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Availability and security key as Aimes wins three-year contract.

AIMES Grid Services has won a three-year contract to provide IT disaster recovery services to Liverpool-based training and consultancy provider, Sysco Group.

Technology firm Aimes provides secure server hosting, data back-up and disaster recovery services from its base at Liverpool Innovation Park.

The deal with Sysco will see Aimes deliver a real-time replication and "failover" service - which means if Sysco's on-site servers fail, virtual servers within Aimes's data centre automatically take over, ensuring there is no interruption in service for Sysco's clients and staff.

Sysco is a provider of Gover nment-funded training schemes such as Train to Gain, and is required to maintain and store large amounts of personal data on individuals.

Ian Smith, managing director at Sysco Group, said this means systems availability and data security are key priorities.

"Like most firms, the amount of data we store digitally is growing both in terms of volume and importance," he said. "Information has become as critical to our business as cash is and so protecting it is no longer just a technical issue, but a business one.

"The disaster recovery service that we receive from Aimes mitigates the risk of any downtime or data loss, and ensures that we are complying with legal requirements."

Richard Spragg, technical director at Aimes, said: "Realtime data replication and failover is widely regarded as the Rolls-Royce of disaster recovery solutions, which is why it's the choice of so many blue-chip companies.

"Traditionally, it's come with a premium price tag, though, which has kept it out of reach of many smaller businesses. Aimes's investment in local digital infrastructure is changing the business model for this type of service and is making it accessible to SMEs."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2009
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