AT&T, EMC in High-Availability Data Storage Pact

BOSTON (08/21/2000) - AT&T Corp. and storage systems company EMC Corp. have entered into a partnership to provide "always on" information storage services for companies which cannot bear even short-term data losses.

AT&T's Ultravailable Data service will offer managed data and storage systems with customized design for large data-sensitive enterprises like banks, financial services and government networks, said Jo-Ann Mendles, vice-president for AT&T's information networking division, AT&T Solutions.

"I don't want my deposit to be the one transaction lost," Mendles said, giving an example of a banking application where customers are unlikely to tolerate data loss.

The systems will use EMC Enterprise Storage Systems software, networks and services, tied to AT&T's international communications network. The services include continuous mirroring, backup, recovery and archiving of a company's critical data, with dynamic data replication and storage, data sharing and application testing, said Mendles. "We believe that we have a history with our customers that we're a trusted steward of clients' data."

AT&T, based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, can be reached at +1-908-221-2000 or EMC, in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, can be reached at +1-508-435-1000 or at

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