GTE AND IBM TEAM UP TO PROVIDE SATELLITE ACCESS TO IBM'S NATIONWIDE COMPUTER "HOT SITES."
GTE AND IBM TEAM UP TO PROVIDE SATELLITE ACCESS TO IBM'S
NATIONWIDE COMPUTER "HOT SITES."
MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- GTE Spacenet and IBM Business Recovery Services have signed a marketing agreement to offer "on-demand" satellite access to back up data centers throughout the United States. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
"The importance of route and technology diversity in contingency planning has been clearly demonstrated through the number of terrestrial network outages that have disrupted critical communications links between cities in recent months," said Ed Carreiro, director of IBM Business Recovery Services. "Through this type of alliance, we are complementing IBM's network-recovery service, providing an enhanced set of solutions for our customers."
James MacDonald, GTE Spacenet vice president network services, added:
"Satellite technology fits contingency planning very well because it diversifies technologies in the customer's network. Very often hot-site services are required because of network failures, not data-center failures. In these situations, a single transmission technology isn't enough," he said.
Under terms of the agreement, GTE Spacenet will provide its Metered Service offering in conjunction with access to IBM's regional computer "hot sites." Satellite-based Metered Service is designed to meet a wide range of on-demand transmission requirements for numerous business applications including data and image transmission, network protection/back up and video teleconferencing.
At the core of IBM's Business Recovery Services are its "hot sites" -- a series of fully equipped and staffed back-up sites across the United States for both large and mid-sized systems. Subscribers gain immediate access to the processing power available at those sites, should the subscribers suffer an unplanned loss of their own processing power.
IBM Business Recovery Services will also market GTE Spacenet's Metered Service, which is already installed at IBM's Tampa, Fla., site, as part of the site's network-recovery services.
GTE Spacenet, headquartered here, is a world leader in satellite communications with over 20 years' experience in the provision of telecommunications services and systems to businesses, news organizations, educational institutions and government agencies across the United States and around the globe. GTE Spacaenet is a subsidiary of GTE Corp., a worldwide leader in telecommunications with combined revenues and sales in 1991 of $19.6 billion and net income of $1.6 billion.
IBM Business Recovery Services are provided by the Integrated Systems Solutions Corporation (ISSC), a wholly owned subsidiary of IBM. In addition to IBM Business Recovery Services, ISSC, headquartered in Tarrytown, N.Y., provides systems operations, systems integration, consulting services, application development and maintenance, and other network and data services to its customers.
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(GTE IBM) CO: GTE Spacenet; IBM Business Recovery Services ST: Virginia, New York IN: TLS SU: SM -- NY020 -- 1353 02/21/92 11:29 EST