and StorageTek(R) have announced an alliance for CNT to provide professional services to StorageTek customers. StorageTek will subcontract CNT professional services, enabling customers to benefit from proven business continuity consulting and other services.
CNT and StorageTek have been offering customers joint technology solutions for many years. "CNT's disaster recovery and business continuity offerings and experience enabling remote storage enhance our ability to address customers' backup and business continuity challenges," said Tim Steadman, StorageTek's director, Corporate Alliances. "We're always looking for ways to further integrate StorageTek solutions into customers' IT environments, as well as their business processes. CNT augments our existing business continuity/data recovery offerings and this agreement further establishes both companies as leaders in this area."
"Customers want integrated solutions. Now StorageTek can incorporate CNT's twenty years' of professional services expertise with storage networking, business continuity and enterprise backup," noted Ed Walsh, vice president of marketing, business development and sales operations at CNT. "Our alliance with StorageTek solidifies our position as the expert on storage networking requirements for disaster recovery and business continuity solutions while strengthening CNT's business continuity consulting practice."
CNT's business continuity consulting practice helps businesses identify areas of cost savings and business efficiency, improve utilization of existing resources, and increase reliability and security. The practice is a suite of professional services, which include business impact analysis (BIA), data availability assessment, bandwidth consolidation assessment, enterprise backup assessments, business continuity planning, solution design, integration and implementation, and life cycle maintenance services.
As a complement to its storage product offerings, StorageTek provides a host of professional and operational services to help their customers meet strategic business objectives. StorageTek offers affordable, flexible, scalable and reliable end-to-end business continuity solutions for open systems. StorageTek's numerous services include Managed Storage Services for remote storage management in networked storage environments, and Multi-Vendor Services to reliably deliver hardware and software support for open systems storage infrastructure. CNT's professional services are now included with these offerings.
This new professional service relationship builds on an extensive product partnership in which CNT's UltraNet products support StorageTek's complete line of mainframe and open systems offerings for tape vaulting and data replication. CNT and StorageTek's joint solutions for customers now include StorageTek T9840 tape extension, extension of Virtual Storage Manager(TM) (VSM) systems, Remote Clustered Virtual Tape Storage System(TM) (VTSS) tape mirroring, Power Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) remote disk mirroring with the Shared Virtual Array(TM) (SVA), and D-Series Remote Volume Mirroring.
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StorageTek customers will gain access to more expertise in remote storage for business continuity as part of continued collaboration efforts with CNT.