PCCW Global co-operates with NetApp to launch first-in-market business continuity technology center
HONG KONG, May 21, 2009 - PCCW subsidiary PCCW Global Limited and leading storage and data management player NetApp today unveiled a first-in-market business continuity technology center in Hong Kong, with systems connected via a 2,000km International Ethernet Private Line (IEPL) provided by PCCW Global.
The center has been designed to demonstrate how a business continuity solution can help client organizations achieve maximum performance and minimal cost of ownership, as well as optimal data availability and integrity on an "anytime, anywhere" basis. The center accommodates semi-synchronous and asynchronous data replication, new application launch data migration and program testing.
This innovative business continuity solution uses bandwidth efficiently to provide remote sites with cost-effective data recovery and protection. Meanwhile, NetApp's unified storage system enables access via multiple protocols - including FC, iSCSI, NFS and CIFS, providing customers with effective replication and application backup. The solution also supports instant recovery of applications such as SAP, Oracle, SQL Server, Lotus Notes and Exchange Server.
PCCW Global's IEPL solution provides customers with dedicated international data connectivity and bandwidth with high reliability, minimal transmission delay and high assurance network security. The Company's IEPL network reaches 20 major cities and will continue to expand global coverage.
PCCW Global's Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific, Stephen Pang, said: "We are pleased to join with NetApp to provide this first business continuity technology center, enabling enterprises to design and test data recovery and protection strategies. This greatly enhances remote data access and transmission efficiency - resulting in improvements in response time and bandwidth utilization, enabled by PCCW Global's IEPL capability."
He added: "Unification of technologies and collaboration are key to saving costs and streamlining operations - and our proof-of-concept platform showcases just how to save IT costs while ensuring business continuity and providing superior network service."
NetApp's System Engineering Director of Greater China, Wallace Fung, said: "Our partnership with PCCW Global furthers our strategy to extend global reach to customers and solve challenges arising from bandwidth, distance constraints, data migration for new applications and program testing. Business continuity and efficiency can be ensured if data availability and integrity are maintained throughout the stages of data being accessed, replicated, backed up and recovered. We are committed to delivering an outstanding customer experience through this partnership."
PCCW Global topped the "Best International Ethernet" category in Gartner's recent "User Survey: International Carriers in Asia/Pacific, 2008", thanks to top scores in reliability, performance, support, installation, repairs, options and pricing. This success adds to a growing record of recognition that has included accolades such as the "Best Managed Service" title in the World Communication Awards 2008, a scheme that rewards superior managed services.
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About PCCW Limited
PCCW Limited (SEHK:0008) is the holding company of HKT Group Holdings Limited (HKT), Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider and a world-class player in Information and Communications Technologies. PCCW also holds a majority interest in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, and overseas investments including the wholly-owned UK Broadband Limited.
As the provider of Hong Kong's first quadruple-play experience, PCCW/HKT offers a range of innovative media content and services across four platforms – fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile. In addition, the Group meets the sophisticated needs of the international business community, while supporting network operators with cutting-edge technical services and handling large-scale IT outsourcing projects for public and private sector organizations. To learn more about PCCW and HKT, please visit www.pccw.com.
About PCCW Global
PCCW Global is an operating division of HKT Group Holdings Limited (HKT), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PCCW Limited and holds the PCCW Group’s telecoms services, media and IT solutions businesses. PCCW/HKT is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider and a world-class player in Information & Communications Technologies.
With centers in Hong Kong, Herndon, Virginia in the US, London in the UK, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, plus teams covering the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, PCCW Global serves the voice and data needs of multinational enterprises, as well as the operational requirements of service providers. Reaching more than 1,000 cities and 80 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include IP solutions, transmission solutions including fiber and satellite, managed services and solutions, and voice services. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com.
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