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KEEPING BUSINESSES RUNNING WHEN DISASTER STRIKES IS AIM OF BELLSOUTH/COMDISCO PACT

 ATLANTA, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Keeping companies in business despite storms, floods or any other type of natural or man-made disaster is the goal of two major corporations which announced today that they will cooperatively market business continuity solutions.
 "The goal of good disaster recovery planning is not having to recover from a disaster," said Jere Drummond, marketing group president of BellSouth Telecommunications. "With our business continuity approach, the emphasis is on keeping your business running through all kinds of situations."
 BellSouth Telecommunications, the Southeast's leading telecommunications company, and Comdisco Disaster Recovery Services (CDRS), a division of Comdisco Inc. and the foremost provider of alternate recovery facilities and consulting support, said that they will join under a co-marketing agreement to provide businesses with complete business continuity planning and disaster recovery capabilities.
 "Natural disasters, such as Hurricane Andrew and the Mississippi River floods, and man-made disasters, such as the World Trade Center bombing, underscore the need for business continuity planning," said CDRS Chief Operating Officer Nicholas K. Pontikes. "Comdisco and BellSouth have a proven record of expertise in providing this kind of capability to businesses. Together, we can ensure complete end-to-end recovery solutions for our customers."
 Business continuity services offered by Comdisco and BellSouth will include:
 -- Planning with customers to determine critical systems or key functions that are most vital to the organization. This includes contingency planning for future emergencies.
 -- Backup facilities -- both "hot" site and "cold" site facilities that will be used to meet those contingencies. "Self-healing," alternate route and other designs for the major data and voice telecommunications facilities that businesses use, in addition to BellSouth's complete line of telecommunications products and services.
 -- Development and testing of all contingency plans, including mock disasters conducted by Comdisco.
 Both companies feature unique portable facilities that can be used in disasters. The Comdisco Mobile Remote Operations Center (COMROC), a modular, state-of-the-art remote transportable data center, can be shipped to a customer's site in the event of a long-term outage. BellSouth has a portable, 10,000-line switching office that can transported anywhere within its nine-state territory in 72 hours should one of its network switches incur major damage.
 BellSouth Telecommunications, with headquarters in Atlanta, provides unified direction and support for the local telecommunications operations of BellSouth in the southeastern United States. BellSouth Telecommunications does business as Southern Bell in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and as South Central Bell in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. These companies serve more than 19 million local telephone lines and provide local exchange and intraLATA long distance service over one of the most modern telecommunications networks in the world.
 Comdisco, Inc., a $2.2 billion corporation based in Rosemont, Ill., is one of the world's leading providers of solutions that help businesses acquire, manage and protect their high-tech equipment. With more than 100 locations around the world, Comdisco provides a full range of technology planning and management solutions, including equipment leasing and remarketing, business continuity, strategic planning, asset management software tools and data center moves and/or consolidations.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Morrow of BellSouth Telecommunications, 404-529-8169, or Anne McCarthy of Comdisco, 708-518-5256/
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