Magazine article American Banker

Comdisco Offers Backup Service on Largest IBM Mainframe

Magazine article American Banker

Comdisco Offers Backup Service on Largest IBM Mainframe

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A leading provider of disaster recovery services said it has become the first vendor to make International Business Machines Corp.'s largest mainframe available to banks that suffer outages in their data centers.

Comdisco Disaster Recovery Services, Rosemont, Ill., spent $22 million to install the mammoth ES/9000 model 900 mainframe in its Carlstadt, N.J., backup data center over the Labor Day weekend, officials said.

Comdisco is expected to beat its biggest competitors, IBM's Business Recovery Services unit and SunGard Recovery Services Inc., Wayne, Pa., by as much as nine months with availability of the mainframe.

Demand Seen Growing

IBM began shipping the ES/9000 model 900 just last fall. Demand for backup ES/9000 model 900s is expected to grow as large banks and other companies move to install the machine.

"Any number of corporations, including banks, would be interested in an ES/9000 at Carlstadt," said John Carney, Chicago-based assistant vice president for European American Bancorp, Uniondale, N.Y.

Mr. Carney said the ES/9000 has many unique technical characteristics that can make it hard to back up with any other type of computer.

He added that EAB is a Comdisco customer, and plans in October to test its ability to move software from its primary data center to Comdisco's backup ES/9000.

Chemical Banking Corp. has an ES/9000, and eventually expects to use Comdisco's ES/9000 to back it up, said Sal DiBari, vice president for data security and disaster recovery. …

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