WilTel focuses on disaster recovery

At Supercomm 2005 , WilTel Communications Group introduced a portfolio of managed wide-area storage extension services for business continuity and disaster recovery.

The services are based on the carrier's StorageXtend offering, a storage over SONET service offered in 50M bit/sec bandwidth increments. WilTel has expanded this service to include high-end optical, Ethernet and IP options for data retention, backup/recovery, storage consolidation, and regulatory compliance.

Lava Trading, a provider of equities and foreign exchange trading services, is using the StorageXtend's managed Ethernet WAN option to backup sensitive data by replicating financial transaction records among geographically disperse data centers.

ING Investment Management is also using StorageXtend for business continuity and disaster recovery. ING, which has US$300 billion in assets under management, is using StorageXtend as a replacement bandwidth service for backing up its primary U.S. data center to a geographically remote facility, WilTel says.

StorageXtend bundles Nortel's Optical Metro 3500 SONET platform with WilTel's Protected Private Line service. It supports Generic Framing Procedure and Virtual Concatenation to offer incremental bandwidth options for data, and converges LAN and storage-area network traffic over the same SONET access facility

StorageXtend supports native Fibre Channel, FICON and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

Tarditionally a carrier's carrier, WilTel began focusing on enterprises a year ago. A significant enterprise win for the carrier was a 12-year, US$35 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense earlier this year.

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