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Verizon and IBM Launch Private Cloud-Based Managed Data Protection Solution

With businesses looking more closely than ever at the economics of cloud computing, Verizon and IBM have expanded their relationship to deliver Managed Data Vault – a new private cloud service that provides secure, quick and reliable daily backups, and fast recovery of enterprise information.

Available from both companies, the new solution is designed to automatically transfer data from a client location to a specially designed off-site data center via Verizon’s secure high-speed private network. With Managed Data Vault, businesses can realize off-site data protection at onsite speeds while taking advantage of usage-based utility to meet data growth without limits.

Many companies today still transport their backup tapes by truck to an off-site location – a process that has proven to be a slow and unreliable approach to archiving – adding security concerns, time, complexity and cost to the data protection process.

“Through this exclusive relationship with IBM we are meeting a void in the online data protection market,” said Kerry Bailey, chief marketing officer for Verizon Business. “We know that enterprise clients struggle with how to efficiently back up and restore data securely while mitigating the inherent risks such as loss of data. By working with IBM as part of our overall cloud strategy, we are bringing to market an innovative solution that will help our clients maintain the stability of their business.”

Don DeMarco, IBM vice president of Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, said: “Managed Data Vault offers a broad array of enterprise data protection, not just for files, but for very large data stores and transactional data base content. Today, enterprises have different ways to address specific scenarios. Managed Data vault is a single, secure solution to help clients retrieve a file, restore a device, or recover from a serious outage emergency. Working with Verizon, we are addressing the needs of enterprise users with large data footprints, whether it’s 15, 50, 150 terabytes or even more.”

According to industry experts, the global backup and restore market will grow by about 4 percent annually and is currently sized at nearly $3 billion.

Managed Data Vault Ideal for Discriminating Companies
Verizon and IBM will leverage each other’s complementary capabilities to deliver the new solution. Verizon will provide its suite of leading global private data network solutions along with data center expertise, IT consulting services and application-aware capabilities, which give visibility into utilization and latency. IBM will supply backup infrastructure and management capabilities, supported by its extensive information protection expertise and more than 40 years experience in business continuity and resiliency.

“Partnerships are truly strategic when each party brings a different value proposition to the table,” said Melanie Posey, research director at IDC. “The combination of Verizon’s secure networking expertise and data center capabilities and IBM’s long history of providing electronic data management and protection solutions yields a unique end-to-end backup and recovery solution that is integrated with an enterprise’s existing wide-area network environment and fully managed in the cloud.”

Ideal for global enterprises with stringent security and performance requirements, Managed Data Vault is an excellent match for the financial, retail and health care services markets. The service is well-suited to a diverse mixture of applications, databases and operating system (OS) support services and comes complete with IT consulting services support to help organizations manage through this process.

This solution will initially be available to Verizon and IBM clients in the New York City metropolitan area.

Converged IP and IT Services Via a Cloud-Based Model
Verizon is leading the industry toward an “everything-as-a-service” (EaaS) model where cloud-based converged solutions are securely delivered through managed and professional services over the company’s global IP network. Verizon is assembling the key components of that unique and powerful approach to serving enterprises, and its new agreement with IBM is one more step in that evolution. The EaaS platform – with Verizon’s global IP network and data centers as its foundation — will enable enterprises to do business better by getting what they need, when they need it, where they need it.

Polycom to enrich IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5

In conjunction with IBM Lotusphere taking place next week in Orlando, Fla., Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) announced an expansion of its integrated voice and visual communication solutions for customers deploying IBM Unified Communication and Collaboration (UC2) environments with support for Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes. The combined solution is designed to give users “one-click” access to on-demand voice and video collaboration tools from within Lotus software applications that can enhance teamwork, reduce costs, and help accelerate enterprise decision making among colleagues, customers and business partners.

“People are most effective when the communication and collaboration tools they need are instantly available as part of the everyday workflow,” said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of video solutions, Polycom. “Polycom’s integration with the IBM UC2 environment puts our powerful, productivity enhancing collaboration tools just one-click away within the applications that millions of people use every day to communicate with others. This allows customers to extend the value of their UC investment by adding scalable, standards-based telepresence, video and voice collaboration capabilities that can further enhance efficiency and reduce costs.”

The Polycom solution will allow users to “Click-to-Call” and “Click-to-Conference” telepresence, video, voice and unified (combined voice and video) conferencing from presence-enabled contacts within IBM Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes. In addition, Lotus Sametime Web conferencing users will be able to launch Instant Meetings with voice and video conferences, or include a voice or video conference as part of scheduled web conference.

The Polycom integrated solution will provide organizations with a scalable, redundant, standards-based infrastructure platform for rich-media conferencing within IBM UC2 environments. The solution will feature integration with the latest release of Sametime Release 8.5, IBM Lotus Sametime Server and IBM Lotus Domino Server, and provide seamless call routing between the Lotus applications and Polycom immersive, room and personal telepresence systems and desktop and conference room video conferencing systems for point-to-point video calls, and the Polycom RMX media conferencing platforms for multi-site voice, video or unified conferences. The standards-based solution allows users to leverage existing investments in visual communication systems for greater ROI and provides a broad ecosystem of nearly two-million standards-based telepresence and video conferencing systems in use today for extended collaboration.

This announcement expands existing integration that Polycom offers with IBM UC2 and will complement the existing services offering between Polycom and IBM Global Technology Services to deliver scalable, security-enriched and highly-available unified communications solutions to enterprise clients around the globe. Polycom is a sponsor and exhibitor at Lotusphere 2010 (booth no. 611) and IBM is a Platinum sponsor at the upcoming Polycom partner conference and sales event taking place at the end of January.

Polycom’s integration efforts with IBM support Polycom’s Open Collaboration Network strategy, providing an open and interoperable collaboration solution that gives customers greater flexibility and investment protection for their UC environment. By working with IBM and other leading unified communications platform providers, Polycom is able to deliver its productivity-enhancing and cost-saving telepresence, video and voice collaboration products as an integrated part of core unified communication environments, making the technologies easily accessible as part of the everyday workflow within a comprehensive solution that is easy to deploy and manage.

Polycom will deliver integration for IBM Sametime 8.5 in 2010, with the first phase planned for availability in the first half of the year.

Avaya and IBM strengthen Relationship

avayaAvaya and IBM have announced that they will be expanding their current relationship. The focus will be on Security Interopability and Unified Communications. Furthermore, IBM will be implementing Avaya Aura in their existing converged communications services.

As part of the expanded alliance, the companies will jointly deliver unified communications solutions that streamline mission critical and complex communication systems, achieve rapid return on investment and improve productivity by helping to allow users to communicate anytime from anywhere, regardless of device or network. In addition, Avaya has certified the IBM Internet Security Systems’ Proventia GX 5208

Avaya and IBM launch Solutions for Finance Industry in Barcelona

Avaya Inc. (NYSE: AV), a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services, today announced the launch of industry focused joint solutions at IBM’s Banking Industry Solution Centre (BISC) in Barcelona. The new solutions added to the Centre will recreate live financial services business scenarios, leveraging IBM’s strengths in banking and Avaya’s expertise in IP-based intelligent communications, to help customers identify the solution best suited for their business needs.

The IBM Banking Industry Solution Centre is the third such centre that builds upon Avaya’s strategic global alliance with IBM since 2001, with the joint solutions added to this center providing a proof of concept for the financial services industry. Customers can see the effective use of technology, not just products, as well as applications that solve business critical, customer-related issues to derive strong returns on investment.

The new solutions at the Centre in Barcelona have been set up to help financial services companies effectively address the challenges posed by the rapidly changing business environment: how to get the most from each customer relationship, manage employees and resources, and how to optimise their IT infrastructure.

The IBM-Avaya solutions for Front-Office Banking, on display at the Centre, include Avaya Communications Manager, one-X Mobile Edition, Voice Portal, Meeting Exchange, Communications Process Manager and IBM’s WebSphere Process Server, Lotus Sametime, Lotus Notes/Domino, Lotus Expeditor, Websphere Voice Server as well as Tandberg Video Conferencing.

“Avaya’s portfolio and ability to integrate communications components complements and leverages IBM’s capabilities and the business value approach we follow in the Banking Industry Solution Center,” said Jordi Busquets Cervera, European Banking ISC Technical Manager at IBM. “This enables us to offer solutions to customers that really do add value in this industry.”

Underpinned by market-leading hardware, software and middleware from IBM and Avaya, the new join solutions demonstrated at the Centre offer a scalable, reliable, secure and service-oriented architecture (SOA) that takes advantage of industry standards

3Com wins Most Innovative IBM System I Solution

3Com Corporation has been named winner of the “Most Innovative IBM System i Solution” award in the annual IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards competition, recognizing IBM Business Partners for their ingenuity, innovation, customer satisfaction and outstanding achievements in providing on demand business solutions.

3Com Corporation teamed with IBM to deliver an innovative, highly differentiated IP Telephony solution for customers. Delivering tight integration of the 3Com VCX