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Disaster recovery news briefs: IBM announces expanded business continuity services for Tracker Netwo

This week's disaster recovery news in brief: IBM announces BC services for Tracker Networks; Microsoft Windows Live ID gets ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification and more.

The following is a compilation of the latest disaster recovery and business continuity news:

IBM announces expanded business continuity services for Tracker Networks

IBM Corp. announced that it has expanded business continuity (BC) services for Tracker Networks, a vehicle recovery and monitoring system in South Africa. IBM's business continuity and disaster recovery (DR) services plan to help Tracker Networks manage its IT infrastructure, lower the cost of IT operations, minimize business disruption and implement a new DR strategy.

Using these BC and DR services, Tracker Networks has already avoided data loss. After a fire at one of their facilities, the company was able to recover critical apps and restore communications between employees.

The new services are managed within the IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Service centers, and provide data center space and operational support to help companies optimize business operations.

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Microsoft Windows Live ID gets ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification

The British Standards Institution (BSI) announced that Microsoft Windows Live ID has achieved certification to the international information security standard, ISO/IEC 27001:2005.

The ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification is one that identifies, manages and minimizes the range of threats that information is exposed to. Having this certification means that the organization operates an Information Security Management System (ISMS) in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

QuorumLabs completes $5.3 million in funding a new business continuity product

QuorumLabs Inc. announced that it has completed $5.3 million in a new business continuity (BC) product, onQ. onQ is a BC product aimed specifically at small- to midsized businesses (SMBs) who want a disaster recovery (DR) product that is between too simple and too expensive for their DR and BC needs. onQ also provides one-click recovery from any storage, server or site failure.

InQuinox releases SAN product -- the SanXfer

InQuinox announced the release of its first storage area network (SAN) booting system migration utility, SanXfer. SanXfer can help IT organizations that aren't booting from a SAN yet. Without having to reinstall anything or wait for server upgrades, SanXfer will migrate existing server boot disks into the SAN. It also has disaster recovery (DR) features, allowing users to failover data to a standby data center.

SanXfer supports Windows 2008, Windows 2003 and Windows XP. It is also compatible with VMware.

Disaster recovery telecommunication service launched

CatastroPhone in Waterloo, Ontario, has launched an Emergency Response Telecommunication Service platform, enabling immediate restoration of incoming telephone call handling and distribution when systems are down.

If a disaster occurs, subscribers to the service can call the emergency response center hotline to activate the service that will direct incoming business calls to employees' home phone lines, cell phones or their preferred line of communication.

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