Telefónica to offer remote storage hosting

Telefónica Data USA, a subsidiary of Telefónica Datacorp SA, is to buy hardware, software and services from IBM Corp. to power a new data and systems storage-on-demand customer offer, IBM said in a statement Monday.

The deal could be worth up to US$90 million, depending on customer demand, a Telefónica Data spokesman said.

Telefónica Data's customers have shown a great deal of interest in being able to store their data in multiple locations, for the sake of security, the spokesman said. By doing this through an on-demand supplier like Telefónica, they pay per gigabyte as opposed to having to invest in their own servers, bandwidth and maintenance, he said.

IBM will install eServer and Shark storage systems, plus software including DB2, Tivoli and WebSphere in Telefónica's KeyCenter in Miami, where the company is based. The company also has data centers in New York, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico and Spain, IBM's statement said.

Each customer's servers are kept "under lock and key" in secure cabinets, Telefónica's spokesman said, and totally enclosed facilities are available if customers choose them.

Telefónica Data chose to work with Armonk, New York, IBM because it could provide "an extremely full range of hardware, software and services, and some very specific safeguards for storing data in multiple locations," the spokesman said.

Telefónica Data USA plans to work with other Telefónica units internationally, so that they can offer the same products to their customers, he said.

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