commercial-grade Wi-Fi network and trusted connectivity platform. With more than 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots across 120 countries and territories, iPass gives its customers always-on, frictionless connectivity for smartphones, tablets and laptops anywhere in the world -- simply, securely and cost-effectively. Additional information is available at www.iPass.com or on Smarter Connections, the iPass blog.
About Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what's in their hearts and spend time together -- a privilege few other companies in the world enjoy. Hallmark greeting cards and other products are found in more than 38,000 retail outlets in the United States, including the network of flagship Hallmark Gold Crown® stores. The brand also reaches people online at Hallmark.com and on television through Hallmark Hall of Fame original movies and cable's top-rated Hallmark Channel. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. This privately held company is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is led by the third generation of the founding Hall family. Visit http://corporate.hallmark.com for more details.
iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.
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