Cablevision's Optimum Lightpath operation is now offering Data Center Connectivity Services, which include a range of storage hosting and backup services to clients, including business continuity disaster recovery (BCDR), remote replication, backup and recovery, data center storage area network, and disk and transaction mirroring.

"Data storage has become a critical issue impacting every market segment, and every business, regardless of size. Off-site data centers are a growing component of most enterprise data management architectures due to disk storage prices falling, and the reliability, administrative issues and costs of tape backup systems continuing to plague IT shops," said Dave Pistacchio, executive vice president and general manager of Optimum Lightpath.

Many businesses operate in highly regulated industries, such as financial services, healthcare and government. With zero tolerance for downtime, these organizations require extremely reliable, mission-critical data center services. A host of state and industry regulators are now urging, and in some cases requiring, the development of business continuity plans to ensure the backup, protection and recovery of data on a long-term basis. Ethernet is rapidly becoming the technology of choice to address these critical data center needs, because of its ability to provide transparent connectivity over the wide area.

"We just did a recent survey of network managers," said Cindy Borovick, IDC research VP for Datacenter Networks. "The result? A resounding cry to move to Ethernet. It looked like the respondees were going to triple their investment over the next several years."

Optimum Lightpath said it is already partnering with data center service providers such as Blue Hill Data Services – a BPO Management Services Co. – Cervalis, Continuity Centers, Data Storage Corporation, mindSHIFT Technologies and Xand.

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