Data center and web hosting provider Xand announced on Thursday that it will add more than 35,000 square feet to its Marlborough, MA and Hawthorne, NY data centers in response to demand for its disaster recovery services after Hurricane Sandy.
The new space will be available to clients as private suites, shared workspace, and combinations of both, during the first quarter of 2013.
Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the Eastern seaboard at the end of October, leaving many without a disaster recovery plan to scramble to move data away from New York. Nirvanix offered a “Disaster Avoidance Program” to move customers away from its data center in New Jersey before the storm hit, while Advanced Internet Technologies offered a free month of hosting to any company that experienced downtime or data loss with any other web host caused by Hurricane Sandy. Xand said it was able to accommodate several new clients after Hurricane Sandy when their previous providers were unable to meet their Recovery Time Objectives.
“The area has faced three major incidents in the past 10 years that disrupted datacenter services – 9/11, the 2003 blackout and most recently, Hurricane Sandy – Xand believes the market will take disaster recovery very seriously from this point forward and look not only to its Hawthorne facility, but its Pennsylvania and Massachusetts locations as well. Xand did not suffer a single minute of downtime during any of these events,” the report states.
During Hurricane Sandy, Xand’s six facilities provided a home to nearly 1,000 customers and staff members, Xand said in a statement, with its Valley Forge, Pennsylvania facility hosting nearly half of those.
“During Hurricane Sandy, we enabled a multitude of businesses and organizations to rapidly rebound from the devastating effects of the storm,” Yatish Mishra, Xand’s president and CTO said in a statement. “With the addition of over 35,000 square feet of brand new workspace, we’re excited to offer even more disaster recovery options for our existing customers, while continuing to welcome new clients who are reassessing their current business continuity needs.”
Xand’s disaster recovery offerings include replication, online vaulting and electronic backups and cloud recovery, as well as traditional tape, physical asset recovery, shared and dedicated workspace and other custom designed applications.
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