SafeData, Strategic Systems Form Partnership
February 12, 2007 Timothy Prickett Morgan
SafeData, a provider of hot site data centers based on iSeries and System i5 servers for small and medium businesses based in Warwick, Rhode Island, said last week that it has signed a partnership with Strategic Systems, a systems integrator based in Holly Springs, North Carolina, to expand its presence in the southeast region of the United States.
“Strategic Systems has a strong base of IBM midrange clients in the southeastern United States,” explained Peter Briggs, SafeData’s president in making the announcement. “We have been focusing on the northeastern United States over the past few years. Through Strategic Systems’ strong sales team and their expertise in business continuity and the System i5 platform, they are an excellent business partner to help us extend our reach into a new geographic area.”
SafeData offers three products to i5/OS and OS/400 shops to safeguard their applications and systems. SafeData/HA that uses high availability clustering software developed for the IBM midrange platform to provide offsite HA clustering to shops that do not want to invest in and maintain their own secondary systems. SafeData/DR is a subscription-based data replication and disk restoration service that is not as expensive as full high availability, but which allows customers to recover from a crash that wipes out their data in 10 hours or less. SafeData/HS is a traditional hot site backup service, which allows you to load your archived data and applications onto a hot site machine (which is shared among many users, but not activated for all of them at once, obviously) in the event of a system outage. The SafeData/HS service guarantees that you can get your applications up and running at the hot site within 24 hours of a crash.
Strategic Systems was founded in 1982 to provide support and services for System/3X platforms, and has evolved alongside the AS/400, iSeries, and System i5 lines. Both SafeData and Strategic Systems had partnered with HA software maker iTera before that company was acquired by Vision Solutions–SafeData to use iTera’s products to offer remote HA services, and Strategic Systems to implement HA and disaster recovery solutions on behalf of i5/OS and OS/400 shops in the American southeast. Strategic Systems also sells and leases various IT gear and offers i5/OS and OS/400 shops the full gamut of planning, installation, and integration services for the System i5 platform.
Financial terms of the partnership were not announced.