SunGard Spinning Off Availability Services

By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2004-10-11 Print this article Print

SunGard is spinning off its Availability Services business as a stand-alone public company.

SunGard is spinning off its Availability Services business as a stand-alone public company that will begin operation by the end of next quarter. Catering to the IT-dependent audience, Availability Services will take advantage of its independence to help customers proactively remake their IT infrastructures to solve changing business and data requirements within their own sectors.

SunGard Availability Services will retain the SunGard name and brand. The business provides managed hosting, disaster recovery, information security, high-availability storage, records management, contingency planning, software and consulting practices.

The move, announced last week, is in line with SunGards mission to split up its Software and Processing Solutions business and Availability Services business into separate units to remake the face of the organization from a reactive disaster recovery company to a proactive business continuity solutions provider, officials said.

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Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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