Disaster recovery ambitions breeds new alliance

SecureData Group and Ernst & Young have formed an alliance to offer a holistic approach to disaster recovery planning, encompassing strategic consulting and technology implementation.

As part of the alliance, Ernst & Young will provide strategic-level independent continuity and availability consulting services, which are designed to help organisations plan for potential crises and business interruption.

SecureData, a storage integrator-cum-hosting company, will provide infrastructure design and implementation.

Ernst & Young officials said the alliance is a first in the Australian market. "The uniqueness in this offering is the dual approach, resulting in solutions that incorporate the demands and requirements from CEO to IT administrator," Eric Keser, a principal with Ernst & Young's technology security and risk services division, said.

Evan Penn, managing director of SecureData, said Australian businesses are crying out for a holistic approach to disaster recovery, as the array of continuity strategies that blanket the market has left them bewildered.

"We've formed this alliance based on the thirst for information and advice on the topic that we have witnessed in the market," Penn said.

The two organisations will also run a series of seminars on disaster recovery and business continuity in response to strong demand for information on the subject. They will also offer full-day workshops for organisations in different industry sectors on an individual client basis.

The open seminars will be held in Sydney on April 12 at the Westin Hotel, and in Melbourne on May 17 at the Sheraton Hotel. -- ARN

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