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IBM adds business continuity service to SoftLayer

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Big Blue is beefing up the disaster recovery infrastructure it acquired from its 2013 purchase SoftLayer Technologies Inc. by extending IBM managed disaster recovery services to SoftLayer customers through a new set of cloud-based business continuity and resilience offerings.

SoftLayer customers will have access to IBM’s Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery (VSR) managed services. With VSR, businesses will be able to replicate entire systems in real-time including system files, databases, applications and user data in a way that is independent of the make and model of the underlying hardware. The ability to respond quickly, IBM said, is essential, with analysts estimating that every hour of downtime can cost a business upwards of tens of thousands of dollars.

IBM’s Resiliency Consulting Services will also be extended to SoftLayer clients.

These services, which integrate legacy IT environments with a private cloud and the SoftLayer platform, will help resiliency assessment, planning and design, implementation and testing. They include resiliency consulting for cloud, cloud managed backup, cloud data virtualization, cloud application resiliency and cloud virtualized server recovery.

IBM will also open new cloud based resiliency centres in Raleigh, North Carolina and Mumbai, India. These new facilities, which will join the 15 other global centres planned by SoftLayer and the 150 business continuity and resiliency service centers.