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Business continuity briefs:
5th February 2014

'Business continuity briefs' provides a summary of new product and services press releases and other useful resources published recently:

SunGard announces fourth quarter 2013 results
SunGard has reported results for the fourth quarter ended December 31st, 2013. For the fourth quarter, revenue was $1.1 billion, flat year over year. Operating income was $179 million, down 7 percent year over year. For the full year, revenue was $4.1 billion, down 2 percent year over year (down 2 percent adjusting for currency). Operating income was $461 million and the operating margin improved to 11.2 percent, compared to an operating income of $71 million last year, which included a goodwill impairment charge of $385 million.

Availability Services revenue was $344 million in the fourth quarter, down 2 percent year over year (down 3 percent adjusting for currency), reflecting a reduction in traditional recovery services business. During 2013, the company continued to enhance its portfolio of services by investing in recovery-as-a-service and cloud-based offerings. As a result of these investments, adjusted EBITDA was $112 million, down 14 percent from the prior year. For the full year, AS revenue was $1.4 billion, down 2 percent year over year and adjusted EBITDA was $436 million, down 9 percent from prior year.

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New version of elementec::bcm business continuity software launched
A new version, 3.2, of the BCM business continuity software suite elementec::bcm offers improved management of recovery times and recovery points for business processes, services and resources.

elementec::bcm is a comprehensive integrated tool for business continuity management targeting businesses of all sizes. The elementec::bcm Community Edition is available at no cost and can be downloaded after registration on the publisher's web site. For a yearly service and support fee, based on the number of users, customers can upgrade to the Enterprise Edition with additional enterprise-level functions, such as user and permission management and support for all major enterprise database systems.


Infosecurity Europe dates
Infosecurity Europe 2014 will be held at Earls Court, London, from 29th April to 1st May 2014: and the 2015 event will move to Olympia, taking place between 2nd-4th June 2015. Infosecurity Europe features a free exhibition and an education programme. http://www.infosec.co.uk/

ContinuitySA invests R9.8 million
ContinuitySA recently concluded a set of major capital projects aimed at upgrading its IT and physical infrastructure.

“It’s safe to say that IT is now the indispensable platform for business, and companies are placing ever greater emphasis on ensuring both IT and overall business continuity. There is just less tolerance of IT downtime, which is a mark of its importance,” says Mark Beverley, general manager: Service Delivery at ContinuitySA. “Our investment of just under R10 million was targeted at three key areas of client demand: IT replication, IT backup and recovery, and work-area recovery.”

Beverley says that demand for IT replication has been growing strongly of late, thanks in part to the availability of abundant, cheaper bandwidth. In response, ContinuitySA invested R5.5 million in Dell servers and EMC and IBM storage to increase existing capacity, as well as HP networking kit to improve access speeds. The investment also included replication software from Platespin, a product of Novell. IT replication copies a single instance of the client’s IT environment, and is used for quick recovery.

Complementing its IT replication services, ContinuitySA invested a further R2.8 in its backup and recovery services. This offering uses EMC’s Avamar solution to provide clients with hassle-free, tapeless managed backups.

The third investment of R1.5 million was made into ContinuitySA’s extensive work-area recovery facilities. Here the focus was on upgrading desktop equipment and networking, as well as rapid server deployment capabilities to get desktops up and running quicker in the event of an emergency.


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Date: 5th February 2014 • Region: Various

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