EMC and Nortel join forces on data recovery

EMC and Nortel Networks are to deliver a joint business continuity service to enable better remote mirroring of enterprise data.

EMC and Nortel Networks are to deliver a joint business continuity service to enable better remote mirroring of enterprise data.

The service, announced yesterday at the Storage Networking World event in Orlando, is designed to help corporations take advantage of optical metropolitan area network and Wan connectivity options for off-site data mirroring.

The Business Continuity over Optical Networks service includes a business continuity assessment from both EMC and Nortel to assist customers in determining the right storage and connectivity requirements to meet their disaster recovery needs.

The service uses EMC’s networked storage systems including Symmetrix and Clariion in addition to its Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) and Symmetrix Remote Data Facility-Asynchronous (SDRF-A) and MirrorView remote replication software, combined with Nortel’s OPTera Metro 5000 Multiservice dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) platform.

"Information protection has taken on new importance over the past several years and customers and companies of all sizes are looking for ways to safeguard their information," said EMC spokesman Rick Lacroix.

"This solution is a service offering that allows customers to select the systems and software from EMC that will protect their information the way they want to protect it and to use the Nortel transport mechanism to conduct the remote mirroring of their data."

With more than 200 joint installations completed as partners during the last three years, both companies have focused efforts on finding best practices for extending application data over distance.

This collected information has been embedded into a series of tools that allows the companies to cascade it over a broader area, said Nortel’s Jack Hunt, director of marketing for optical storage solutions.

With the recent power outages that affected nearly half of North America, Hunt said data redundant data mirroring and replication has taken on a whole new level of importance. He added that many enterprises are also looking at asynchronous replication.

The EMC/Nortel Business Continuity service is available now. The service requires EMC Symmetrix or Clariion installations with MirrorView remote replication software.

Carly Suppa writes for ITWorldCanada.com

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