Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) today announces expansion of its workplace recovery portfolio. Over the past year Sungard AS has heavily invested in new state of the art facilities and solutions, reinforcing its ongoing commitment to business continuity and workforce enablement.
The investments demonstrate increasing demand from organisations for access to physical recovery space, and also virtual and cloud-based solutions that will enable them to keep their business moving, no matter what.
City of London recovery centre
One of these investments witnesses the opening of a new workplace recovery centre in central London, the first of its kind in a decade. The facility, which offers capacity for over 700 staff, is equipped with the latest conferencing equipment and IT infrastructure. Users have access to 10GB-ready networking infrastructure, able to cope with heavier data traffic and increasing workloads.
The new facility is perfectly positioned within walking distance of the City and works as part of a 'near-far ' business availability solution, with many customers also provisioning workspaces within Sungard AS' alternative facilities across the country. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) handbook demands that financial services companies, including insurers, must implement reasonable measures to maintain continuity of all core systems in the face of loss or failure of resources, loss of information, and even external events such as vandalism or 'acts of God' - making this site's location of great strategic importance for our customers and the market.
Profile Park, Dublin
Sungard AS recently made a significant investment in Ireland, following a partnership with Digital Realty Trust. This will provide the data centre and underlying infrastructure from which SungardAS can host its award-winning global cloud platform and a full range of production and recovery solutions, and addresses Ireland's growing demand for agile, flexible and resilient IT services. It also enables Sungard AS to further invest in its dedicated workplace recovery capabilities to cater for the increasing number of businesses choosing to base themselves in Ireland. The underlying infrastructure provided by the new technology hub in Dublin enables the building out of Sungard AS' pre-existing facility to create up to 300 additional end-user positions, where firms can relocate their critical personnel during a time of disaster.
Sungard AS also announces its fourth workplace recovery site in India. The new 270-seat facility in Bangalore joins existing award-winning facilities in Noida (National Capital Region), Mumbai and Chennai, taking the total number of seats in the region to over 2,000.
"In today's All-time™ world it is vital for customers to act with an 'always on mentality'. For us this makes it more important than ever to provide the very best workplace recovery facilities to our customers, using both physical and virtual solutions in the process." said Keith Tilley, executive vice-president, global sales & customer services management, Sungard AS. "The expansion of our portfolio is part of a wider push in ensuring our customers have access to the services they need to maintain business-as-usual in even the most difficult circumstances."
The new facilities are supported by Sungard AS' disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solution - for which Gartner awarded Sungard AS the highest overall scores in the completeness of vision and ability to execute categories in the Magic Quadrant for DRaaS. Sungard AS' DRaaS solutions offer a holistic approach to business resilience that continues to reaffirm Sungard AS as a leader in the market for advanced recovery solutions.